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Topical Study 92 "TRUTH, BEAUTY and GOODNESS"
Compiled 1/13/2016 by Dave@PureChristians.org
[Part 1 of 2]
I. DEITY AND DIVINITY
0:1.17 Divinity is creature comprehensible as truth, beauty, and goodness; correlated in personality as love, mercy, and ministry; disclosed on impersonal levels as justice, power, and sovereignty.
PART I. THE CENTRAL AND SUPERUNIVERSES
PAPER 1 THE UNIVERSAL FATHER
4. THE MYSTERY OF GOD
1:4.5 The divine mystery consists in the inherent difference which exists between the finite and the infinite, the temporal and the eternal, the time-space creature and the Universal Creator, the material and the spiritual, the imperfection of man and the perfection of Paradise Deity. The God of universal love unfailingly manifests himself to every one of his creatures up to the fullness of that creature’s capacity to spiritually grasp the qualities of divine truth, beauty, and goodness.
7. SPIRITUAL VALUE OF THE PERSONALITY CONCEPT
1:7.3 The concept of truth might possibly be entertained apart from personality, the concept of beauty may exist without personality, but the concept of divine goodness is understandable only in relation to personality. Only a person can love and be loved. Even beauty and truth would be divorced from survival hope if they were not attributes of a personal God, a loving Father.
PAPER 2 THE NATURE OF GOD
6. THE GOODNESS OF GOD
2:6.1 In the physical universe we may see the divine beauty, in the intellectual world we may discern eternal truth, but the goodness of God is found only in the spiritual world of personal religious experience. In its true essence, religion is a faith-trust in the goodness of God. God could be great and absolute, somehow even intelligent and personal, in philosophy, but in religion God must also be moral; he must be good. Man might fear a great God, but he trusts and loves only a good God. This goodness of God is a part of the personality of God, and its full revelation appears only in the personal religious experience of the believing sons of God.
7. DIVINE TRUTH AND BEAUTY
2:7.8 The discernment of supreme beauty is the discovery and integration of reality: The discernment of the divine goodness in the eternal truth, that is ultimate beauty. Even the charm of human art consists in the harmony of its unity.
2:7.9 The great mistake of the Hebrew religion was its failure to associate the goodness of God with the factual truths of science and the appealing beauty of art. As civilization progressed, and since religion continued to pursue the same unwise course of overemphasizing the goodness of God to the relative exclusion of truth and neglect of beauty, there developed an increasing tendency for certain types of men to turn away from the abstract and dissociated concept of isolated goodness. The overstressed and isolated morality of modern religion, which fails to hold the devotion and loyalty of many twentieth-century men, would rehabilitate itself if, in addition to its moral mandates, it would give equal consideration to the truths of science, philosophy, and spiritual experience, and to the beauties of the physical creation, the charm of intellectual art, and the grandeur of genuine character achievement.
2:7.10 The religious challenge of this age is to those farseeing and forward-looking men and women of spiritual insight who will dare to construct a new and appealing philosophy of living out of the enlarged and exquisitely integrated modern concepts of cosmic truth, universe beauty, and divine goodness. Such a new and righteous vision of morality will attract all that is good in the mind of man and challenge that which is best in the human soul. Truth, beauty, and goodness are divine realities, and as man ascends the scale of spiritual living, these supreme qualities of the Eternal become increasingly coordinated and unified in God, who is love.
2:7.11 All truth — material, philosophic, or spiritual — is both beautiful and good. All real beauty — material art or spiritual symmetry — is both true and good. All genuine goodness — whether personal morality, social equity, or divine ministry — is equally true and beautiful. Health, sanity, and happiness are integrations of truth, beauty, and goodness as they are blended in human experience. Such levels of efficient living come about through the unification of energy systems, idea systems, and spirit systems. [The integration of beauty, truth and goodness could be made into a new word I have coined: beautruthness]
2:7.12 Truth is coherent, beauty attractive, goodness stabilizing. And when these values of that which is real are coordinated in personality experience, the result is a high order of love conditioned by wisdom and qualified by loyalty. The real purpose of all universe education is to effect the better coordination of the isolated child of the worlds with the larger realities of his expanding experience. Reality is finite on the human level, infinite and eternal on the higher and divine levels.
PAPER 3 THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD
2. GOD’S INFINITE POWER
3:2.12 1. [In the universes, God limits his infinite power:] By the nature of God, especially by his infinite love, by truth, beauty, and goodness.
5. THE FATHER’S SUPREME RULE
3:5.16 The full appreciation of truth, beauty, and goodness is inherent in the perfection of the [Paradise and the surrounding one billion Havona worlds] divine universe. The inhabitants of the Havona worlds do not require the potential of relative value levels as a choice stimulus; such perfect beings are able to identify and choose the good in the absence of all contrastive and thought-compelling moral situations. But all such perfect beings are, in moral nature and spiritual status, what they are by virtue of the fact of existence. They have experientially earned advancement only within their inherent status. Mortal man earns even his status as an ascension candidate by his own faith and hope. Everything divine which the human mind grasps and the human soul acquires is an experiential attainment; it is a reality of personal experience and is therefore a unique possession in contrast to the inherent goodness and righteousness of the inerrant personalities of Havona.
PAPER 5 GOD’S RELATION TO THE INDIVIDUAL
4. GOD IN RELIGION
5:4.6 The Hebrews based their religion on goodness; the Greeks on beauty; both religions sought truth. Jesus revealed a God of love, and love is all-embracing of truth, beauty, and goodness.
PAPER 14 THE CENTRAL AND DIVINE UNIVERSE
4. CREATURES OF THE CENTRAL UNIVERSE
14:4.13 As the worship of the [human] faith sons of the evolutionary worlds ministers to the satisfaction of the Universal Father’s love, so the exalted adoration of the Havona creatures satiates the perfect ideals of divine beauty and truth. As mortal man strives to do the will of God, these beings of the central universe live to gratify the ideals of the Paradise Trinity. In their very nature they are the will of God. Man rejoices in the goodness of God, Havoners exult in the divine beauty, while you both enjoy the ministry of the liberty of living truth.
PAPER 20 THE PARADISE SONS OF GOD
10. UNITED MINISTRY OF THE PARADISE SONS
20:10.3 In the Creator Sons [our Universe Sovereign God-Man Jesus Christ Michael here in Spirit and as God to us] the love of the Universal Father is blended with the mercy of the Eternal Son and is disclosed to the local universes in the creative power, loving ministry, and understanding sovereignty of the Michaels. In the Magisterial Sons the mercy of the Eternal Son, united with the ministry of the Infinite Spirit, is revealed to the evolutionary domains in the careers of these Avonals of judgment, service, and bestowal. In the Trinity Teacher Sons the love, mercy, and ministry of the three Paradise Deities are coordinated on the highest time-space value-levels and are presented to the universes as living truth, divine goodness, and true spiritual beauty.
PART II. THE LOCAL UNIVERSE
PAPER 44 THE CELESTIAL ARTISANS
7. THE HARMONY WORKERS
44:7.2 Beauty, rhythm, and harmony are intellectually associated and spiritually akin. Truth, fact, and relationship are intellectually inseparable and associated with the philosophic concepts of beauty. Goodness, righteousness, and justice are philosophically interrelated and spiritually bound up together with living truth and divine beauty.
44:7.3 Cosmic concepts of true philosophy, the portrayal of celestial artistry, or the mortal attempt to depict the human recognition of divine beauty can never be truly satisfying if such attempted creature progression is ununified. These expressions of the divine urge within the evolving creature may be intellectually true, emotionally beautiful, and spiritually good; but the real soul of expression is absent unless these realities of truth, meanings of beauty, and values of goodness are unified in the life experience of the artisan, the scientist, or the philosopher.
44:7.4 These divine qualities are perfectly and absolutely unified in God. And every God-knowing man or angel possesses the potential of unlimited self-expression on ever-progressive levels of unified self-realization by the technique of the never-ending achievement of Godlikeness — the experiential blending in the evolutionary experience of eternal truth, universal beauty, and divine goodness. [We have a thrilling, glorious, magnificent eternal Destiny with and within our loving Father God !]
PAPER 55 THE SPHERES OF LIGHT AND LIFE
3. THE GOLDEN AGES
55:3.10 On these superb worlds the childbearing period is not greatly prolonged. It is not best for too many years to intervene between the ages of a family of children. When close together in age, children are able to contribute much more to their mutual training. And on these worlds they are magnificently trained by the competitive systems of keen striving in the advanced domains and divisions of diverse achievement in the mastery of truth, beauty, and goodness. Never fear but that even such glorified spheres present plenty of evil, real and potential, which is stimulative of the choosing between truth and error, good and evil, sin and righteousness.
PAPER 56 UNIVERSAL UNITY
6. UNIFICATION OF EVOLUTIONARY DEITY
56:6.3 The material-minded creatures of the evolutionary worlds of the seven superuniverses can comprehend Deity unity only as it is evolving in this power-personality synthesis of the Supreme Being. On any level of existence God cannot exceed the conceptual capacity of the beings who live on such a level. Mortal man must, through the recognition of truth, the appreciation of beauty, and the worship of goodness, evolve the recognition of a God of love and then progress through ascending deity levels to the comprehension of the Supreme. Deity, having been thus grasped as unified in power, can then be personalized in spirit to creature understanding and attainment.
