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Offline Raymond Benjamins

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What Must One Do in Order to SURVIVE in the Eternal Ages?
« on: June 21, 2015, 03:00:41 pm »
            THE MEANING AND PURPOSE OF BAPTISM
                         (Taken from our TM archives)

Roxie: In my Urantia Book study group recently, we've been reading in the Jesus Papers about the baptism of Jesus, and then later how the followers of John continued with the baptism ritual. How important is that in your opinion? Iím not even sure of what comes out of the baptism experience that is helpful, since I have never been baptized. Could you discuss this, please?

MACHIVENTA: Certainly. I would be glad to. Baptism is an event. If you were baptized as an infant, then you do not remember that. It is in the minds of the parents and the witnesses that it becomes important, that they then take on the responsibility of your enculturation and your indoctrination into your base of your faith, those creedal documents and beliefs which support your religious life later on. Baptism from our perspective is not an important event "except" when it is consciously recognized by the individual who is being baptized as "becoming a new person." It is the identification that occurs within this event that is most important, that the individual has made a conscious intention to be baptized and for what purposes: to be baptized to carry on the creedal beliefs of the religion, or the beliefs of "becoming" as Jesus "became," to become a morontial being in this lifetime.

Oftentimes, this is attended with beliefs and thoughts and consciousness by the individual that they have a mystic relationship with God, that they have had a "God experience," a religious experience, which is transpersonal and which brings them into a new awareness of their being-ness. This is truly being baptized "in the spirit" that you have experienced the oneness of knowing God. Oftentimes, this is forgotten by the individual due to the social circumstances of the baptism, that the social activities overcomes this trans-formative inner experience of meeting and knowing God in the spirit. When it is forgotten and lost, it can be renewed in the future through a meditation and through "walking with God." Yes, baptism is important. It is important to us when it is important to you, that it not only signifies a transformation of your being, but that you have actually become a "new being" in the consciousness of the risen Christ.

Roxie: So, how does one become baptized if they don't belong to one of the churches or religious groups on Urantia?

MACHIVENTA: You can baptize yourself, my Dear. You simply invite your guardians, your Thought Adjuster and the midwayers to be with you, to open your mind mechanism to the presence and energy of the Christedness within you. Christedness is synonymous with a spiritual relationship with your Thought Adjuster. You can do this through a retreat of your own. You can do it on a retreat with other people with a similar purpose, but eventually it comes when you "come apart from others" in your consciousness. Even if you are with a group of people, you can come away in your consciousness to be alone and consecrated in your relationship with your Thought Adjuster.

Do you see what I am speaking of?

Roxie: Yes, that is very, very helpful to me. Thank you.

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HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE
between
THE SAVED and THE LOST

THE SAVED

1)  They are TRANSFORMED in JESUS CHRIST.
2)  They are FILLED with WISDOM and the HOLY SPIRIT.
3)  They bear the FRUITS of the HOLY SPIRIT - - love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
4)  Their ears are EVER OPEN to SALUTARY TRUTHS.
5)  They OPENLY and SPONTANEOUSLY profess their FAITH in the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and bear His words ever on their lips.

THE LOST

1)  Their ears are CLOGGED against SALUTARY TRUTHS.
2)  They cause GRIEF to those around them by their BAD EXAMPLE.
3)  They are ASHAMED to openly profess what they know concerning GOD and His infinitely GOOD attributes.

WHICH OF THESE ARE YOU ?

"A Man is What He Chooses to Be."

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HOW TO RAISE YOUR CHILDREN
TO JESUS CHRIST

1)  Be fully converted to Jesus Christ, and abide in Him, cleansed of all sin and the affection thereof.
2)  Receive the confirmation and sealing of the Holy Spirit.
3)  Master the Holy Bible under the guidance of the God Who dwells within you.
4)  Recognize your children as belonging to Him and coming from Him that you may lead them to become fully His.
5)  Once they have reached the ages of 5-7, instruct them in the doctrine and ways of salvation, as taught by Scripture, coupled by good and edifying example.
6)  Give them explicit portaits in many lessons of the stark difference between a Christian and a non-Christian, a saved soul and one who is lost.
7)  Set before them constantly your own godly examples, by act and by word, frequently and spontaneously allowing the words and oracles of God to flow from your lips, day in and day out.  If you have not this gift or ability, ask it of God in faith, and He will surely grant you your request.
8 )  Realize that the doctrine of salvation, when properly presented, will be considered irresistible to the small child, and, unless they be incarnate devils, they will readily and enthusiastically surrender their lives to Jesus Christ and welcome the empowering Spirit within them that they may easily and joyfully accomplish all good.  Therefore was Jesus so enamored of little children, as they tend so easily and readily to come to Him and become His.
9)  Promptly ratify with Baptism their choice to serve God as soon as that choice is made.
10)  Lead them to become completely enamored of the Bible and the many lessons it contains, that they may readily apply these to every moment of daily living.
11)  Give them continued prayerful guidance for the upcoming childhood and difficult teen years as they shall have been already fortified by the grace of Jesus Christ and His Spirit.
12)  Ever thank and glorify God in and for your children, with whom you are destined by God to forever celebrate the great many victories which you have won through Him.

BLESSINGS UPON YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN.

 

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