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The Origin of The Urantia Papers
A Brief Account
man wanted to
know the difference between Edgar Cayce, the so-called
Sleeping Prophet, and the Sleeping Subject described by
William Sadler in the Appendix to his
Mind At Mischief.
The latter was suspected of being involved
in the creation of
The Urantia Papers.
I shall describe the sequence of events
which led Sadler to investigate the behavior of the Sleeping
Subject, how that relationship developed into
The Urantia Papers,
and why Edgar Cayce could not have been
the Sleeping Subject.
Cayce was psychic from young boyhood. On repeated
occasions through his life he had visions
of an angel of light. He was often plagued by psychic
presentations while fully conscious.
Contrary to popular opinion, Cayce had numerous personal
He was not the kind, gentle, Christian man described
by his promoters. He was a chain smoker.
He had a volatile temperament. On countless occasions he fired
his secretary in a fit of rage, only to reinstate her a few
hours later. He was arrested in New York
City for fraud. He could not keep his financial affairs in order.
As a young married man he refused to seek employment, and
often his wife and sons were short on
food, with rent unpaid. Throughout his life he depended on
the largess of others. His hospital in Virginia Beach was
financed by a wealthy man from New York
City. When that support terminated he had to declare bankruptcy.
The hospital and his home were both lost to Sheriffís sale.
Cayceís technique for entrance into trance was as
follows. He would lie down on a couch or
bed. He would cross his hands upon his chest and close his
eyes, as though going to sleep. He needed a conductor. In his
early years it was his wife, in later
years his son. They would sit by him as he went into repose. When
they saw his eyelids flicker they would present him with a
question. He would then give an answer. If
they did not present him with a question when his eyelids flickered
he would fall into a natural sleep from which he would awaken
on his own. If he did not fall into a
natural sleep, he went into the trance from which he made
Note that Cayce always entered his trance from a
fully conscious mental state. He had to
make a conscious decision to enter into his psychic state.
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In 1968 I visited the Cayce library in Virginia
Beach and skimmed through random
selections of his pronouncements. They were typed and placed in
loose leaf binders. They covered many
shelves. None of his pronouncements were
identified from any spirit author. (In
contrast, the materials which came through Sadlerís Sleeping Subject
were identified with authorship by various
celestial personalities.) This lack of celestial source
led everyone to believe his statements came out of his
unaided mind, strictly from his psychic
powers. Thus he was a sleeping prophet. A popular book on Cayce
was given that title. (Edgar
Jess Stern, Doubleday,
New York, 1967.)
Many of Cayceís pronouncements were for the healing
of other persons who would come to him or
who wrote him letters. He had amazing success with
this method, with prescriptions for home remedies. Although
it is a popular opinion that Cayce did not
remember his pronouncements when he awoke from his
transmissions, he was often able to describe the environment
of a remote patient, down to the details
of the furniture and lighting of the room in which the
patient was located. This accuracy of detail was confirmed on
many occasions, to impress everyone with
Cayceís psychic powers.
How? Did this come out of his unaided psychic mind,
or did he have spirit help? Did he tap
into a universal consciousness or was he assisted by an
invisible spirit entity? If so, did that entity know the
medical condition and physical
surroundings of the remote patient? Does that entity possess the
power to instantaneously know all human
mortals living on this planet? Does he also possess
insight into human ailments from several hundred thousand
years of human observation?
Was Cayce used by the spirit entity to show the
world how powerful Cayce was as a healer?
As I studied Cayce I discovered that some of his
pronouncements were focused on coming
earth events, reversal of the poles, and great shifting of land
masses. Okay, that would certainly pique everyoneís interest.
Unfortunately, he failed as a prophet. For
example, he said that California would slide into the ocean
in í68. That had to be 1968, otherwise the prediction had to
wait for another century, or several, and
by that time no one would remember Cayce. California
did not slide into the ocean in í68, or any other year, thus
far. Then, as I studied further, I saw the
source of his pronouncements. Cayce was
deep into reincarnation, a doctrine that is contrary to Christian
and Urantian teachings. He said that Jesus
was the reincarnation of other historic personalities
including Joseph, Melchizedek, and so on. That was pure
Well, so much for Cayce. Such vile material
certainly did not come out of the
conscious or unconscious mind of a good Christian. I know the source
of such teaching. It is an evil,
rebellious personality whose purpose is to throw this
planet into disarray. Christians know him as the Devil. Jesus
called him the Prince of this World, John
12, 14, 16. In
The Urantia Papers
he is named
Caligastia. (From page 602: The Ďdevilí is
none other than Caligastia, the deposed Planetary
Prince of Urantia . . .) (The name is derived from the Roman
It means dim, misty, and dark, certainly
an appropriate name for the rebel.)