10. TRUTH, BEAUTY, AND GOODNESS
56:10.1 As the worlds settled in Life and Light progress from the initial stage to the seventh epoch, they successively grasp for the realization of the reality of God the Sevenfold, ranging from the adoration of the Creator Son [our Jesus Christ Michael] to the worship of his Paradise [Universal] Father. Throughout the continuing seventh stage of such a world’s history the ever-progressing mortals grow in the knowledge of God the Supreme, while they vaguely discern the reality of the overshadowing ministry of God the Ultimate.
56:10.2 Throughout this glorious age the chief pursuit of the ever-advancing mortals is the quest for a better understanding and a fuller realization of the comprehensible elements of Deity — truth, beauty, and goodness. This represents man’s effort to discern God in mind, matter, and spirit. And as the mortal pursues this quest, he finds himself increasingly absorbed in the experiential study of philosophy, cosmology, and divinity.
56:10.8 3. Ethic sensitivity. Through the realization of truth the appreciation of beauty leads to the sense of the eternal fitness of those things which impinge upon the recognition of divine goodness in Deity relations with all [ALL !] beings; and thus even cosmology leads to the pursuit of divine reality values — to God-consciousness.
56:10.9 The worlds settled in Light and Life are so fully concerned with the comprehension of truth, beauty, and goodness because these quality values embrace the Revelation of Deity to the realms of time and space. The meanings of eternal truth make a combined appeal to the intellectual and spiritual natures of mortal man. Universal beauty embraces the harmonious relations and rhythms of the cosmic creation; this is more distinctly the intellectual appeal and leads towards unified and synchronous comprehension of the material universe. Divine goodness represents the revelation of infinite values to the finite mind, therein to be perceived and elevated to the very threshold of the spiritual level of human comprehension.
56:10.10 Truth is the basis of science and philosophy, presenting the intellectual foundation of religion. Beauty sponsors art, music, and the meaningful rhythms of all human experience. Goodness embraces the sense of ethics, morality, and religion — experiential perfection-hunger.
56:10.15 Even truth, beauty, and goodness — man’s intellectual approach to the universe of mind, matter, and spirit — must be combined into one unified concept of a divine and supreme ideal. As mortal personality unifies the human experience with matter, mind, and spirit, so does this divine and supreme ideal become power-unified in Supremacy and then personalized as a God of fatherly love. [Divine love is true, beautiful and good !]
56:10.17 Universal beauty is the recognition of the reflection of the Isle of Paradise in the material creation, while eternal truth is the special ministry of the Paradise Sons who not only bestow themselves upon the mortal races but even pour out their Spirit of Truth upon all peoples. Divine goodness is more fully shown forth in the loving ministry of the manifold personalities of the Infinite Spirit. But love, the sum total of these three qualities, is man’s perception of God as his [personal, all-loving] Spirit Father.
56:10.20 To finite man truth, beauty, and goodness embrace the full revelation of divinity reality. As this love-comprehension of Deity finds spiritual expression in the lives of God-knowing mortals, there are yielded the fruits of divinity: intellectual peace, social progress, moral satisfaction, spiritual joy, and cosmic wisdom. The advanced mortals on a world in the seventh stage of Light and Life have learned that love is the greatest thing in the universe — and they know that God is love. [So wonderfully True !]
56:10.21 Love is the desire to do good to others.
PART III. THE HISTORY OF EARTH
PAPER 71 DEVELOPMENT OF THE STATE
4. PROGRESSIVE CIVILIZATION
71:4.16 The appearance of genuine brotherhood signifies that a social order has arrived in which all men delight in bearing one another’s burdens; they actually desire to practice the golden rule. But such an ideal society cannot be realized when either the weak or the wicked lie in wait to take unfair and unholy advantage of those who are chiefly actuated by devotion to the service of truth, beauty, and goodness. In such a situation only one course is practical: The “golden rulers” may establish a progressive society in which they live according to their ideals while maintaining an adequate defense against their benighted fellows who might seek either to exploit their pacific predilections [peaceful partialities] or to destroy their advancing civilization. [Peace through strength, but used for the good progress of all and not for selfish nationalism !]
PAPER 91 THE EVOLUTION OF PRAYER
5. SOCIAL REPERCUSSIONS OF PRAYER
91:5.7 But the minds of greater spiritual illumination should be patient with, and tolerant of, those less endowed intellects that crave symbolism for the mobilization of their feeble spiritual insight. The strong must not look with disdain upon the weak. Those who are God-conscious without symbolism must not deny the grace-ministry of the symbol to those who find it difficult to worship Deity and to revere truth, beauty, and goodness without form and ritual. In prayerful worship, most mortals envision some symbol of the object-goal of their devotions.
7. MYSTICISM, ECSTASY, AND INSPIRATION
91:7.10 [Does it:] 5. To enhance his love for, and appreciation of, truth, beauty, and goodness.
8. PRAYING AS A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
91:8.11 God answers man’s prayer by giving him an increased revelation of truth, an enhanced appreciation of beauty, and an augmented concept of goodness. Prayer is a subjective gesture, but it contacts with mighty objective realities on the spiritual levels of human experience; it is a meaningful reach by the human for superhuman values. It is the most potent spiritual-growth stimulus. [!!]
PAPER 92 THE LATER EVOLUTION OF RELIGION
6. THE COMPOSITE RELIGIONS
92:6.17 The Hebrew religion encompasses the philosophic transition from polytheism to monotheism; it is an evolutionary link between the religions of evolution and the religions of Revelation. The Hebrews were the only western people to follow their early evolutionary gods straight through to the God of Revelation. But this truth never became widely accepted until the days of Isaiah, who once again taught the blended idea of a racial deity combined with a Universal Creator: “O Lord of Hosts, God of Israel, you are God, even you alone; you have made heaven and earth.” At one time the hope of the survival of Occidental civilization lay in the sublime Hebraic [Jewish] concepts of goodness and the advanced Hellenic [Greek] concepts of beauty.
PAPER 99 THE SOCIAL PROBLEMS OF RELIGION
4. TRANSITION DIFFICULTIES
99:4.4 No matter what upheavals may attend the social and economic growth of civilization, religion is genuine and worth while if it fosters in the individual an experience in which the sovereignty of truth, beauty, and goodness prevails, for such is the true spiritual concept of supreme reality. And through love and worship this becomes meaningful as fellowship with man and sonship with God. [Jesus' gospel is that all humans are now divinely beloved sons of God !! Many more humans today need to believe and live that beautiful, good and valuable Truth !]
6. INSTITUTIONAL RELIGION
99:6.2 There is a real purpose in the socialization of religion. It is the purpose of group religious activities to dramatize the loyalties of religion; to magnify the lures of truth, beauty, and goodness; to foster the attractions of supreme values; to enhance the service of unselfish fellowship; to glorify the potentials of [Godly, moral] family life; to promote religious education; to provide wise counsel and spiritual guidance; and to encourage group worship. And all live religions encourage human friendship, conserve morality, promote neighborhood welfare, and facilitate the spread of the essential gospel of their respective messages of eternal salvation.
PAPER 100 RELIGION IN HUMAN EXPERIENCE
2. SPIRITUAL GROWTH
100:2.4 Spirituality becomes at once the indicator of one’s nearness to God and the measure of one’s usefulness to fellow beings. Spirituality enhances the ability to discover beauty in things, recognize truth in meanings, and discover goodness in values. Spiritual development is determined by capacity therefor and is directly proportional to the elimination of the selfish [hedonistic, lustful, animalistic] qualities of love.
Topical Study 92 "TRUTH, BEAUTY and GOODNESS"
Compiled 1/15/2016 by Dave@PureChristians.org
[Part 2 of 2]
PAPER 101 THE REAL NATURE OF RELIGION
8. FAITH AND BELIEF
101:8.1 Belief has attained the level of faith when it motivates life and shapes the mode of living. The acceptance of a teaching as true is not faith; that is mere belief. Neither is certainty nor conviction faith. A state of mind attains to faith levels only when it actually dominates the mode of living. Faith is a living attribute of genuine personal religious experience. One believes truth, admires beauty, and reverences goodness, but does not worship them; such an attitude of saving faith is centered on God alone, who is all of these personified and infinitely more. [Yes, He is God the Universal Father-Infinite I AM ...]
PAPER 103 THE REALITY OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
9. THE ESSENCE OF RELIGION
103:9.10 When reason once recognizes right and wrong, it exhibits wisdom; when wisdom chooses between right and wrong, truth and error, it demonstrates spirit leading. And thus are the functions of mind, soul, and spirit ever closely united and functionally interassociated. Reason deals with factual knowledge; wisdom, with philosophy and revelation; faith, with living spiritual experience. Through truth man attains beauty and by spiritual love ascends to goodness.
