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Topical Study number 133
"LOVE -- A New
Compiled Jan. 15, 2021 by Dave@PureChristians.org
[The Urantia Book
PAPER 4 GOD’S RELATION TO THE UNIVERSE
1. THE UNIVERSE ATTITUDE OF THE FATHER
4:1.4 There is no limitation of the forces and personalities which the Father may use to uphold his purpose and sustain his creatures. “The Eternal God is our refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” “Behold, he who keeps us shall neither slumber nor sleep.” “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God,” “for the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers.”
3. GOD’S UNCHANGING CHARACTER
4:3.5 The Universal Father never does anything that causes subsequent sorrow or regret, but the will creatures of the planning and making of his Creator personalities in the outlying universes, by their unfortunate choosing, sometimes occasion emotions of divine sorrow in the personalities of their Creator parents. But though the Father neither makes mistakes, harbors regrets, nor experiences sorrows, He is [I AM] a Being with a Father’s [all-loving] affection, and his heart is undoubtedly grieved when his children fail to attain the spiritual levels they are capable of reaching with the assistance which has been so freely provided by the spiritual-attainment plans and the mortal-ascension policies of the universes.
4. THE REALIZATION OF GOD
4:4.6 In God the Father freewill performances are not ruled by power, nor are they guided by intellect alone; the Divine Personality is defined as consisting in Spirit and manifesting himself to the universes as love. Therefore, in all his personal relations with the creature personalities of the universes, the First Source and Center is always and consistently a loving Father. God is a Father in the highest sense of the term. He is eternally motivated by the perfect idealism of divine love, and that tender nature finds its strongest expression and greatest satisfaction in loving and being loved.
4:4.7 In science, God is the First Cause; in religion, the Universal and loving Father; in philosophy, the One Being who exists by himself, not dependent on any other being for existence but beneficently conferring reality of existence on all things and upon all other beings. But it requires Revelation to show that the First Cause of science and the self-existent Unity of philosophy are the God of religion, full of mercy and goodness and pledged to effect the eternal survival of his children on Earth.
5. ERRONEOUS IDEAS OF GOD
4:5.7 But the inhabitants of Earth are to find deliverance from these ancient errors and pagan superstitions respecting the nature of the Universal Father. The Revelation of the Truth about God is appearing, and the human race is destined to know the Universal Father in all that beauty of character and loveliness of attributes so magnificently portrayed by the Creator Son [our Sovereign Savior and very Elder Brother Jesus] who sojourned on Earth as the Son of Man and the Son of God.
PAPER 5 GOD’S RELATION TO THE INDIVIDUAL
1. THE APPROACH TO GOD
5:1.2 Our Father is not in hiding; he is not in arbitrary seclusion. He has mobilized the resources of divine wisdom in a never-ending effort to Reveal himself to the children of his universal domains. There is an infinite grandeur and an inexpressible generosity connected with the majesty of his love which causes him to yearn for the association of every created being who can comprehend, love, or approach him; and it is, therefore, the limitations inherent in you, inseparable from your finite personality and material existence, that determine the time and place and circumstances in which you may achieve the goal of the journey of mortal ascension and stand in the [Luminous Spirit] Presence of the Father at the center of all things. [Some would call that a Spirit-Birth or Born-Eternal Destiny Event; but it is actually ineffable ...]
5:1.8 [Very important !] The Father desires all his creatures to be in personal Communion with him. He has on Paradise a place to receive all those whose survival status and spiritual nature make possible such attainment. Therefore settle in your philosophy now and forever: TO EACH OF YOU and to all of us, God is approachable, the Father is attainable, the way is open; the forces of divine love and the ways and means of divine administration are all interlocked in an effort to facilitate the advancement of every worthy intelligence of every universe to the Paradise Presence of the Universal Father. [There are, roughly, 7 x 10 to the 22nd power humans on seven trillion human-inhabited planets in this first, Supreme-level, Grand Universe Age ! Then, very much higher cosmic and transcendental and Absolute spiritual Realities will unfold without end to our advancing comprehensions !]
5:1.12 The great God makes direct contact with mortal man and gives a part of his infinite and eternal and incomprehensible self to live and dwell within him. God has embarked upon the eternal adventure with man. If you yield to the leadings of the spiritual forces in you and around you, you cannot fail to attain the high destiny established by a loving God as the universe goal of his ascendant creatures from the evolutionary worlds of space.
3. TRUE WORSHIP
5:3.3 Worship is for its own sake; prayer embodies a self- or creature-interest element; that is the great difference between worship and prayer. There is absolutely no self-request or other element of personal interest in true worship; we simply worship God for what we comprehend him to be. Worship asks nothing and expects nothing for the worshiper. We do not worship the Father because of anything we may derive from such veneration; we render such devotion and engage in such worship as a natural and spontaneous reaction to the recognition of the Father’s matchless Personality and because of his lovable nature and adorable attributes.
4. GOD IN RELIGION
5:4.1 The morality of the religions of evolution drives men forward in the God quest by the motive power of fear. The religions of Revelation allure men to seek for a God of love because they crave to become like him. But religion is not merely a passive feeling of “absolute dependence” and “surety of survival”; it is a living and dynamic experience of divinity attainment predicated on humanity service.
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.
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5:4.13 3. Jesus’ concept — God as a living Friend, a loving Father, the Divine Presence.
5:4.15 In the study of the religious life of Jesus, view him positively. Think not so much of his sinlessness as of his righteousness, his loving service. Jesus upstepped the passive love disclosed in the Hebrew concept of the heavenly Father to the higher active and creature-loving affection of a God who is the Father of every individual, even of the wrongdoer. [The living Gospel of Jesus is that each and every human being living on this planet is now a divinely beloved son of God ! (type male or type female, all are classified as sons of God. The many types of angels and super-angels are the daughters of God)]
5. THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF GOD
5:5.3 The fact-seeking scientist conceives of God as the First Cause, a God of force. The emotional artist sees God as the ideal of beauty, a God of aesthetics. The reasoning philosopher is sometimes inclined to posit a God of universal Unity, even a pantheistic Deity. The religionist of faith believes in a God who fosters survival, the Father in Heaven, the God of love. [Even our faith is a Gift from God to all who could use it !]
6. THE GOD OF PERSONALITY
5:6.1 The Universal Father is the God of personalities. The domain of universe personality, from the lowest mortal and material creature of personality status to the highest persons of Creator dignity and divine status, has its center and circumference in the Universal Father. God the Father is the bestower and the conservator of every personality. And the Paradise Father is likewise the destiny of all those finite personalities who wholeheartedly choose to do the divine will, those who love God and long to be like him. [We each and all may realize the Father-son personality relationship: I am a son of I AM and so are you !!]
5:6.12 Concerning those personalities who are not Adjuster indwelt: [not Father-fused; but Son-fused or Spirit-fused candidates] The attribute of choice-liberty is also bestowed by the Universal Father, and such persons are likewise embraced in the great circuit of divine love, the personality circuit of the Universal Father. God provides for the sovereign choice of all true personalities. No personal creature can be coerced into the eternal adventure; the portal of Eternity opens only in response to the freewill choice of the freewill sons of the God of free will.
PAPER 6 THE ETERNAL SON
2. NATURE OF THE ETERNAL SON
6:2.7 In the love of truth and in the creation of beauty the Father and the Son are equal except that the Son appears to devote himself more to the realization of the exclusively spiritual beauty of universal values.
6:2.8 In divine goodness I [a Paradise-level Divine Counselor in our Superuniverse] discern no difference between the Father and the Son. The Father loves his universe children as a Father; the Eternal Son looks upon all creatures both as Father and as Brother.
3. MINISTRY OF THE FATHER’S LOVE
6:3.1 The Son shares the justice and righteousness of the Trinity but overshadows these divinity traits by the infinite personalization of the Father's love and mercy; the Son is the Revelation of divine love to the universes. As God is love, so the Son is mercy. The Son cannot love more than the Father, but he can show mercy to creatures in one additional way, for he not only is a primal Creator like the Father, but he is also the Eternal Son of that same Father, thereby sharing in the sonship experience of all other sons of the Universal Father. [We humans are also Divinely Beloved sons of God with potential for eternal life and a glorious final Destiny !]
6:3.3 To comprehend the love of the Eternal Son, you must first perceive its divine Source, the Father, who is love, and then behold the unfolding of this infinite affection in the far-flung ministry of the Infinite Spirit and his almost limitless host of ministering personalities.
6:3.4 The ministry of the Eternal Son is devoted to the Revelation of the God of love to the universe of universes. This divine Son is not engaged in the ignoble task of trying to persuade his gracious Father to love his lowly creatures and to show mercy to the wrongdoers of time. How wrong to envisage the Eternal Son as appealing to the Universal Father to show mercy to his lowly creatures on the material worlds of space! [All concepts of intercession and blood atonement are barbaric and totally false !] Such concepts of God are crude and grotesque. Rather should you realize that all the merciful ministrations of the Sons of God [including our Sovereign Universe Creator Father-Son Jesus Christ Michael] are a direct Revelation of the Father's heart of universal love and infinite compassion. The Father's love is the real and eternal source of the Son's mercy.
6:3.5 God is love, the Son is mercy. Mercy is applied love, the Father's love in action in the person of his Eternal Son. The love of this universal Son is likewise universal. As love is comprehended on a sex planet, the love of God is more comparable to the love of a father, while the love of the Eternal Son is more like the affection of a mother. Crude, indeed, are such illustrations, but I employ them in the hope of conveying to the human mind the thought that there is a difference, not in divine content but in quality and technique of expression, between the love of the Father and the love of the Son.
4. ATTRIBUTES OF THE ETERNAL SON
6:4.9 The Eternal Son, as a loving, merciful, and ministering spiritual personality, is wholly and infinitely equal with the Universal Father, while in all those merciful and affectionate personal contacts with the ascendant beings of the lower realms the Eternal Son is just as kind and considerate, just as patient and long-suffering, as are his Paradise Sons [700,000 local universe Creator Sons] in the local universes who so frequently bestow themselves upon the evolutionary worlds of time.