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Human Agent For The Revelation
Sadler was raised Seventh Day Adventist. At age 14
he went to Battle Creek, Michigan where he
worked for John Harvey Kellogg, the famous manager
of the SDA Sanitarium. He soon was placed in positions of
responsibility by Kellogg.
In 1893, when Sadler was 18, Kellogg made him part
of the team that started a new medical
mission in Chicago. On letter heads he is identified as Secretary.
He married Lena Kellogg, blood niece to
Kellogg, and to William Keith Kellogg, known
today on your breakfast table as W. K. Kellogg. (Recently,
the A&E cable network did a biography on
John Harvey and his brother William Keith as
The Corn Flake
In 1901 John Harvey asked Sadler to establish a new medical mission
in San Francisco. (Sadler was then 26.)
Ellen White, the prophetess of the Seventh
Day Adventist Church, lived nearby with her son, William (Willie)
White. Sadler and Lena became intimate
with the White family. Sadler remained friends with
Willie until 1913.
The Kelloggs and the Whites
knew each other from youth. Ellen White
had sponsored John Harvey in order for him to obtain his medical
education, before the Whites moved from
Battle Creek. John Harvey and Willie White were
the same age. Willie won the heart of John Harveyís girl and
Around the turn of the century a great contest arose
within the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
John Harvey had published a book which brought into
question some of the basic tenets of the SDA. (The
Good Health Publishing Company, Battle
Creek, 1903.) His doctrinal threat was unintentional,
and before the SDA had fully developed its theology. (In
fact, it spurred more formal development
of SDA theology.) Meantime his fame had spread far and
wide. The large Medical Mission organization he was building
increased his reputation and power. Thus,
there were two prongs to the contest which stormed
around Ellen White, the spiritual leader, and John Harvey
Kellogg, the medical healer. They were the
two most powerful figures in the SDA. One prong was
doctrinal issues: did Kelloggís book jeopardize fundamental
The other prong was
Church political power: was Kellogg a threat to Church ministerial
control? Sadler, as agent for Kelloggís operations in
California, was caught in the warfare. He
was very faithful to the Church, and strongly believed in the
prophetic powers of Ellen White. But he
also felt strong ties to Kellogg, who had
essentially raised him from youth. Sadler
was an intelligent, efficient organizer. But he worked for Kellogg,
and the Medical Mission operation of the SDA; he did not
report directly to the ministerial arm of
the Church. With debate growing among the ministers about
the serious doctrinal concerns generated by Kelloggís book,
and with Sadler as
Kelloggís personal agent,
ministerial eyes naturally focused on Sadler. Without
justification he was regarded suspiciously. (There was also
an element of jealousy among some of the
San Francisco ministers.) Accusations were brought against
Sadler, and his methods. One complaint was his expenditure of
money to build
medical facilities at the expense of
Church spiritual operations.
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A committee of four was
formed to investigate the accusations. Kellogg was a member of the
committee. The accusations were brought openly in Sabbath
meeting, the most stern form of indictment
that could be leveled against someone in the Church.
Kellogg had traveled to San Francisco for the meeting. During
the discussions Kellogg would not support
Sadler. His own Church position had come into jeopardy.
As a result Sadler was demoted from all managerial
This incident took place in October, 1903. It threw
Sadler into a psychological and spiritual
whirl. Ellen White, and her son Willie, recognizing Sadlerís
outstanding abilities, pleaded for him to remain in San
Francisco. They did not want to lose him.
They would find a place for him. But it was too much of a blow
to Sadler. By December he and his wife Lena decided to move
back to Battle Creek to continue their
medical education. The Sadlers were in Chicago the week
before Christmas, and on a train to Battle Creek Christmas
They remained in Battle
Creek until the following spring, when they moved to La Grange,
Illinois, where they entered the Chicago
branch of SDA Medical Mission School. (At that
point Sadler could not tolerate being in the same town with
John Harvey Kellogg.)
They both graduated two years later with MD
certification from the State of Illinois.
