[An Ambassador of Wisdom, a liaison of The Bright and Morning Star of Nebadon]
In this narrative, we seek to further clarify and eliminate the wide spread confusion surrounding the nature of sin, evil, and inequity. In our efforts, sdditionally, we will present the origins of error and transgression, and clarify the long standing misconceptions of “hell”, and thus provide clear-cut definitions of the primal terminologies which depict error, transgression, and eternal punishment ground; and thereby convey the moral, and mortal failings that have, and yet plague mankind on Urantia today. We hereby present the definitions and origins of sin, evil, and inequity, both on personal levels, and in relation to God.
Evil is a 50% component of sin. “Evil” is always a misdeed with conscious intent, and for the most part, a deliberate and rebellious act with the intent to betray, confuse, or destroy, in order to obtain.
The Satvula word term, “hatadevana”, denotes the gravest of all personal transgressions, with one single word that characterizes the acts of both sin and evil (“hata” meaning sin, and “devana” meaning deviousness, or evil.) For in essence, both sin and evil are a betrayal of trust, perversions of truth, and the destruction of beauty and goodness. Sin and evil are violations of universal law. The fact remains, sin and evil should always be avoided, for both sin and evil are abominations to the Spirit on many levels, and irrespective of any temporary benefit that may be derived, both sin and evil carry grave consequences and potentially infinite repercussions.
We will first begin with “truth” because at first, all began with truth. “Truth”, in any and all manifestations and circumstances, is the original source of relativity and the first cause of all resultant effects. On a deeper level, truth is the cause of all causes. Truth is always absolute, and is never relative, nor theoretical. Neither is truth hypothetical. An intentional “half truth” is evil, for “half truths” are not the whole truth, being deceptive in nature.
It is an eternal truth that sin and evil have, and always will exist in evolutionary worlds. Universe administrators are hard-pressed to abolish sin and evil in favor of the employment of a less divisive challenge of reality. In the course of evolutionary experiences, sin and evil are eminent, and they are the specific challenges that must be triumphed over in personal experiences and soul evolution.
Sin and evil are personal transgressions which need to be abolished by the conscious will of the personality. God has given all of his offspring freewill and the ability to change, create, attain, or alter environments, and more so, the ability to choose goodness over sin and evil. Our environments are continuously altered by every step of experience.
This is why all is not Paradise, or Paradise would be easily attained by underachievers who have not experienced the triumph over personal challenges. All who are on Paradise are eternally triumphant. Their evolutionary hurdles were triumphed over. Paradise is the destiny of triumph, and the triumph of destiny.
“Sin” is a personal transgression against the laws of God and nature, and the self abomination of personal integrity. Many times, the sinner, although knowing that their thoughts and actions are wrong, purposely commits the sin, and may, or may not necessarily be aware of the actual gravity and overall effects of the transgression, until consequences occur.
The consequences of sin are inevitable repercussions in the cycles of reality. It is also true, “what you don’t know won’t hurt you, until it hurts you.” This is essentially, basic “juvenile wisdom”.Sin can be a deliberate act, or simply be a childish mistake; a random error; or blatantly intentional. There are different levels of sin. Coupled with anger and hate, sin becomes the most destructive form of behavior.
Sin can be mindless, or even committed as an excuse, which is the result mankind’s tenacity in simply not knowing consequences. “We know not the webs we weave.”
“Sin” is both a moral, and a mortal transgression. The root causes of sin are ignorance and selfishness. The consequences of sin may actually serve to foster the progress of mankind’s understanding of what is good and what is not, what is right and what is wrong. But a lesson should be learned from experiencing the fall out of a transgression, even if it is not personally committed. Sin and evil should end as a lesson, and a lesson well learned, with pitfalls to be avoided in the future. These “life-lessons” are sometimes the result of “trial and error”, or, for better use of words, “error and trial”.