8. REALIZATION OF THE ETERNAL SON
6:8.4 The Eternal Son is infinite, but he is approachable through the persons of his Paradise Sons and through the patient ministry of the Infinite Spirit. Without the bestowal service of the Paradise Sons and the loving ministry of the creatures of the Infinite Spirit, [Divine Ministers coordinate with the universe Creator Son,] beings of material origin could hardly hope to attain the Eternal Son. And it is equally true: With the help and guidance of these celestial agencies the God-conscious mortal will certainly attain Paradise and sometime stand in the personal Presence of this majestic Son of Sons. [! We each have a very Glorious Final Destiny of being eternally Resident on Paradise with God the Father-Son-Spirit ! And also to go out into the larger, transcendental Master Universe with Jesus as our eternal Leader ! Then there is more, impossible to much convey to any finite human mind on Earth.]
PAPER 7 RELATION OF THE ETERNAL SON TO THE UNIVERSE
3. RELATION OF THE ETERNAL SON TO THE INDIVIDUAL
7:3.1 [Important !] In the [one physical Earth and then 570 advancing soul-level Heavens] local universe ascent the mortals of time look to the Creator Son as the personal representative of the Eternal Son. [and also of the Universal Father and of the Father-Son Union !] But when they begin the [first-stage Spirit] ascent of the superuniverse training regime, the pilgrims of time increasingly detect the supernal Presence of the inspiring Spirit of the Eternal Son, and they are able to profit by the intake of this ministry of spiritual energization. In [the one billion high spheres of] Havona the ascenders become still more conscious of the loving embrace of the all-pervading Spirit of the Original Son. At no stage of the entire mortal ascension does the spirit of the Eternal Son indwell the mind or soul of the pilgrim of time, but his beneficence is ever near and always concerned with the welfare and spiritual security of the advancing children of time. [The Eternal Son is around us; but not indwelling us; as we always have indwelling us He the Spirit of Truth who is our Sovereign Universe Creator Jesus Christ Michael; and within Him are indwelling both God the Universal Father and God the Eternal Son of Paradise !!!]
4. THE DIVINE PERFECTION PLANS
7:4.1 The Eternal Son is in everlasting liaison with the Father in the successful prosecution of the divine plan of progress: the universal plan for the creation, evolution, ascension, and perfection of will creatures. And, in divine faithfulness, the Son is the eternal equal of the Father.
7:4.2 The Father and his Son are as one in the formulation and prosecution of this gigantic attainment plan for advancing the material beings of time to the perfection of Eternity. This project for the spiritual elevation of the ascendant souls of space is a joint creation of the Father and the Son, and they are, with the cooperation of the Infinite Spirit, engaged in associative execution of their divine purpose.
7:4.3 This divine plan of perfection attainment embraces three unique, though marvelously correlated, enterprises of universal adventure:
7:4.4 #1. The Plan of Progressive Attainment. This is the Universal Father’s plan of evolutionary ascension, a program unreservedly accepted by the Eternal Son when he concurred in the Father’s proposal, “Let Us make mortal creatures in our own Image.” This provision for upstepping the creatures of time involves the Father’s bestowal of the Thought Adjusters [the pure Spirit Essence of God, the will of God living within you and as you !!] and the endowing of material creatures with the prerogatives of [a forever unchanging and absolutely unique] personality.
7:4.5 #2. The Bestowal Plan. The next universal plan is the great Father-Revelation enterprise of the Eternal Son and his coordinate Sons. This is the proposal of the Eternal Son and consists of his bestowal of the Sons of God [our Creator Son of God Jesus] upon the evolutionary creations, there to personalize and factualize, to incarnate and make real, the love of the Father and the mercy of the Son to the creatures of all universes. Inherent in the bestowal plan, and as a provisional feature of this ministration of love, the Paradise Sons act as rehabilitators of that which misguided creature will has placed in spiritual jeopardy. Whenever and wherever there occurs a delay inthe functioning of the attainment plan, if rebellion, [of junior administrating Sons of God -- Lucifer, Satan & Caligastia] perchance, should mar or complicate this enterprise, then do the emergency provisions of the bestowal plan become active forthwith. The Paradise Sons stand pledged and ready to function as retrievers, to go into the very realms of rebellion and there restore the spiritual status of the spheres. And such a heroic service a Coordinate Creator Son [our Master Jesus] did perform on Earth in connection with his experiential bestowal career of Sovereignty acquirement.
7:4.6 #3. The Plan of Mercy Ministry. When the attainment plan and the bestowal plan had been formulated and proclaimed, alone and of himself, the Infinite Spirit projected and put in operation the tremendous and universal enterprise of mercy ministry. This is the service so essential to the practical and effective operation of both the attainment and the bestowal undertakings, and the spiritual personalities [many types of angels and other ministering spirits] of the Third Source and Center all partake of the spirit of mercy ministry which is so much a part of the nature of the Third Person of Deity. Not only in creation but also in administration, the Infinite Spirit functions truly and literally as the Conjoint Executive of the Father and the Son.
7:4.7 The Eternal Son is the personal trustee, the divine custodian, of the Father’s universal plan of creature ascension. Having promulgated the universal mandate, “Be you perfect, even as I am perfect,” the Father intrusted the execution of this tremendous undertaking to the Eternal Son; and the Eternal Son shares the fostering of this supernal enterprise with his Divine Coordinate, the Infinite Spirit. Thus do the Deities effectively cooperate in the work of creation, control, evolution, revelation, and ministration — and if required, in restoration and rehabilitation.
7. THE SUPREME REVELATION OF THE FATHER
7:7.6 [Important !] More of the character and merciful nature of the Eternal Son of mercy you should comprehend as you meditate on the Revelation of these divine attributes which was made in loving service by your own Creator Son, onetime Son of Man on earth, now the exalted Sovereign of [Nebadon] your local universe — the Son of Man and the Son of God. [Our Creator-Savior Jesus Christ Michael !]
PAPER 8 THE INFINITE SPIRIT
2. NATURE OF THE INFINITE SPIRIT
8:2.6 Though in every way sharing the perfection, the righteousness, and the love of the Universal Father, the Infinite Spirit inclines towards the mercy attributes of the Eternal Son, thus becoming the Mercy Minister of the Paradise Deities to the grand universe. Ever and always — universally and eternally — the Spirit is a Mercy Minister, for, as the divine Sons reveal the love of God, so the divine Spirit depicts the mercy of God.
8:2.7 It is not possible that the Spirit could have more of goodness than the Father since all goodness takes origin in the Father, but in the acts of the Spirit we can the better comprehend such goodness. The Father’s faithfulness and the Son’s constancy are made very real to the Spirit beings and the material creatures of the spheres by the loving ministry and ceaseless service of the personalities of the Infinite Spirit.
3. RELATION OF THE SPIRIT TO THE FATHER AND THE SON
8:3.5 The Infinite Spirit is the effective agent of the all-loving Father and the all-merciful Son for the execution of their conjoint project of drawing to themselves all truth-loving souls on all the worlds of time and space. The very instant the Eternal Son accepted his Father’s plan of perfection attainment for the creatures of the universes, the moment the ascension project became a Father-Son plan, that instant the Infinite Spirit became the Conjoint Administrator of the Father and the Son for the execution of their united and eternal Purpose. And in so doing the Infinite Spirit pledged all his resources of divine Presence and of Spirit personalities to the Father and the Son; he has dedicated all to the stupendous plan of exalting surviving will creatures [countless humans and others] to the divine heights of Paradise perfection.
4. THE SPIRIT OF DIVINE MINISTRY
8:4.1 Paralleling the physical universe wherein Paradise gravity holds all things together is the spiritual universe wherein the Word of the Son interprets the Thought of God and, when “made flesh,” demonstrates the loving mercy of the combined nature of the associated Creators. But in and through all this material and spiritual creation there is a vast stage whereon the Infinite Spirit and his Spirit offspring show forth the combined mercy, patience, and everlasting affection of the Divine Parents towards the intelligent children of their cooperative devising and making. Everlasting Ministry to mind is the essence of the Spirit’s divine character. And all the Spirit offspring of the Conjoint Actor partake of this desire to Minister, this divine urge to [Supreme] Service.
8:4.2 God is love, the Son is mercy, the Spirit is ministry — the ministry of divine love and endless mercy to all intelligent creation. The Spirit is the personification of the Father’s love and the Son’s mercy; in him are they eternally united for universal service. The Spirit is love applied to the creature creation, the combined love of the Father and the Son.
8:4.5 As the Sons of God are engaged in the gigantic task of revealing the Father’s [I AM] Personality of love to a universe, so is the Infinite Spirit dedicated to the unending ministry of revealing the combined love of the Father and the Son to the individual minds of all the children of each universe. In these local creations the Spirit does not come down to the material races in the likeness of mortal flesh as do certain of the Sons of God, but the Infinite Spirit and his Coordinate Spirits [our Holy Spirit Partner of Jesus] do downstep themselves, do joyfully undergo an amazing series of divinity attenuations, until they appear as [many levels of] angels to stand by your side and guide you through the lowly paths of earthly existence.
8:4.7 The Conjoint Creator is truly and forever the great ministering personality, the universal mercy minister. To comprehend the ministry of the Spirit, ponder the truth that he is the combined portrayal of the Father’s unending love and of the Son’s eternal mercy. The Spirit’s ministry is not, however, restricted solely to the representation of the Eternal Son and the Universal Father. The Infinite Spirit also possesses the power to minister to the creatures of the realm in his own name and right; the Third Person is of divine dignity and also bestows the universal ministry of mercy in his own behalf.
8:4.8 As man learns more of the loving and tireless ministry of the lower orders of the creature family of this Infinite Spirit, he will all the more admire and adore the transcendent nature and matchless character of this combined Action of the Universal Father and the Eternal Son. Indeed is this Spirit “the eyes of the Lord which are ever over the righteous” and “the divine ears which are ever open to their prayers.”
