P.1 – §1 In the minds of the mortals of Urantia–that
being the name of your world–there exists great confusion respecting
the meaning of such terms as God, divinity, and deity. Human beings are
still more confused and uncertain about the relationships of the divine
personalities designated by these numerous appellations. Because of this
conceptual poverty associated with so much ideational confusion, I have
been directed to formulate this introductory statement in explanation
of the meanings which should be attached to certain word symbols as they
may be hereinafter used in those papers which the Orvonton corps of truth
revealers have been authorized to translate into the English language
P.1 – §2 It is exceedingly difficult to present enlarged
concepts and advanced truth, in our endeavor to expand cosmic consciousness
and enhance spiritual perception, when we are restricted to the use of
a circumscribed language of the realm. But our mandate admonishes us to
make every effort to convey our meanings by using the word symbols of
the English tongue. We have been instructed to introduce new terms only
when the concept to be portrayed finds no terminology in English which
can be employed to convey such a new concept partially or even with more
or less distortion of meaning.
P.1 – §3 In the hope of facilitating comprehension and of preventing
confusion on the part of every mortal who may peruse these papers, we
deem it wise to present in this initial statement an outline of the meanings
to be attached to numerous English words which are to be employed in designation
of Deity and certain associated concepts of the things, meanings, and
values of universal reality.
P.1 – §4 But in order to formulate this Foreword of definitions and
limitations of terminology, it is necessary to anticipate the usage of
these terms in the subsequent presentations. This Foreword is not, therefore,
a finished statement within itself; it is only a definitive guide designed
to assist those who shall read the accompanying papers dealing with Deity
and the universe of universes which have been formulated by an Orvonton
commission sent to Urantia for this purpose.
P.1 – §5 Your world, Urantia, is one of many similar
inhabited planets which comprise the local universe of Nebadon. This universe,
together with similar creations, makes up the superuniverse of Orvonton,
from whose capital, Uversa, our commission hails. Orvonton is one of the
seven evolutionary superuniverses of time and space which circle the never-beginning,
never-ending creation of divine perfection–the central universe of Havona.
At the heart of this eternal and central universe is the stationary Isle
of Paradise, the geographic center of infinity and the dwelling place
of the eternal God.
P.1 – §6 The seven evolving superuniverses
in association with the central and divine universe, we commonly refer
to as the grand universe; these are the now organized
P.2 – §0 and inhabited creations. They are all a part of the master
universe, which also embraces the uninhabited but mobilizing universes
of outer space.
Master universe (P.1 – §6)
The Grand Universe
I. DEITY AND DIVINITY – P.2
P.2 – §1 The universe of universes presents phenomena of deity activities
on diverse levels of cosmic realities, mind meanings, and spirit values,
but all of these ministrations–personal or otherwise–are divinely co-ordinated.
P.2 – §2 DEITY is personalizable as God, is prepersonal
and superpersonal in ways not altogether comprehensible by man. Deity
is characterized by the quality of unity–actual or potential–on all
supermaterial levels of reality; and this unifying quality is best comprehended
by creatures as divinity.
P.2 – §3 Deity functions on personal, prepersonal,
and superpersonal levels. Total Deity is functional on the following seven
P.2 – §4 1. Static–self-contained and self-existent Deity.
P.2 – §5 2. Potential–self-willed and self-purposive Deity.
P.2 – §6 3. Associative–self-personalized and divinely fraternal
P.2 – §7 4. Creative–self-distributive and divinely revealed Deity.
P.2 – §8 5. Evolutional–self-expansive and creature-identified Deity.
P.2 – §9 6. Supreme–self-experiential and creature-Creator-unifying
Deity. Deity functioning on the first creature-identificational level
as time-space overcontrollers of the grand universe, sometimes designated
the Supremacy of Deity.
P.2 – §10 7. Ultimate–self-projected and time-space-transcending
Deity. Deity omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. Deity functioning
on the second level of unifying divinity expression as effective overcontrollers
and absonite upholders of the master universe. As compared with the ministry
of the Deities to the grand universe, this absonite function in the master
universe is tantamount to universal overcontrol and supersustenance, sometimes
called the Ultimacy of Deity.
P.2 – §11 The finite level of reality is characterized
by creature life and time-space limitations. Finite realities may not
have endings, but they always have beginnings–they are created. The Deity
level of Supremacy may be conceived as a function in relation to finite
P.2 – §12 The absonite level of reality is characterized
by things and beings without beginnings or endings and by the transcendence
of time and space. Absoniters are not created; they are eventuated–they
simply are. The Deity level of Ultimacy connotes a function in relation
to absonite realities. No matter in what part of the master universe,
whenever time and space are transcended, such an absonite phenomenon is
an act of the Ultimacy of Deity.
P.2 – §13 The absolute level is beginningless, endless,
timeless, and spaceless. For example: On Paradise, time and space are
nonexistent; the time-space status of Paradise is absolute. This level
is Trinity attained, existentially, by the Paradise Deities, but this
third level of unifying Deity expression is not fully unified experientially.
Whenever, wherever, and however the absolute level of Deity functions,
Paradise-absolute values and meanings are manifest.
P.3 – §1 Deity may be existential, as in the Eternal Son; experiential,
as in the Supreme Being; associative, as in God the Sevenfold; undivided,
as in the Paradise Trinity.
P.3 – §2 Deity is the source of all that which is divine. Deity is
characteristically and invariably divine, but all that which is divine
is not necessarily Deity, though it will be co-ordinated with Deity and
will tend towards some phase of unity with Deity–spiritual, mindal, or
P.3 – §3 DIVINITY is the characteristic, unifying,
and co-ordinating quality of Deity.
P.3 – §4 Divinity is creature comprehensible as truth, beauty, and
goodness; correlated in personality as love, mercy, and ministry; disclosed
on impersonal levels as justice, power, and sovereignty.