In the state medical exam Sadler was one of four who made the same
top grade. (The other three were from the
Rush Medical School.) He was a bright man
with an incredible memory. He remarked in a letter to Willie that he
found the SDA school more rigorous than
the Stanford medical school he and Lena had
attended in San Francisco.
The Sleeping Subject (SS)
Sadler first met SS around the
middle of April, 1908. Sadlerís lease had
expired at the end of March on property he was renting at 38
Calendar Avenue in La Grange, Illinois. He
purchased a property at 56 S. 6th Avenue around the first
of April, but the condition of sale held him to obey existing
leases. Those leases did not expire until
late summer. Therefore he had to find temporary housing. He
and Lena moved into a furnished apartment.
One evening, as they were
preparing to retire around 11:00, a knock
came on their door. An excited woman requested
that they come and examine her husband. She had heard they
were physicians. He was behaving in an
unusual manner. She and her husband had
gone to bed and were falling asleep when he suddenly awakened her by
moving abruptly about on the bed. She
thought he was dreaming, and tried to awake
him, but without success. He continued this odd behavior,
which greatly disturbed her.
Thereupon, she went looking for the Sadlers.
He was still moving about when the Sadlers entered his
bedroom. They tried also to awake him,
again without success. Sadler employed every reasonable
means he knew as a physician. They sat with him for awhile.
After some time he awoke on his own and
wanted to know why these strangers were in his bedroom.
They proceeded to explain but he didnít believe them. At
their urging he
met with Dr. Sadler the next day for a
complete physical and psychological examination.
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He came from a healthy family with no known
psychological or emotional problems.
Sadler could determine no cause for his strange behavior.
Some period of time passed when the wife again came knocking
on the door, again in the evening hours.
The same behavior was exhibited. By this time
SS was highly concerned. He asked Sadler as a medical doctor
to investigate the cause. Thus he became a
patient of Sadlerís, and this relationship shows in legal
court records until today, although SS had nothing to do with
the final revelation.
This behavior continued at odd times, always at
night, during the summer. In late summer,
during one of the nocturnal visits, Lena noticed that SS was
wiping his lips with his tongue, as though to speak. She
suggested they ask him a question,
whereupon he began to speak. About that
time the Sadlers moved into their home. SS, highly concerned
about his unusual behavior, moved into an apartment in the
same block in order that he would be near
the Sadlers during the night episodes.
This pattern of behavior
led to a long series of questions and answers through subsequent
visits, and eventually to the unfolding of
the Revelation. SS was a member of the
Chicago Board of Trade, a highly pragmatic,
hard-nosed business man who did not believe in psychic
phenomena or any such nonsense. He was as
puzzled as Sadler as to the cause of his behavior. His night
statements were about the heavenly realms, about God, about
creation, and about this world.
Conceptually they went far beyond his simple religious teachings.
They were not something that could come out of either his
conscious or subconscious mind. He was
from a traditional Christian background; he just simply
could not accept that such things were issuing from his
As his strange behavior
continued, he asked Sadler to continue in consultation.
As part of his investigation Sadler used hypnosis. Although
Sadler had difficulty hypnotizing the man
because he was such a pragmatic person, he finally
was able to do so. Sadler could find no subconscious memory
of the materials which the man had been
presenting while asleep. This was an extreme puzzle for
Sadler. In his investigations of psychic, spiritualist, and
channeler patients he was always able to
find such memories. This evidence was one of the major reasons
Sadler felt that psychic materials were generated in
the subconscious mind of individuals.
This arrangement with Sadler continued for nearly thirty
years. (SS was as keenly interested as
Sadler in determining the cause of his unusual behavior.)
During that time Sadler brought in other medical and
psychiatric professionals, as well as
famous magicians, who knew all the tricks of the trade, to determine
if there were hidden methods by which this
man might be producing such strange
behavior. Did some other explanation exist? In 1911 Sadler himself
entered the field of psychiatry in order
to become better trained in the behavior of the human
mind. No one was able to solve the riddle.
Highly important to our understanding is the fact
that no one had any idea when these events
would take place. SS did not know, his wife did not know,
Sadler did not know, nor anyone else. They would come
suddenly, and unexpectedly.
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Highly important also is recognition that the wife
was needed to alert Sadler to an event.