6. PERSONALITY OF THE INFINITE SPIRIT
8:6.4 “The love of the Spirit” is real, as also are his sorrows; therefore “Grieve not the Spirit of God.” Whether we observe the Infinite Spirit as Paradise Deity or as a local universe Creative Spirit, we find that the Conjoint Creator is not only the Third Source and Center but also a divine Person. This divine Personality also reacts to the universe as a Person. The Spirit speaks to you, “He who has an ear, [spiritual ear, not physical sounds,] let him hear what the Spirit says.” “The Spirit himself makes intercession for you.” The Spirit exerts a direct and personal influence upon created beings, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
Topical Study number 133
"LOVE -- A New
Compiled Jan. 18, 2021 by Dave@PureChristians.org
The Urantia Book
PAPER 9 RELATION OF THE INFINITE SPIRIT TO THE UNIVERSE
9:0.2 [Important !] The Father is infinite in love and volition, in spiritual thought and purpose; he is the universal Upholder. The Son is infinite in wisdom and truth, in spiritual expression and interpretation; he is the universal Revealer. Paradise is infinite in potential for force endowment and in capacity for energy dominance; it is the universal Stabilizer. The Conjoint Actor possesses unique prerogatives of synthesis, infinite capacity to co-ordinate all existing universe energies, all actual universe Spirits, and all real universe intellects; the Third Source and Center is the universal Unifier of the manifold energies and diverse creations which have appeared in consequence of the divine Plan and the eternal Purpose [Will, Volition] of the Universal Father.
9:0.3 The Infinite Spirit, the Conjoint Creator, is a universal and divine Minister. The Spirit unceasingly ministers the Son's mercy and the Father's love, even in harmony with the stable, unvarying, and righteous justice of the Paradise Trinity. His influence and [Spirit] personalities are ever near you; they really know and truly understand you.
9:1.8 In addition to this supercontrol of energy and things physical, the Infinite Spirit is superbly endowed with those attributes of patience, mercy, and love which are so exquisitely revealed in his spiritual ministry. The Spirit is supremely competent to minister love and to overshadow justice with mercy. God the Spirit possesses all the supernal kindness and merciful affection of the Original and Eternal Son. The universe of your origin [named Nebadon, our place of soul birth and long growth] is being forged out between the anvil of justice and the hammer of suffering; but those who wield the hammer are the children of mercy, the Spirit offspring [our Creative Mother Spirit here is also known in the Bible as the Holy Spirit] of the Infinite Spirit.
2. THE OMNIPRESENT SPIRIT
9:2.4 In addition to these Paradise presences, [of the Spirits of God the Universal Father, God the Eternal Son, God the Infinite Spirit, and of several others,] humans on Urantia [Earth] benefit by the spiritual influences and activities of the local and the superuniverse, with their almost endless array of loving personalities who ever lead the true of purpose and the honest of heart upward and inward [as God is Transcendent on Paradise ! and Immanent within you !] towards the ideals of divinity and the goal of supreme perfection. [Our loving Father God invites us and ever guides us: "Be you perfect; even as I AM perfect." Amen !!]
8. PERSONALITIES OF THE INFINITE SPIRIT
9:8.25 The Spirit personalities of the vast family of the Divine and Infinite Spirit are forever dedicated to the service of the Ministry of the love of God and the mercy of the Son to all the intelligent creatures of the evolutionary worlds of time and space. These Spirit beings constitute the living ladder whereby mortal man climbs from chaos to glory. [Some of us have humorously or poetically shared on this; from clod to God ! from slime to sublime ! and I have added; from oozed to enthused !]
PAPER 10 THE PARADISE TRINITY
1. SELF-DISTRIBUTION OF THE FIRST SOURCE AND CENTER
10:1.1 It would seem that the Father, back in eternity, inaugurated a policy of profound self-distribution. [Think of God as being infinite I AM Unity and also infinite sharing Diversity, all perfectly harmonized !] There is inherent in the selfless, loving, and lovable nature of the Universal Father something which causes him to reserve to himself the exercise of only those powers and that authority which he apparently finds it impossible to delegate or to bestow.
2. DEITY PERSONALIZATION
10:2.1 By the technique of trinitization the Father divests himself of that unqualified spirit personality which is the Son, but in so doing he constitutes himself the Father of this very Son and thereby possesses himself of unlimited capacity to become the divine Father of all subsequently created, eventuated, or other personalized types of intelligent will creatures. As the absolute and unqualified personality the Father can function only as and with the Son, [possibly I AM as I AM] but as a personal Father He continues to bestow personality upon the diverse hosts of the differing levels of intelligent will creatures, and He forever maintains personal relations of loving association with this vast [potentially or actually an infinite number of persons] family of universe children.
3. THE THREE PERSONS OF DEITY
10:3.3 The divine [Universe Creator] Sons are indeed the “Word of God,” [see John 1:1-18] but the [Universe Creative Spirit] children of the [Infinite] Spirit are truly the “Act of God.” God speaks through the Son and, with the Son, acts through the Infinite Spirit, while in all universe activities the Son and the Spirit are exquisitely fraternal, working as two equal brothers with admiration and love for an honored and divinely respected common Father.
6. The Stationary Sons of the Trinity
10:6.2 Justice is inherent in the universal Sovereignty of the Paradise Trinity, but goodness, mercy, and truth are the universe ministry of the divine personalities, whose Deity union constitutes the Trinity. Justice is not the attitude of the Father, the Son, or the Spirit. Justice is the Trinity attitude of these personalities of love, mercy, and ministry. No one of the Paradise Deities fosters the administration of justice. Justice is never a personal attitude; it is always a plural function.
10:6.18 Justice is the collective thought of righteousness; mercy is its personal expression. Mercy is the attitude of love; precision characterizes the operation of law; divine judgment is the soul of fairness, ever conforming to the justice of the Trinity, ever fulfilling the divine love of God. When fully perceived and completely understood, the righteous justice of the Trinity and the merciful love of the Universal Father are coincident. But man has no such full understanding of divine justice. Thus in the Trinity, as man would view it, the personalities of Father, Son, and Spirit are adjusted to coordinate ministry of love and law in the experiential universes of time.
7. THE OVERCONTROL OF SUPREMACY
10:7.6 As a son of God you can discern the personal attitude of love in all the acts of God the Father. But you will not always be able to understand how many of the universe acts of the Paradise Trinity [Divine Government overcontrol of all levels of Reality] redound to the good of the individual mortal on the evolutionary worlds of space. In the progress of Eternity the acts of the Trinity will be revealed as altogether meaningful and considerate, but they do not always so appear to the creatures of time.
8. THE TRINITY BEYOND THE FINITE
10:8.5 We [high Paradise-level Revelators] know the Universal Father, the Eternal Son, and the Infinite Spirit as persons, but I do not personally know the Deity Absolute. I love and worship God the Father; I respect and honor the Deity Absolute.
PAPER 12 THE UNIVERSE OF UNIVERSES
7. THE PART AND THE WHOLE
12:7.1 There is operative throughout all time and space and with regard to all reality of whatever nature an inexorable and impersonal law which is equivalent to the function of a cosmic providence. Mercy characterizes God’s attitude of love for the individual; impartiality motivates God’s attitude toward the total. The will of God does not necessarily prevail in the part — the heart of any one personality — but his will does actually rule the whole, the universe of universes.
12:7.8 The Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man present the paradox of the part and the whole on the level of personality. God loves each individual as an individual child in the heavenly Family. Yet God thus loves every individual; He is no respecter of persons, and the universality of his love brings into being a relationship of the whole, the universal brotherhood.
12:7.9 [A tremendous Revelation:] The love of the Father absolutely individualizes each personality as a unique child of the Universal Father, a child without duplicate in Infinity, a will creature irreplaceable in all Eternity. The Father’s love glorifies each child of God, illuminating each member of the celestial Family, sharply silhouetting the unique nature of each personal being against the impersonal levels that lie outside the fraternal circuit of the Father of all. The love of God strikingly portrays the transcendent value of each will creature, unmistakably reveals the high value which the Universal Father has placed upon each and every one of his children from the highest creator personality of Paradise status to the lowest personality of will dignity among the savage tribes of men in the dawn of the human species on some evolutionary world of time and space.
12:7.10 This very love of God for the individual brings into being the divine Family of all individuals, the universal Brotherhood of the freewill children of the Paradise Father. And this brotherhood, being universal, is a relationship of the whole. Brotherhood, when universal, discloses not the each relationship, but the all relationship. Brotherhood is a reality of the total and therefore discloses qualities of the whole in contradistinction to qualities of the part.
12:9.2 Love is the secret of beneficial association between personalities. You cannot really know a person as the result of a single contact. You cannot appreciatingly know music through mathematical deduction, even though music is a form of mathematical rhythm. The number assigned to a telephone subscriber does not in any manner identify the personality of that subscriber or signify anything concerning his character.
PAPER 14 THE CENTRAL AND DIVINE UNIVERSE
4. CREATURES OF THE CENTRAL UNIVERSE
14:4.13 As the worship of the faith sons [humans] of the evolutionary worlds ministers to the satisfaction of the Universal Father’s love, so the exalted adoration of the [all perfect] 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.
5. LIFE IN HAVONA
14:5.10 Love of adventure, curiosity, and dread of monotony — these traits inherent in evolving human nature — were not put there just to aggravate and annoy you during your short sojourn on Urantia, but rather to suggest to you that death is only the beginning of an endless career of adventure, an everlasting life of anticipation, an eternal voyage of discovery.
6. THE PURPOSE OF THE CENTRAL UNIVERSE
14:6.6 #1. The Universal Father — the First Source and Center. God the Father derives supreme parental satisfaction from the perfection of the central creation. He enjoys the experience of love satiety on near-equality levels. The perfect Creator is divinely pleased with the adoration of the perfect creature.