P.3 – §5 Divinity may be perfect–complete–as on existential and
creator levels of Paradise perfection; it may be imperfect, as on experiential
and creature levels of time-space evolution; or it may be relative, neither
perfect nor imperfect, as on certain Havona levels of existential-experiential
P.3 – §6 When we attempt to conceive of perfection
in all phases and forms of relativity, we encounter seven conceivable
P.3 – §7 1. Absolute perfection in all aspects.
P.3 – §8 2. Absolute perfection in some phases and relative perfection
in all other aspects.
P.3 – §9 3. Absolute, relative, and imperfect aspects in varied association.
P.3 – §10 4. Absolute perfection in some respects, imperfection in
P.3 – §11 5. Absolute perfection in no direction, relative perfection
in all manifestations.
P.3 – §12 6. Absolute perfection in no phase, relative in some, imperfect
P.3 – §13 7. Absolute perfection in no attribute, imperfection in
Seven types of perfection (p.7)
Here, these words are used interchangably: aspects, respects, direction, phase, attribute.
II. GOD – P.3
P.3 – §14 Evolving mortal creatures experience an irresistible urge
to symbolize their finite concepts of God. Man’s consciousness of moral
duty and his spiritual idealism represent a value level–an experiential
reality–which is difficult of symbolization.
P.3 – §15 Cosmic consciousness implies the recognition of a First
Cause, the one and only uncaused reality. God, the Universal Father, functions
on three Deity-personality levels of subinfinite value and relative divinity
P.3 – §16 1. Prepersonal–as in the ministry of the Father fragments,
such as the Thought Adjusters.
P.3 – §17 2. Personal–as in the evolutionary experience of created
and procreated beings.
P.3 – §18 3. Superpersonal–as in the eventuated existences of certain
absonite and associated beings.
P.3 – §19 GOD is a word symbol designating all personalizations
of Deity. The term requires a different definition on each personal level
of Deity function and must
P.4 – §0 be still further redefined within each of these levels,
as this term may be used to designate the diverse co-ordinate and subordinate
personalizations of Deity; for example: the Paradise Creator Sons–the
local universe fathers.
P.4 – §1 The term God, as we make use of it, may
P.4 – §2 By designation–as God the Father.
P.4 – §3 By context–as when used in the discussion
of some one deity level or association. When in doubt as to the exact
interpretation of the word God, it would be advisable to refer it to the
person of the Universal Father.
P.4 – §4 The term God always denotes personality.
Deity may, or may not, refer to divinity personalities.
P.4 – §5 The word GOD is used, in these papers, with
the following meanings:
P.4 – §6 1. God the Father–Creator, Controller,
and Upholder. The Universal Father, the First Person of Deity.
P.4 – §7 2. God the Son–Co-ordinate Creator, Spirit
Controller, and Spiritual Administrator. The Eternal Son, the Second Person
P.4 – §8 3. God the Spirit–Conjoint Actor, Universal
Integrator, and Mind Bestower. The Infinite Spirit, the Third Person of
P.4 – §9 4. God the Supreme–the actualizing or evolving
God of time and space. Personal Deity associatively realizing the time-space
experiential achievement of creature-Creator identity. The Supreme Being
is personally experiencing the achievement of Deity unity as the evolving
and experiential God of the evolutionary creatures of time and space.
P.4 – §10 5. God the Sevenfold–Deity personality
anywhere actually functioning in time and space. The personal Paradise
Deities and their creative associates functioning in and beyond the borders
of the central universe and power-personalizing as the Supreme Being on
the first creature level of unifying Deity revelation in time and space.
This level, the grand universe, is the sphere of the time-space descension
of Paradise personalities in reciprocal association with the time-space
ascension of evolutionary creatures.
P.4 – §11 6. God the Ultimate–the eventuating God
of supertime and transcended space. The second experiential level of unifying
Deity manifestation. God the Ultimate implies the attained realization
of the synthesized absonite-superpersonal, time-space-transcended, and
eventuated-experiential values, co-ordinated on final creative levels
of Deity reality.
P.4 – §12 7. God the Absolute–the experientializing
God of transcended superpersonal values and divinity meanings, now existential
as the Deity Absolute. This is the third level of unifying Deity expression
and expansion. On this supercreative level, Deity experiences exhaustion
of personalizable potential, encounters completion of divinity, and undergoes
depletion of capacity for self-revelation to successive and progressive
levels of other-personalization. Deity now encounters, impinges upon,
and experiences identity with, the Unqualified Absolute.
III. THE FIRST SOURCE AND CENTER – P.4
P.4 – §13 Total, infinite reality is existential in seven phases
and as seven co-ordinate Absolutes:
P.5 – §1 1. The First Source and Center.
P.5 – §2 2. The Second Source and Center.
P.5 – §3 3. The Third Source and Center.
P.5 – §4 4. The Isle of Paradise.
P.5 – §5 5. The Deity Absolute.
P.5 – §6 6. The Universal Absolute.
P.5 – §7 7. The Unqualified Absolute.
P.5 – §8 God, as the First Source and Center, is
primal in relation to total reality–unqualifiedly. The First Source and
Center is infinite as well as eternal and is therefore limited or conditioned
only by volition.
P.5 – §9 God–the Universal Father–is the personality of the First
Source and Center and as such maintains personal relations of infinite
control over all co-ordinate and subordinate sources and centers. Such
control is personal and infinite in potential, even though it may never
actually function owing to the perfection of the function of such co-ordinate
and subordinate sources and centers and personalities.
P.5 – §10 The First Source and Center is, therefore, primal in all
domains: deified or undeified, personal or impersonal, actual or potential,
finite or infinite. No thing or being, no relativity or finality, exists
except in direct or indirect relation to, and dependence on, the primacy
of the First Source and Center.