PAPER 106 UNIVERSE LEVELS OF REALITY
1. PRIMARY ASSOCIATION OF FINITE FUNCTIONALS
106:1.3 God the Sevenfold signifies the recognition by Paradise Deity of the barriers of time in the evolutionary universes of space. No matter how remote from Paradise, how deep in space, a [human] material survival personality may take origin, God the Sevenfold will be found there present and engaged in the loving and merciful ministry of truth, beauty, and goodness to such an incomplete, struggling, and evolutionary creature. The divinity ministry of the Sevenfold reaches inward through the Eternal Son to the Paradise Father and outward through the Ancients of Days to the universe Fathers — the Creator Sons. [Our Sovereign Universe Creator Son of God and Savior who is Jesus Christ Michael !!]
9. EXISTENTIAL INFINITE UNIFICATION
106:9.12 To material, evolutionary, finite creatures, a life predicated on the living of the Father’s will leads directly to the attainment of spirit supremacy in the personality arena and brings such creatures one step nearer the comprehension of the Father-Infinite. Such a Father life is one predicated on truth, sensitive to beauty, and dominated by goodness. Such a God-knowing person is inwardly illuminated by worship and outwardly devoted to the wholehearted service of the universal brotherhood of all personalities, a service ministry which is filled with mercy and motivated by love, while all these life qualities are unified in the evolving personality on ever-ascending levels of cosmic wisdom, self-realization, God-finding, and Father worship.
PAPER 109 RELATION OF ADJUSTERS TO UNIVERSE CREATURES
4. ADJUSTERS AND HUMAN PERSONALITY
109:4.6 In a sense the Adjusters may be fostering a certain degree of planetary cross-fertilization in the domains of truth, beauty, and goodness. But they are seldom given two indwelling experiences on the same planet; there is no Adjuster now serving on Earth who has been on this world previously. I [a Solitary Messenger of our superuniverse of Orvonton] know whereof I speak since we have their numbers and records in the archives of Uversa.
109:5.2 It is sometimes possible to have the mind illuminated, to hear the divine voice that continually speaks within you, so that you may become partially conscious of the wisdom, truth, goodness, and beauty of the potential personality [of the divine Spirit pre-personality that will eventually Spirit-perfect your personality] constantly indwelling you.
PAPER 110 RELATION OF ADJUSTERS TO INDIVIDUAL MORTALS
3. COOPERATION WITH THE ADJUSTER
110:3.7 [Cooperate by:] 1. Choosing to respond to divine leading; sincerely basing the human life on the highest consciousness of truth, beauty, and goodness, and then coordinating these qualities of divinity through wisdom, worship, faith, and love.
110:3.8 2. Loving God and desiring to be like him — genuine recognition of the divine Fatherhood and loving worship of the heavenly Parent.
110:3.9 3. Loving man and sincerely desiring to serve him — wholehearted recognition of the brotherhood of man coupled with an intelligent and wise affection for each of your fellow mortals.
110:3.10 4. Joyful acceptance of cosmic citizenship — honest recognition of your progressive obligations to the Supreme Being, awareness of the interdependence of evolutionary man and evolving Deity. This is the birth of cosmic morality and the dawning realization of universal duty.
PAPER 111 THE ADJUSTER AND THE SOUL
3. THE EVOLVING SOUL
111:3.7 In so far as man’s evolving morontia soul [an intermediate reality bridging the higher Spirit level with the lower physical level] becomes permeated by truth, beauty, and goodness as the value-realization of God-consciousness, such a resultant being becomes indestructible. If there is no survival of eternal values in the evolving soul of man, then mortal existence is without meaning, and life itself is a tragic illusion. But it is forever true: What you begin in time you will assuredly finish in eternity — if it is worth finishing.
PAPER 112 PERSONALITY SURVIVAL
6. THE MORONTIA [SOUL] SELF
112:6.9 The soul of survival value faithfully reflects both the qualitative and the quantitative actions and motivations of the material intellect, the former seat of the identity of selfhood. In the choosing of truth, beauty, and goodness, the mortal mind enters upon its premorontia universe career under the tutelage of the seven adjutant mind-spirits unified under the direction of the spirit of wisdom. Subsequently, upon the completion of the seven circles of premorontia attainment, the superimposition of the endowment of morontia mind upon adjutant mind initiates the prespiritual or morontia career of local universe progression. [After physical death, we will ascend up through 570 progressively higher soul-reality Heavens created by our local universe Sovereign Creator Son of God Jesus Christ Michael. Then this Jesus will grant us first-stage Spirit status to long continue to finally Spirit-perfect and be given eternal Paradise Residence with our Father and Son and Spirit in the Existential Paradise Trinity !!!]
PAPER 115 THE SUPREME BEING
1. RELATIVITY OF CONCEPT FRAMES
115:1.2 Conceptual frames of the universe are only relatively true; they are serviceable scaffolding which must eventually give way before the expansions of enlarging cosmic comprehension. The understandings of truth, beauty, and goodness, morality, ethics, duty, love, divinity, origin, existence, purpose, destiny, time, space, even Deity, are only relatively true. God is much, much more than a Father, but the Father is man’s highest concept of God; nonetheless, the Father-Son portrayal of Creator-creature relationship will be augmented [increased] by those supermortal conceptions of Deity which will be attained in Orvonton, in Havona, and on Paradise. Man must think in a mortal universe frame, but that does not mean that he cannot envision other and higher frames within which thought can take place.
3. ORIGINAL, ACTUAL, AND POTENTIAL
115:3.19 The final penetration of the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Supreme Being could only open up to the progressing creature those absonite [higher, transcendental] qualities of ultimate divinity which lie beyond the concept levels of truth, beauty, and goodness. [Levels of reality, listed low to high are: Supreme, Ultimate, Absolute, Infinite, I AM GOD Who is unlimited and above an Infinity of infinities.]
PAPER 117 GOD THE SUPREME
1. NATURE OF THE SUPREME BEING
117:1.1 The Supreme is the beauty of physical harmony, the truth of intellectual meaning, and the goodness of spiritual value. He is the sweetness of true success and the joy of everlasting achievement. He is the oversoul of the grand universe, [with many Spirit-level Heavens and seven trillion human-inhabited planets evolving to perfection] the consciousness of the finite cosmos, the completion of finite reality, and the personification of Creator-creature experience. Throughout all future eternity God the Supreme will voice the reality of volitional experience in the trinity relationships of Deity. [Very profound ! and thus hard to grasp much of this in the next trillion or more years of Spirit ascension ! Spirit values are: love, mercy, ministry, truth, beauty and goodness which are partly comprehensible in this initial physical life on this confused planet.]
117:1.7 Truth, beauty, and goodness are correlated in the ministry of the Spirit, the grandeur of Paradise, the mercy of the Son, and the experience of the Supreme. God the Supreme is truth, beauty, and goodness, for these concepts of divinity represent finite maximums of ideational experience. The eternal sources of these triune qualities of divinity are on superfinite levels, but a creature could only conceive of such sources as supertruth, superbeauty, and supergoodness. [and there is infinitely much more above all of that ! and without end !]
7. THE FUTURE OF THE SUPREME
117:7.17 The perfected grand universe of those future days will be vastly different from what it is at present. Gone will be the thrilling adventures of the organization of the galaxies of space, the planting of life on the uncertain worlds of time, and the evolving of harmony out of chaos, beauty out of potentials, truth out of meanings, and goodness out of values. The time universes will have achieved the fulfillment of finite destiny! And perhaps for a space there will be rest, relaxation from the agelong struggle for evolutionary perfection. But not for long! Certainly, surely, and inexorably the enigma of the emerging Deity of God the Ultimate will challenge these perfected citizens of the settled universes just as their struggling evolutionary forebears were once challenged by the quest for God the Supreme. The curtain of cosmic destiny will draw back to reveal the transcendent grandeur of the alluring absonite [transcendental, ultimate] quest for the attainment of the Universal Father on those new and higher levels revealed in the ultimate of creature experience. [We each have a Spirit Destiny that is unimaginably glorious in and with our all-loving Creator Father God and in his infinite Family !]
PAPER 118 SUPREME AND ULTIMATE — TIME AND SPACE
[Time is not a space dimension; both three-dimensional physical space and seven-dimensional Spirit Cosmos are higher realities than time. The absolute of time is Eternity; the absolute of space is Paradise; the Absolute of You is GOD !]
5. OMNIPOTENCE AND COMPOSSIBILITY
118:5.3 [Important Truths:] Mortal consciousness proceeds from the fact, to the meaning, and then to the value. Creator consciousness proceeds from the thought-value, through the word-meaning, to the fact of action. Always must God act to break the deadlock of the unqualified unity inherent in existential infinity. Always must Deity provide the pattern universe, the perfect personalities, the original truth, beauty, and goodness for which all subdeity creations strive. Always must God first find man that man may later find God. Always must there be a Universal Father before there can ever be universal sonship and consequent universal brotherhood. [God does not create in supreme level space-time from "nothing" ! All realities here are from higher eternal Beings and eternal Things and eternal Paradise or Havona Patterns ]
10. FUNCTIONS OF PROVIDENCE
118:10.15 3. Man’s universe integration — the increase of human insight plus the increase of human experiential achievement brings him into closer harmony with the unifying presences of Supremacy — Paradise Trinity and Supreme Being. And this is what establishes the sovereignty of the Supreme on the worlds long settled in Light and Life. Such advanced planets are indeed poems of harmony, pictures of the beauty of achieved goodness attained through the pursuit of cosmic truth. And if such things can happen to a planet, then even greater things can happen to a system and the larger units of the grand universe as they too achieve a settledness indicating the exhaustion of the potentials for finite growth.