PAPER 15 THE SEVEN SUPERUNIVERSES
10. RULERS OF THE SUPERUNIVERSES
15:10.22 At almost all times it is possible to find representatives of all groups of created beings on the headquarters worlds of the [seven] superuniverses. [Each superuniverse has 100,000 local universes, having at total of one trillion human-inhabited planets, at the end of just this first Grand Universe Age.] The routine ministering work of the superuniverses is performed by the mighty seconaphim and by other members of the vast family of the Infinite Spirit. In the work of these marvelous centers of superuniverse administration, control, ministry, and executive judgment, the intelligences of every sphere of universal life are mingled in effective service, wise administration, loving ministry, and just judgment.
14. PURPOSES OF THE SEVEN SUPERUNIVERSES
15:14.2 [Important:] Orvonton, the seventh superuniverse, the one to which your local universe [named Nebadon, where our souls are born and perfected] 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.
15:14.9 Your planet is a member of an enormous cosmos; you belong to a well-nigh infinite family of worlds, [now,over six trillion human-inhabited worlds, seven trillion when this first (smallest) Grand Universe Age is completed in maybe 600 billion more years, and all worlds are highly advanced in Light and Life !] but your sphere is just as precisely administered and just as lovingly fostered as if it were the only inhabited world in all existence.
PAPER 16 THE SEVEN MASTER SPIRITS
3. IDENTITY AND DIVERSITY OF THE MASTER SPIRITS
16:3.2 Master Spirit Number One. In a special manner this Spirit is the direct representation of the Paradise Father. He is a peculiar and efficient manifestation of the power, love, and wisdom of the Universal Father. He is the close associate and supernal adviser of the chief of Mystery Monitors, [also called Thought Adjusters. One of them now indwell your mind and soul -- the perfect will of God -- the future all Spirit-perfected and eternal You !] that being who presides over the College of Personalized Adjusters on Divinington. In all associations of the Seven Master Spirits, it is always Master Spirit Number One who speaks for the Universal Father.
8. PERSONALITY ON URANTIA
[As this "Theological Ontology", as I say, is important; all of this section is presented here]
16:8.1 The Universal Father bestows personality upon numerous orders of beings as they function on diverse levels of universe actuality. Human beings on Urantia are endowed with personality of the finite-mortal type, functioning on the level of the ascending sons [types male and female] of God. [All humans are spiritually classified as sons of God; all of the many types of angels are the daughters of God.]
16:8.2 Though we can hardly undertake to define personality, we may attempt to narrate our understanding of the known factors which go to make up the ensemble of material, mental, and spiritual energies whose interassociation constitutes the mechanism wherein and whereon and wherewith the Universal Father [I AM] causes his bestowed personality to function.
16:8.3 Personality is a unique endowment of original nature whose existence is independent of, and antecedent to, the bestowal of the Thought Adjuster. [I believe your unique personality within the Paradise Father I AM Personality is transmitted down within you at the instant of conception - the sperm and egg living union !] Nevertheless, the presence of the Adjuster does augment [increase] the qualitative manifestation of personality. Thought Adjusters, when they come forth from the Father, are identical in nature, but personality is diverse, original, and exclusive; and the manifestation of personality is further conditioned and qualified by the nature and qualities of the associated energies of a material, mindal, and spiritual nature which constitute the [present material, later soul, later Spirit] organismal vehicle for personality manifestation. [I am a son of I AM; and so are you ! We humans are all brothers and sisters now living in the Family of God our loving Father !]
16:8.4 Personalities may be similar, but they are never the same. Persons of a given series, type, order, or pattern may and do resemble one another, but they are never identical. Personality is that feature of an individual which we know, and which enables us to identify such a being at some future time regardless of the nature and extent of changes in form, mind, or spirit status. Personality is that part of any individual which enables us to recognize and positively identify that person as the one we have previously known, no matter how much he may have changed because of the modification of the vehicle of expression and manifestation of his personality. [Tremendous ! So if you know another person here on Earth, and you both evolve and ascend up through a billion progressively higher Heavens, and meet a trillion years later as balls of Spirit Light form, you will fully instantly know each other and all your relation in the past ! Even down here on material Earth, baby ducks each know their one real mother among many. That is a very crude comparison until I can think of a better one. Ha ha]
16:8.5 Creature personality is distinguished by two self-manifesting and characteristic phenomena of mortal reactive behavior: self-consciousness and associated relative free will. [volition, choice, decision]
16:8.6 Self-consciousness consists in intellectual awareness of personality actuality; it includes the ability to recognize the reality of other personalities. It indicates capacity for individualized experience in and with cosmic realities, equivalating to the attainment of identity status in the personality relationships of the universe [the cosmos]. Self-consciousness connotes recognition of the actuality of mind ministration and the realization of relative independence of creative and determinative free will.
16:8.7 The relative free will which characterizes the self-consciousness of human personality is involved in:
16:8.8 #1. Moral decision, highest wisdom.
16:8.9 #2. Spiritual choice, truth discernment.
16:8.10 #3. Unselfish love, brotherhood service.
16:8.11 #4. Purposeful co-operation, group loyalty.
16:8.12 #5. Cosmic insight, the grasp of universe meanings.
16:8.13 #6. Personality dedication, wholehearted devotion to doing the Father’s will.
16:8.14 #7. Worship, the sincere pursuit of divine values and the wholehearted love of the divine Value-Giver.
16:8.15 The Urantia type of human personality may be viewed as functioning in a physical mechanism consisting of the planetary modification of the Nebadon [our local Universe made and sustained and ever evolving by our Creator Father-Son Jesus Christ Michael] type of organism belonging to the electrochemical order of life activation and endowed with the Nebadon order of the Orvonton series of the cosmic mind of parental reproductive pattern. The bestowal of the divine gift of personality upon such a mind-endowed mortal mechanism confers the dignity of cosmic citizenship and enables such a mortal creature forthwith to become reactive to the constitutive recognition of the three basic mind realities of the cosmos:
16:8.16 #1. The mathematical or logical recognition of the uniformity of physical causation.
16:8.17 #2. The reasoned recognition of the obligation of moral conduct.
16:8.18 #3. The faith-grasp of the fellowship worship of Deity, associated with the loving service of humanity.
9. REALITY OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS
16:9.1 The cosmic-mind-endowed, Adjuster-indwelt, personal creature possesses innate recognition-realization of energy reality, mind reality, and spirit reality. The will creature is thus equipped to discern the fact, the law, and the love of God. Aside from these three inalienables of human consciousness, all human experience is really subjective except that intuitive realization of validity attaches to the unification of these three universe reality responses of cosmic recognition.
16:9.7 Unselfishness, aside from parental instinct, is not altogether natural; other persons are not naturally loved or socially served. It requires the enlightenment of reason, morality, and the urge of religion, God-knowingness, to generate an unselfish and altruistic social order. Man’s own personality awareness, self-consciousness, is also directly dependent on this very fact of innate other-awareness, this innate ability to recognize and grasp the reality of other personality, ranging from the human to the Divine.
16:9.8 Unselfish social consciousness must be, at bottom, a religious consciousness; that is, if it is objective; otherwise it is a purely subjective philosophic abstraction and therefore devoid of love. Only a God-knowing individual can love another person as he loves himself.
PAPER 19 THE CO-ORDINATE TRINITY-ORIGIN BEINGS
6. HAVONA NATIVES
19:6.1 The Havona natives are the direct creation of the Paradise Trinity, and their number is beyond the concept of your circumscribed minds. Neither is it possible for Urantians to conceive of the inherent endowments of such divinely perfect creatures as these Trinity-origin races of the eternal universe. You can never truly envisage these glorious creatures; you must await your arrival in Havona, when you can greet them as Spirit comrades. [!!]
19:6.2 During your long sojourn on the billion worlds of Havona culture you will develop an eternal friendship for these superb beings. And how deep is that friendship which grows up between the lowest personal creature from the worlds of space and these high personal beings native to the perfect spheres of the central universe! Ascending mortals, in their long and loving association with the Havona natives, do much to compensate for the spiritual impoverishment of the earlier stages of mortal progression. At the same time, through their contacts with ascending pilgrims, the Havoners gain an experience which to no small extent overcomes the experiential handicap of having always lived a life of divine perfection. The good to both ascending mortal and Havona native is great and mutual.
Topical Study number 133
"LOVE -- A New
Compiled Jan. 20, 2021 by Dave@PureChristians.org
The Urantia Book
PAPER 20 THE PARADISE SONS OF GOD
1. THE DESCENDING SONS OF GOD
20:1.14 The Paradise Creator Sons serve not only as Sons in their descending ministrations of service and bestowal, but when they have completed their bestowal careers, each functions as a universe Father in his own creation, while the other Sons of God continue the service of bestowal and spiritual uplifting designed to win the planets, one by one, to the willing recognition of the loving rule of the Universal Father, culminating in creature consecration to the will of the Paradise Father and in planetary loyalty to the universe Sovereignty of his Creator Son. [Our good Master Jesus Christ Michael]
2. THE MAGISTERIAL SONS
20:2.1 Every time an original and absolute concept of being formulated by the Eternal Son unites with a new and divine ideal of loving service conceived by the Infinite Spirit, a new and original Son of God, a Paradise Magisterial Son, is produced. These Sons constitute the order of Avonals in contradistinction to the order of Michael, the Creator Sons. Though not creators in the personal sense, they are closely associated with the Michaels in all their work. The Avonals are planetary ministers and judges, the magistrates of the time-space realms — of all races, to all worlds, and in all universes.
5. BESTOWAL OF THE PARADISE SONS OF GOD
20:5.6 At the headquarters of his local universe a Creator Son, especially after the completion of his own mortal bestowal, spends much of his time in counseling and instructing the college of associate Sons, the Magisterial Sons and others. In love and devotion, with tender mercy and affectionate consideration, these Magisterial Sons bestow themselves upon the worlds of space. And in no way are these planetary services inferior to the mortal bestowals of the Michaels. It is true that your Creator Son selected for the realm of his final adventure in creature experience one which had had unusual misfortunes. [a double default on Earth [Urantia] by some lesser administering Sons of God !] But no planet could ever be in such a condition that it would require the bestowal of a Creator Son to effect its spiritual rehabilitation. Any Son of the bestowal group would have equally sufficed, for in all their work on the worlds of a local universe the Magisterial Sons are just as divinely effective and all wise as would have been their Paradise Brother, the Creator Son.