P.5 – §11 The First Source and Center is related
to the universe as:
P.5 – §12 1. The gravity forces of the material universes
are convergent in the gravity center of nether Paradise. That is just
why the geographic location of his person is eternally fixed in absolute
relation to the force-energy center of the nether or material plane of
Paradise. But the absolute personality of Deity exists on the upper or
spiritual plane of Paradise.
P.5 – §13 2. The mind forces are convergent in the Infinite Spirit;
the differential and divergent cosmic mind in the Seven Master Spirits;
the factualizing mind of the Supreme as a time-space experience in Majeston.
P.5 – §14 3. The universe spirit forces are convergent in the Eternal
P.5 – §15 4. The unlimited capacity for deity action resides in the
P.5 – §16 5. The unlimited capacity for infinity response exists
in the Unqualified Absolute.
P.5 – §17 6. The two Absolutes–Qualified and Unqualified–are co-ordinated
and unified in and by the Universal Absolute.
P.5 – §18 7. The potential personality of an evolutionary moral being
or of any other moral being is centered in the personality of the Universal
P.5 – §19 REALITY, as comprehended by finite beings,
is partial, relative, and shadowy. The maximum Deity reality fully comprehensible
by evolutionary finite creatures is embraced within the Supreme Being.
Nevertheless there are antecedent and eternal realities, superfinite realities,
which are ancestral to this Supreme Deity of evolutionary time-space creatures.
In attempting to portray the origin and nature of universal reality, we
are forced to employ the technique of time-space reasoning in order to
reach the level of the finite mind. Therefore
P.6 – §0 must many of the simultaneous events of eternity be presented
as sequential transactions.
P.6 – §1 As a time-space creature would view the origin and differentiation
of Reality, the eternal and infinite I AM achieved Deity liberation from
the fetters of unqualified infinity through the exercise of inherent and
eternal free will, and this divorcement from unqualified infinity produced
the first absolute divinity-tension. This tension of infinity differential
is resolved by the Universal Absolute, which functions to unify and co-ordinate
the dynamic infinity of Total Deity and the static infinity of the Unqualified
P.6 – §2 In this original transaction the theoretical I AM achieved
the realization of personality by becoming the Eternal Father of the Original
Son simultaneously with becoming the Eternal Source of the Isle of Paradise.
Coexistent with the differentiation of the Son from the Father, and in
the presence of Paradise, there appeared the person of the Infinite Spirit
and the central universe of Havona. With the appearance of coexistent
personal Deity, the Eternal Son and the Infinite Spirit, the Father escaped,
as a personality, from otherwise inevitable diffusion throughout the potential
of Total Deity. Thenceforth it is only in Trinity association with his
two Deity equals that the Father fills all Deity potential, while increasingly
experiential Deity is being actualized on the divinity levels of Supremacy,
Ultimacy, and Absoluteness.
P.6 – §3 The concept of the I AM is a philosophic
concession which we make to the time-bound, space-fettered, finite mind
of man, to the impossibility of creature comprehension of eternity existences–nonbeginning,
nonending realities and relationships. To the time-space creature, all
things must have a beginning save only the ONE UNCAUSED–the primeval
cause of causes. Therefore do we conceptualize this philosophic value-level
as the I AM, at the same time instructing all creatures that the Eternal
Son and the Infinite Spirit are coeternal with the I AM; in other words,
that there never was a time when the I AM was not the Father of the Son
and, with him, of the Spirit.
| I AM: the self-existent One from eternity.
P.6 – §4 The Infinite is used to denote the fullness–the
finality–implied by the primacy of the First Source and Center. The theoretical
I AM is a creature-philosophic extension of the "infinity of will,"
but the Infinite is an actual value-level representing the eternity-intension
of the true infinity of the absolute and unfettered free will of the Universal
Father. This concept is sometimes designated the Father-Infinite.
P.6 – §5 Much of the confusion of all orders of beings, high and
low, in their efforts to discover the Father-Infinite, is inherent in
their limitations of comprehension. The absolute primacy of the Universal
Father is not apparent on subinfinite levels; therefore is it probable
that only the Eternal Son and the Infinite Spirit truly know the Father
as an infinity; to all other personalities such a concept represents the
exercise of faith.
IV. UNIVERSE REALITY – P.6
P.6 – §6 Reality differentially actualizes on diverse universe levels;
reality originates in and by the infinite volition of the Universal Father
and is realizable in three primal phases on many different levels of universe
P.6 – §7 1. Undeified reality ranges from the energy
domains of the nonpersonal to the reality realms of the nonpersonalizable
values of universal existence, even to the presence of the Unqualified
P.7 – §1 2. Deified reality embraces all of infinite
Deity potentials ranging upward through all realms of personality from
the lowest finite to the highest infinite, thus encompassing the domain
of all that which is personalizable and more–even to the presence of
the Deity Absolute.
P.7 – §2 3. Interassociated reality. Universe reality
is supposedly either deified or undeified, but to subdeified beings there
exists a vast domain of interassociated reality, potential and actualizing,
which is difficult of identification. Much of this co-ordinate reality
is embraced within the realms of the Universal Absolute.
P.7 – §3 This is the primal concept of original reality:
The Father initiates and maintains Reality. The primal differentials of
reality are the deified and the undeified–the Deity Absolute and the
Unqualified Absolute. The primal relationship is the tension between them.
This Father-initiated divinity-tension is perfectly resolved by, and eternalizes
as, the Universal Absolute.
P.7 – §4 From the viewpoint of time and space, reality
is further divisible as:
P.7 – §5 1. Actual and Potential. Realities existing
in fullness of expression in contrast to those which carry undisclosed
capacity for growth. The Eternal Son is an absolute spiritual actuality;
mortal man is very largely an unrealized spiritual potentiality.
