Paper 10 — The Paradise Trinity

P.108 – §1 The Paradise Trinity of
eternal Deities facilitates the Father’s escape from personality absolutism.
The Trinity perfectly associates the limitless expression of God’s infinite
personal will with the absoluteness of Deity. The Eternal Son and the
various Sons of divine origin, together with the Conjoint Actor and his
universe children, effectively provide for the Father’s liberation from
the limitations otherwise inherent in primacy, perfection, changelessness,
eternity, universality, absoluteness, and infinity.

P.108 – §2 The Paradise Trinity effectively provides
for the full expression and perfect revelation of the eternal nature of
Deity. The Stationary Sons of the Trinity likewise afford a full and perfect
revelation of divine justice. The Trinity is Deity unity, and this unity
rests eternally upon the absolute foundations of the divine oneness of
the three original and co-ordinate and coexistent personalities, God the
Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit.

P.108 – §3 From the present situation on the circle
of eternity, looking backward into the endless past, we can discover only
one inescapable inevitability in universe affairs, and that is the Paradise
Trinity. I deem the Trinity to have been inevitable. As I view the past,
present, and future of time, I consider nothing else in all the universe
of universes to have been inevitable. The present master universe, viewed
in retrospect or in prospect, is unthinkable without the Trinity. Given
the Paradise Trinity, we can postulate alternate or even multiple ways
of doing all things, but without the Trinity of Father, Son, and Spirit
we are unable to conceive how the Infinite could achieve threefold and
co-ordinate personalization in the face of the absolute oneness of Deity.
No other concept of creation measures up to the Trinity standards of the
completeness of the absoluteness inherent in Deity unity coupled with
the repleteness of volitional liberation inherent in the threefold personalization
of Deity.


– P.108

P.108 – §4 It would seem that the Father, back in
eternity, inaugurated a policy of profound self-distribution. 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.

P.108 – §5 The Universal Father all along has divested
himself of every part of himself that was bestowable on any other Creator
or creature. He has delegated to his divine Sons and their associated
intelligences every power and all authority that could be delegated. He
has actually transferred to his Sovereign Sons, in their respective universes,
every prerogative of administrative authority that was

P.109 – §0 transferable. In the affairs of a local
universe, he has made each Sovereign Creator Son just as perfect, competent,
and authoritative as is the Eternal Son in the original and central universe.
He has given away, actually bestowed, with the dignity and sanctity of
personality possession, all of himself and all of his attributes, everything
he possibly could divest himself of, in every way, in every age, in every
place, and to every person, and in every universe except that of his central

P.109 – §1 Divine personality is not self-centered;
self-distribution and sharing of personality characterize divine freewill
selfhood. Creatures crave association with other personal creatures; Creators
are moved to share divinity with their universe children; the personality
of the Infinite is disclosed as the Universal Father, who shares reality
of being and equality of self with two co-ordinate personalities, the
Eternal Son and the Conjoint Actor.

P.109 – §2 For knowledge concerning the Father’s
personality and divine attributes we will always be dependent on the revelations
of the Eternal Son, for when the conjoint act of creation was effected,
when the Third Person of Deity sprang into personality existence and executed
the combined concepts of his divine parents, the Father ceased to exist
as the unqualified personality. With the coming into being of the Conjoint
Actor and the materialization of the central core of creation, certain
eternal changes took place. God gave himself as an absolute personality
to his Eternal Son. Thus does the Father bestow the "personality
of infinity" upon his only-begotten Son, while they both bestow the
"conjoint personality" of their eternal union upon the Infinite

P.109 – §3 For these and other reasons beyond the
concept of the finite mind, it is exceedingly difficult for the human
creature to comprehend God’s infinite father-personality except as it
is universally revealed in the Eternal Son and, with the Son, is universally
active in the Infinite Spirit.

