The Urantia Book -- Part IV. The Life And
Teachings Of Jesus
PAPER 134: Section 6.
Law, Liberty, And Sovereignty
If one man craves freedom -- liberty -- he must remember that all other
men long for the same freedom. Groups of such liberty-loving mortals cannot
live together in peace without becoming subservient to such laws, rules, and
regulations as will grant each person the same degree of freedom while at the
same time safeguarding an equal degree of freedom for all of his fellow mortals.
If one man is to be absolutely free, then another must become an absolute slave.
And the relative nature of freedom is true socially, economically, and politically.
Freedom is the gift of civilization made possible by the enforcement of LAW.
Religion makes it spiritually possible to realize the brotherhood of men, but
it will require mankind government to regulate the social, economic, and political
problems associated with such a goal of human happiness and efficiency.
There shall be wars and rumors of wars -- nation will rise against nation --
just as long as the world's political sovereignty is divided up and unjustly
held by a group of
nation-states. England, Scotland, and Wales were always fighting
each other until they gave up their respective sovereignties, reposing them
in the United Kingdom.
Another world war will teach the so-called sovereign nations to form some sort
of federation, thus creating the machinery for preventing small wars, wars between
the lesser nations. But global wars will go on until the government of mankind
is created. Global sovereignty will prevent global wars -- nothing else can.
The forty-eight American free states live together in peace. There are among
the citizens of these forty-eight states all of the various nationalities and
races that live in the ever-warring nations of Europe. These
almost all the religions and religious sects and cults of the whole wide world,
and yet here in North America they live together in peace. And all this is made
possible because these forty-eight states have surrendered their sovereignty
and have abandoned all notions of the supposed rights of self-determination.
It is not a question of armaments or
disarmament. Neither does the question
conscription or voluntary military service enter into these problems of maintaining
world-wide peace. If you take every form of modern mechanical armaments and
all types of
explosives away from strong nations, they will fight with fists,
stones, and clubs as long as they cling to their delusions of the divine right
of national sovereignty.
War is not man's great and terrible disease; war is a symptom, a result. The
real disease is the virus of national sovereignty.
Urantia nations have not possessed real sovereignty; they never have had a sovereignty
which could protect them from the ravages and
devastations of world wars. In
the creation of the global government of mankind, the nations are not giving
up sovereignty so much as they are actually creating a real, bona fide, and
lasting world sovereignty which will henceforth be fully able to protect them
from all war. Local affairs will be handled by local governments; national affairs,
by national governments; international affairs will be administered by global
World peace cannot be maintained by treaties, diplomacy, foreign policies, alliances,
balances of power, or any other type of makeshift juggling with the sovereignties
of nationalism. World law must come into being and must be enforced by world
government -- the sovereignty of all mankind.
The individual will enjoy far more liberty under world government. Today, the
citizens of the great powers are taxed, regulated, and controlled almost
and much of this present interference with individual liberties will vanish
when the national governments are willing to trustee their sovereignty as regards
international affairs into the hands of global government.
Under global government the national groups will be afforded a real opportunity
to realize and enjoy the personal liberties of genuine democracy. The fallacy
of self-determination will be ended. With global regulation of money and trade
will come the new era of world-wide peace. Soon may a global language evolve,
and there will be at least some hope of sometime having a global religion --
or religions with a global viewpoint.
Collective security will never afford peace until the
The political sovereignty of representative mankind government will bring lasting
peace on earth, and the spiritual brotherhood of man will forever insure good
will among all men. And there is no other way whereby peace on earth and good
will among men can be realized.
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After the death of Cymboyton, his sons encountered great difficulties in maintaining
a peaceful faculty. The repercussions of Jesus' teachings would have been
much greater if the later Christian teachers who joined the Urmia faculty
had exhibited more wisdom and exercised more tolerance.
Cymboyton's eldest son had appealed to Abner at Philadelphia for help, but
Abner's choice of teachers was most unfortunate in that they turned out to
be unyielding and uncompromising. These teachers sought to make their religion
dominant over the other beliefs. They never suspected that the
lectures of the caravan conductor had been delivered by Jesus himself.
As confusion increased in the faculty, the three brothers withdrew their financial
support, and after five years the school closed. Later it was reopened as
a Mithraic temple and eventually burned down in connection with one of their