P.7 – §6 2. Absolute and Subabsolute. Absolute realities
are eternity existences. Subabsolute realities are projected on two levels:
Absonites–realities which are relative with respect to both time and
eternity. Finites–realities which are projected in space and are actualized
P.7 – §7 3. Existential and Experiential. Paradise
Deity is existential, but the emerging Supreme and Ultimate are experiential.
|P.7 – §8 4. Personal and Impersonal. Deity expansion,
personality expression, and universe evolution are forever conditioned
by the Father’s freewill act which forever separated the mind-spirit-personal
meanings and values of actuality and potentiality centering in the Eternal
Son from those things which center and inhere in the eternal Isle of Paradise.
P.7 – §9 PARADISE is a term inclusive of the personal
and the nonpersonal focal Absolutes of all phases of universe reality.
Paradise, properly qualified, may connote any and all forms of reality,
Deity, divinity, personality, and energy–spiritual, mindal, or material.
All share Paradise as the place of origin, function, and destiny, as regards
values, meanings, and factual existence.
P.7 – §10 The Isle of Paradise–Paradise not otherwise
qualified–is the Absolute of the material-gravity control of the First
Source and Center. Paradise is motionless, being the only stationary thing
in the universe of universes. The Isle of Paradise has a universe location
but no position in space. This eternal Isle is the actual source of the
physical universes–past, present, and future. The nuclear Isle of Light
is a Deity derivative, but it is hardly Deity; neither are the material
creations a part of Deity; they are a consequence.
P.7 – §11 Paradise is not a creator; it is a unique controller of
many universe activities, far more of a controller than a reactor. Throughout
the material universes Paradise influences the reactions and conduct of
all beings having to do with force, energy, and power, but Paradise itself
is unique, exclusive, and isolated in the universes. Paradise represents
nothing and nothing represents Paradise. It is neither a force nor a presence;
it is just Paradise.
V. PERSONALITY REALITIES – P.8
P.8 – §1 Personality is a level of deified reality and ranges from
the mortal and midwayer level of the higher mind activation of worship
and wisdom up through the morontial and spiritual to the attainment of
finality of personality status. That is the evolutionary ascent of mortal-
and kindred-creature personality, but there are numerous other orders
of universe personalities.
P.8 – §2 Reality is subject to universal expansion, personality to
infinite diversification, and both are capable of well-nigh unlimited
Deity co-ordination and eternal stabilization. While the metamorphic range
of nonpersonal reality is definitely limited, we know of no limitations
to the progressive evolution of personality realities.
P.8 – §3 On attained experiential levels all personality orders or
values are associable and even cocreational. Even God and man can coexist
in a unified personality, as is so exquisitely demonstrated in the present
status of Christ Michael–Son of Man and Son of God.
P.8 – §4 All subinfinite orders and phases of personality are associative
attainables and are potentially cocreational. The prepersonal, the personal,
and the superpersonal are all linked together by mutual potential of co-ordinate
attainment, progressive achievement, and cocreational capacity. But never
does the impersonal directly transmute to the personal. Personality is
never spontaneous; it is the gift of the Paradise Father. Personality
is superimposed upon energy, and it is associated only with living energy
systems; identity can be associated with nonliving energy patterns.
P.8 – §5 The Universal Father is the secret of the
reality of personality, the bestowal of personality, and the destiny of
personality. The Eternal Son is the absolute personality, the secret of
spiritual energy, morontia spirits, and perfected spirits. The Conjoint
Actor is the spirit-mind personality, the source of intelligence, reason,
and the universal mind. But the Isle of Paradise is nonpersonal and extraspiritual,
being the essence of the universal body, the source and center of physical
matter, and the absolute master pattern of universal material reality.
P.8 – §6 These qualities of universal reality are
manifest in Urantian human experience on the following levels:
P.8 – §7 1. Body. The material or physical organism
of man. The living electrochemical mechanism of animal nature and origin.
P.8 – §8 2. Mind. The thinking, perceiving, and feeling
mechanism of the human organism. The total conscious and unconscious experience.
The intelligence associated with the emotional life reaching upward through
worship and wisdom to the spirit level.
P.8 – §9 3. Spirit. The divine spirit that indwells
the mind of man–the Thought Adjuster. This immortal spirit is prepersonal–not
a personality, though destined to become a part of the personality of
the surviving mortal creature.
P.8 – §10 4. Soul. The soul of man is an experiential
acquirement. As a mortal creature chooses to "do the will of the
Father in heaven," so the indwelling spirit becomes the father of
a new reality in human experience. The mortal and material mind is the
mother of this same emerging reality. The substance of this new reality
is neither material nor spiritual–it is morontial. This is the emerging
P.9 – §0 and immortal soul which is destined to survive mortal death
and begin the Paradise ascension.
P.9 – §1 Personality. The personality of mortal man
is neither body, mind, nor spirit; neither is it the soul. Personality
is the one changeless reality in an otherwise ever-changing creature experience;
and it unifies all other associated factors of individuality. The personality
is the unique bestowal which the Universal Father makes upon the living
and associated energies of matter, mind, and spirit, and which survives
with the survival of the morontial soul.
P.9 – §2 Morontia is a term designating a vast level
intervening between the material and the spiritual. It may designate personal
or impersonal realities, living or nonliving energies. The warp of morontia
is spiritual; its woof is physical.
VI. ENERGY AND PATTERN – P.9
P.9 – §3 Any and all things responding to the personality circuit
of the Father, we call personal. Any and all things responding to the
spirit circuit of the Son, we call spirit. Any and all that responds to
the mind circuit of the Conjoint Actor, we call mind, mind as an attribute
of the Infinite Spirit–mind in all its phases. Any and all that responds
to the material-gravity circuit centering in nether Paradise, we call
matter–energy-matter in all its metamorphic states.
P.9 – §4 ENERGY we use as an all-inclusive term applied
to spiritual, mindal, and material realms. Force is also thus broadly
used. Power is ordinarily limited to the designation of the electronic
level of material or linear-gravity-responsive matter in the grand universe.