PART IV. THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF JESUS
PAPER 130 ON THE WAY TO ROME
1. AT JOPPA — DISCOURSE ON JONAH
130:1.5 Jesus’ last visit with Gadiah had to do with a discussion of good and evil. This young Philistine [a language interpreter] was much troubled by a feeling of injustice because of the presence of evil in the world alongside the good. He said: “How can God, if he is infinitely good, permit us to suffer the sorrows of evil; after all, who creates evil?” It was still believed by many in those days that God creates both good and evil, but Jesus never taught such error. [Today, many pray "the Lord's Prayer" which incorrectly states to God: " ...Lead us not into temptation ..." God never tempts any human or being ! Jesus' actual words: "Save us in temptation; deliver us from evil."] In answering this question, Jesus said: “My brother, God is love; therefore he must be good, and his goodness is so great and real that it cannot contain the small and unreal things of evil. God is so positively good that there is absolutely no place in him for negative evil. Evil is the immature choosing and the unthinking misstep of those who are resistant to goodness, rejectful of beauty, and disloyal to truth. Evil is only the misadaptation of immaturity or the disruptive and distorting influence of ignorance. Evil is the inevitable darkness which follows upon the heels of the unwise rejection of [God's] Light. Evil is that which is dark and untrue, and which, when consciously embraced and willfully endorsed, becomes sin.
PAPER 132 THE SOJOURN AT ROME
2. GOOD AND EVIL
132:2.5 [A summary of Jesus' teaching, in part:] Goodness is always growing toward new levels of the increasing liberty of moral self-realization and spiritual personality attainment — the discovery of, and identification with, the indwelling Adjuster. [God's Spirit within you -- God's will] An experience is good when it heightens the appreciation of beauty, augments the moral will, enhances the discernment of truth, enlarges the capacity to love and serve one’s fellows, exalts the spiritual ideals, and unifies the supreme human motives of time with the eternal plans of the indwelling Adjuster, all of which lead directly to an increased desire to do the Father’s will, thereby fostering the divine passion to find God and to be more like him.
132:2.6 As you ascend the universe scale of creature development, you will find increasing goodness and diminishing evil in perfect accordance with your capacity for goodness-experience and truth-discernment. The ability to entertain error or experience evil will not be fully lost until the ascending human soul achieves final spirit levels.
132:2.7 Goodness is living, relative, always progressing, invariably a personal experience, and everlastingly correlated with the discernment of truth and beauty. Goodness is found in the recognition of the positive truth-values of the spiritual level, which must, in human experience, be contrasted with the negative counterpart — the shadows of potential evil.
132:2.9 By the time of the attainment of Paradise the ascending mortal’s capacity for identifying the self with true Spirit values has become so enlarged as to result in the attainment of the perfection of the possession of the Light of Life. Such a perfected Spirit personality becomes so wholly, divinely, and spiritually unified with the positive and supreme qualities of goodness, beauty, and truth that there remains no possibility that such a righteous Spirit would cast any negative shadow of potential evil when exposed to the searching luminosity of the Divine Light of the infinite Rulers of Paradise. In all such Spirit personalities, goodness is no longer partial, contrastive, and comparative; it has become divinely complete and spiritually replete; it approaches the purity and perfection of the Supreme.
3. TRUTH AND FAITH
132:3.4 Revealed truth, personally discovered truth, is the supreme delight of the human soul; it is the joint creation of the material mind and the indwelling Spirit. The eternal salvation of this truth-discerning and beauty-loving soul is assured by that hunger and thirst for goodness which leads this mortal to develop a singleness of purpose to do the Father’s will, to find God and to become like him. There is never conflict between true knowledge and truth. There may be conflict between knowledge and human beliefs, beliefs colored with prejudice, distorted by fear, and dominated by the dread of facing new facts of material discovery or spiritual progress.
132:3.8 Spiritual evolution is an experience of the increasing and voluntary choice of goodness attended by an equal and progressive diminution of the possibility of evil. With the attainment of finality of choice for goodness and of completed capacity for truth appreciation, there comes into existence a perfection of beauty and holiness whose righteousness eternally inhibits the possibility of the emergence of even the concept of potential evil. Such a God-knowing soul casts no shadow of doubting evil when functioning on such a high spirit level of divine goodness.
PAPER 140 THE ORDINATION OF THE TWELVE
8. THURSDAY AFTERNOON ON THE LAKE
140:8.31 The Master [Jesus Christ Michael] offered no solutions for the nonreligious problems of his own age nor for any subsequent age. Jesus wished to develop spiritual insight into eternal realities and to stimulate initiative in the originality of living; he concerned himself exclusively with the underlying and permanent spiritual needs of the human race. He revealed a goodness equal to God. He exalted love — truth, beauty, and goodness — as the divine ideal and the eternal reality.
140:8.32 The Master came to create in man a new Spirit, a new will [The Thought Adjuster -- God within you] — to impart a new capacity for knowing the truth, experiencing compassion, and choosing goodness — the will to be in harmony with God’s will, coupled with the eternal urge to become perfect, even as the Father in heaven is perfect.
PAPER 180 THE FAREWELL DISCOURSE
5. THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH
180:5.9 This same philosophy of the living flexibility and cosmic adaptability of divine truth to the individual requirements and capacity of every son of God, must be perceived before you can hope adequately to understand the Master’s teaching and practice of nonresistance to evil. The Master’s teaching is basically a spiritual pronouncement. Even the material implications of his philosophy cannot be helpfully considered apart from their spiritual correlations. The spirit of the Master’s injunction consists in the nonresistance of all selfish reaction to the universe, coupled with the aggressive and progressive attainment of righteous levels of true spirit values: divine beauty, infinite goodness, and eternal truth — to know God and to become increasingly like him.
PAPER 191 APPEARANCES TO THE APOSTLES AND OTHER LEADERS
5. SECOND APPEARANCE TO THE APOSTLES
191:5.3 [Jesus is in a soul form here before ascending and returning here in his Eternal Spirit form:] “Peace be upon you. For a full week have I tarried that I might appear again when you were all present to hear once more the commission to go into all the world and preach this gospel of the Kingdom. Again I tell you: As the Father sent me into the world, so send I you. As I have revealed the Father, so shall you reveal the divine love, not merely with words, but in your daily living. I send you forth, not to love the souls of men, but rather to love men. You are not merely to proclaim the joys of Heaven but also to exhibit in your daily experience these spirit realities of the divine life since you already have eternal life, as the gift of God, through faith. When you have faith, when power from on high, the Spirit of Truth, has come upon you, you will not hide your light here behind closed doors; you will make known the love and the mercy of God to all mankind. Through fear you now flee from the facts of a disagreeable experience, but when you shall have been baptized with the Spirit of Truth, you will bravely and joyously go forth to meet the new experiences of proclaiming the good news of eternal life in the Kingdom [Family] of God. You may tarry here and in Galilee for a short season while you recover from the shock of the transition from the false security of the authority of traditionalism to the new order of the authority of facts, truth, and faith in the supreme realities of living experience. Your mission to the world is founded on the fact that I lived a God-revealing life among you; on the truth that you and all [ALL humans !] other men [mankind] are the sons of God; and it shall consist in the life which you will live among men — the actual and living experience of loving men and serving them, even as I have loved and served you. Let faith reveal your light to the world; let the revelation of truth open the eyes blinded by tradition; let your loving service effectually destroy the prejudice engendered by ignorance. By so drawing close to your fellow men in understanding sympathy and with unselfish devotion, you will lead them into a saving knowledge of the Father’s love. The Jews have extolled goodness; the Greeks have exalted beauty; the Hindus preach devotion; the faraway ascetics teach reverence; the Romans demand loyalty; but I require of my disciples life, even a life of loving service for your brothers in the flesh.”
PAPER 195 AFTER PENTECOST
195:6.11 To say that mind “emerged” from matter explains nothing. If the universe were merely a mechanism and mind were unapart from matter, we would never have two differing interpretations of any observed phenomenon. The concepts of truth, beauty, and goodness are not inherent in either physics or chemistry. A machine cannot know, much less know truth, hunger for righteousness, and cherish goodness. [There never will be "artificial intelligence"; all intelligence comes, directly or indirectly, from the Paradise Infinite Spirit -- the Primal Source of Mind. The human brain is just an antenna receiving the seven adjutant mind spirits from the Creative (Holy) Spirit Daughter of the Infinite Spirit.]