She was a key part of the process. Her notification to the Sadlers
would come at any time of the night. Later, as this curious
behavior went on, the other professionals
and consultants also had to be awakened from their sleep to
rush over to the manís residence. Can you imagine how this
excitable woman and this man must have
felt to have strangers moving around their private bedroom
in the middle of the night while SS was in his bed in
Another important element is displayed. Because
these events took place at night, only
when the man was in a natural sleep, the two households could not
be separated from one another by any great distance. When
Sadler moved to north Chicago in 1913 SS
had to follow him if Sadler were to continue as his
physician. Sadler and Lena, or other members of the
investigative team, could not travel
thirty miles back to La Grange in those days, (with no night
trains), and still have time for
investigative study. Consider also why SS did not want this
behavior to become known. It would have damaged his business
reputation. Therefore, he had a strong
desire not to bounce from one doctor to another.
Doctor-patient confidentiality was an important
element in the arrangement. The
pronouncements made while he was asleep were collected by Sadler,
taken from his hand notes or those of the other professional
consultants. Some of the material was also
handwritten by SS, while still asleep. This came about
because Sadler tried other methods to understand the process
at work. One method was to place a pencil
in the manís hand, with paper. He then would write
upon it in answer to a question. (I shall not detail episodes
here.) Over the years
the notes formed a coherent structure of presentation,
similar to what we now have in
The Urantia Papers,
but more primitive. Many of the concepts were not
developed to the level we now find in the Papers.
The importance of the similarity of the early
material through SS, and the actual
Revelation, may be recognized by the need to condition Sadler and
other persons to the new concepts. They could not have one
revelation through SS, and then completely
different concepts when the actual Revelation was presented.
By this time Sadler had been informed through SS
that he was in communication with
personalities from the invisible spirit world. In this manner a link
had been established between the material and spirit worlds.
Sadler could engage in conversation with
the spirit visitors. Again, this element has led many to
believe that the communications Sadler received through SS
were the same as communications through
psychics, mediums, or channelers. Indeed, a similarity
was true. They were both from the spirit world.
Unfortunately, no one until now has
differentiated between the two techniques. One was benign and
concerned about mankind; the technique was
mechanical manipulation of the muscles and
breathing of SS while he was fully unconscious. The other was
malicious with intent on putting this
world into total disarray; the technique was spirit violation of
conscious human mind.
In 1923 two other events took place related to the
revelation. Emma Christensen (Christy) was
adopted by the Sadlers and became a member of the
Sadler household. Oddly, she was 33 years old.
She was a trained secretary and office
manager, who then served as secretary for recording the night
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Meanwhile, at the urging of several individuals,
Sadler formed an unrelated Sunday
discussion group in his home which started as an informal
presentation and dialogue on medical and
psychiatric subjects. (Sadler had recently left the
Chautauqua lecture circuits and was exploring other ways to
talk to the public about solutions to
health and mental problems.) The members of the group were
from all walks of life. The only thing common among them was
interest in those subjects.
This group became known as The Forum. Shortly after
their first meeting the subject of psychic phenomena and
spiritualism came up. Sadler showed them
copies of some of the material coming through SS, which
piqued their interest.
(Sadler still sought all possible avenues to come to an explanation
of the behavior of SS. Perhaps some member
of the Sunday group might come up with an
idea, or have some knowledge that would provide a key to the
When Sadler offered that material to the group it
forever altered their purpose. It led to
many questions, generated from the material they had seen. In
attempt to organize this interest Sadler had the members
prepare lists of questions between Sunday
meetings. Hundreds of questions were generated. These
were collated and edited. Sadler then took those questions to
SS at the next event. This, in turn, as
part of a formal response, led to the presentation of full
Papers through SS. Those precursor Papers were not part of
the final Revelation and were subsequently
destroyed by Sadler.
Sadler continued to believe he was dealing with an
unusual psychic phenomenon. In the late
1920ís, in one Sunday meeting, when Lena and members
of the Forum began to voice views that they were dealing with
a divine revelation, Sadler took them to
task. He accused them of losing their scientific objectivity.
He was not going to let one baffling case change his mind.
I shall not describe all the steps of the process,
but in 1934 and 1935 the actual Revelation
appeared. It came in sets of Papers, on several different occasions.
It appeared in fully developed form, exactly what we know
today. It appeared out of thin air. Sadler
would find the sets of Papers unexpectedly. SS had
nothing to do with the process. The Forum had nothing to do
with it. The final Papers appeared
miraculously. This was the first time Sadler and other members
of his family, and the Forum, saw the Jesus Papers. The Jesus
Papers did not exist prior to this event.