P.109 – §4 Since the Paradise Sons of God visit the
evolutionary worlds and sometimes even there dwell in the likeness of
mortal flesh, and since these bestowals make it possible for mortal man
actually to know something of the nature and character of divine personality,
therefore must the creatures of the planetary spheres look to the bestowals
of these Paradise Sons for reliable and trustworthy information regarding
the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.



P.109 – §5 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, 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 family of universe children.

P.109 – §6 After the Father has bestowed upon the
personality of his Son the fullness of himself, and when this act of self-bestowal
is complete and perfect, of the infinite power and nature which are thus
existent in the Father-Son union, the eternal partners conjointly bestow
those qualities and attributes which constitute still

P.110 – §0 another being like themselves; and this
conjoint personality, the Infinite Spirit, completes the existential personalization
of Deity.

P.110 – §1 The Son is indispensable to the fatherhood
of God. The Spirit is indispensable to the fraternity of the Second and
Third Persons. Three persons are a minimum social group, but this is least
of all the many reasons for believing in the inevitability of the Conjoint

P.110 – §2 The First Source and Center is the infinite
father-personality, the unlimited source personality. The Eternal Son
is the unqualified personality-absolute, that divine being who stands
throughout all time and eternity as the perfect revelation of the personal
nature of God. The Infinite Spirit is the conjoint personality, the unique
personal consequence of the everlasting Father-Son union.

P.110 – §3 The personality of the First Source and
Center is the personality of infinity minus the absolute personality of
the Eternal Son. The personality of the Third Source and Center is the
superadditive consequence of the union of the liberated Father-personality
and the absolute Son-personality.

P.110 – §4 The Universal Father, the Eternal Son,
and the Infinite Spirit are unique persons; none is a duplicate; each
is original; all are united.

P.110 – §5 The Eternal Son alone experiences the
fullness of divine personality relationship, consciousness of both sonship
with the Father and paternity to the Spirit and of divine equality with
both Father-ancestor and Spirit-associate. The Father knows the experience
of having a Son who is his equal, but the Father knows no ancestral antecedents.
The Eternal Son has the experience of sonship, recognition of personality
ancestry, and at the same time the Son is conscious of being joint parent
to the Infinite Spirit. The Infinite Spirit is conscious of twofold personality
ancestry but is not parental to a co-ordinate Deity personality. With
the Spirit the existential cycle of Deity personalization attains completion;
the primary personalities of the Third Source and Center are experiential
and are seven in number.

P.110 – §6 I am of origin in the Paradise Trinity.
I know the Trinity as unified Deity; I also know that the Father, Son,
and Spirit exist and act in their definite personal capacities. I positively
know that they not only act personally and collectively, but that they
also co-ordinate their performances in various groupings, so that in the
end they function in seven different singular and plural capacities. And
since these seven associations exhaust the possibilities for such divinity
combination, it is inevitable that the realities of the universe shall
appear in seven variations of values, meanings, and personality.



P.110 – §7 Notwithstanding there is only one Deity,
there are three positive and divine personalizations of Deity. Regarding
the endowment of man with the divine Adjusters, the Father said: "Let
us make mortal man in our own image." Repeatedly throughout the Urantian
writings there occurs this reference to the acts and doings of plural
Deity, clearly showing recognition of the existence and working of the
three Sources and Centers.

P.110 – §8 We are taught that the Son and the Spirit
sustain the same and equal relations to the Father in the Trinity association.
In eternity and as Deities they undoubtedly do, but in time and as personalities
they certainly disclose relationships

P.111 – §0 of a very diverse nature. Looking from
Paradise out on the universes, these relationships do seem to be very
similar, but when viewed from the domains of space, they appear to be
quite different.

P.111 – §1 The divine Sons are indeed the "Word
of God," but the children of the 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.

P.111 – §2 The Father, Son, and Spirit are certainly
equal in nature, co-ordinate in being, but there are unmistakable differences
in their universe performances, and when acting alone, each person of
Deity is apparently limited in absoluteness.