Power is also employed to designate sovereignty. We cannot follow your
generally accepted definitions of force, energy, and power. There is such
paucity of language that we must assign multiple meanings to these terms.
P.9 – §5 Physical energy is a term denoting all phases
and forms of phenomenal motion, action, and potential.
P.9 – §6 In discussing physical-energy manifestations, we generally
use the terms cosmic force, emergent energy, and universe power. These
are often employed as follows:
P.9 – §7 1. Cosmic force embraces all energies deriving
from the Unqualified Absolute but which are as yet unresponsive to Paradise
P.9 – §8 2. Emergent energy embraces those energies
which are responsive to Paradise gravity but are as yet unresponsive to
local or linear gravity. This is the pre-electronic level of energy-matter.
P.9 – §9 3. Universe power includes all forms of
energy which, while still responding to Paradise gravity, are directly
responsive to linear gravity. This is the electronic level of energy-matter
and all subsequent evolutions thereof.
P.9 – §10 Mind is a phenomenon connoting the presence-activity
of living ministry in addition to varied energy systems; and this is true
on all levels of intelligence. In personality, mind ever intervenes between
spirit and matter; therefore is the universe illuminated by three kinds
of light: material light, intellectual insight, and spirit luminosity.
P.10 – §1 Light–spirit luminosity–is a word symbol,
a figure of speech, which connotes the personality manifestation characteristic
of spirit beings of diverse orders. This luminous emanation is in no respect
related either to intellectual insight or to physical-light manifestations.
P.10 – §2 PATTERN can be projected as material, spiritual,
or mindal, or any combination of these energies. It can pervade personalities,
identities, entities, or nonliving matter. But pattern is pattern and
remains pattern; only copies are multiplied.
P.10 – §3 Pattern may configure energy, but it does not control it.
Gravity is the sole control of energy-matter. Neither space nor pattern
are gravity responsive, but there is no relationship between space and
pattern; space is neither pattern nor potential pattern. Pattern is a
configuration of reality which has already paid all gravity debt; the
reality of any pattern consists of its energies, its mind, spirit, or
P.10 – §4 In contrast to the aspect of the total, pattern discloses
the individual aspect of energy and of personality. Personality or identity
forms are patterns resultant from energy (physical, spiritual, or mindal)
but are not inherent therein. That quality of energy or of personality
by virtue of which pattern is caused to appear may be attributed to God–Deity–to
Paradise force endowment, to the coexistence of personality and power.
P.10 – §5 Pattern is a master design from which copies are made.
Eternal Paradise is the absolute of patterns; the Eternal Son is the pattern
personality; the Universal Father is the direct ancestor-source of both.
But Paradise does not bestow pattern, and the Son cannot bestow personality.
VII. THE SUPREME BEING – P.10
P.10 – §6 The Deity mechanism of the master universe is twofold as
concerns eternity relationships. God the Father, God the Son, and God
the Spirit are eternal–are existential beings–while God the Supreme,
God the Ultimate, and God the Absolute are actualizing Deity personalities
of the post-Havona epochs in the time-space and the time-space-transcended
spheres of master universe evolutionary expansion. These actualizing Deity
personalities are future eternals from the time when, and as, they power-personalize
in the growing universes by the technique of the experiential actualization
of the associative-creative potentials of the eternal Paradise Deities.
P.10 – §7 Deity is, therefore, dual in presence:
P.10 – §8 1. Existential–beings of eternal existence,
past, present, and future.
P.10 – §9 2. Experiential–beings actualizing in
the post-Havona present but of unending existence throughout all future
P.10 – §10 The Father, Son, and Spirit are existential–existential
in actuality (though all potentials are supposedly experiential). The
Supreme and the Ultimate are wholly experiential. The Deity Absolute is
experiential in actualization but existential in potentiality. The essence
of Deity is eternal, but only the three original persons of Deity are
unqualifiedly eternal. All other Deity personalities have an origin, but
they are eternal in destiny.
P.10 – §11 Having achieved existential Deity expression of himself
in the Son and the Spirit, the Father is now achieving experiential expression
on hitherto impersonal
P.11 – §0 and unrevealed deity levels as God the Supreme, God the
Ultimate, and God the Absolute; but these experiential Deities are not
now fully existent; they are in process of actualization.
P.11 – §1 God the Supreme in Havona is the personal
spirit reflection of the triune Paradise Deity. This associative Deity
relationship is now creatively expanding outward in God the Sevenfold
and is synthesizing in the experiential power of the Almighty Supreme
in the grand universe. Paradise Deity, existential as three persons, is
thus experientially evolving in two phases of Supremacy, while these dual
phases are power-personality unifying as one Lord, the Supreme Being.
P.11 – §2 The Universal Father achieves freewill liberation from
the bonds of infinity and the fetters of eternity by the technique of
trinitization, threefold Deity personalization. The Supreme Being is even
now evolving as a subeternal personality unification of the sevenfold
manifestation of Deity in the time-space segments of the grand universe.
P.11 – §3 The Supreme Being is not a direct creator,
except that he is the father of Majeston, but he is a synthetic co-ordinator
of all creature-Creator universe activities. The Supreme Being, now actualizing
in the evolutionary universes, is the Deity correlator and synthesizer
of time-space divinity, of triune Paradise Deity in experiential association
with the Supreme Creators of time and space. When finally actualized,
this evolutionary Deity will constitute the eternal fusion of the finite
and the infinite–the everlasting and indissoluble union of experiential
power and spirit personality.