6. THE MORTAL-BESTOWAL CAREERS
20:6.4 When a bestowal Son has mastered the experience of living the mortal life, when he has achieved perfection of attunement with his indwelling Adjuster, thereupon he begins that part of his planetary mission designed to illuminate the minds and to inspire the souls of his brethren in the flesh. As Teachers, these Sons are exclusively devoted to the spiritual enlightenment of the mortal races on the worlds of their sojourn.
8. LOCAL UNIVERSE MINISTRY OF THE DAYNALS
20:8.1 The Paradise Spiritual [Teacher] Sons are unique Trinity-origin beings and the only Trinity creatures to be so completely associated with the conduct of the dual-origin universes. They are affectionately devoted to the educational ministry to mortal creatures and the lower orders of spiritual beings. They begin their labors in the local systems and, in accordance with experience and achievement, are advanced inward through the constellation service to the highest work of the local creation. Upon certification they may become spiritual ambassadors representing the local universes of their service. [When we advance some more in intellect, morality and spirituality, we will have one or more of these Trinity-origin Teacher Sons come to Earth, [Urantia] and likely with some other high spiritual Beings ! These Daynals remain invisible to humans on a planet; but Brilliant Evening Stars come with them to make their (multimedia?) teachings propertly communicated to us !]
10. UNITED MINISTRY OF THE PARADISE SONS
20:10.1 All the Paradise Sons of God are Divine in origin and in nature. The work of each Paradise Son in behalf of each world is just as if the Son of service were the first and only Son of God.
20:10.2 The Paradise Sons are the divine presentation of the acting natures of the three persons of Deity to the domains of time and space. The Creator, Magisterial, and Teacher Sons are the gifts of the eternal Deities to the children of men and to all other universe creatures of ascension potential. These Sons of God are the Divine Ministers who are unceasingly devoted to the work of helping the creatures of time attain the high spiritual goal of Eternity.
20:10.3 In the Creator Sons 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.
20:10.4 In the local universes these orders of sonship collaborate to effect the Revelation of the Deities of Paradise to the creatures of space: As the Father of a local universe, a Creator Son portrays the infinite character of the Universal Father. As the bestowal Sons of mercy, the Avonals reveal the matchless nature of the Eternal Son of infinite compassion. As the true teachers of ascending personalities, the Trinity Daynal Sons disclose the teacher personality of the Infinite Spirit. In their divinely perfect cooperation, Michaels, Avonals, and Daynals are contributing to the Actualization and Revelation of the personality and sovereignty of God the Supreme in and to the time-space universes. In the harmony of their triune activities these Paradise Sons of God ever function in the vanguard of the personalities of Deity as they follow the never-ending expansion of the Divinity of the First Great Source and Center from the everlasting Isle of Paradise into the unknown depths of space. [!!! Tremendous beyond words ...]
PAPER 21 THE PARADISE CREATOR SONS
21:0.1 The Creator Sons are the makers and rulers of the local universes of time and space. These universe Creators and Sovereigns are of dual origin, embodying the characteristics of God the Father and God the Son. But each Creator Son is different from every other; each is unique in nature as well as in personality; each is the “only-begotten Son” of the perfect deity ideal of his [Eternal, Paradise] origin.
21:0.2 In the vast work of organizing, evolving, and perfecting a local universe, these high Sons always enjoy the sustaining approval of the Universal Father. The relationship of the Creator Sons with their Paradise Father is touching and superlative. No doubt the profound affection of the Deity Parents for their divine progeny is the wellspring of that beautiful and well-nigh divine love which even mortal parents bear their children.
2. THE CREATORS OF LOCAL UNIVERSES
21:2.1 The Paradise Sons of the primary order are the designers, creators, builders, and administrators of their respective domains, the local universes of time and space, the basic creative units of the seven evolutionary superuniverses. [Each superuniverse has 100,000 local universes. Each local universe will have ten million human-inhabited planets at the end of this first Grand Universe Age. Our local universe, named Nebadon, is a young universe, only just over 400 billion years old, and now only has just over 3.8 million planets with about an average of ten billion human sons of God on each planet. Our local universe also has 570 soul-reality Heavens through which we will all progress to then further ascend in just over one billion higher Spirit-reality Heavens and then be granted eternal Paradise Residence !] A Creator Son is permitted to choose the space site of his future cosmic activity, but before he may begin even the physical organization of his universe, he must spend a long period of observation devoted to the study of the efforts of his older brothers in various creations located in the superuniverse of his projected action. And prior to all this, the Michael Son will have completed his long and unique experience of Paradise observation and Havona training.
3. LOCAL UNIVERSE SOVEREIGNTY
21:3.24 In settling the question of sovereignty in a local universe, the Creator Son is not only demonstrating his own fitness to rule but is also revealing the nature and portraying the sevenfold attitude of the Paradise Deities. The finite understanding and creature appreciation of the Father’s primacy is concerned in the adventure of a Creator Son when he condescends to take upon himself the form and experiences of his creatures. These primary Paradise Sons are the real Revealers of the Father’s loving nature and beneficent authority, the same Father who, in association with the Son and the Spirit, [Trinity] is the universal head of all power, personality, and government throughout all the universal realms.
5. RELATION OF MASTER SONS TO THE UNIVERSE
21:5.6 With the achievement of Supreme local universe Sovereignty, there passes from a Michael Son the power and opportunity to create entirely new types of creature beings during the present universe age. [Our Master Creator Son Jesus Christ Michael achieved that May 18, A.D. 30 - Eternally.] But a Master Son’s loss of power to originate entirely new orders of beings in no way interferes with the work of life elaboration already established and in process of unfoldment; this vast program of universe evolution goes on without interruption or curtailment. The acquirement of Supreme Sovereignty by a Master Son implies the responsibility of personal devotion [in love] to the fostering and the administering of that which has already been designed and created, and of that which will subsequently be produced by those who have been thus designed and created. In time there may develop an almost endless evolution of diverse beings, but no entirely new pattern or type of intelligent creature will henceforth take direct origin from a Master Son. This is the first step, the beginning, of a settled administration in any local universe.
21:5.7 The elevation of a Sevenfold Bestowal Son to the unquestioned Sovereignty of his universe means the beginning of the end of agelong uncertainty and relative confusion. Subsequent to this event, that which cannot be sometime spiritualized will eventually be disorganized; that which cannot be sometime coordinated with cosmic reality will eventually be destroyed. When the provisions of endless mercy and nameless patience have been exhausted in an effort to win the loyalty and devotion of the will creatures of the realms, justice and righteousness will prevail. That which mercy cannot rehabilitate justice will eventually annihilate.
PAPER 22 THE TRINITIZED SONS OF GOD
2. THE MIGHTY MESSENGERS
22:2.2 With such personal records of fidelity and devotion, these ascending mortals pass on through Havona with the stream of the pilgrims of time, attain Paradise, graduate therefrom, and are mustered into the Corps of the Finality. Thereupon they are trinitized in the secret embrace of the Paradise Trinity and subsequently are commissioned [as Mighty Messengers] to become associated with the [three] Ancients of Days [at the spiritual headquarters of a superuniverse] in the administration of the governments of the seven superuniverses.
22:2.6 I am a Mighty Messenger, and it may interest humans on Earth to know that the companion and associate of my mortal experience was also triumphant in the great test, and that, though we were many times and for long periods separated in the agelong inward ascent to Havona, we were embraced in the same seven-hundred-thousand group, and that we spent our time passing through Vicegerington in close and loving association. We were finally commissioned and together assigned to Uversa of Orvonton, and we are often dispatched in company for the execution of assignments requiring the services of two Messengers.
9. THE CELESTIAL GUARDIANS
22:9.6 These twice-trinitized sons are marvelous beings, but they are neither as versatile nor dependable as their ascendant associates; they lack that tremendous and profound personal experience which the rest of the sons belonging to this group have acquired by actually climbing up to glory from the dark domains of space. We of the ascendant career love them and do all in our power to compensate their deficiencies, but they make us ever grateful for our lowly origin and our capacity for experience. [!!] Their willingness to recognize and acknowledge their deficiencies in the experiencible realities of universe ascension is transcendently beautiful and sometimes most touchingly pathetic.
PAPER 24 HIGHER PERSONALITIES OF THE INFINITE SPIRIT
6. THE GRADUATE GUIDES
24:6.1 The Graduate Guides, as a group, sponsor and conduct the high university of technical instruction and spiritual training which is so essential to mortal attainment of the goal of the ages: God, rest, and then eternity of perfected service. These highly personal beings take their name from the nature and purpose of their work. They are exclusively devoted to the tasks of guiding the mortal graduates from the superuniverses of time through the [one billion immense spheres -- Spirit-level Heavens] Havona course of instruction and training which serves to prepare the ascending pilgrims for admission to Paradise and the Corps of the Finality.
24:6.2 I [a Paradise-level Divine Counselor] am not forbidden to undertake to tell you of the work of these Graduate Guides, but it is so ultraspiritual that I despair of being able to adequately portray to the material mind a concept of their manifold activities. On the mansion worlds, after your vision range is extended and you are freed from the fetters of material comparisons, you can begin to comprehend the meaning of those realities which “eye cannot see nor ear hear, and which have never entered the concept of human minds,” even those things which “God has prepared for those who love such eternal verities.” You are not always to be so limited in the range of your vision and spiritual comprehension.
7. ORIGIN OF THE GRADUATE GUIDES
24:7.7 There is an additional reason for supposing the Graduate Guides to be evolved Havona Servitals, and that is the unfailing tendency of these guides and their associated servitals to form such extraordinary attachments. The manner in which these supposedly separate orders of beings understand and sympathize with one another is wholly inexplicable. It is refreshing and inspiring to witness their mutual devotion.
