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How I Found the Urantia Book—KRIS REINEKE (1973)

A SERIOUS SEEKER of truth since childhood, I early on rejected the atonement doctrine of Christianity because I found it inconsistent with the Christians’ own concept of God. As a 13-year-old, at the request of a middle-aged lady who had no children of her own and had taken an interest in me, I took a correspondence course on the Catholic religion. Upon finishing the course, I politely turned down the offer to become a Catholic because I was unable to accept all the dogma required of a believing Catholic.

In 1962, at age 21, I joined the Masonic order, partly because I believed that there I would, eventually, learn all of the secrets of the universe. Although I went all the way through the Masons, ending up as a Shriner, I kept on waiting for the light bulb to go on above my head. It didn’t. I then joined the Rosicrucians in 1969 while in Vietnam; I found their beliefs satisfying and was comfortable with their doctrine of reincarnation. What was not apparent to me at the time, but what I believe now, is that I was being set up by my Thought Adjuster for my introduction to the Urantia Book.

In the autumn of 1973, when I was 31, my wife and I were visiting her friend Carol, who was attending the University of Oklahoma at Norman. While the two were chatting in the kitchen, I wandered into Carol’s living room/study and began to browse the titles of the books she had accumulated during her education. About halfway up the shelves I saw the Urantia Book in its white dust cover. After I finished scanning the rest of her library, my eyes immediately snapped back to the big white book. I had to move a hassock close to the bookcase and stand on it to reach the book.

When I opened to the table of contents I was instantly intimidated by the book’s complexity and put it back. But something told me to give it another chance. So, using a technique I had learned earlier in life—just stick your finger somewhere into a book and start reading—I opened it randomly to the first page of Part III, “The History of Urantia.” Halfway down the page I read, “Urantia is of origin in your sun . . .” Wait a minute, I thought, the author of this book is not from the planet Earth, because he/she said your sun.

I slammed the book shut and put it down on the hassock, baffled by the statement. I then thought, either this book is the truth or it is a great science fiction novel. I walked out into the kitchen and asked Carol if she had read it. She said no, and told me one of her friends at the university had given it to her. I asked her if I could borrow it, and the rest is history.

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