Sadler had two instructions. He was never to reveal
the identity of SS. And he was never to
reveal how the Papers appeared. He obeyed his instructions.
However, he left sufficient evidence that we can
trace the sequence of events, and the
manner of the appearance of the Papers. While technically obeying
the instructions I feel that he wanted the
world to know what had happened, and left it
to later investigators to piece together his various clues.
I have summarized my investigations into this book.
One of the more difficult parts for me
personally was dealing with the weaknesses of the human
personalities associated with the Revelation. Two major
elements were involved.
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One was the shortness of human vision exhibited by
Sadler in his creation of secular vehicles
for control and dissemination of the Revelation. The other was
the perversions of Christy, and how that led to fragmentation
of the Urantia organizations.
Both Sadler and Christy have been held up as idols
in the work of the Revelation. Without
question the Revelation would not have appeared without
Sadler. He was the key personality. Christy was also a great
contributor. She alone typed the entire
manuscript from the original documents. But she went off on a
path that created serious discord and strife within the
Urantia community. She also introduced
various materials and traditions as authentic revelation, which
were not. That was a grave mistake. I shall discuss these
elements later in this book.
Imagine Sadlerís consternation when material began
appearing out of the blue. He devised an
explanation which was repeated by Meredith Sprunger,
but not a realistic scenario of what actually happened.
Sadler believed the mind of SS was used to
produce the miracle Papers. He felt the Spirit of the Father
(Thought Adjuster) produced material within the manís mind,
and that midwayers read that material,
from the manís mind. The midwayers then produced the actual
revelation on paper. What Sadler failed to recognize was the
circuitous route of his explanation. The
midwayers are in direct contact with celestial authorities;
they had no need for the mind of SS. But Sadler was tied to a
need for SS from his many years of study,
and could not release hold of that need in his thinking.
The last part was correct. The midwayers actually
materialized the revelation. (This
thinking tells us something about SS. From Sadlerís explanation we
know he was still alive, and supposedly well, in 1935.)
From this evidence we can now come to grips with the
process of SS. He was mechanically
manipulated by the midwayers. They could control his voice,
and move his arms. Thus they were able to communicate either
orally or manually.
They engaged in these activities only when the man
was fully asleep because they did not want
to violate his conscious mind, or his personal will. They never
entered his mind. They had no need to do so.
On the other hand, Caligastia can work his perversions only
through a conscious mind. He cannot
manipulate the physical world. He cannot control the
voice or move the hands of a sleeping person. If such
phenomena take place by him it is only
because he has already entered the minds of his subjects while they
are in a conscious state. Thus it was with Cayce. Cayce was
not asleep when he made his
pronouncements. He entered the psychic trance state only from a
conscious state of mind. This rule is true
for all psychics. No matter what evidence is
adduced to show that other psychics could produce their
ďrevelationsĒ from sleep there is always a
conscious decision by the psychic to enter into such a trance
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The Purpose Behind SS
From rumors that circulate about the appearance of
the Revelation, from statements and
anecdotes related by Sadler and other family members, and from
our habitual notions of channeling, nearly everyone concludes
that the Papers were channeled. The idea
of a Sleeping Subject and parallels with Edgar Cayce,
reinforce such conclusion. After all, channeling is the
process of a human mind serving as a
conduit for disembodied spirits. Werenít disembodied spirits the
source of the Papers?
Why didnít true divine beings come in direct
visitation, as with Paul on the road to
Damascus, or as with Moses in the many visitations described in the
Pentateuch? They didnít for
severely practical reasons. If Sadler, or someone else, had
served as a scribe, taking dictation, would we believe they
were not channeling?
is a good example.
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another. If Sadler, or someone else, had
said that an angel visited him and gave him the dictation, would we
believe that story any more than we believe the record Sadler
gave us? Many elements were involved in
the process. How did our planetary supervisors
expect to condition Sadler to accept a divine Revelation?
They could not just drop it on him from
out of the blue. He would not have believed it. He would
have thought someone was playing a joke on him. (In fact, at
the initial stages of the miracle, he did,
indeed, believe someone was playing a joke on him.) He
would not have had twenty years of preparation to the new,
and startling, concepts.