195:6.17 The sincere pursuit of goodness, beauty, and truth leads to God. And every scientific discovery demonstrates the existence of both freedom and uniformity in the universe. The discoverer was free to make the discovery. The thing discovered is real and apparently uniform, or else it could not have become known as a thing.
7. THE VULNERABILITY OF MATERIALISM
195:7.4 Paradise values of eternity and infinity, of truth, beauty, and goodness, are concealed within the facts of the phenomena of the universes of time and space. But it requires the eye of faith in a Spirit-born mortal to detect and discern these spiritual values. [God the Father is not directly in physical nature which is made imperfect at first to help our souls and minds increase in wisdom and knowledge. Because the pure Spirit of God -- the Thought Adjuster -- lives within all moral humans, that human might think that God is also our limited physical nature. Mudball earth is better to state; not "mother earth" and not "mother nature"which is actually blasphemy.]
9. CHRISTIANITY’S PROBLEM
195:9.5 The modern age will refuse to accept a religion which is inconsistent with facts and out of harmony with its highest conceptions of truth, beauty, and goodness. The hour is striking for a rediscovery of the true and original foundations of present-day distorted and compromised Christianity — the real life and teachings of Jesus.
PAPER 196 THE FAITH OF JESUS
3. THE SUPREMACY OF RELIGION
196:3.23 The idealization and attempted service of truth, beauty, and goodness is not a substitute for genuine religious experience — spiritual Reality. Psychology and idealism are not the equivalent of religious Reality. [Note that True Religion is the same as True Spirituality ! There is no difference.] The projections of the human intellect may indeed originate false gods — gods in man’s image — but the true God-consciousness does not have such an origin. The God-consciousness is resident in the indwelling Spirit. Many of the religious systems of man come from the formulations of the human intellect, but the God-consciousness is not necessarily a part of these grotesque systems of religious slavery. [!!]
196:3.24 God is not the mere invention of man’s idealism; He is the very source of all such superanimal insights and values. God is not a hypothesis formulated to unify the human concepts of truth, beauty, and goodness; He is the personality of love from whom all of these universe manifestations are derived. The truth, beauty, and goodness of man’s world are unified by the increasing spirituality of the experience of mortals ascending toward Paradise realities. The unity of truth, beauty, and goodness can only be realized in the spiritual experience of the God-knowing personality. [Receiving and sharing God's Fatherly love and mercy is a profound personal spiritual experience !!]
196:3.29 Religious insight possesses the power of turning defeat into higher desires and new determinations. Love is the highest motivation which man may utilize in his universe ascent. But love, divested of truth, beauty, and goodness, is only a sentiment, a philosophic distortion, a psychic illusion, a spiritual deception. Love must always be redefined on successive levels of morontia and spirit progression.
196:3.32 Some men’s lives are too great and noble to descend to the low level of being merely successful. The animal must adapt itself to the environment, but the religious man transcends his environment and in this way escapes the limitations of the present material world through this insight of divine love. This concept of love generates in the soul of man that superanimal effort to find truth, beauty, and goodness; and when he does find them, he is glorified in their embrace; he is consumed with the desire to live them, to do righteousness.
196:3.33 [Extremely Important Living Truth, Beauty and Goodness:] Be not discouraged; human evolution is still in progress, and the Revelation of God to the world, in and through Jesus, shall not fail. [Amen !]
Topical Study 93 "Security-Safety-Protection"
Compiled 1/20/2016 by Dave@PureChristians.org
[Part 1 of many]
PART I THE CENTRAL AND SUPERUNIVERSES
PAPER 2 THE NATURE OF GOD
6. THE GOODNESS OF GOD
2:6.4 The concept of God as a king-judge, although it fostered a high moral standard and created a law-respecting people as a group, left the individual believer in a sad position of insecurity respecting his status in time and in eternity. The later Hebrew prophets proclaimed God to be a Father to Israel; Jesus revealed God as the Father of each [and every !] human being. The entire mortal concept of God is transcendently illuminated by the life of Jesus. Selflessness is inherent in parental love. God loves not like a father, but as a father. He is the Paradise Father of every universe personality. [Yes ! All humans are divinely beloved sons of God ! Knowing and personally experiencing the overwhelming love and lavish mercy of our Father God results in full spiritual and personal security in both time and in eternity !]
2:6.6 The affectionate heavenly Father, whose [Thought Adjuster, God's will] Spirit indwells his children on earth, is not a divided personality — one of justice and one of mercy — neither does it require a mediator to secure the Father’s favor or forgiveness. Divine righteousness is not dominated by strict retributive justice; God as a Father transcends God as a judge. [I often share: Most Christians know that Jesus Christ is just like God; but they usually fail to realize the obvious truth that God the Universal Father on Paradise must also be just like Jesus Christ ! All perfectly loving, merciful, kind and friendly ! God the Father and God our Creator Son are fully One in will and Spirit nature ! See Jesus: See God !! The barbaric blood atonement doctrines of Paul and from ancient false human beliefs must be rejected !]
PAPER 4 GOD’S RELATION TO THE UNIVERSE
1. THE UNIVERSE ATTITUDE OF THE FATHER
4:1.5 God upholds “all things by the word of his power.” [Heb 1:3] And when new worlds are born, he “sends forth his [Creator] Sons [our local universe Sovereign Creator Son of God is Jesus Christ Michael, always here in Spirit !!] and they are created.” [Ps 104:3] God not only creates, but he “preserves them all.” [Nehemiah 9:6] God constantly upholds all things material and all beings spiritual. The universes are eternally stable. There is stability in the midst of apparent instability. There is an underlying order and security in the midst of the energy upheavals and the physical cataclysms of the starry realms.
PAPER 5 GOD’S RELATION TO THE INDIVIDUAL
1. THE APPROACH TO GOD
5:1.1 The inability of the finite creature to approach the infinite Father is inherent, not in the Father’s aloofness, but in the finiteness and material limitations of created beings. The magnitude of the spiritual difference between the highest personality of universe existence and the lower groups of created intelligences is inconceivable. Were it possible for the lower orders of intelligence to be transported instantly into the presence of the Father himself, they would not know they were there. They would there be just as oblivious of the presence of the Universal Father as where they now are. There is a long, long road ahead [of about one trillion years of spiritual ascension] of mortal man before he can consistently and within the realms of possibility ask for safe conduct into the Paradise presence of the Universal Father. Spiritually, man must be translated many times before he can attain a plane that will yield the spiritual vision which will enable him to see even any one of the Seven Master Spirits. [Each Master Spirit has one superuniverse of 100,000 local universes and thus one trillion human-inhabited planets all in progressive evolution.]
5:1.7 Man is spiritually indwelt by a surviving Thought Adjuster. [The pure Spirit Essence of God within you – God's will – the future all Spirit perfected You ! When you finally fuse as One with this inner Mystery Monitor Gift of God !] If such a human mind is sincerely and spiritually motivated, if such a human soul desires to know God and become like him, honestly wants to do the Father’s will, there exists no negative influence of mortal deprivation nor positive power of possible interference which can prevent such a divinely motivated soul from securely ascending to the portals of Paradise. [Beautiful, glorious final Destiny with God the Father, Son and Spirit ! Amen !]
PAPER 15 THE SEVEN SUPERUNIVERSES
9. CIRCUITS OF THE SUPERUNIVERSES
15:9.16 1. Physical Stability. The [roughly ten million] stars and [about 100 million] planets of a local universe [of 700,000 local universes in this first, supreme level, Grand Universe Age] must be in equilibrium; the periods of immediate stellar metamorphosis must be over. The universe must be proceeding on a clear track; its orbit must be safely and finally settled. [Then Spiritual loyalty to our Creator Son of God Jesus Christ must be achieved on all ten million human-inhabited planets in our local universe named Nebadon ! Then our local universe will be in harmony with the requirements to be swung into the eternally stabilized superuniverse of the Grand Universe and in Light and Life !]
14. PURPOSES OF THE SEVEN SUPERUNIVERSES
15:14.2 [Important !] Orvonton, the seventh superuniverse, [having one hundred thousand local universes] the one to which your local universe [Nebadon] belongs, is known chiefly because of its tremendous and lavish bestowal of merciful ministry to the mortals of the realms. It is renowned for the manner in which justice prevails as tempered by mercy and power rules as conditioned by patience, while the sacrifices of time are freely made to secure the stabilization of eternity. Orvonton is a universe demonstration of love and mercy.
PAPER 19 THE COORDINATE TRINITY-ORIGIN BEINGS
5. INSPIRED TRINITY SPIRITS
19:5.12 And from all this, you mortals, just now taking your first step on the eternal journey, can well see that you must advance a long way before you will progress by [using spiritual] “sight” and [spirit super-material] “material” assurance. You will long use faith and be dependent on revelation if you hope to progress quickly and safely. [Both our faith and continuing Revelation are Gifts from our loving Father God !]
