The origin of the Urantia Book is most fascinating. I suggest you do some of your own research here.
This is the story as I have come to know it. My apologies for errors or omissions. If anyone has further information, please leave a comment with what you know.
It was decided by a group of teachers in another dimension that a further revelation should be made available to humankind (personalities in the flesh). It is called the fifth epochal revelation as there has been four given previously.
A suitable human subject was found. Apparently to be suitable, the subject's mind must be of a certain make-up to allow the messages to come through.
From what I understand an unidentified man in Chicago began to talk in his sleep. His wife dismissed it as just sleep-talk, but it went on and on night after night. She began to take notice because it appeared a story was being told. She notified certain doctors and interested professional parties. This all took place in the 1920's, and 30's.
They listened and took notes. These notes were eventually collected together, assembled in order and eventually became "The Urantia Papers" and were published as the Urantia Book in 1955.
Please check here for much more detail:
More detailed Urantia Book history.
My personal thoughts on the Urantia Book:
I believe it was a genuine attempt by other dimensional personalities to contact us with helpful information regarding "Life, the Universe and Everything".
Sadly, I believe a lot of the information given was deliberately altered or falsified for various reasons. This would be due to the various beliefs (religious or otherwise) of the human information assemblers. Remember we are talking about people in the early part of the 1900's. In America.
But, there is still some really good stuff here and the book is most definitely worth reading. Keep an open mind. It's a long and detailed read. The story of Jesus especially.
Look out for part 4 next time.
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