LIFE'S QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Who is God?
"The Universal Father is the God of all creation, the First Source and Center of all things and beings. First think of God as a creator, then as a controller, and lastly as an infinite upholder. The truth about the Universal Father had begun to dawn upon mankind when the prophet said: 'You, God, are alone; there is none beside you. You have created the heaven and the heaven of heavens, with all their hosts; you preserve and control them. By the Sons of God were the universes made. The Creator covers himself with light as with a garment and stretches out the heavens as a curtain.' Only the concept of the Universal Father--one God in the place of many gods--enabled mortal man to comprehend the Father as divine creator and infinite controller." God is the source of all true love. He is your Creator Father, and places a fragment of himself in your mind to act as your spirit guide. He is a lover of all humankind and a helper of the distressed. He neither creates evil nor permits sin and rebellion. All things are possible with God. God is the source and destiny of all that is good, beautiful and true.
Does God know me personally?
God bestows unique personality on every human being, and thereby knows each of us personally. In addition, God sends a spirit fragment of himself to live within your mind. Known as a Thought Adjuster, this spirit fragment partners with your mind to foster the growth of your soul and spiritualize your thinking. This Thought Adjuster is devoted to the work of building your soul with you during your mortal life. The Adjuster is your pilot; the mind is your ship; and your free will is the captain in your life. Each time you choose to do God's will, you grow your soul and experience the divinity that lives within you. Your Thought Adjuster is the greatest evidence of God's love for you. This spirit fragment is the essence of your eternal nature, your perfect guide who toils tirelessly for your spiritual growth.
Does God hear my prayers?
Yes, all sincere prayers are heard and answered, although the answer may be delayed or modified to another stage of your spiritual ascension. God and his helpers in the universe know your needs even before you ask, and give you the answer you need to progress. "God answers man's prayer by giving him an increased revelation of truth, an enhanced appreciation of beauty, and an augmented concept of goodness. Prayer is a subjective gesture, but it contacts with mighty objective realities on the spiritual levels of human experience; it is a meaningful reach by the human for superhuman values. It is the most potent spiritual-growth stimulus."
What happens after I die?
Death is "only the beginning of an endless career of adventure, an everlasting life of anticipation, an eternal voyage of discovery." The Urantia Book likens a person awakening after death to a butterfly emerging from a cocoon. After you die, you wake up on the first of seven mansion worlds--spheres of exquisite beauty and embellishment--as the same person you were here on earth but with a new body, one without flesh and blood. While you are getting used to your new home, you will have time to call upon your loved ones and friends who arrived on these worlds before you. You will continue your life of eternal adventure and growth, resuming your intellectual and spiritual development at the exact level you had attained when you died. Your life after death will not be so different in essentials from your mortal existence; you will continue to be challenged to grow in spirituality. Your evolution from an animal-like creature to a perfected spirit will still be dependent upon your faith and spirit-led decisions. There is no end to your life, only transitions from one phase of development to a higher one.
Is there life on other planets?
Yes, the universe is teeming with an amazing variety of life. You will meet and work with all kinds of material and spiritual beings during your universe ascension career. We are part of an enormous cosmos that contains an infinite family of ascending beings to God and descending beings from God. In the grand universe, there are over seven trillion inhabitable planets, and our world, Urantia, is one of several hundred inhabited worlds in our local system. You will be astonished as you progress from world to world and meet the variety of intelligent beings who share this universe with us.
Why does evil exist?
Evil is not created by God. Because it exists only in potential until actualized by human choice, evil serves as a decision stimulus for the moral progress of free-will human beings. Free will is an attribute bestowed by God on his mortal children to enable them to learn to choose between good and evil, and to ascend from imperfection to perfection. The Creator will not allow any being to deny you the right to exercise your divinely bestowed free will. We are all part of a gigantic creation striving towards perfection, and perfection only exists where God exists. Evil is the immature choosing and the unthinking misstep of those who are resistant to goodness, rejectful of beauty, and disloyal to truth."
What do angels do?
Angels are very close to you and love you. Angels are your heavenly guides. They share most of your emotions except fear and anger. They are devoted to assisting you through your social, ethical, and moral environment to make enhanced spiritual decisions; to help you grow as a spiritual being. Angels help to intensify the higher ideals that have already appeared in your mind. Frequently your urge to pray is the result of their influence. Angels retain the records of your life as you live it, but they do not judge you. Angels possess powers far beyond human comprehension. When you awaken on a mansion world after death, you will behold your angels for the first time.
How can people learn to love each other?
People can learn to love each other by recognizing that we are all children of a common Creator Father. "All true love is from God, and man receives the divine affection as he himself bestows this love upon his fellows. Love is dynamic. It can never be captured; it is alive, free, thrilling, and always moving. You can never take the love of the Father and imprison it within your heart. The Father's love can become real to you only by passing through that man's personality as you in turn bestow this love upon your fellows. The love of the Father appears in the mortal personality by the ministry of the indwelling Adjuster. Such a God-knowing child reveals this love to his universe brethren, and this fraternal affection is the essence of the love of the Supreme." Another way to learn to love others, especially those with whom you have difficulty, is to pray for them. Your prayer will not change them, but it will have a positive effect on your attitude toward them. Love is born of a thorough understanding of your neighbor's motives and sentiments. Loving others as the Father loves us all is one of the highest goals you can have in your life.
What is the purpose of my life?
The main purpose of your life is to find God and become more like him, to respond to the love and guidance of the fragment of God that lives within your own soul, and to realize that you are a child of God and that all people are your brothers and sisters. As you learn to love God more, it will be easier to love people because your love becomes more real as you bestow it on others.
Another purpose is the eternal exploration of the infinite Father as he expresses himself in universal reality and in the lives of his children in all the vast universe in his creation.
How can I become a better person?
The ideal way to become a better person is to make spiritually significant decisions in your life situation, to maintain faith in God no matter what life brings, and to learn to love one more person each day. These practices, together with wholehearted and unselfish prayer and worship, help grow your soul and enlarge your capacity to express the fruits of the spirit: loving service, unselfish devotion, courageous loyalty, sincere fairness, enlightened honesty, undying hope, confiding trust, merciful ministry, unfailing goodness, forgiving tolerance, and enduring peace.