PAPER 21 THE PARADISE CREATOR SONS
3. LOCAL UNIVERSE SOVEREIGNTY
21:3.14 If ever the authority or administration of a Creator Son is challenged, attacked, or jeopardized, he is eternally pledged to uphold, protect, defend, and if necessary retrieve his personal creation. Such Sons can be troubled or harassed only by the creatures of their own making or by higher beings of their own choosing. It might be inferred that “higher beings,” those of origin on levels above a local universe, would be unlikely to trouble a Creator Son, and this is true. But they could if they chose to. Virtue is volitional with personality; righteousness is not automatic in freewill creatures. [Since our universe Creator Jesus Christ Michael has completed all seven of his required Bestowals in the various likenesses of his creatures, He is now eternally elevated to a Master Son – coordinate Deity with God – the fullness of God to all in his, and in our, local universe ! God is in Jesus and Jesus is in God; They are One Combined Spirit here with us always !]
PAPER 26 MINISTERING SPIRITS OF THE CENTRAL UNIVERSE
4. THE SECONDARY SUPERNAPHIM
26:4.13 When, through and by the ministry of all the helper hosts [super-angels] of the universal scheme of survival, you are finally deposited on the receiving world of Havona, [one billion high-Heavens – super-spheres – in seven huge orbits – circling the nuclear Isle of Eternal Paradise – to spiritually train us ascending human sons of God for eternal Paradise Residence !] you arrive with only one sort of perfection — perfection of purpose. Your purpose has been thoroughly proved; your faith has been tested. You are known to be disappointment proof. Not even the failure to discern the Universal Father can shake the faith or seriously disturb the trust of an ascendant mortal who has passed through the experience that all must traverse in order to attain the perfect spheres of Havona. By the time you reach Havona, your sincerity has become sublime. Perfection of purpose and divinity of desire, with steadfastness of faith, have secured your entrance to the settled abodes of eternity; your deliverance from the uncertainties of time is full and complete; and now must you come face to face with the problems of Havona and the immensities of Paradise, to meet which you have so long been in training in the experiential epochs of time on the world schools of space. [We will ascend up through 570 soul-level Heavens in our local universe of Nebadon, then 570 Spirit-level Heavens in our superuniverse of Orvonton, then the higher one billion Havona ultimate-absolute immense spheres, then Paradise Residence !]
PAPER 28 MINISTERING SPIRITS OF THE SUPERUNIVERSES
7. MINISTRY OF THE SECONAPHIM
[Angels higher than local universe Seraphim, but lower than Paradise Primary Supernaphim]
28:7.3 These tertiary seconaphim are the timesavers, space abridgers, error detectors, faithful teachers, and everlasting guideposts — living signs of divine surety — in mercy placed at the crossroads of time, there to guide the feet of anxious pilgrims in moments of great perplexity and spiritual uncertainty. Long before attaining the portals of perfection, you will begin to gain access to the tools of divinity and to make contact with the techniques of Deity. Increasingly, from the time you arrive on the initial mansion world until you close your eyes in the Havona sleep preparatory to your Paradise transit, you will avail yourself of the emergency help of these marvelous beings, who are so fully and freely reflective of the sure knowledge and certain wisdom of those safe and dependable pilgrims who have preceded you on the long journey to the portals of perfection. [That is another example of our Father God's perfect love, mercy and all-wise ministry to each and all of us !]
PAPER 30 PERSONALITIES OF THE GRAND UNIVERSE
4. THE ASCENDING MORTALS
30:4.28 The first act of your Havona career will be to recognize and thank your transport seconaphim for the long and safe journey. Then you are presented to those beings who will sponsor your early Havona activities. Next you go to register your arrival and prepare your message of thanksgiving and adoration for dispatch to the Creator Son of your local universe, [our Sovereign Savior and very Elder Brother Jesus Christ Michael] the universe Father who made possible your sonship career. This concludes the formalities of the Havona arrival; whereupon you are accorded a long period of leisure for free observation, and this affords opportunity for looking up your friends, fellows, and associates of the long ascension experience. You may also consult the broadcasts to ascertain who of your fellow pilgrims have departed for Havona since the time of your leaving Uversa.
PAPER 31 THE CORPS OF THE FINALITY
31:0.13 The finaliters [Spirit-perfected humans on Paradise with many ministering out in the lower levels] maintain their own headquarters on Paradise, in the superuniverses, in the local universes, and on all the divisional capitals. They are a separate order of evolutionary creation. We do not directly manage them or control them, and yet they are absolutely loyal and always co-operative with all our plans. They are indeed the accumulating tried and true souls of time and space — the evolutionary salt of the universe — and they are forever proof against evil and secure against sin.
PART II. THE LOCAL UNIVERSE
PAPER 32 THE EVOLUTION OF THE LOCAL UNIVERSE
3. THE EVOLUTIONARY IDEA
32:3.6 [Very important !] The farther down the scale of life we go, the more difficult it becomes to locate, with the eye of faith, the invisible Father. The lower creatures — and sometimes even the higher personalities — find it difficult always to envisage the Universal Father in his Creator Sons. And so, pending the time of their spiritual exaltation, when perfection of development will enable them to see God in person, they grow weary in progression, entertain spiritual doubts, stumble into confusion, and thus isolate themselves from the progressive spiritual aims of their time and universe. In this way they lose the ability to see the Father when beholding the Creator Son. The surest safeguard for the creature throughout the long struggle to attain the Father, during this time when inherent conditions make such attainment impossible, is tenaciously to hold on to the Truth-fact of the Father’s Presence in his [Creator] Sons. Literally and figuratively, spiritually and personally, the Father and the Sons are one. It is a fact: He who has seen a Creator Son has seen the Father.
PAPER 34 THE LOCAL UNIVERSE MOTHER SPIRIT
6. THE SPIRIT IN MAN
34:6.3 From the heights of eternal glory the divine Spirit descends, by a long series of steps, to meet you as you are and where you are and then, in the partnership of faith, lovingly to embrace the soul of mortal origin and to embark on the sure and certain retracement of those steps of condescension, never stopping until the evolutionary soul is safely exalted to the very heights of bliss from which the divine Spirit originally sallied forth on this mission of mercy and ministry.
PAPER 50 THE PLANETARY PRINCES
5. PROGRESSIVE CIVILIZATION
50:5.5 2. The security age. Just as soon as the primitive hunter can spare any time from the search for food, he turns this leisure to augmenting his security. More and more attention is devoted to the technique of war. Homes are fortified, and the clans are solidified by mutual fear and by the inculcation of hate for foreign groups. Self-preservation is a pursuit which always follows self-maintenance.
50:5.6 3. The material-comfort era. After food problems have been partially solved and some degree of security has been attained, the additional leisure is utilized to promote personal comfort. Luxury vies with necessity in occupying the center of the stage of human activities. Such an age is all too often characterized by tyranny, intolerance, gluttony, and drunkenness. The weaker elements of the races incline towards excesses and brutality. Gradually these pleasure-seeking weaklings are subjugated by the more strong and truth-loving elements of the advancing civilization.
50:5.7 4. The quest for knowledge and wisdom. Food, security, pleasure, and leisure provide the foundation for the development of culture and the spread of knowledge. The effort to execute knowledge results in wisdom, and when a culture has learned how to profit and improve by experience, civilization has really arrived. Food, security, and material comfort still dominate society, but many forward-looking individuals are hungering for knowledge and thirsting for wisdom. Every child is provided an opportunity to learn by doing; education is the watchword of these ages.
50:5.10 7. The era of Light and Life. This is the flowering of the successive ages of physical security, intellectual expansion, social culture, and spiritual achievement. These human accomplishments are now blended, associated, and coordinated in cosmic unity and unselfish service. Within the limitations of finite nature and material endowments there are no bounds set upon the possibilities of evolutionary attainment by the advancing generations who successively live upon these supernal and settled worlds of time and space. [Our planet is young and most humans are on the lower stages of progress.]
PAPER 53 THE LUCIFER REBELLION
7. HISTORY OF THE REBELLION
53:7.12 It was over two years of system time [about two years of Earth time] from the beginning of the “war in heaven” [200,000 years ago] until the installation of Lucifer’s successor. [Lanaforge who is loyal to the Paradise Father and to Jesus Christ Michael our universe Sovereign] But at last the new Sovereign came, landing on the sea of glass with his staff. I was among the reserves mobilized on Edentia by Gabriel, and I well remember the first message of Lanaforge to the Constellation Father of Norlatiadek. It read: “Not a single Jerusem [the spiritual headquarters of our system of 619 human-inhabited planets, not the city of Jerusalem on Earth ! Totally different, but the spelling is close.] citizen was lost. Every ascendant mortal survived the fiery trial and emerged from the crucial test triumphant and altogether victorious.” And on to Salvington, Uversa, and Paradise went this message of assurance that the survival experience of mortal ascension is the greatest security against rebellion and the surest safeguard against sin. This noble Jerusem band of faithful mortals numbered just 187,432,811.
