The Urantia Book -- Part IV. The Life And
Teachings Of Jesus
PAPER 141: Section 4.
Teaching About The Father
While sojourning at Amathus, Jesus spent much time with the apostles instructing
them in the new concept of God; again and again did he impress upon them that
God is a Father, not a great and supreme
bookkeeper who is chiefly engaged
in making damaging entries against his erring children on earth, recordings
of sin and evil to be used against them when he subsequently sits in judgment
upon them as the just Judge of all creation. The Jews had long conceived of
God as a king over all, even as a Father of the nation, but never before had
large numbers of mortal men held the idea of God as a loving Father of the individual.
In answer to Thomas's question, "Who is this God of the kingdom?" Jesus replied:
"God is your Father, and religion -- my gospel -- is nothing more nor
less than the believing recognition of the truth that you are his son. And I
am here among you in the flesh to make clear both of these ideas in my life
Jesus also sought to free the minds of his apostles from the idea of offering
animal sacrifices as a religious duty. But these men, trained in the religion
of the daily sacrifice, were slow to comprehend what he meant. Nevertheless,
the Master did not grow weary in his teaching. When he failed to reach the minds
of all of the apostles by means of one illustration, he would restate his message
and employ another type of parable for purposes of illumination.
At this same time Jesus began to teach the twelve more fully concerning their
mission "to comfort the afflicted and minister to the sick." The Master taught
them much about the whole man -- the union of body, mind, and spirit to form
the individual man or woman. Jesus told his associates about the three forms
of affliction they would meet and went on to explain how they should minister
to all who suffer the sorrows of human sickness. He taught them to recognize:
- Diseases of the flesh -- those afflictions commonly regarded as physical
- Troubled minds -- those
nonphysical afflictions which were subsequently
looked upon as emotional and mental difficulties and disturbances.
- The possession of evil spirits.
Jesus explained to his apostles on several occasions the nature, and something
concerning the origin, of these evil spirits, in that day often also called
unclean spirits. The Master well knew the difference between the possession
of evil spirits and insanity, but the apostles did not. Neither was it possible,
in view of their limited knowledge of the early history of Urantia, for Jesus
to undertake to make this matter fully understandable. But he many times said
to them, alluding to these evil spirits: " They shall no more molest men when
I shall have ascended to my Father in heaven, and after I shall have poured
out my spirit upon all flesh in those times when the kingdom will come in
great power and spiritual glory."
From week to week and from month to month, throughout this entire year, the
apostles paid more and more attention to the healing ministry of the sick.