Sadler was a stick-in-the-mud mid-western
traditionalist. He believed in God and
country. He believed in Christianity. He believed in the Jesus of
tradition. Until he became thoroughly
disillusioned with Ellen White and John Harvey Kellogg,
he was a dyed-in-the-wool Seventh Day Adventist. He left the
Church because of the internecine warfare,
and because he was stabbed in the back by Kellogg. But
those personal events were highly important to prepare Sadler
They created deep disillusionment with human
theological authority. Sadler no longer
trusted human mortals as sources of divine truth, although he
continued to respect Ellen Whiteís
inspirations for their religious value, not their divine
authenticity. That disillusionment came
several years before he met SS. But he
continued for many years after the first event of SS, and after the
actual event of the Revelation, as a
traditional Christian believer, and a member of a formal religious
Our planetary supervisors had to devise some method
by which they could get Sadlerís
attention, and condition him to their presence. They used his
profession as a Doctor, and they used his views on psychic
phenomena and spiritualism. He was adamant
that such things were from the subconscious or marginal
consciousness of the mind
. From his youthful adult days in articles in
Seventh Day Adventist publications, to his
many books throughout his life, he never
seriously departed from such views. Although Sadler publicly
admitted to the possibility of contact
from divine agencies, (after all, it was Bible teaching), certainly
reinforced later from his experience with the Revelation, his
phenomena was always as a natural but abnormal product of the human
mind. Therefore, he was particularly suspicious of any
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This background made
him ideal for the event of revelation. SS had to be so different
in behavior that Sadler would not immediately discard him as
a psychic. In the late 1920ís, when the
Forum members were willing to accept the Papers as a
divine revelation, Sadler still clung to the notion that this
was some unusual psychic phenomena he
could not classify. That is why the unusual behavior of SS
held him for so many years. He would not let go. Not until
the Jesus Papers came, and he began to
read the descriptions of the apostles, was he finally converted.
He recognized that no human author or psychologist
would have had the insights into those
personalities as displayed in
The Urantia Papers.
But that did not happen until the late
Thus the process of the revelation came squarely
onto the shoulders of a trained
professional, who was thoroughly familiar with human mental and
psychic behavior, and who was highly
skeptical in his acceptance of any unusual
phenomena. That it took thirty years to convince Sadler is testimony
to his tenacity for a natural explanation.
The conditioning of Sadler was a crucial part of the
process of the revelation. It involved a
method which everyone believes was channeling, but which
Sadler could not classify as a psychic phenomenon. Not until
final Papers appeared miraculously could
he with all honesty and truthfulness say:
The technique of the reception of the Urantia Book
in English in no way parallels or impinges
upon any of the above phenomena of the marginal consciousness.
The ďabove phenomenaĒ was an exhaustive list of every conceivable
form of psychic or abnormal mental
phenomena he could devise. He made the statement
at a meeting in 1958 to a group of ministers from mainline
churches. That meeting was called at the
request of Meredith Sprunger, a minister in the United
Church of Christ, because many were questioning the origin of
the Papers. (Meredith had spent many hours
in private conversations with Sadler.)
Two essential questions face us. First, could our
have devised another method of presentation?
The answer to this question enters the realm of imagination.
How could spirit beings communicate with
the material world in a manner that would be
accepted by human mortals? They certainly could not place it
on a library shelf in the hope that
someone might accidentally find it. Would persons who found such
a book believe it? Would they not think of it as just another
book of strange material and put it back
on the shelf, as so many have done with the Papers?
Would most persons not reject stealing someone
elseís work? How many persons possess the
necessary resources to do something even if they did believe such
strange work should be made known to others? How could they
contact a publisher to obtain promotion
rights if no publisher was shown in the book imprint?
How could a firm social foundation from a single
believer be built which would ensure
survival in the world? How long would it take to convince another
or even groups of persons, to accept the book as worthy of
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We could go on and
on, speculating about possible alternate routes, and second
guessing the wisdom of the Revelators.
Other observations are important. The testimony and anecdotes
of Sadler, his family members, and the
Forum became a critical part of the process of
The Urantia Papers
divine revelation. If the Papers had appeared
mysteriously on some library shelf that background would be
missing. We would not know where to place
the work. We might think of it as strictly out of
some anonymous personís imagination, regardless of the
profundity or nobility of its conceptual
presentations. Who could tell? A history had to develop, no matter
how informal, of the celestial origins of the Papers. That
history was a critical part of the
recognition of the Papers as a divine revelation.
