Epoch III

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ca. 4,000 years ago
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Melchizedek of Salem.This emergency Son of Nebadon inaugurated the third revelation of truth on Urantia. The cardinal precepts of his teachings were trust and faith. He taught trust in the omnipotent beneficence of God and proclaimed that faith was the act by which men earned God's favor. His teachings gradually commingled with the beliefs and practices of various evolutionary religions and finally developed into those theologic systems present on Urantia at the opening of the first millennium after Christ.



  • Era of the Melchizedek missionaries.

Urantia religion was in no small measure regenerated by the efforts of those teachers who were commissioned by Machiventa Melchizedek when he lived and taught at Salem almost two thousand years before Christ. These missionaries proclaimed faith as the price of favor with God, and their teachings, though unproductive of any immediately appearing religions, nevertheless formed the foundations on which later teachers of truth were to build the religions of Urantia.

  • The post-Melchizedek era.

Though Amenemope and Ikhnaton both taught in this period, the outstanding religious genius of the post-Melchizedek era was the leader of a group of Levantine Bedouins and the founder of the Hebrew religionMoses. Moses taught monotheism. Said he: "Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one God."[1] "The Lord he is God. There is none beside him."[2] He persistently sought to uproot the remnants of the ghost cult among his people, even prescribing the death penalty for its practitioners. The monotheism of Moses was adulterated by his successors, but in later times they did return to many of his teachings. The greatness of Moses lies in his wisdom and sagacity. Other men have had greater concepts of God, but no one man was ever so successful in inducing large numbers of people to adopt such advanced beliefs.

  • The sixth century before Christ.

Many men arose to proclaim truth in this, one of the greatest centuries of religious awakening ever witnessed on Urantia. Among these should be recorded Gautama, Confucius, Lao-tse, Zoroaster, and the Jainist teachers. The teachings of Gautama have become widespread in Asia, and he is revered as the Buddha by millions. Confucius was to Chinese morality what Plato was to Greek philosophy, and while there were religious repercussions to the teachings of both, strictly speaking, neither was a religious teacher; Lao-tse envisioned more of God in Tao than did Confucius in humanity or Plato in idealism. Zoroaster, while much affected by the prevalent concept of dual spiritism, the good and the bad, at the same time definitely exalted the idea of one eternal Deity and of the ultimate victory of light over darkness. [3]

Artifacts

  • The post-Melchizedek era.
  1. Akhenaten and the Hymn to the Aten
  2. The City of Akhetaten
  3. The Great Hymn to the Aten
  4. Egyptian Book of the Dead
  5. Book of the Dead, The Papyrus of Ani.
  6. Torah
  • The sixth century before Christ.
  1. Rig Veda
  2. Upanishads
  3. Mahabharata
  4. Avesta
  5. The Tipitaka or Pali Canon
  6. Analects of Confucius
  7. Tao Te Ching[4]
  8. The Bhagavad Gita[5]
  9. The Hebrew Prophets[6]