PAPER 25 THE MESSENGER HOSTS OF SPACE
1. THE HAVONA SERVITALS
25:1.6 The Havona Servitals and the Graduate Guides manifest a transcendent devotion to their work and a touching affection for one another, an affection which, while spiritual, you could only understand by comparison with the phenomenon of human love. There is divine pathos in the separation of the servitals from the guides, as so often occurs when the servitals are dispatched on missions beyond the limits of the central universe; but they go with joy and not with sorrow. The satisfying joy of high duty is the eclipsing emotion of spiritual beings. Sorrow cannot exist in the face of the consciousness of divine duty faithfully performed. And when man’s ascending soul stands before the Supreme Judge, the decision of eternal import will not be determined by material successes or quantitative achievements; the verdict reverberating through the high courts declares: “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few essentials; you shall be made ruler over universe realities.”
PAPER 26 MINISTERING SPIRITS OF THE CENTRAL UNIVERSE
6. THE SUPREMACY GUIDES
26:6.3 I [a Paradise-level Perfector of Wisdom] am somewhat at a loss to explain what takes place on this [sixth] circle. [of seven, the first is highest] No personalized presence of Supremacy is perceptible to the ascenders. In certain respects, new relationships with the Seventh Master Spirit compensate this noncontactability of the Supreme Being. But regardless of our inability to grasp the technique, each ascending creature seems to undergo a transforming growth, a new integration of consciousness, a new spiritualization of purpose, a new sensitivity for divinity, which can hardly be satisfactorily explained without assuming the unrevealed activity of the Supreme Being. To those of us who have observed these mysterious transactions, it appears as if God the Supreme were affectionately bestowing upon his experiential children, up to the very limits of their experiential capacities, those enhancements of intellectual grasp, of spiritual insight, and of personality outreach which they will so need, in all their efforts at penetrating the divinity level of the Trinity of Supremacy, to achieve the eternal and existential Deities of Paradise.
10. THE COUNSELORS AND ADVISERS
26:10.2 Those who are unsuccessful in the first effort at Deity attainment are advanced from the circle of failure directly to the second circle before they are returned to superuniverse service. Thus the counselors and advisers also serve as the counselors and comforters of these disappointed pilgrims. They [ascending humans] have just encountered their greatest disappointment, in no way differing from the long list of such experiences whereon they climbed, as on a ladder, from chaos to glory — except in its magnitude. These are they who have drained the experiential cup to its dregs; and I have observed that they temporarily return to the services of the superuniverses as the highest type of loving ministrators to the children of time and temporal disappointments.
11. THE COMPLEMENTS OF REST
26:11.4 Mortals have received the Paradise command: “Be you perfect, even as your Paradise Father is perfect.” To these trinitized sons of the conjoint corps the supervising supernaphim never cease to proclaim: “Be you understanding of your ascendant brethren, even as the Paradise Creator Sons know and love them.” [Even on Earth, our Paradise Creator Son Jesus Christ Michael has called us to try to understand and love all humans as Jesus does ! with divine fatherly love !]
PAPER 27 MINISTRY OF THE PRIMARY SUPERNAPHIM
7. CONDUCTORS OF WORSHIP
27:7.7 Sometimes all Paradise becomes engulfed in a dominating tide of spiritual and worshipful expression. Often the conductors of worship cannot control such phenomena until the appearance of the threefold fluctuation of the Light of the Deity abode, signifying that the divine heart of the [Triune] Gods has been fully and completely satisfied by the sincere worship of the residents of Paradise, the perfect citizens of glory and the ascendant [human] creatures of time. What a triumph of technique! What a fruition of the Eternal Plan and Purpose of the Gods that the intelligent love of the creature child should give full satisfaction to the infinite love of the Creator Father!
PAPER 28 MINISTERING SPIRITS OF THE SUPERUNIVERSES
6. THE TERTIARY SECONAPHIM
28:6.7 [Important !] The Memory of Mercy must show that the saving credit established by the Sons of God has been fully and faithfully paid out in the loving ministry of the patient personalities [many types of angels] of the Third Source and Center. But when mercy is exhausted, when the “memory” thereof testifies to its depletion, then does justice prevail and righteousness decree. For mercy is not to be thrust upon those who despise it; mercy is not a gift to be trampled under foot by the persistent rebels of time. Nevertheless, though mercy is thus precious and dearly bestowed, your individual drawing credits are always far in excess of your ability to exhaust the reserve if you are sincere of purpose and honest of heart.
PAPER 30 PERSONALITIES OF THE GRAND UNIVERSE
4. THE ASCENDING MORTALS
30:4.33 [Spirit-perfected, Father-fused divine-humans who have arrived on Paradise:] If there should be no future or unrevealed destiny for the Mortal Corps of the Finality, the present assignment of these ascendant beings would be altogether adequate and glorious. Their present destiny wholly justifies the universal plan of evolutionary ascent. But the future ages of the evolution of the spheres of outer space will undoubtedly further elaborate, and with more repleteness divinely illuminate, the wisdom and loving-kindness of the Gods [of the Trinity] in the execution of their divine plan of human survival and mortal ascension.
PART II THE LOCAL UNIVERSE
PAPER 32 THE EVOLUTION OF LOCAL UNIVERSES
2. UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION
32:2.1 The Creator Sons are preceded in universe organization by the power directors and other beings originating in the Third Source and Center. [The Infinite Spirit in a larger sense including force-energy-power control] From the energies of space, thus previously organized, [Christ] Michael, your Creator Son, established the inhabited realms [for eventually ten million human-inhabited planets; now there are just over 3.8 million of them] of the universe of Nebadon [plus 570 soul-level Heavens for us] and ever since has been painstakingly devoted to their administration. From pre-existent energy these divine Sons materialize visible matter, project living creatures, and with the cooperation of the universe [Creative Minister] presence of the Infinite Spirit, create a diverse retinue of Spirit personalities.
4. GOD’S RELATION TO A LOCAL UNIVERSE
32:4.10 God is not a self-centered personality; the Father freely distributes himself to his creation and to his creatures. He lives and acts, not only in the Deities, but also in his Sons, whom he intrusts with the doing of everything that it is divinely possible for them to do. The Universal Father has truly divested himself of every function which it is possible for another being to perform. And this is just as true of mortal man as of the Creator Son who rules in God’s stead at the headquarters of a local universe. Thus we behold the outworking of the ideal and infinite love of the Universal Father.
32:4.11 In this universal bestowal of himself we have abundant proof of both the magnitude and the magnanimity of the Father’s divine nature. If God has withheld aught of himself from the universal creation, then of that residue he is in lavish generosity bestowing the Thought Adjusters upon the mortals of the realms, the Mystery Monitors of time, who so patiently indwell the mortal candidates for life everlasting.
32:4.12 The Universal Father has poured out himself, as it were, to make all creation rich in personality possession and potential spiritual attainment. God has given us himself that we may be like him, and he has reserved for himself of power and glory only that which is necessary for the maintenance of those things for the love of which he has thus divested himself of all things else. [Amazing Fatherly love !!!]
PAPER 33 ADMINISTRATION OF THE LOCAL UNIVERSE
3. THE UNIVERSE SON AND SPIRIT
33:3.3 The Master Creator Son is the personal sovereign of his universe, but in all the details of its management the Universe Spirit is codirector with the Son. While the Spirit ever acknowledges the Son as Sovereign and Ruler, the Son always accords the Spirit a Coordinate position and equality of authority in all the affairs of the realm. In all his work of love and life bestowal the Creator Son is always and ever perfectly sustained and ably assisted by the all-wise and ever-faithful Universe Spirit and by all of her diversified retinue of angelic personalities. Such a Divine Minister is in reality the Mother of Spirits and Spirit personalities, the ever-Present and all-wise adviser of the Creator Son, a faithful and true Manifestation of the Paradise Infinite Spirit.
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.
34:6.11 The Spirit never drives, only leads. If you are a willing learner, if you want to attain spirit levels and reach divine heights, if you sincerely desire to reach the eternal goal, then the divine Spirit will gently and lovingly lead you along the pathway of sonship and spiritual progress. Every step you take must be one of willingness, intelligent and cheerful cooperation. The domination of the Spirit is never tainted with coercion nor compromised by compulsion.
34:6.13 The consciousness of the Spirit domination of a human life is presently attended by an increasing exhibition of the characteristics of the Spirit in the life reactions of such a Spirit-led mortal, “for the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.” Such Spirit-guided and divinely illuminated mortals, while they yet tread the lowly paths of toil and in human faithfulness perform the duties of their earthly assignments, have already begun to discern the Lights of Eternal Life as they glimmer on the faraway shores of another world; already have they begun to comprehend the reality of that inspiring and comforting Truth, “The Kingdom [Family, Will] of God is not meat and drink but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” And throughout every trial and in the presence of every hardship, Spirit-born souls are sustained by that hope which transcends all fear because the love of God is shed abroad in all hearts by the Presence of the Divine Spirit.
Topical Study number 133
"LOVE -- A New
Compiled Jan. 22, 2021 by Dave@PureChristians.org
The Urantia Book
PAPER 38 MINISTERING SPIRITS OF THE LOCAL UNIVERSE
2. ANGELIC NATURES
38:2.1 Angels do not have material bodies, but they are definite and discrete beings; they are of Spirit nature and origin. Though invisible to mortals, they perceive you as you are in the flesh without the aid of transformers or translators; they intellectually understand the mode of mortal life, and they share all of man’s nonsensuous emotions and sentiments. They appreciate and greatly enjoy your efforts in music, art, and real humor. They are fully cognizant of your moral struggles and spiritual difficulties. They love human beings, and only good can result from your efforts to understand and love them. [We each have the ministering services of a pair of Seraphim, one is more active, the other is more passive, roughly similar to an ideal male and an ideal female nature.]
38:2.2 Though seraphim are very affectionate and sympathetic beings, they are not sex-emotion creatures. They are much as you will be on the mansion worlds, where you will “neither marry nor be given in marriage but will be as the angels of heaven.” For all who “shall be accounted worthy to attain the mansion worlds neither marry nor are given in marriage; neither do they die any more, for they are equal to the angels.” Nevertheless, in dealing with sex creatures it is our custom to speak of those beings [both male and female humans] of more direct descent from the Father and the Son as the sons of God, while referring to the children of the Spirit as the daughters of God. Angels are, therefore, commonly designated by feminine pronouns on the sex planets.
