09/23/16 - [Regarding the article [Entering the Fifth Revelation Through the “Door”] Can you give me examples of those who do not enter through the door.
On September 23, 2016, we received the following inquiry:
“I wanted to let you know that this article was an epiphany for me. I'd love to hear what you think is a good example of someone who enters through the window [rather than the door]. Is that possible?”
To the author, thank you for your email. In the above article, we cited the words of Jesus as contained in The Urantia Book in Paper 165, chapter 2, specifically:
"Every shepherd who gains entrance to the sheepfold by any other means than by the door is a thief and a robber."
"And now, lest some of you too easily comprehend this parable, I will declare that I am both the door to the Father’s sheepfold and at the same time the true shepherd of my Father’s flocks. Every shepherd who seeks to enter the fold without me shall fail, and the sheep will not hear his voice. I, with those who minister with me, am the door. Every soul who enters upon the eternal way by the means I have created and ordained shall be saved and will be able to go on to the attainment of the eternal pastures of Paradise."
In our analogy, we suggest that those who are not entering through the door must have broken in through a window as would a thief. Without naming names, we would say that examples of such thieves and robbers would include anyone who attempts to obtain the rewards of the heavenly kingdom, or who attempts to teach others about the heavenly kingdom, without acknowledging the preeminence of Jesus or without following the methods and procedures Jesus personally laid out in his earthly ministry.
You may be aware of many such persons inside UB community who, because of personal, racial or religious prejudices or intellectual presumptuousness, have decided to ignore the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth and advance their own ideas of how to disseminate the Fifth Revelation. As Jesus suggested, many of those who are truly spiritually inclined would not listen to them, accordingly their Jesus-less ministry would produce faulty and short-lived fruit.
That does not mean that such individuals will not gain salvation or attain to the heavens. It simply means that they will have to turn away from their thievery mentality and re-enter the spiritual brotherhood through the appointed and authorized door. That can occur here on Urantia or, if the Father finds the faith, in the mansion worlds. Either way, it will surely be accompanied by humiliation, embarrassment and shame, but such a change is absolutely necessary. It reminds us of the words of the Apostle Paul, as recorded in the Bible:
“According to the undeserved kindness of God that was given to me, as a wise director of works I laid a foundation, but someone else is building on it. But let each one keep watching how he is building on it. For no man can lay any other foundation than what is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood materials, hay, stubble, each one’s work will become manifest, for the day will show it up, because it will be revealed by means of fire; and the fire itself will prove what sort of work each one’s is. If anyone’s work that he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward; if anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved; yet, if so, [it will be] as through fire.”
– 1 Corinthians 3:10-15
We wrote the article so that those who are entering the heavenly kingdom as thieves, or who find themselves building on the wrong “foundation” or using weak and perishable “materials,” might humbly correct their course so as to assure their own survival and not mislead those who listen to them.