Here we can understand the importance of the role of
the Forum members. Through the interplay
of questions and celestial answers, a group of dedicated
human beings, extending beyond Sadlerís private family, was
They were intimately involved in exchange with
spirit personalities; they were willing to
testify to the remarkable, even miraculous, nature of the
Revelation. They could place on public
record their devotion and high regard for the work. Some
members of the Forum gave major portions of their private
resources, or jeopardized their personal
well being, for the Revelation. Those persons included Robert
Burton and Clyde Bedell. (Again, both were pragmatic,
practical minded business men who rejected
psychic performances in all its forms and varieties.) Clyde
contributed much to help build public recognition. Thus the
Forum members helped strengthen acceptance of the Papers as a
divine Revelation beyond mere financial
support for printing and publication. Everyone would
come, asking how the Papers originated, and who was involved
in their creation.
This knowledge and influence then spread to other
people, as many of us today are witness,
and on out to the rest of the world. Indeed, the coming contests
between spiritist explanations from a godless and unbelieving
world, and actual origins from God, have
this foundation on which to build. Second,
could our planetary supervisors have chosen someone else for
The answer to this question goes back to the human
pool upon which to draw. There are only so
many persons who could have been trained to such task.
It involved elements of self discipline. It involved elements
of fortitude, and mettle not possessed by
many people. Hard-nosed business men might have possessed
such attributes but they were mostly secular; they would not
have been good candidates. Persons who
were religious would come from Christian or Jewish
traditions and would have rejected such possibilities.
Christian ministers would not have been
candidates; few of them had gone through a process of personal
disillusionment to make them skeptical of human theological
authority. (Remember, we are in the early
years of this century, with traditional values still pervading
Christianity.) The godless and academic intelligentsia would
not have been candidates.
On the other hand, it had to be someone with a
respect for God. It had to be someone with
sufficient training to deal with the process. It had to be someone
with a practical view of the world, with both feet on the ground,
considerable experience in human mental phenomena. Few such persons
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And among them even fewer would have the combination
of strong religious and psychiatric
interests possessed by Sadler. So, as one considers qualifications,
the realm of likely candidates shrinks more and more.
(Upon publication of his
Theory and Practice of Psychiatry
1936 Sadler was universally praised by
psychiatrists and professional journals for his thorough
treatment of the subject, and for his concentration on the
health benefits of religion in the lives
of individuals. The book was a center piece of instruction in
many medical schools for years. And it came from a man who
had no formal training in psychiatry.)
From such considerations perhaps we can better
understand why the process was
particularly tuned to Sadler, his training, and his personality.
Another Purpose to the Method of SS
I personally feel that the proscriptions placed upon
Sadler prevented him from adequately
explaining the difference between channeling and the unique
performance of SS. Although he was adamant and forceful that
no psychic phenomena were involved, to the
point of denying every possible form he could
imagine, he did not convince many people.
I also believe the interplay of celestial constraints and
Sadlerís personality were fully recognized
by our planetary supervisors. They knew the uncertainty
which would surround the events of the revelation. I
personally feel they had another purpose
to the technique of SS. That purpose is exhibited in other
How do we know that Johnís
came from God? Maybe it came from his
imagination. Maybe it was channeled also.
It all comes down to one primary and crucial element:
Does truth speak to you?
Lack of certainty is of crucial importance in the
decisions we now face. The program God is
unfolding today involves FAITH-DECISION. Celestial
agencies do not come down here to do our work for us, or to
direct our decisions. We all must make up
our own minds about revelation. We cannot do
that if revelation comes to us with absolute sureness. Here
are some of the elements.
now live in an extreme planetary crisis. This crisis is at all
levels, from the biological, to the
social, to the economic, to the political, to the spiritual.
This crisis will continue to intensify, until breakdown occurs.
first breakdown will take place with the channelers.
Caligastia will call them to his service. They will go out in
massive slaughter of Godís people. A
warning of this event was given to us by Jesus, and is partially
recorded in John 16:2,
the hour is coming when whoever kills you will
think he is offering service to God.
Fragments of this
warning are preserved in
other New Testament documents, including Matt 10:34-39, 24:9-11, Luke
21:16-17, and Rev 17:6.
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know nothing about the social, economic, or political environment
which will permit this to take place. I can only speculate. I
do know that laws and technology now exist
to quickly enter into complete totalitarian control
of human populations.