P.111 – §3 The Universal Father, prior to his self-willed
divestment of the personality, powers, and attributes which constitute
the Son and the Spirit, seems to have been (philosophically considered)
an unqualified, absolute, and infinite Deity. But such a theoretical First
Source and Center without a Son could not in any sense of the word be
considered the Universal Father; fatherhood is not real without sonship.
Furthermore, the Father, to have been absolute in a total sense, must
have existed at some eternally distant moment alone. But he never had
such a solitary existence; the Son and the Spirit are both coeternal with
the Father. The First Source and Center has always been, and will forever
be, the eternal Father of the Original Son and, with the Son, the eternal
progenitor of the Infinite Spirit.

P.111 – §4 We observe that the Father has divested
himself of all direct manifestations of absoluteness except absolute fatherhood
and absolute volition. We do not know whether volition is an inalienable
attribute of the Father; we can only observe that he did not divest himself
of volition. Such infinity of will must have been eternally inherent in
the First Source and Center.

P.111 – §5 In bestowing absoluteness of personality
upon the Eternal Son, the Universal Father escapes from the fetters of
personality absolutism, but in so doing he takes a step which makes it
forever impossible for him to act alone as the personality-absolute. And
with the final personalization of coexistent Deity–the Conjoint Actor–there
ensues the critical trinitarian interdependence of the three divine personalities
with regard to the totality of Deity function in absolute.

P.111 – §6 God is the Father-Absolute of all personalities
in the universe of universes. The Father is personally absolute in liberty
of action, but in the universes of time and space, made, in the making,
and yet to be made, the Father is not discernibly absolute as total Deity
except in the Paradise Trinity.

P.111 – §7 The First Source and Center functions
outside of Havona in the phenomenal universes as follows:

P.111 – §8 1. As creator, through the Creator Sons,
his grandsons.

P.111 – §9 2. As controller, through the gravity
center of Paradise.

P.111 – §10 3. As spirit, through the Eternal Son.

P.111 – §11 4. As mind, through the Conjoint Creator.

P.111 – §12 5. As a Father, he maintains parental
contact with all creatures through his personality circuit.

P.111 – §13 6. As a person, he acts directly throughout
creation by his exclusive fragments–in mortal man by the Thought Adjusters.

P.111 – §14 7. As total Deity, he functions only
in the Paradise Trinity.

P.112 – §1 All these relinquishments and delegations
of jurisdiction by the Universal Father are wholly voluntary and self-imposed.
The all-powerful Father purposefully assumes these limitations of universe

P.112 – §2 The Eternal Son seems to function as one
with the Father in all spiritual respects except in the bestowals of the
God fragments and in other prepersonal activities. Neither is the Son
closely identified with the intellectual activities of material creatures
nor with the energy activities of the material universes. As absolute
the Son functions as a person and only in the domain of the spiritual

P.112 – §3 The Infinite Spirit is amazingly universal
and unbelievably versatile in all his operations. He performs in the spheres
of mind, matter, and spirit. The Conjoint Actor represents the Father-Son
association, but he also functions as himself. He is not directly concerned
with physical gravity, with spiritual gravity, or with the personality
circuit, but he more or less participates in all other universe activities.
While apparently dependent on three existential and absolute gravity controls,
the Infinite Spirit appears to exercise three supercontrols. This threefold
endowment is employed in many ways to transcend and seemingly to neutralize
even the manifestations of primary forces and energies, right up to the
superultimate borders of absoluteness. In certain situations these supercontrols
absolutely transcend even the primal manifestations of cosmic reality.



P.112 – §4 Of all absolute associations, the Paradise
Trinity (the first triunity) is unique as an exclusive association of
personal Deity. God functions as God only in relation to God and to those
who can know God, but as absolute Deity only in the Paradise Trinity and
in relation to universe totality.