8. THE SON OF MAN ON EARTH
53:8.4 The Son of Man was confident of success, and he knew that his triumph on your world would forever settle the status of his agelong enemies, not only in your system but also in the other two systems where sin had entered. There was survival for mortals and security for angels when your Master, in reply to the Lucifer proposals, calmly and with divine assurance replied, “Get you behind me, Satan.” That was, in principle, the real end of the Lucifer rebellion. [See John 12:31-32, 16:11, others] True, the Uversa tribunals have not yet rendered the executive decision regarding the appeal of Gabriel praying for the destruction of the rebels, but such a decree will, no doubt, be forthcoming in the fullness of time since the first step in the hearing of this case has already been taken.
53:8.7 Before the bestowal of [Jesus Christ] Michael these rulers of darkness sought to maintain their authority on Earth, and they persistently withstood the minor and subordinate celestial personalities. But since the day of Pentecost [May 18, A.D. 30 - on] this traitorous [former planetary prince] Caligastia and his equally contemptible associate, Daligastia, are servile before the divine majesty of the Paradise Thought Adjusters and the protective Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of [Jesus Christ] Michael, which has been poured out upon all flesh. [One of many titles of our Sovereign Savior Jesus is "Planetary Prince of Earth"; Jesus has placed a Melchizedek Son of God here as Vicegerent (Deputy) Planetary Prince.]
9. PRESENT STATUS OF THE REBELLION
53:9.2 The archdeceiver has never been on Urantia since the days when he sought to turn back [Jesus Christ] Michael from the purpose to complete the bestowal and to establish himself finally and securely as the unqualified ruler of Nebadon. Upon Michael’s becoming the settled head of the universe of Nebadon, Lucifer was taken into custody by the agents of the Uversa Ancients of Days and has since been a prisoner on satellite number one of the Father’s group of the transition spheres of Jerusem.And here the rulers of other worlds and systems behold the end of the unfaithful Sovereign of [our system]. Paul knew of the status of these rebellious leaders following Michael’s bestowal, for he wrote of Caligastia’s chiefs as “spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Topical Study 93 "Security-Safety-Protection"
Compiled 1/22/2016 by Dave@PureChristians.org
[Part 2 of many]
PAPER 54 PROBLEMS OF THE LUCIFER REBELLION
5. THE WISDOM OF DELAY
54:5.3 2. Supreme justice is dominated by a Father’s love; therefore will justice never destroy that which mercy can save. Time to accept salvation is vouchsafed [granted to] every evildoer.
6. THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE
54:6.1 Whatever the difficulties evolutionary mortals may encounter in their efforts to understand the Lucifer rebellion, [for almost 200,000 years until Jesus Christ Michael removed all demonic powers and fallen spirits on Earth in A.D. 30 - on. The everpresent Spirit of Truth upon all humans fully prevents all demonic possessions and evil influences by fallen, former rebelling, spiritual administrators !] it should be clear to all reflective thinkers that the technique of dealing with the rebels is a vindication of divine love. The loving mercy extended to the rebels does seem to have involved many innocent beings in trials and tribulations, but all these distraught personalities may securely depend upon the all-wise Judges to adjudicate their destinies in mercy as well as justice.
54:6.4 But one thing should be made clear: If you are made to suffer the evil consequences of the sin of some member of your family, some fellow citizen or fellow mortal, even rebellion in the system or elsewhere — no matter what you may have to endure because of the wrongdoing of your associates, fellows, or superiors — you may rest secure in the eternal assurance that such tribulations are transient afflictions. None of these fraternal consequences of misbehavior in the group can ever jeopardize your eternal prospects or in the least degree deprive you of your divine right of Paradise ascension and God attainment. [Knowing our Father God's infinite love, lavish mercy and gracious friendliness to all humans and beings; we are fully assured of our certain eternal salvation and evermore joyful ascension without end !]
PART III THE HISTORY OF EARTH
PAPER 69 PRIMITIVE HUMAN INSTITUTIONS
69:0.2 When human beings long maintain social groups, such aggregations always result in the creation of certain activity trends which culminate in institutionalization. Most of man’s institutions have proved to be laborsaving while at the same time contributing something to the enhancement of group security.
1. BASIC HUMAN INSTITUTIONS
69:1.4 2. The institutions of self-perpetuation. These are the establishments of society growing out of sex hunger, maternal instinct, and the higher tender emotions of the races. They embrace the social safeguards of the home and the school, of family life, education, ethics, and religion. They include marriage customs, war for defense, and home building.
4. THE BEGINNINGS OF TRADE
69:4.3 A fetish was used to stand guard over the deposits of goods for silent barter. Such market places were secure against theft; nothing would be removed except by barter or purchase; with a fetish on guard the goods were always safe. The early traders were scrupulously honest within their own tribes but regarded it as all right to cheat distant strangers. Even the early Hebrews recognized a separate code of ethics in their dealings with the Gentiles. [who were considered "goyim" - dogs !]
69:4.4 For ages silent barter continued before men would meet, unarmed, on the sacred market place. These same market squares became the first places of sanctuary and in some countries were later known as “cities of refuge.” Any fugitive reaching the market place was safe and secure against attack.
5. THE BEGINNINGS OF CAPITAL
69:5.9 6. Fear of the ghosts of the dead — priest fees for protection. Men early began to give death presents to the priests with a view to having their property used to facilitate their progress through the next life. The priesthoods thus became very rich; they were chief among ancient capitalists.
6. FIRE IN RELATION TO CIVILIZATION
69:6.2 Fire building, by a single bound, forever separated man from animal; it is the basic human invention, or discovery. Fire enabled man to stay on the ground at night as all animals are afraid of it. Fire encouraged eventide social intercourse; it not only protected against cold and wild beasts but was also employed as security against ghosts. It was at first used more for light than heat; many backward tribes refuse to sleep unless a flame burns all night. [!]
69:6.7 Fire led to cooking, and “raw eaters” became a term of derision. And cooking lessened the expenditure of vital energy necessary for the digestion of food and so left early man some strength for social culture, while animal husbandry, by reducing the effort necessary to secure food, provided time for social activities. [Today, some deride "meat eaters"as wasteful, unintelligent or unhealthy eaters. It takes about 8 pounds of grain or 20 pounds of feed and 722 gallons of water to make one pound of meat.]
7. THE UTILIZATION OF ANIMALS
69:7.1 To start with, the entire animal world was man’s enemy; human beings had to learn to protect themselves from the beasts. First, man ate the animals but later learned to domesticate and make them serve him.
69:7.4 The dog was the first animal to be domesticated, and the difficult experience of taming it began when a certain dog, after following a hunter around all day, actually went home with him. For ages dogs were used for food, hunting, transportation, and companionship. At first dogs only howled, but later on they learned to bark. The dog’s keen sense of smell led to the notion it could see spirits, and thus arose the dog-fetish cults. The employment of watchdogs made it first possible for the whole clan to sleep at night. It then became the custom to employ watchdogs to protect the home against spirits as well as material enemies. When the dog barked, man or beast approached, but when the dog howled, spirits were near. Even now many still believe that a dog’s howling at night betokens death.
9. PRIVATE PROPERTY
69:9.6 4. The urge for security and power. Communism was finally destroyed by the deceptive practices of progressive and successful individuals who resorted to diverse subterfuges in an effort to escape enslavement to the shiftless idlers of their tribes. But at first all hoarding was secret; primitive insecurity prevented the outward accumulation of capital. And even at a later time it was most dangerous to amass too much wealth; the king would be sure to trump up some charge for confiscating a rich man’s property, and when a wealthy man died, the funeral was held up until the family donated a large sum to public welfare or to the king, an inheritance tax.
69:9.12 Water holes and wells were among the first private possessions. The whole fetish practice was utilized to guard water holes, wells, trees, crops, and honey. Following the loss of faith in the fetish, laws were evolved to protect private belongings. But game laws, the right to hunt, long preceded land laws. The American red man never understood private ownership of land; he could not comprehend the white man’s view.
69:9.13 Private property was early marked by family insignia, and this is the early origin of family crests. Real estate could also be put under the watchcare of spirits. The priests would “consecrate” a piece of land, and it would then rest under the protection of the magic taboos erected thereon. Owners thereof were said to have a “priest’s title.” The Hebrews had great respect for these family landmarks: “Cursed be he who removes his neighbor’s landmark.” These stone markers bore the priest’s initials. Even trees, when initialed, became private property.
69:9.15 Eventually the state assigned property to the individual, reserving the right of taxation. Having made secure their titles, landlords could collect rents, and land became a source of income — capital. Finally land became truly negotiable, with sales, transfers, mortgages, and foreclosures.
PAPER 70 THE EVOLUTION OF HUMAN GOVERNMENT
70:0.2 On an evolutionary world, antagonisms are natural; peace is secured only by some sort of social regulative system. Social regulation is inseparable from social organization; association implies some controlling authority. Government compels the coordination of the antagonisms of the tribes, clans, families, and individuals.
9. HUMAN RIGHTS
70:9.1 Nature confers no rights on man, only life and a world in which to live it. Nature does not even confer the right to live, as might be deduced by considering what would likely happen if an unarmed man met a hungry tiger face to face in the primitive forest. Society’s prime gift to man is security.
70:9.4 2. Military defense — security through preparedness.