Some sense of the fierce spiritual contest can be estimated
from Revelation 11:2-13. However, this text has been somewhat
intense international political struggle will take place. I do
not know if that struggle will be the result of a worldwide
economic crises, fear of maverick
countries with nuclear weapons, or other horrifying scenarios.
Great Babylon will then use her nuclear weapons. She will
destroy greater parts of the Near East, including the modern
state of Israel. This is described in
Jeremiah 25, and other places.
nations, in turn, will bring nuclear destruction to Great
This will be the end of our civilization.
Instructions have been provided within revelation for individuals
to save themselves from nuclear destruction ó for those who
survive the other persecutions. The events
of John 16:2 and Revelation 11 will cause everyone
to reassess their spiritual loyalties and dedication to God.
Allegiance to current religious structures
will be destroyed.
After the nuclear destructions, after everyone has an opportunity
to make decisions concerning personal survival, the 144,000
The Book of Revelation,
and 14, will be taken away. See also Matt 24:31 & 40.
They will be part of a program of planetary rehabilitation.
Their children eventually will be returned
to this planet for a substitute program of genetic uplift. See
Deuteronomy 30:4 and I Enoch 39:1.
decisions involve preservation of the better genetic and spiritual
potentials of the human population. These are now more
concentrated in the United States. This
country will be the center stage upon which these various
events will unfold. This is why
The Urantia Papers
were given here in the English
language rather than some other country or other language.
4. Certain Urantians,
because of their deep spiritual sense and training in
cosmic perspectives, will be able to offer service to their
fellow men as no other human group. But
they will pay the same price as the rest of the population for
their dedication to God.
The entire gamut of revelation was provided in such a way that human
minds must actively employ themselves to come to
understanding. The information they must
study goes back to the days of Moses, through the Old Testament
through Jesus and Johnís
and on to
The Urantia Papers.
Godís program cannot properly be comprehended without
knowledge from this entire gamut.
All revelation comes to us under a cloud. None is completely free.
Understanding of the Old Testament prophecies is highly
have fought over
interpretation for two thousand years. Those prophecies were
given in non-sequential form; time sequences were thoroughly
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The sequences could not be
understood unless some framework was provided. That
is why Christian fundamentalist interpretation today is so
confused and misplaced into irrational
structures. Everyone struggles to find the proper arrangement;
multitudes of books are written claiming to be the correct
I recently browsed the Internet on Bible prophecy to
learn that many sincere individuals are
dissatisfied with interpretations, and are attempting to put
some sense into it. Anyone who has read the
Book of Enoch
knows it is badly
corrupted by extraneous material. Yet Jude quoted from it and Jesus
may very well have obtained his title, Son
of Man, from it. The
Book of Revelation
corrupted, not so much by extraneous material as by some
editor liberally reworking
it to his human notions.
The framework to make all of this
comprehensible came with
The Urantia Papers.
Time sequences could now be laid out.
Warning of the impurity of texts was impressed upon us. But
The Urantia Papers
also brought them under a cloud. The great
concern over SS created serious doubts.
Human sense of truth must be employed to overcome these impediments.
The Spirit of the Father will work with all who are truly
dedicated to God. Godís people will have
the right sense of what to do. Others will be lost. The
illustration about Jesus and the
Book of Enoch
well taken, page 1390:
As Jesus would read these passages, (well
understanding that much of the Eastern
mysticism which had become admixed with these teachings was
erroneous), he responded in his heart and
recognized in his mind that of all the Messianic predictions of
the Hebrew scriptures and of all the theories about the
Jewish deliverer, none was so near the
truth as this story tucked away in this only partially accredited
Book of Enoch; and he then and there
decided to adopt as his inaugural title Ďthe Son of Man.í And this
he did when he subsequently began his public work. Jesus had
an unerring ability for the recognition of
truth, and truth he never hesitated to embrace, no matter from what
source it appeared to emanate.
Godís true people also will respond in their hearts. God is using
this technique to screen the human race.
He is not standing at some stable door
saying this is a sheep and this a goat. He is employing a method of
human decisions. Not only will those with
a higher sense of God make the right decisions;
they will also become partners in one of the most stupendous
operations this universe has ever seen.
Because this is Michaelís special world, the Sentimental
Shrine of all Nebadon, he is performing a work the likes of
which have never been. He is asking human
mortals to contribute, of their own free will and
choosing, under extreme conditions of doubt and uncertainty,
to this universe display. This is the
method he has chosen.
What a marvelous vision to cleanse and renew a