P.112 – §5 Eternal Deity is perfectly unified; nevertheless
there are three perfectly individualized persons of Deity. The Paradise
Trinity makes possible the simultaneous expression of all the diversity
of the character traits and infinite powers of the First Source and Center
and his eternal co-ordinates and of all the divine unity of the universe
functions of undivided Deity.

P.112 – §6 The Trinity is an association of infinite
persons functioning in a nonpersonal capacity but not in contravention
of personality. The illustration is crude, but a father, son, and grandson
could form a corporate entity which would be nonpersonal but nonetheless
subject to their personal wills.

P.112 – §7 The Paradise Trinity is real. It exists
as the Deity union of Father, Son, and Spirit; yet the Father, the Son,
or the Spirit, or any two of them, can function in relation to this selfsame
Paradise Trinity. The Father, Son, and Spirit can collaborate in a non-Trinity
manner, but not as three Deities. As persons they can collaborate as they
choose, but that is not the Trinity.

P.112 – §8 Ever remember that what the Infinite Spirit
does is the function of the Conjoint Actor. Both the Father and the Son
are functioning in and through and as him. But it would be futile to attempt
to elucidate the Trinity mystery: three as one and in one, and one as
two and acting for two.

P.112 – §9 The Trinity is so related to total universe
affairs that it must be reckoned with in our attempts to explain the totality
of any isolated cosmic event or personality relationship. The Trinity
functions on all levels of the cosmos, and mortal man is

P.113 – §0 limited to the finite level; therefore
must man be content with a finite concept of the Trinity as the Trinity.

P.113 – §1 As a mortal in the flesh you should view
the Trinity in accordance with your individual enlightenment and in harmony
with the reactions of your mind and soul. You can know very little of
the absoluteness of the Trinity, but as you ascend Paradiseward, you will
many times experience astonishment at successive revelations and unexpected
discoveries of Trinity supremacy and ultimacy, if not of absoluteness.



P.113 – §2 The personal Deities have attributes,
but it is hardly consistent to speak of the Trinity as having attributes.
This association of divine beings may more properly be regarded as having
functions, such as justice administration, totality attitudes, co-ordinate
action, and cosmic overcontrol. These functions are actively supreme,
ultimate, and (within the limits of Deity) absolute as far as all living
realities of personality value are concerned.

P.113 – §3 The functions of the Paradise Trinity
are not simply the sum of the Father’s apparent endowment of divinity
plus those specialized attributes that are unique in the personal existence
of the Son and the Spirit. The Trinity association of the three Paradise
Deities results in the evolution, eventuation, and deitization of new
meanings, values, powers, and capacities for universal revelation, action,
and administration. Living associations, human families, social groups,
or the Paradise Trinity are not augmented by mere arithmetical summation.
The group potential is always far in excess of the simple sum of the attributes
of the component individuals.

P.113 – §4 The Trinity maintains a unique attitude
as the Trinity towards the entire universe of the past, present, and future.
And the functions of the Trinity can best be considered in relation to
the universe attitudes of the Trinity. Such attitudes are simultaneous
and may be multiple concerning any isolated situation or event:

P.113 – §5 1. Attitude toward the Finite. The maximum
self-limitation of the Trinity is its attitude toward the finite. The
Trinity is not a person, nor is the Supreme Being an exclusive personalization
of the Trinity, but the Supreme is the nearest approach to a power-personality
focalization of the Trinity which can be comprehended by finite creatures.
Hence the Trinity in relation to the finite is sometimes spoken of as
the Trinity of Supremacy.

P.113 – §6 2. Attitude toward the Absonite. The Paradise
Trinity has regard for those levels of existence which are more than finite
but less than absolute, and this relationship is sometimes denominated
the Trinity of Ultimacy. Neither the Ultimate nor the Supreme are wholly
representative of the Paradise Trinity, but in a qualified sense and to
their respective levels, each seems to represent the Trinity during the
prepersonal eras of experiential-power development.