11. LAWS AND COURTS
70:11.5 Self-interest established the taboo on killing, society sanctified it as traditional mores, while religion consecrated the custom as moral law, and thus did all three conspire in rendering human life more safe and sacred. Society could not have held together during early times had not rights had the sanction of religion; superstition was the moral and social police force of the long evolutionary ages. The ancients all claimed that their olden laws, the taboos, had been given to their ancestors by the gods. [Today the churches and religious organizations are the moral police force; they are now strengthening against godless secular humanism which always destroys their countries !]
PAPER 71 DEVELOPMENT OF THE STATE
2. THE EVOLUTION OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT
71:2.7 Public opinion, common opinion, has always delayed society; nevertheless, it is valuable, for, while retarding social evolution, it does preserve civilization. Education of public opinion is the only safe and true method of accelerating civilization; force is only a temporary expedient, and cultural growth will increasingly accelerate as bullets give way to ballots. Public opinion, the mores, is the basic and elemental energy in social evolution and state development, but to be of state value it must be nonviolent in expression.
71:2.14 5. Security of property. No government can long endure if it fails to provide for the right to enjoy personal property in some form. Man craves the right to use, control, bestow, sell, lease, and bequeath his personal property.
3. THE IDEALS OF STATEHOOD
71:3.1 The political or administrative form of a government is of little consequence provided it affords the essentials of civil progress — liberty, security, education, and social co-ordination. It is not what a state is but what it does that determines the course of social evolution. And after all, no state can transcend the moral values of its citizenry as exemplified in their chosen leaders. Ignorance and selfishness [greed, corruption, deceit, tyranny, etc] will insure the downfall of even the highest type of government.
4. PROGRESSIVE CIVILIZATION
[This is important; so all will be included here.]
71:4.1 Economics, society, and government must evolve if they are to remain. Static conditions on an evolutionary world are indicative of decay; only those institutions which move forward with the evolutionary stream persist.
71:4.2 The progressive program of an expanding civilization embraces:
71:4.3 1. Preservation of individual liberties. [now being threatened, especially religious/spiritual liberties !]
71:4.4 2. Protection of the home. [normal family of one Godly man and one Godly woman to properly raise their children !]
71:4.5 3. Promotion of economic security. [too many now unemployed, underemployed, in debt.]
71:4.6 4. Prevention of disease. [more education needed; too many foolishly destroy their bodies by bad habits]
71:4.7 5. Compulsory education. [cradle to grave; much done in the home]
71:4.8 6. Compulsory employment. [all humans should have a productive job]
71:4.9 7. Profitable utilization of leisure. [much leisure today is wasteful and harmful]
71:4.10 8. Care of the unfortunate. [homeless veterans, many others need help !]
71:4.11 9. Race improvement. [positive eugenics ! Government offer $5,000 to $50,000 to any human age 18 or older who will get voluntarily sterilized !]
71:4.12 10. Promotion of science and art. [more free online highest quality courses; colleges are too expensive and often inferior.]
71:4.13 11. Promotion of philosophy — wisdom. [Wise philosophers need to replace greedy, self-serving politicians and mediocre jurors]
71:4.14 12. Augmentation of cosmic insight — spirituality. [Realizing God's pure Spirit Essence indwelling each and every moral human !]
71:4.15 And this progress in the arts of civilization leads directly to the realization of the highest human and divine goals of mortal endeavor — the social achievement of the brotherhood of man and the personal status of God-consciousness, which becomes revealed in the supreme desire of every individual to do the will of the Father in Heaven.
71:4.16 The appearance of genuine brotherhood signifies that a social order has arrived in which all men delight in bearing one another’s burdens; they actually desire to practice the golden rule. But such an ideal society cannot be realized when either the weak or the wicked lie in wait to take unfair and unholy advantage of those who are chiefly actuated by devotion to the service of truth, beauty, and goodness. In such a situation only one course is practical: The “golden rulers” may establish a progressive society in which they live according to their ideals while maintaining an adequate defense against their benighted fellows who might seek either to exploit their pacific predilections or to destroy their advancing civilization. [Beware of the dominance of mediocrity ! One man, one vote will not work. One vote at age 18 or 21, then each human should strive to gain by expertise in their fields up to ten votes. Zero vote if in prison. Voter testing must be the universal rule.]
71:4.17 Idealism can never survive on an evolving planet if the idealists in each generation permit themselves to be exterminated by the baser orders of humanity. And here is the great test of idealism: Can an advanced society maintain that military preparedness which renders it secure from all attack by its war-loving neighbors without yielding to the temptation to employ this military strength in offensive operations against other peoples for purposes of selfish gain or national aggrandizement? National survival demands preparedness, and religious idealism alone can prevent the prostitution of preparedness into aggression. Only love, brotherhood, can prevent the strong from oppressing the weak. [The United Nations is a start; but it has little military power. A strong international Planetary Peace Army is needed; with missile destroying satellites and other high-tech weapons to stop rogue nations.]
PAPER 72 GOVERNMENT ON A NEIGHBORING PLANET
6. OLD-AGE INSURANCE
72:6.1 This nation is making a determined effort to replace the self-respect-destroying type of charity by dignified government-insurance guarantees of security in old age. This nation provides every child an education and every man a job; therefore can it successfully carry out such an insurance scheme for the protection of the infirm and aged.
PAPER 81 DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN CIVILIZATION
5. CULTURAL SOCIETY
81:5.3 But cultural society is no great and beneficent club of inherited privilege into which all men are born with free membership and entire equality. Rather is it an exalted and ever-advancing guild of earth workers, admitting to its ranks only the nobility of those toilers who strive to make the world a better place in which their children and their children’s children may live and advance in subsequent ages. And this guild of civilization exacts costly admission fees, imposes strict and rigorous disciplines, visits heavy penalties on all dissenters and nonconformists, while it confers few personal licenses or privileges except those of enhanced security against common dangers and racial perils.
81:5.4 Social association is a form of survival insurance which human beings have learned is profitable; therefore are most individuals willing to pay those premiums of self-sacrifice and personal-liberty curtailment [to socially and politically "correct"conformity] which society exacts from its members in return for this enhanced group protection. In short, the present-day social mechanism is a trial-and-error insurance plan designed to afford some degree of assurance and protection against a return to the terrible and antisocial conditions which characterized the early experiences of the human race.
81:5.5 Society thus becomes a co-operative scheme for securing civil freedom through institutions, economic freedom through capital and invention, social liberty through culture, and freedom from violence through police regulation.
81:5.6 Might does not make right, but it does enforce the commonly recognized rights of each succeeding generation. The prime mission of government is the definition of the right, the just and fair regulation of class differences, and the enforcement of equality of opportunity under the rules of law. Every human right is associated with a social duty; group privilege is an insurance mechanism which unfailingly demands the full payment of the exacting premiums of group service. And group rights, as well as those of the individual, must be protected, including the regulation of the sex propensity. [Uninhibited sexual lust -- swinging -- is now widely promoted in the media; and maybe only the likely oncoming super-HIV-AIDS virus will turn things around. All should carefully count the costs before they foolishly act ! Much more self-control and stronger social regulation is needed to preclude oncoming rapid social collapse !]
6. THE MAINTENANCE OF CIVILIZATION
81:6.13 But the continent richest in natural deposits and the most advanced mechanical equipment will make little progress if the intelligence of its people is on the decline. [Average I.Q. in many countries is now declining ! Positive eugenics is urgently needed !] Knowledge can be had by education, but wisdom, which is indispensable to true culture, can be secured only through experience and by men and women who are innately intelligent. Such a people are able to learn from experience; they may become truly wise.
PAPER 84 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE
7. THE IDEALS OF FAMILY LIFE
84:7.16 [Ancient peoples favored large families for many reasons; one is:] 5. Sons afforded protection and defense.
84:7.27 In the present industrial and urban era the marriage institution is evolving along new economic lines. Family life has become more and more costly, while children, who used to be an asset, have become economic liabilities. But the security of civilization itself still rests on the growing willingness of one generation to invest in the welfare of the next and future generations. And any attempt to shift parental responsibility to state or church will prove suicidal to the welfare and advancement of civilization.
84:7.28 Marriage, with children and consequent family life, is stimulative of the highest potentials in human nature and simultaneously provides the ideal avenue for the expression of these quickened attributes of mortal personality. The family provides for the biologic perpetuation of the human species. The home is the natural social arena wherein the ethics of blood brotherhood may be grasped by the growing children. The family is the fundamental unit of fraternity in which parents and children learn those lessons of patience, altruism, tolerance, and forbearance which are so essential to the realization of brotherhood among all men.
84:7.30 Family life is the progenitor of true morality, the ancestor of the consciousness of loyalty to duty. The enforced associations of family life stabilize personality and stimulate its growth through the compulsion of necessitous adjustment to other and diverse personalities. But even more, a true family — a good family — reveals to the parental procreators the attitude of the Creator to his children, while at the same time such true parents portray to their children the first of a long series of ascending disclosures of the love of the Paradise parent of all universe children.