P.11 – §4 All time-space finite reality, under the directive urge
of the evolving Supreme Being, is engaged in an ever-ascending mobilization
and perfecting unification (power-personality synthesis) of all phases
and values of finite reality, in association with varied phases of Paradise
reality, to the end and for the purpose of subsequently embarking upon
the attempt to reach absonite levels of supercreature attainment.
|God the Sevenfold (p.11)
VIII. GOD THE SEVENFOLD – P.11
P.11 – §5 To atone for finity of status and to compensate for creature
limitations of concept, the Universal Father has established the evolutionary
creature’s sevenfold approach to Deity:
P.11 – §6 1. The Paradise Creator Sons.
P.11 – §7 2. The Ancients of Days.
P.11 – §8 3. The Seven Master Spirits.
P.11 – §9 4. The Supreme Being.
P.11 – §10 5. God the Spirit.
P.11 – §11 6. God the Son.
P.11 – §12 7. God the Father.
|Almighty Supreme (p.11)
P.11 – §13 This sevenfold Deity personalization
in time and space and to the seven superuniverses enables mortal man to
attain the presence of God, who is spirit. This sevenfold Deity, to finite
time-space creatures sometime power-personalizing in the Supreme Being,
is the functional Deity of the mortal evolutionary creatures of the Paradise-ascension
career. Such an experiential discovery-career of the realization of God
begins with the recognition of the divinity of the Creator
P.12 – §0 Son of the local universe and ascends through the superuniverse
Ancients of Days and by way of the person of one of the Seven Master Spirits
to the attainment of the discovery and recognition of the divine personality
of the Universal Father on Paradise.
P.12 – §1 The grand universe is the threefold Deity
domain of the Trinity of Supremacy, God the Sevenfold, and the Supreme
Being. God the Supreme is potential in the Paradise Trinity, from whom
he derives his personality and spirit attributes; but he is now actualizing
in the Creator Sons, Ancients of Days, and the Master Spirits, from whom
he derives his power as Almighty to the superuniverses of time and space.
This power manifestation of the immediate God of evolutionary creatures
actually time-space evolves concomitantly with them. The Almighty Supreme,
evolving on the value-level of nonpersonal activities, and the spirit
person of God the Supreme are one reality–the Supreme Being.
P.12 – §2 The Creator Sons in the Deity association of God the Sevenfold
provide the mechanism whereby the mortal becomes immortal and the finite
attains the embrace of the infinite. The Supreme Being provides the technique
for the power-personality mobilization, the divine synthesis, of all these
manifold transactions, thus enabling the finite to attain the absonite
and, through other possible future actualizations, to attempt the attainment
of the Ultimate. The Creator Sons and their associated Divine Ministers
are participants in this supreme mobilization, but the Ancients of Days
and the Seven Master Spirits are probably eternally fixed as permanent
administrators in the grand universe.
P.12 – §3 The function of God the Sevenfold dates from the organization
of the seven superuniverses, and it will probably expand in connection
with the future evolution of the creations of outer space. The organization
of these future universes of the primary, secondary, tertiary, and quartan
space levels of progressive evolution will undoubtedly witness the inauguration
of the transcendent and absonite approach to Deity.
IX. GOD THE ULTIMATE – P.12
P.12 – §4 Just as the Supreme Being progressively evolves from the
antecedent divinity endowment of the encompassed grand universe potential
of energy and personality, so does God the Ultimate eventuate from the
potentials of divinity residing in the transcended time-space domains
of the master universe. The actualization of Ultimate Deity signalizes
absonite unification of the first experiential Trinity and signifies unifying
Deity expansion on the second level of creative self-realization. This
constitutes the personality-power equivalent of the universe experiential-Deity
actualization of Paradise absonite realities on the eventuating levels
of transcended time-space values. The completion of such an experiential
unfoldment is designed to afford ultimate service-destiny for all time-space
creatures who have attained absonite levels through the completed realization
of the Supreme Being and by the ministry of God the Sevenfold.
P.12 – §5 God the Ultimate is designative of personal
Deity functioning on the divinity levels of the absonite and on the universe
spheres of supertime and transcended space. The Ultimate is a supersupreme
eventuation of Deity. The Supreme is the Trinity unification comprehended
by finite beings; the Ultimate is the unification of the Paradise Trinity
comprehended by absonite beings.
P.13 – §1 The Universal Father, through the mechanism of evolutionary
Deity, is actually engaged in the stupendous and amazing act of personality
focalization and power mobilization, on their respective universe meaning-levels,
of the divine reality values of the finite, the absonite, and even of
P.13 – §2 The first three and past-eternal Deities of Paradise–the
Universal Father, the Eternal Son, and the Infinite Spirit–are, in the
eternal future, to be personality-complemented by the experiential actualization
of associate evolutionary Deities–God the Supreme, God the Ultimate,
and possibly God the Absolute.
P.13 – §3 God the Supreme and God the Ultimate, now
evolving in the experiential universes, are not existential–not past
eternals, only future eternals, time-space-conditioned and transcendental-conditioned
eternals. They are Deities of supreme, ultimate, and possibly supreme-ultimate
endowments, but they have experienced historic universe origins. They
will never have an end, but they do have personality beginnings. They
are indeed actualizations of eternal and infinite Deity potentials, but
they themselves are neither unqualifiedly eternal nor infinite.
|God the Ultimate (p.12)
|X. GOD THE ABSOLUTE – P.13
P.13 – §4 There are many features of the eternal reality of the Deity
Absolute which cannot be fully explained to the time-space finite mind,
but the actualization of God the Absolute would be in consequence of the
unification of the second experiential Trinity, the Absolute Trinity. This
would constitute the experiential realization of absolute divinity, the
unification of absolute meanings on absolute levels; but we are not certain
regarding the encompassment of all absolute values since we have at no time
been informed that the Qualified Absolute is the equivalent of the Infinite.