P.113 – §7 3. The Absolute Attitude of the Paradise
Trinity is in relation to absolute existences and culminates in the action
of total Deity.

P.113 – §8 The Trinity Infinite involves the co-ordinate
action of all triunity relationships of the First Source and Center–undeified
as well as deified–and hence is very difficult for personalities to grasp.
In the contemplation of the Trinity as infinite, do not ignore the seven
triunities; thereby certain difficulties of understanding may be avoided,
and certain paradoxes may be partially resolved.

P.114 – §1 But I do not command language which would
enable me to convey to the limited human mind the full truth and the eternal
significance of the Paradise Trinity and the nature of the never-ending
interassociation of the three beings of infinite perfection.



P.114 – §2 All law takes origin in the First Source
and Center; he is law. The administration of spiritual law inheres in
the Second Source and Center. The revelation of law, the promulgation
and interpretation of the divine statutes, is the function of the Third
Source and Center. The application of law, justice, falls within the province
of the Paradise Trinity and is carried out by certain Sons of the Trinity.

P.114 – §3 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

P.114 – §4 Evidence, the basis of fairness (justice
in harmony with mercy), is supplied by the personalities of the Third
Source and Center, the conjoint representative of the Father and the Son
to all realms and to the minds of the intelligent beings of all creation.

P.114 – §5 Judgment, the final application of justice
in accordance with the evidence submitted by the personalities of the
Infinite Spirit, is the work of the Stationary Sons of the Trinity, beings
partaking of the Trinity nature of the united Father, Son, and Spirit.

P.114 – §6 This group of Trinity Sons embraces the
following personalities:

P.114 – §7 1. Trinitized Secrets of Supremacy.

P.114 – §8 2. Eternals of Days.

P.114 – §9 3. Ancients of Days.

P.114 – §10 4. Perfections of Days.

P.114 – §11 5. Recents of Days.

P.114 – §12 6. Unions of Days.

P.114 – §13 7. Faithfuls of Days.

P.114 – §14 8. Perfectors of Wisdom.

P.114 – §15 9. Divine Counselors.

P.114 – §16 10. Universal Censors.

P.114 – §17 We are the children of the three Paradise
Deities functioning as the Trinity, for I chance to belong to the tenth
order of this group, the Universal Censors. These orders are not representative
of the attitude of the Trinity in a universal sense; they represent this
collective attitude of Deity only in the domains of executive judgment–justice.
They were specifically designed by the Trinity for the precise work to
which they are assigned, and they represent the Trinity only in those
functions for which they were personalized.

P.115 – §1 The Ancients of Days and their Trinity-origin
associates mete out the just judgment of supreme fairness to the seven
superuniverses. In the central universe such functions exist in theory
only; there fairness is self-evident in perfection, and Havona perfection
precludes all possibility of disharmony.

P.115 – §2 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 co-ordinate ministry of love and law in
the experiential universes of time.



P.115 – §3 The First, Second, and Third Persons of
Deity are equal to each other, and they are one. "The Lord our God
is one God." There is perfection of purpose and oneness of execution
in the divine Trinity of eternal Deities. The Father, the Son, and the
Conjoint Actor are truly and divinely one. Of a truth it is written: "I
am the first, and I am the last, and beside me there is no God."

P.115 – §4 As things appear to the mortal on the
finite level, the Paradise Trinity, like the Supreme Being, is concerned
only with the total–total planet, total universe, total superuniverse,
total grand universe. This totality attitude exists because the Trinity
is the total of Deity and for many other reasons.

P.115 – §5 The Supreme Being is something less and
something other than the Trinity functioning in the finite universes;
but within certain limits and during the present era of incomplete power-personalization,
this evolutionary Deity does appear to reflect the attitude of the Trinity
of Supremacy. The Father, Son, and Spirit do not personally function with
the Supreme Being, but during the present universe age they collaborate
with him as the Trinity. We understand that they sustain a similar relationship
to the Ultimate. We often conjecture as to what will be the personal relationship
between the Paradise Deities and God the Supreme when he has finally evolved,
but we do not really know.

