The Urantia Book -- Part IV. The Life And
Teachings Of Jesus
PAPER 134: Section 4.
Sovereignty -- Divine And Human
The brotherhood of men is founded on the fatherhood of God. The family of God
is derived from the love of God -- God is love. God the Father divinely loves
his children, all of them.
The kingdom of heaven, the divine government, is founded on the fact of divine
sovereignty -- God is spirit. Since God is spirit, this kingdom is spiritual.
The kingdom of heaven is neither material nor merely intellectual; it is a spiritual
relationship between God and man.
If different religions recognize the spirit sovereignty of God the Father, then
will all such religions remain at peace. Only when one religion assumes that
it is in some way superior to all others, and that it possesses exclusive authority
over other religions, will such a religion presume to be intolerant of other
religions or dare to persecute other religious believers.
Religious peace -- brotherhood -- can never exist unless all religions are willing
to completely divest themselves of all ecclesiastical authority and fully surrender
all concept of spiritual sovereignty. God alone is spirit sovereign.
You cannot have equality among religions (religious liberty) without having
religious wars unless all religions consent to the transfer of all religious
sovereignty to some superhuman level, to God himself.
The kingdom of heaven in the hearts of men will create religious unity (not
necessarily uniformity) because any and all religious groups composed of such
religious believers will be free from all notions of ecclesiastical authority
-- religious sovereignty.
God is spirit, and God gives a fragment of his spirit self to dwell in the heart
of man. Spiritually, all men are equal. The kingdom of heaven is free from castes,
classes, social levels, and economic groups. You are all brethren.
But the moment you lose sight of the spirit sovereignty of God the Father, some
one religion will begin to assert its superiority over other religions; and
then, instead of peace on earth and good will among men, there will start dissensions,
recriminations, even religious wars, at least wars among religionists.
Freewill beings who regard themselves as equals, unless they mutually acknowledge
themselves as subject to some supersovereignty, some authority over and above
themselves, sooner or later are tempted to try out their ability to gain power
and authority over other persons and groups. The concept of equality never brings
peace except in the mutual recognition of some
overcontrolling influence of
The Urmia religionists lived together in comparative peace and tranquillity
because they had fully surrendered all their notions of religious sovereignty.
Spiritually, they all believed in a sovereign God; socially, full and unchallengeable
authority rested in their presiding head -- Cymboyton. They well knew what would
happen to any teacher who assumed to lord it over his fellow teachers. There
can be no lasting religious peace on Urantia until all religious groups freely
surrender all their notions of divine favor, chosen people, and religious sovereignty.
Only when God the Father becomes supreme will men become religious brothers
and live together in religious peace on earth.