The Urantia Book -- Part IV. The Life And
Teachings Of Jesus
PAPER 141: Section 5.
One of the most eventful of all the evening conferences at Amathus was the session
having to do with the discussion of spiritual unity. James Zebedee had asked,
"Master, how shall we learn to see alike and thereby enjoy more harmony among
ourselves?" When Jesus heard this question, he was stirred within his spirit,
so much so that he replied: "James, James, when did I teach you that you should
all see alike? I have come into the world to proclaim spiritual liberty to the
end that mortals may be empowered to live individual lives of originality and
freedom before God. I do not desire that social harmony and fraternal peace
shall be purchased by the sacrifice of free personality and spiritual originality.
What I require of you, my apostles, is spirit unity -- and that you can
experience in the joy of your united dedication to the wholehearted doing of
the will of my Father in heaven. You do not have to see alike or feel alike
or even think alike in order spiritually to be alike. Spiritual unity
is derived from the consciousness that each of you is indwelt, and increasingly
dominated, by the spirit gift of the heavenly Father. Your apostolic harmony
must grow out of the fact that the spirit hope of each of you is identical in
origin, nature, and destiny.
"In this way you may experience a perfected unity of spirit purpose and spirit
understanding growing out of the mutual consciousness of the identity of each
of your indwelling Paradise spirits; and you may enjoy all of this profound
spiritual unity in the very face of the utmost diversity of your individual
attitudes of intellectual thinking, temperamental feeling, and social conduct.
Your personalities may be refreshingly diverse and markedly different, while
your spiritual natures and spirit fruits of divine worship and brotherly love
may be so unified that all who behold your lives will of a surety take cognizance
of this spirit identity and soul unity; they will recognize that you have been
with me and have thereby learned, and acceptably, how to do the will of the
Father in heaven. You can achieve the unity of the service of God even while
you render such service in accordance with the technique of your own original
endowments of mind, body, and soul.
"Your spirit unity implies two things, which always will be found to harmonize
in the lives of individual believers: First, you are possessed with a common
motive for life service; you all desire above everything to do the will of the
Father in heaven. Second, you all have a common goal of existence; you all purpose
to find the Father in heaven, thereby proving to the universe that you have
become like him."
Many times during the training of the twelve Jesus reverted to this theme. Repeatedly
he told them it was not his desire that those who believed in him should become
dogmatized and standardized in accordance with the religious interpretations
of even good men. Again and again he warned his apostles against the formulation
of creeds and the establishment of traditions as a means of guiding and controlling
believers in the gospel of the kingdom.