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Week 15 of our study on religion from The Urantia Book, we recently began Paper 102, The Foundations of Religious Faith. This week we'll cover Section 3. Knowledge, Wisdom, and Insight and 4. The Fact of Experience.
Religious experience requires spiritual growth, intellectual expansion, factual enlargement, and social service. No real religious growth can be accomplished without a highly active personality. Lazy people may seek to escape the rigors of religious activities by retreating to the false shelter of religious dogmas; poorly disciplined souls may use religion as an escape from the demands of living; but the true mission of religion is to prepare religionists to bravely face the vicissitudes of life. True religion must act.
The pursuit of knowledge constitutes science; the search for wisdom is philosophy; the love of God is religion; the hunger for truth is revelation. Revelation unifies history and coordinates science. Religion is to morality as love is to duty, sonship is to servitude, essence is to substance. The relation between an individual and his Creator is a living experience. To isolate religion as one part of life is a disintegration of life and a distortion of religion.
102:3.15.Science is only satisfied with first causes, religion with supreme personality, and philosophy with unity. Revelation affirms that these three are one, and that all are good. The eternal real is the good of the universe and not the time illusions of space evil. In the spiritual experience of all personalities, always is it true that the real is the good and the good is the real.
Please join us as we continue this exploration on how The Urantia Book defines the meaning, purpose and value of true religion and the significance of living faith. It's a delight to share these amazing Melchizedek teachings on religion together. As always, many great cross references will enhance our study,