Superultimate destinies are involved in absolute meanings and infinite spirituality,
and without both of these unachieved realities we cannot establish absolute
P.13 – §5 God the Absolute is the realization-attainment goal of all
superabsonite beings, but the power and personality potential of the Deity
Absolute transcends our concept, and we hesitate to discuss those realities
which are so far removed from experiential actualization.
|God the Absolute (p.13)
XI. THE THREE ABSOLUTES – P.13
P.13 – §6 When the combined thought of the Universal Father and the
Eternal Son, functioning in the God of Action, constituted the creation
of the divine and central universe, the Father followed the expression
of his thought into the word of his Son and the act of their Conjoint
Executive by differentiating his Havona presence from the potentials of
infinity. And these undisclosed infinity potentials remain space concealed
in the Unqualified Absolute and divinely enshrouded in the Deity Absolute,
while these two become one in the functioning of the Universal Absolute,
the unrevealed infinity-unity of the Paradise Father.
P.13 – §7 Both potency of cosmic force and potency of spirit force
are in process of progressive revelation-realization as the enrichment
of all reality is effected by experiential growth and through the correlation
of the experiential with the existential by the Universal Absolute. By
virtue of the equipoising presence of the Universal Absolute, the First
Source and Center realizes extension of experiential power, enjoys identification
with his evolutionary creatures, and
P.14 – §0 achieves expansion of experiential Deity on the levels
of Supremacy, Ultimacy, and Absoluteness.
P.14 – §1 When it is not possible fully to distinguish
the Deity Absolute from the Unqualified Absolute, their supposedly combined
function or co-ordinated presence is designated the action of the Universal
P.14 – §2 1. The Deity Absolute seems to be the all-powerful
activator, while the Unqualified Absolute appears to be the all-efficient
mechanizer of the supremely unified and ultimately co-ordinated universe
of universes, even universes upon universes, made, making, and yet to
P.14 – §3 The Deity Absolute cannot, or at least does not, react
to any universe situation in a subabsolute manner. Every response of this
Absolute to any given situation appears to be made in terms of the welfare
of the whole creation of things and beings, not only in its present state
of existence, but also in view of the infinite possibilities of all future
P.14 – §4 The Deity Absolute is that potential which was segregated
from total, infinite reality by the freewill choice of the Universal Father,
and within which all divinity activities–existential and experiential–take
place. This is the Qualified Absolute in contradistinction to the Unqualified
Absolute; but the Universal Absolute is superadditive to both in the encompassment
of all absolute potential.
|Three Absolutes (p.13)
P.14 – §5 2. The Unqualified Absolute is nonpersonal,
extradivine, and undeified. The Unqualified Absolute is therefore devoid
of personality, divinity, and all creator prerogatives. Neither fact nor
truth, experience nor revelation, philosophy nor absonity are able to
penetrate the nature and character of this Absolute without universe qualification.
P.14 – §6 Let it be made clear that the Unqualified Absolute is a
positive reality pervading the grand universe and, apparently, extending
with equal space presence on out into the force activities and prematerial
evolutions of the staggering stretches of the space regions beyond the
seven superuniverses. The Unqualified Absolute is not a mere negativism
of philosophic concept predicated on the assumptions of metaphysical sophistries
concerning the universality, dominance, and primacy of the unconditioned
and the unqualified. The Unqualified Absolute is a positive universe overcontrol
in infinity; this overcontrol is space-force unlimited but is definitely
conditioned by the presence of life, mind, spirit, and personality, and
is further conditioned by the will-reactions and purposeful mandates of
the Paradise Trinity.
P.14 – §7 We are convinced that the Unqualified Absolute is not an
undifferentiated and all-pervading influence comparable either to the
pantheistic concepts of metaphysics or to the sometime ether hypothesis
of science. The Unqualified Absolute is force unlimited and Deity conditioned,
but we do not fully perceive the relation of this Absolute to the spirit
realities of the universes.
P.14 – §8 3. The Universal Absolute, we logically
deduce, was inevitable in the Universal Father’s absolute freewill act
of differentiating universe realities into deified and undeified–personalizable
and nonpersonalizable–values. The Universal Absolute is the Deity phenomenon
indicative of the resolution of the tension created by the freewill act
of thus differentiating universe reality, and functions as the associative
co-ordinator of these sum totals of existential potentialities.
P.15 – §1 The tension-presence of the Universal Absolute signifies
the adjustment of differential between deity reality and undeified reality
inherent in the separation of the dynamics of freewill divinity from the
statics of unqualified infinity.
P.15 – §2 Always remember: Potential infinity is
absolute and inseparable from eternity. Actual infinity in time can never
be anything but partial and must therefore be nonabsolute; neither can
infinity of actual personality be absolute except in unqualified Deity.
And it is the differential of infinity potential in the Unqualified Absolute
and the Deity Absolute that eternalizes the Universal Absolute, thereby
making it cosmically possible to have material universes in space and
spiritually possible to have finite personalities in time.
P.15 – §3 The finite can coexist in the cosmos along with the Infinite
only because the associative presence of the Universal Absolute so perfectly
equalizes the tensions between time and eternity, finity and infinity,
reality potential and reality actuality, Paradise and space, man and God.
Associatively the Universal Absolute constitutes the identification of
the zone of progressing evolutional reality existent in the time-space,
and in the transcended time-space, universes of subinfinite Deity manifestation.
P.15 – §4 The Universal Absolute is the potential
of the static-dynamic Deity functionally realizable on time-eternity levels
as finite-absolute values and as possible of experiential-existential
approach. This incomprehensible aspect of Deity may be static, potential,
and associative but is not experientially creative or evolutional as concerns
the intelligent personalities now functioning in the master universe.
P.15 – §5 The Absolute. The two Absolutes–qualified
and unqualified–while so apparently divergent in function as they may
be observed by mind creatures, are perfectly and divinely unified in and
by the Universal Absolute. In the last analysis and in the final comprehension
all three are one Absolute. On subinfinite levels they are functionally
differentiated, but in infinity they are ONE.