38:2.5 You do well to love them, but you should not adore [worship, honor as a Deity] them; angels are not objects of worship. The great seraphim, Loyalatia, when your seer “fell down to worship before the feet of the angel,” said: “See that you do it not; I am a fellow servant with you and with your races, who are all enjoined to worship God.”
7. CHERUBIM AND SANOBIM
38:7.1 In all essential endowments, [lower ranking,initially,] cherubim and sanobim are similar to seraphim. They have the same origin but not always the same destiny. They are wonderfully intelligent, marvelously efficient, touchingly affectionate, and almost human. They are the lowest order of angels, hence all the nearer of kin to the more progressive types of human beings on the evolutionary worlds. [The long resident midwayers on Earth are even closer to humans. The lower angels can travel up to three times the speed of light: 3C, or 21 times around the equator of the Earth in one second. Midwayers are slower, only 2C speed, or 14 times around the full 25,000 mile diameter of Earth per second. Humans on Earth can only run about 25 feet per second or less for a short period of time. Middle level super-angels travel about 50,000C; highest Sons of God and highest Spirits travel at infinite speed instantly, or even "instanter" !! That's good to remember to keep us over-egotistical humans a little more humble ! Ha ha]
PAPER 39 THE SERAPHIC HOSTS
4. ADMINISTRATOR SERAPHIM
39:4.11 What is loyalty? It is the fruit of an intelligent appreciation of universe brotherhood; one could not take so much and give nothing. As you ascend the personality scale, first you learn to be loyal, then to love, then to be filial, [as a loving son of God to Him,] and then may you be free; but not until you are a finaliter, not until you have attained perfection of loyalty, can you self-realize finality of liberty. [Then, everything you want to do will perfectly be done as God wills !]
9. THE CORPS OF SERAPHIC COMPLETION
39:9.3 Many fascinating avenues of ministry are open to the completion Seraphim, but just as they all craved assignment as destiny guardians in the pre-Paradise days, so in the post-Paradise experience they most desire to serve as bestowal attendants of the incarnated Paradise Sons. They are still supremely devoted to that universal plan of starting the mortal creatures of the evolutionary worlds out upon the long and enticing journey towards the Paradise goal of divinity and eternity. Throughout the whole mortal adventure of finding God and of achieving divine perfection, these spirit ministers of seraphic completion, together with the faithful ministering spirits of time, are always and forever your true friends and unfailing helpers.
PAPER 40 THE ASCENDING SONS OF GOD
40:0.9 The story of these beings, from the lowly animal-origin mortals of the evolutionary worlds to the Personalized Adjusters of the Universal Father, presents a glorious recital of the unstinted bestowal of divine love and gracious condescension throughout all time and in all universes of the far-flung creation of the Paradise Deities.
6. THE FAITH SONS OF GOD
40:6.1 [Two important paragraphs !] The mortal races stand as the representatives of the lowest order of intelligent and personal creation. You mortals are divinely beloved, and every one of you may choose to accept the certain destiny of a glorious experience, [!!!] but you are not yet by nature of the divine order; you are wholly mortal. You will be reckoned as ascending sons the instant fusion takes place, but the status of the mortals of time and space is that of faith sons prior to the event of the final amalgamation of the surviving mortal soul with some type of eternal and immortal Spirit. [Humans on Earth are Father-fused, others are Spirit-fused; and some are Son-fused]
40:6.2 It is a solemn and supernal fact that such lowly and material creatures as Urantia human beings are the sons of God, faith children of the Highest. “Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God.” “As many as received him, to them gave he the power to recognize that they are the sons of God.” While “it does not yet appear what you shall be,” even now “you are the faith sons of God”; “for you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship, whereby you cry, ‘our Father.’” Spoke the prophet of old in the name of the eternal God: “Even to them will I give in my house a place and a name better than sons; I will give them an everlasting name, one that shall not be cut off.” “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts.”
10. ASCENDANT DESTINIES
40:10.13 Thus, in the final analysis, it would be hardly proper to use the words “greater” or “lesser” in contrasting the destinies of the [Father-, Son-, and Spirit-fused] ascending orders of sonship. Every such son of God shares the Fatherhood of God, and God loves each of his creature sons alike; he is no more a respecter of ascendant destinies than is he of the creatures who may attain such destinies. The Father loves each of his sons, and that affection is not less than true, holy, divine, unlimited, eternal, and unique — a love bestowed upon this son and upon that son, individually, personally, and exclusively. And such a love utterly eclipses all other facts. Sonship is the supreme relationship of the creature to the Creator.
40:10.14 As mortals you can now recognize your place in the Family of divine Sonship and begin to sense the obligation to avail yourselves of the advantages so freely provided in and by the Paradise plan for mortal survival, which plan has been so enhanced and illuminated by the life experience of a Bestowal Son. [Our Sovereign Universe Creator Jesus Christ Michael !] Every facility and all power have been provided for insuring your ultimate attainment of the Paradise goal of divine perfection.
PAPER 45 THE LOCAL SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION
6. ADAMIC TRAINING OF ASCENDERS
45:6.3 On the seven mansion worlds [our next seven, much higher, soul-reality Heavens for rehabilitation from gross animal-origin tendencies and further soul elevations] ascending mortals are afforded ample opportunities for compensating any and all experiential deprivations suffered on their worlds of origin, whether due to inheritance, environment, or unfortunate premature termination of the career in the flesh. This is in every sense true except in the mortal sex life and its attendant adjustments. Thousands of mortals reach the mansion worlds without having benefited particularly from the disciplines derived from fairly average sex relations on their native spheres. The mansion world experience can provide little opportunity for compensating these very personal deprivations. Sex experience in a physical sense [but higher soul and then Spirit loving male-female relationships forever persist even up on eternal Paradise !!] is past for these ascenders, but in close association with the [super-human Adam and Eve type] Material Sons and Daughters, both individually and as members of their [nuclear] families, these sex-deficient mortals are enabled to compensate the social, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual aspects of their deficiency. Thus are all those humans whom circumstances or bad judgment deprived of the benefits of advantageous sex association on the evolutionary worlds, here on the system capitals afforded full opportunity to acquire these essential mortal experiences in close and loving association with the supernal Adamic sex creatures of permanent residence on the system capitals.
PAPER 46 THE LOCAL SYSTEM HEADQUARTERS
5. THE JERUSEM CIRCLES
46:5.10 1. Circles of the Sons of God. Though the Sons of God possess a social planet of their own, one of the transitional-culture worlds, they also occupy these extensive domains on Jerusem. [A Spiritual Headquarters, not the lowly material city named Jerusalem on Earth. No relationship ! Note the difference in spelling.] On their transitional-culture world the ascending mortals freely mingle with all orders of divine sonship. There you will personally know and love these Sons, but their social life is largely confined to this special world and its satellites. In the Jerusem circles, however, these various groups of sonship may be observed at work. And since morontia [soul] vision is of enormous range, you can walk about on the Sons’ promenades and overlook the intriguing activities of their numerous orders. [Roughly, if we had that visual acuity here on Earth, we could probably read fine newspaper print fifty miles distant or more. We would also see far more of the 700 colors in the whole 100 octave electromagnetic spectrum than the limited seven rainbow colors seen here.]
PAPER 47 THE SEVEN MANSION WORLDS
3. THE FIRST MANSION WORLD
47:3.6 From the resurrection halls you proceed to the Melchizedek sector, where you are assigned permanent residence. Then you enter upon ten days [Earth days? If System time, that would be about just over 29 Earth days] of personal liberty. You are free to explore the immediate vicinity of your new home and to familiarize yourself with the program which lies immediately ahead. You also have time to gratify your desire to consult the registry and call upon your loved ones and other Earth friends who may have preceded you to these worlds. At the end of your ten-day period of leisure you begin the second step in the Paradise journey, for the mansion worlds are actual training spheres, not merely detention planets.
6. THE FOURTH MANSION WORLD
47:6.3 It is during the period of training on world number four that the ascending mortals are really first introduced to the demands and delights of the true social life of morontia creatures. And it is indeed a new experience for evolutionary creatures to participate in social activities which are predicated neither on personal aggrandizement nor on self-seeking conquest. A new social order is being introduced, one based on the understanding sympathy of mutual appreciation, the unselfish love of mutual service, and the overmastering motivation of the realization of a common and supreme destiny — the Paradise goal of worshipful and divine perfection. Ascenders are all becoming self-conscious of God-knowing, God-revealing, God-seeking, and God-finding. [We are ever-progressing student-teachers ... and more !]
8. THE SIXTH MANSION WORLD
47:8.4 The union of the evolving immortal soul with the eternal and divine Adjuster [the pure Spirit Essence of God within you -- God's will] is signalized by the seraphic summoning of the supervising superangel for resurrected survivors and of the archangel of record for those going to judgment on the third day; and then, in the presence of such a survivor’s morontia associates, these messengers of confirmation speak: “This is a beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” This simple ceremony marks the entrance of an ascending mortal upon the eternal career of Paradise service. [Fusion with your Thought Adjuster usually happens on one of the next seven soul-level mansion worlds; but with some, fusion may happen during your first life on Earth, or up in any one of the next 570 mansion worlds, or even up on Salvington, the high spiritual headquarters of our local universe, and where Jesus rules as Universe Sovereign !]
PAPER 48 THE MORONTIA LIFE
4. THE REVERSION DIRECTORS
48:4.7 3. Prophetic joy. It will perhaps be difficult for mortals to envisage this phase of humor, but we do get a peculiar satisfaction out of the assurance “that all things work together for good” — for Spirits and morontians as well as for mortals. This aspect of celestial humor grows out of our faith in the loving overcare of our superiors and in the divine stability of our Supreme Directors.