One of your 20th century sport figures once said, “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives you the test first, and the lesson is learned afterwards.” And perhaps it could be said that “experience” is the most effective teacher, and mistakes are a necessary part of the learning experience. We would not need to learn something if we did it inherently perfect the first time. Is it surprising that some have not learned how to breathe?
When petitioned in humble sorrow, sins (trespasses and errors) are readily forgiven by the ordination of forgiveness and mercy which was made available through the life, teachings, and the plight of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in your world, and by providence of his bestowal of The Spirit of Truth on all mankind with the Day of Pentecost, which is a redemption that ministers to all, including the inherently selfish, greedy, and ignorant.
Among his last words on the cross, Jesus cried, “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.” Jesus petitioned the Heavenly Father for the forgiveness of sin, declaring that the mankind of Urantia was not aware (ignorant) of their own transgressions (sins), for “they know not, what they do.” The root causes of sin are selfishness and ignorance.
“Evil” is, by definition, a deceitful, malicious, and deliberate transgression of the natural laws of the Infinite Spirit, executed by contriving and calculating a deceptive agenda which is designated to deceive, betray, and take advantage of the trust of others; and by executing a premeditated plan of transgression devised by the deceiver, in order to obtain a specific result in return, and that which would have not occurred naturally, and had not “evil” been employed. The “evildoer” calculates both the cause and effect. When compared to”sin” evil is a more divisive transgression.
Evil is always an intentional act of deception, and a premeditated plan to deceptively “capitalize” on the established channels of reality. Evil is always in favor of the evildoer, as is the evildoer always being in favor of doing evil. Evil is never random or a mistake, and always has a specific result in mind. Evil is a blatant breach of trust, and betrayal by deceit and deception, in an act beyond anything that can be considered decent and good.
Evil always has a specific purpose, with a specific result in mind, by the employment of improper motives and actions. The history of Urantia has proven, from the times of the default of Adam and Eve and the conspiracy of the Lucifer Rebellion, to the atrocities of second world war of the 20th century, and in more recent times, the “events of 911″, evil has proven to be a far greater danger and a threat to mankind, more deadly that “sin” itself. Sin is 50% of evil. Evil is the plan, sin is the action. Sin + evil=death.
Evil is, in and of itself, the greatest of all transgressions, and carries with it, the greatest of all punishments. When compared to “sin”, evil can be considered a transgression of equal or greater gravitational consequence, for the fact that evil is truly a “blasphemy of the spirit”, executed by the distortion of truth, and by taking what is good, then deviously and advantageously misusing the natural laws of God and the Infinite Spirit to accomplish an underlying, malicious purpose.
Evil always has a hidden agenda. Evil is always a precalculated action, with a specific result in mind. Evil always employs deception, and, in every instance, involves a betrayal of trust. The root causes of evil are greed and deception. Unlike “sin”, evil is not readily forgiven because evil is a deliberate, calculated perversion of God’s graces and truth. In repentance, the evildoer must beg (deeply petition) God for mercy (forgiveness and redemption), but additionally, the evildoer must be “delivered from evil” by God, and in order to be “saved”. It is written that the only sin that will not be forgiven is the “blasphemy of the Spirit”, which is evil itself.
There yet exists, a “silent personal enemy” beyond sin and evil. The enemy is anger which leads to hatred. Frustration is the first stage response to a disappointment, which is the initial response to an expectation not being met. If a disappointment remains unresolved, disappointment develops into frustration, and corrective measures are now essential to resolve an issue, thus freeing one from regret. In the event frustration remains unresolved, (usually by passivity and taking no corrective action) frustration and regret fester into anger. Anger is destructive, but in certain instances, anger serves as a deterrent, and sometimes is an essential survival mechanism that expresses extreme disapproval, and, in a positive sense, initiates change. There are only those chosen few who are qualified to anger.
The chain of personal negativity unfolds as follows: The weight of a disappointment determines the intensity of frustration and regret, and the intensity of frustration and regret determine the depth of anger, which festers into hatred, the most devastating emotion of human behavior, for hatred turns into self destruction, i.e. the destruction of self, and others.