P.115 – §6 We do not find the overcontrol of Supremacy
to be wholly predictable. Furthermore, this unpredictability appears to
be characterized by a certain developmental incompleteness, undoubtedly
an earmark of the incompleteness of the Supreme and of the incompleteness
of finite reaction to the Paradise Trinity.

P.115 – §7 The mortal mind can immediately think
of a thousand and one things–catastrophic physical events, appalling
accidents, horrific disasters, painful illnesses, and world-wide scourges–and
ask whether such visitations are correlated in the unknown maneuvering
of this probable functioning of the Supreme Being. Frankly, we do not
know; we are not really sure. But we do observe that, as time passes,
all these difficult and more or less mysterious situations always work
out for the welfare and progress of the universes. It may be that the
circumstances of existence and the inexplicable vicissitudes of living
are all interwoven into a meaningful pattern of high value by the function
of the Supreme and the overcontrol of the Trinity.

P.116 – §1 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
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.



P.116 – §2 Many truths and facts pertaining to the
Paradise Trinity can only be even partially comprehended by recognizing
a function that transcends the finite.

P.116 – §3 It would be inadvisable to discuss the
functions of the Trinity of Ultimacy, but it may be disclosed that God
the Ultimate is the Trinity manifestation comprehended by the Transcendentalers.
We are inclined to the belief that the unification of the master universe
is the eventuating act of the Ultimate and is probably reflective of certain,
but not all, phases of the absonite overcontrol of the Paradise Trinity.
The Ultimate is a qualified manifestation of the Trinity in relation to
the absonite only in the sense that the Supreme thus partially represents
the Trinity in relation to the finite.

P.116 – §4 The Universal Father, the Eternal Son,
and the Infinite Spirit are, in a certain sense, the constituent personalities
of total Deity. Their union in the Paradise Trinity and the absolute function
of the Trinity equivalate to the function of total Deity. And such completion
of Deity transcends both the finite and the absonite.

P.116 – §5 While no single person of the Paradise
Deities actually fills all Deity potential, collectively all three do.
Three infinite persons seem to be the minimum number of beings required
to activate the prepersonal and existential potential of total Deity–the
Deity Absolute.

P.116 – §6 We 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.

P.116 – §7 I once sojourned in a universe where a
certain group of beings taught that the finaliters, in eternity, were
eventually to become the children of the Deity Absolute. But I am unwilling
to accept this solution of the mystery which enshrouds the future of the

P.116 – §8 The Corps of the Finality embrace, among
others, those mortals of time and space who have attained perfection in
all that pertains to the will of God. As creatures and within the limits
of creature capacity they fully and truly know God. Having thus found
God as the Father of all creatures, these finaliters must sometime begin
the quest for the superfinite Father. But this quest involves a grasp
of the absonite nature of the ultimate attributes and character of the
Paradise Father. Eternity will disclose whether such an attainment is
possible, but we are convinced, even if the finaliters do grasp this ultimate
of divinity, they will probably be unable to attain the superultimate
levels of absolute Deity.

P.116 – §9 It may be possible that the finaliters
will partially attain the Deity Absolute, but even if they should, still
in the eternity of eternities the problem of the Universal Absolute will
continue to intrigue, mystify, baffle, and challenge the ascending and
progressing finaliters, for we perceive that the unfathomability of

P.117 – §0 the cosmic relationships of the Universal
Absolute will tend to grow in proportions as the material universes and
their spiritual administration continue to expand.

P.117 – §1 Only infinity can disclose the Father-Infinite.

P.117 – §2 [Sponsored by a Universal Censor acting
by authority from the Ancients of Days resident on Uversa.]