6. MORONTIA WORLD SERAPHIM — TRANSITION MINISTERS
48:6.8 Even on Urantia they counsel the human teachers of truth and righteousness to adhere to the preaching of “the goodness of God, which leads to repentance,” to proclaim “the love of God, which casts out all fear.” ...
7. MORONTIA MOTA
[higher soul wisdom, and here showing comparable lower human wisdom that we can understand]
48:7.28 26. Knowledge is possessed only by sharing; it is safeguarded by wisdom and socialized by love.
PAPER 50 THE PLANETARY PRINCES
5. PROGRESSIVE CIVILIZATION
50:5.6 3. The material-comfort era. [Today, this is close to our stage of development on Earth !] 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.
PAPER 52 PLANETARY MORTAL EPOCHS
6. URANTIA'S POST-BESTOWAL AGE
[All paragraphs, as this is important]
52:6.1 The bestowal Son is the Prince of Peace. He arrives with the message, “Peace on earth and good will among men.” On normal worlds this is a dispensation of world-wide peace; the nations no more learn war. But such salutary influences did not attend the coming of your bestowal Son, Christ Michael. Urantia is not proceeding in the normal order. Your world is out of step in the planetary procession. Your Master, when on earth, warned his disciples that his advent would not bring the usual reign of peace on Urantia. He distinctly told them that there would be “wars and rumors of wars,” and that nation would rise against nation. At another time he said, “Think not that I have come to bring peace upon earth.”
52:6.2 Even on normal evolutionary worlds the realization of the world-wide brotherhood of man is not an easy accomplishment. On a confused and disordered planet like Urantia such an achievement requires a much longer time and necessitates far greater effort. Unaided social evolution can hardly achieve such happy results on a spiritually isolated sphere. Religious revelation is essential to the realization of brotherhood on Urantia. While Jesus has shown the way to the immediate attainment of spiritual brotherhood, the realization of social brotherhood on your world depends much on the achievement of the following personal transformations and planetary adjustments:
52:6.3 #1. Social fraternity. Multiplication of international and interracial social contacts and fraternal associations through travel, commerce, and competitive play. Development of a common language and the multiplication of multilinguists. The racial and national interchange of students, teachers, industrialists, and religious philosophers.
52:6.4 #2. Intellectual cross-fertilization. Brotherhood is impossible on a world whose inhabitants are so primitive that they fail to recognize the folly of unmitigated selfishness. There must occur an exchange of national and racial literature. Each race must become familiar with the thought of all races; each nation must know the feelings of all nations. Ignorance breeds suspicion, and suspicion is incompatible with the essential attitude of sympathy and love.
52:6.5 #3. Ethical awakening. Only ethical consciousness can unmask the immorality of human intolerance and the sinfulness of fratricidal strife. Only a moral conscience can condemn the evils of national envy and racial jealousy. Only moral beings will ever seek for that spiritual insight which is essential to living the golden rule.
52:6.6 #4. Political wisdom. Emotional maturity is essential to self-control. Only emotional maturity will insure the substitution of international techniques of civilized adjudication for the barbarous arbitrament of war. Wise statesmen will sometime work for the welfare of humanity even while they strive to promote the interest of their national or racial groups. Selfish political sagacity is ultimately suicidal — destructive of all those enduring qualities which insure planetary group survival.
52:6.7 [Important !] #5. Spiritual insight. The brotherhood of man is, after all, predicated on the recognition of the fatherhood of God. The quickest way to realize the brotherhood of man on Urantia is to effect the spiritual transformation of present-day humanity. The only technique for accelerating the natural trend of social evolution is that of applying spiritual pressure from above, thus augmenting moral insight while enhancing the soul capacity of every mortal to understand and love every other mortal. Mutual understanding and fraternal love are transcendent civilizers and mighty factors in the world-wide realization of the brotherhood of man.
52:6.8 If you could be transplanted from your backward and confused world to some normal planet now in the postbestowal Son age, you would think you had been translated to the heaven of your traditions. You would hardly believe that you were observing the normal evolutionary workings of a mortal sphere of human habitation. These worlds are in the spiritual circuits of their realm, and they enjoy all the advantages of the universe broadcasts and the reflectivity services of the superuniverse.
PAPER 54 PROBLEMS OF THE LUCIFER REBELLION
1. TRUE AND FALSE LIBERTY
54:1.8 There is no error greater than that species of self-deception which leads intelligent beings to crave the exercise of power over other beings for the purpose of depriving these persons of their natural liberties. The golden rule of human fairness cries out against all such fraud, unfairness, selfishness, and unrighteousness. Only true and genuine liberty is compatible with the reign of love and the ministry of mercy.
2. THE THEFT OF LIBERTY
54:2.5 No being in all the universe has the rightful liberty to deprive any other being of true liberty, the right to love and be loved, the privilege of worshiping God and of serving his fellows.
4. THE MERCY TIME LAG
54:4.2 Parents, those who have borne and reared children, are better able to understand why [Jesus Christ] Michael, a Creator-Father, might be slow to condemn and destroy his own Sons. Jesus’ story of the prodigal son [three important parables by Jesus on God's love and saving mercy are in Luke, chapter 15] well illustrates how a loving father can long wait for the repentance of an erring child.
54:4.5 There are many reasons known to us why the Supreme Rulers did not immediately destroy or intern the leaders of the Lucifer rebellion. There are no doubt still other and possibly better reasons unknown to us. The mercy features of this delay in the execution of justice were extended personally by Michael of Nebadon. Except for the affection of this Creator-Father for his erring Sons, the supreme justice of the superuniverse would have acted. If such an episode as the Lucifer rebellion had occurred in Nebadon while Michael was incarnated on earth, the instigators of such evil might have been instantly and absolutely annihilated.
54:4.6 Supreme justice can act instantly when not restrained by divine mercy. But the ministry of mercy to the children of time and space always provides for this time lag, this saving interval between seedtime and harvest. If the seed sowing is good, this interval provides for the testing and upbuilding of character; if the seed sowing is evil, this merciful delay provides time for repentance and rectification. This time delay in the adjudication and execution of evildoers is inherent in the mercy ministry of the seven superuniverses. This restraint of justice by mercy proves that God is love, and that such a God of love dominates the universes and in mercy controls the fate and judgment of all his creatures.
5. THE WISDOM OF DELAY
54:5.1 Of the many reasons known to me as to why Lucifer [he rebelled 200,000 years ago, and was removed from power by Jesus Christ Michael A.D. 30 - on] and his confederates were not sooner interned or adjudicated, I [a long tested, ascendent,Trinity-embraced human Son of God who is now a Mighty Messenger] am permitted to recite the following:
54:5.2 #1. Mercy requires that every wrongdoer have sufficient time in which to formulate a deliberate and fully chosen attitude regarding his evil thoughts and sinful acts.
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 every evildoer. [Even long after physical death and resurrection in a higher soul form !]
54:5.4 #3. No affectionate father is ever precipitate in visiting punishment upon an erring member of his family. Patience cannot function independently of time.
54:5.5 #4. While wrongdoing is always deleterious to a family, wisdom and love admonish the upright children to bear with an erring brother during the time granted by the affectionate father in which the sinner may see the error of his way and embrace salvation.
6. THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE
54:6.1 Whatever the difficulties evolutionary mortals may encounter in their efforts to understand the Lucifer rebellion, [of 200,000 years ago, also causing defaults of Lucifer's assistant, Satan, and then our biological uplifters, Adam and Eve, 37,000 years ago] 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. [our Material Sons of God Adam and Eve are now rehabilitated. Lucifer and Satan are confined by the order of our Sovereign Creator Son of God Jesus Christ into a higher spiritual detention sphere awaiting final judgment decisions which always include the love of God the Father and the mercy of our Creator Son of God Jesus Christ. See and believe John 12:31-32]
54:6.2 In all their dealings with intelligent beings, both the Creator Son and his Paradise Father are love dominated. It is impossible to comprehend many phases of the attitude of the universe rulers toward rebels and rebellion — sin and sinners — unless it be remembered that God as a Father takes precedence over all other phases of Deity manifestation in all the dealings of divinity with humanity. It should also be recalled that the Paradise Creator Sons are all mercy motivated.
54:6.3 If an affectionate father of a large family chooses to show mercy to one of his children guilty of grievous wrongdoing, it may well be that the extension of mercy to this misbehaving child will work a temporary hardship upon all the other and well-behaved children. Such eventualities are inevitable; such a risk is inseparable from the reality situation of having a loving parent and of being a member of a family group. Each member of a family profits by the righteous conduct of every other member; likewise must each member suffer the immediate time-consequences of the misconduct of every other member. Families, groups, nations, races, worlds, systems, constellations, and universes are relationships of association which possess individuality; and therefore does every member of any such group, large or small, reap the benefits and suffer the consequences of the rightdoing and the wrongdoing of all other members of the group concerned.
PAPER 56 UNIVERSAL UNITY
8. THE SUPREME UNIFIER
56:8.3 Bear in mind, all that God the Father and his Paradise Sons do for us, we in turn and in spirit have the opportunity to do for and in the emerging Supreme Being. The experience of love, joy, and service in the universe is mutual. God the Father does not need that his sons should return to him all that he bestows upon them, but they do (or may) in turn bestow all of this upon their fellows and upon the evolving Supreme Being.
10. TRUTH, BEAUTY, AND GOODNESS
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 spirit Father.
56:10.20 [Important two paragraphs here !] 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 [highest] stage of Light and Life have learned that love is the greatest thing in the universe -- and they know that God is love.
56:10.21 Love is the desire to do good to others.
56:10.22 [Presented by a Mighty Messenger visiting on Urantia, by request of the Nebadon Revelatory Corps and in collaboration with a certain Melchizedek, the vicegerent Planetary Prince of Urantia. Jesus Christ Michael now is also our Planetary Prince of Urantia !]
56:10.23 This paper on Universal Unity is the twenty-fifth of a series of presentations by various authors, having been sponsored as a group by a commission of Nebadon personalities numbering twelve and acting under the direction of Mantutia Melchizedek. We indited these narratives and put them in the English language, by a technique authorized by our superiors, in the year 1934 of Urantia time.