Sorrow and forgiveness are attributes that enable one to dissipate and resolve negative emotions, serving to eliminate the chain reactions of disappointment, frustration, anger, and hatred, thus emancipating one from the vortex of self destruction. The sequential progression of disappointment, frustration, anger, and hatred are eliminated by forgiveness. Forgiveness establishes a “clean slate” and provides corrective equilibrium with a clear conscience. With clear mind, any issue can effectively be corrected and resolved, for a clear mind enables one to understand the issue, and seek reasonable options to remedy negative circumstances by finding and implementing an effective solution.
Decisions should never be made in anger. But in the event hatred is not eliminated through channels of understanding and forgiveness, then will anger and hatred fester into revenge and retribution, which is an expression of self destruction, the greatest enemy of all. Anger and hatred are the most contagious, and “deadly” of all diseases.
When there are tendencies of self destruction, corrective equilibrium with rational behavior is very difficult to achieve, and reliance upon others becomes essential in order to lift one from the cold waters of sorrow, regret, and hatred. In order to overcome the pitfalls of self destruction, reliance on God through sincere prayer is the most effective means of eliminating the devastating consequences of error, frustration, sin, and evil.
“Salvation”, and “personality survival” are the perpetuation of one’s character in the annals of eternity, for after death, one’s memory banks, rather than decay with the rest of the cells in the body, are literally “saved”, and the personality can be re-personalized on another level of universe reality, (similar to a back-up memory system).
Without salvation, mercy, sanctification, and redemption (which is always available to mankind through Jesus Christ), the evildoer is rendered to experience the ill-consequences of their evil action, and in certain instances, will not be “saved” or become re-personalized on the mansion worlds. In essence, this is “final death”. The Lucifer Rebellion is a textbook example of evil.
In The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus asked the Father to “Forgive us our trespasses”, which are “sins”, but, Jesus taught that we are forgiven only to the extent that we, ourselves, forgive others, for he also prayed, “as we forgive those who trespassed against us.” “You will be judged by the measure which you, yourself judge,” and, “You will be forgiven by the measure of which you forgive.”
Since the days of Christ in your world, the sins of mankind are readily forgiven, but evil is not, and never will be. Jesus never said, “forgive them of their evil deeds.”, but rather “deliver us from evil”, for evil is a deliberate transgression.
To paraphrase evil in one sentence, “evil” is a calculated transgression which is devised to deceive another, and in order for the evildoer to obtain a specific result in return.”
Continued sin and evil = inequity. Inequity carries the greatest gravity of dark consequences, both personal and impersonal. Inequity is the result of redundant, sinful behavior and evil acts, and the continued transgressions of the same issue, after forgiveness and mercy have been proffered and accepted, but the transgression continues to occur time, and time again. Inequity can be considered a form of “cosmic insanity”.
With inequity, the transgressor actually takes advantage of God’s grace by the misuse of God’s mercy, and the iniquitous one takes advantage of the forgiveness which God offers mankind through the Lord Jesus Christ, in a blessing that God is always willing to bestow, provided it is asked for in humbleness, and with sincere repentance.
The “iniquitous one” essentially uses forgiveness as an opportunity to sin again, which now, becomes an act of evil in the cycle of inequity. We have not learned our lessons if we use forgiveness to justify making the same, intentional error again, and eventually, we will run out of “mercy credits”. God knows the sinner better than the sinner knows himself. Inequity also carries the grave consequence of death, final and permanent death. Inequity is a betrayal of God’s forgiveness. Even though Jesus was perfect, it was the sins of mankind that led Jesus Christ to the cross, for Jesus was sinless. And it was God’s love by which mankind is redeemed and their sins are forgiven.