P.15 – §6 We never use the term the Absolute as a
negation of aught or as a denial of anything. Neither do we regard the
Universal Absolute as self-determinative, a sort of pantheistic and impersonal
Deity. The Absolute, in all that pertains to universe personality, is
strictly Trinity limited and Deity dominated.
XII. THE TRINITIES – P.15
P.15 – §7The original and eternal Paradise Trinity is existential
and was inevitable. This never-beginning Trinity was inherent in the fact
of the differentiation of the personal and the nonpersonal by the Father’s
unfettered will and factualized when his personal will co-ordinated these
dual realities by mind. The post-Havona Trinities are experiential–are
inherent in the creation of two subabsolute and evolutional levels of
power-personality manifestation in the master universe.
P.15 – §8 The Paradise Trinity–the eternal Deity
union of the Universal Father, the Eternal Son, and the Infinite Spirit–is
existential in actuality, but all potentials are experiential. Therefore
does this Trinity constitute the only Deity reality embracing infinity,
and therefore do there occur the universe phenomena of the actualization
of God the Supreme, God the Ultimate, and God the Absolute.
P.15 – §9 The first and second experiential Trinities,
the post-Havona Trinities, cannot be infinite because they embrace derived
Deities, Deities evolved by the experiential actualization of realities
created or eventuated by the existential
P.16 – §0 Paradise Trinity. Infinity of divinity is being ever enriched,
if not enlarged, by finity and absonity of creature and Creator experience.
|Paradise Trinity (p.15)
P.16 – §1 Trinities are truths of relationship
and facts of co-ordinate Deity manifestation. Trinity functions encompass
Deity realities, and Deity realities always seek realization and manifestation
in personalization. God the Supreme, God the Ultimate, and even God the
Absolute are therefore divine inevitabilities. These three experiential
Deities were potential in the existential Trinity, the Paradise Trinity,
but their universe emergence as personalities of power is dependent in
part on their own experiential functioning in the universes of power and
personality and in part on the experiential achievements of the post-Havona
Creators and Trinities.
P.16 – §2 The two post-Havona Trinities, the Ultimate
and the Absolute experiential Trinities, are not now fully manifest; they
are in process of universe realization. These Deity associations may be
described as follows:
P.16 – §3 1. The Ultimate Trinity, now evolving,
will eventually consist of the Supreme Being, the Supreme Creator Personalities,
and the absonite Architects of the Master Universe, those unique universe
planners who are neither creators nor creatures. God the Ultimate will
eventually and inevitably powerize and personalize as the Deity consequence
of the unification of this experiential Ultimate Trinity in the expanding
arena of the well-nigh limitless master universe.
|Ultimate Trinity (p.16)
P.16 – §4 2. The Absolute Trinity–the second experiential
Trinity–now in process of actualization, will consist of God the Supreme,
God the Ultimate, and the unrevealed Consummator of Universe Destiny.
This Trinity functions on both personal and superpersonal levels, even
to the borders of the nonpersonal, and its unification in universality
would experientialize Absolute Deity.
P.16 – §5 The Ultimate Trinity is experientially
unifying in completion, but we truly doubt the possibility of such full
unification of the Absolute Trinity. Our concept, however, of the eternal
Paradise Trinity is an ever-present reminder that Deity trinitization
may accomplish what is otherwise nonattainable; hence do we postulate
the sometime appearance of the Supreme-Ultimate and the possible trinitization-factualization
of God the Absolute.
P.16 – §6 The philosophers of the universes postulate
a Trinity of Trinities, an existential-experiential Trinity Infinite,
but they are not able to envisage its personalization; possibly it would
equivalate to the person of the Universal Father on the conceptual level
of the I AM. But irrespective of all this, the original Paradise Trinity
is potentially infinite since the Universal Father actually is infinite.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT – P.16
P.16 – §7 In formulating the succeeding presentations having to do
with the portrayal of the character of the Universal Father and the nature
of his Paradise associates, together with an attempted description of
the perfect central universe and the encircling seven superuniverses,
we are to be guided by the mandate of the superuniverse rulers which directs
that we shall, in all our efforts to reveal truth and co-ordinate essential
knowledge, give preference to the highest existing human concepts pertaining
to the subjects to be presented. We may resort to pure revelation only
when the concept of presentation has had no adequate previous expression
by the human mind.
P.17 – §1 Successive planetary revelations of divine truth invariably
embrace the highest existing concepts of spiritual values as a part of
the new and enhanced co-ordination of planetary knowledge. Accordingly,
in making these presentations about God and his universe associates, we
have selected as the basis of these papers more than one thousand human
concepts representing the highest and most advanced planetary knowledge
of spiritual values and universe meanings. Wherein these human concepts,
assembled from the God-knowing mortals of the past and the present, are
inadequate to portray the truth as we are directed to reveal it, we will
unhesitatingly supplement them, for this purpose drawing upon our own
superior knowledge of the reality and divinity of the Paradise Deities
and their transcendent residential universe.
P.17 – §2 We are fully cognizant of the difficulties of our assignment;
we recognize the impossibility of fully translating the language of the
concepts of divinity and eternity into the symbols of the language of
the finite concepts of the mortal mind. But we know that there dwells
within the human mind a fragment of God, and that there sojourns with
the human soul the Spirit of Truth; and we further know that these spirit
forces conspire to enable material man to grasp the reality of spiritual
values and to comprehend the philosophy of universe meanings. But even
more certainly we know that these spirits of the Divine Presence are able
to assist man in the spiritual appropriation of all truth contributory
to the enhancement of the ever-progressing reality of personal religious
P.17 – §3 [Indited by an Orvonton Divine Counselor,
Chief of the Corps of Superuniverse Personalities assigned to portray
on Urantia the truth concerning the Paradise Deities and the universe
|Supreme Creators (p.16)