Perhaps certain questions present answers. Is it evil to rationalize the crucifixion of Jesus as being God’s requirement for the payment of man’s sins, thus an opportunity for sinners to enter heaven by the son of God being crucified? Does a sinner become “saved”because the appetite of a wrathful, angry, god of vengeance has been satisfied by his perfect son taking their place and bearing the required punishment for their sins? Is this a god of love? As a good parent, would you require your child be punished for the sins of your neighbor? Your world is full of riddles. And there remains much to be realized and proclaimed.
All mankind is destined to learn from the faith of Jesus, and forever will mankind be delivered from the defaults of evil and rebellion, sin and ignorance, deception and greed, not so by the death of Jesus, but by his life and teachings. For Jesus demonstrated the perfect love of the Father, who redeems unconditionally, and not merely by bestowing forgiveness that comes from “a price being paid” by the act of crucifixion. The crucifixion was the price Jesus of Nazareth paid to live on earth and teach as the son of God, and die as the Son of Man. Jesus paid the price for the salvation he offered to mankind as the Son of God.
Prior to his bestowal, Christ Michael well knew his fate as a mortal man, and the sordid events that would unfold in his bestowal mission on Urantia. He well knew Urantia to be a “house of horrors” (for lack of a more descriptive terminology) and a confused world riddled with default, rebellion, ignorance, sin and evil. He also knew that as the Son of Man, he would have to pass through the portals of death, as any other mortal of the realm. Christ Michael also knew that he would arise victoriously and triumphantly, and his life and death would be a legacy that would remain in the minds, hearts and souls of mankind forever. This was the essence of his mission as Jesus of Nazareth.
But for many centuries after Jesus’ death and resurrection, the crucifixion has been the focal point of his life, perceived by many as a necessary requirement for personal salvation. Jesus is to be thanked for his life, his teachings, and most importantly, his asking God to forgive mankind with the blessings of Pentecost. God should be graciously thanked for the forgiveness he offered to mankind, and in the light of the callous deeds that led to Jesus’ death.
This is the mercy of God’s divine, unconditional love, exemplified through his son. All mankind are the beneficiaries of Jesus’ sacrifice, and receive sanctification and redemption for just for believing in him.
It was Christ who sacrificed his life to carry out his mission of love. It was Christ who taught all mankind the rewards of heaven, and it was Christ who asked God, “they” be forgiven. And it is Jesus Christ who continues to offer God’s love to all mankind, which is righteousness, forgiveness, redemption, and salvation. Metaphors describing his mission are unnecessary.
Many Christian religions are yet focused on the death and blood of Jesus Christ, and perhaps with not enough emphasis devoted to his teachings. It is what Jesus taught during his life that enables mortals to attain true salvation and life everlasting.
In allegorical respects, Jesus did “pay” for the sins of mankind with his bestowal and the sacrifice of his life on Urantia, a mission which he chose. His life and teachings were his passion, and the fact that he did not attempt to destroy his enemies, or even circumvent his fate in order to escape his torturous crucifixion, (which Jesus knew was inevitable), and all which he could have avoided, if he so chose. This is the demonstration of his divine love.
Neither did Jesus submit to his crucifixion in order to appease an angry God of wrath, for we are of, and serve a God of all love. Rather, Jesus of Nazareth chose to exemplify God’s love and forgiveness with the goodness that he showed throughout his life, and by virtue of the love and forgiveness he displayed on the cross, and by demonstrating to all mankind the redemption, salvation, and bestowal of divine love which will forever exist in the hearts and souls of all succeeding generations of humankind on Urantia. To obtain such blessings, the life of Jesus simply needs to be acknowledged.
And while dying on the cross, and rather than succumb to the human emotions of anger, hate, and revenge, Jesus divinely uplifted all mankind with the blessings of salvation and life everlasting. “All that believe in him shall not perish, and those who are in him shall become attuned to his divine presence within their souls, attaining forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.”
His monumental resurrection also guaranteed that his plight on Urantia would be known to all succeeding generations, and throughout the entire superuniverse, for ages upon ages to come, forever. A brilliant and magnificent expression of God’s love!