The daily "Thots" study series on truth, beauty and goodness in the Urantia Book will begin anew on Jan 1. Three hundred and sixty-six quotes (2008 is a leap year) have been selected from almost three thousand uses of the words truth, beauty and goodness and their derivatives, to create an experimental, sequential, year-long study.
Thank you for following this series so far, and for your responses which have in important ways influenced how a study of goodness evolved into a three-fold topical examination of a prominent theme in the revelation. There are great teachings and real wisdom in these three ordinary words, which when strung together and amplified by the authors actually attempt to define the maximum human concept of divine personality. From this concept comes genuine enlightenment on the nature and character of God our Father, and many insights into the goodness and use of the other benign spirit presences that exist in and round us all the time.
This study gradually evolved from an intention to examine the Revelator's employment of the word goodness into a realization that goodness cannot be understood without a thorough comprehension of its often cited corollaries---truth and beauty. The quotes selected for the presentations all contain one or more of these three words, in one form or another. There are 84 paragraphs with all three words in their several forms. There are 2920 usages of these three words in total.
A search of the words truth, beauty and goodness and their relations produced the following list of usages:
Truth - 790
True - 702
Truly - 273
Truths - 95
Truthful - 5
Truthfully - 4
Truest - 4
Truer - 3
Truthfulness - 2
Trueness - 1
Good - 559
Goodness - 152
Goods - 25
Goodly - 4
Goodnesses - 2
Beauty - 148
Beautiful - 125
Beauties - 9
Beautifully - 6
Beautification - 6
Beauteous - 4
Beautified - 1
Studying the author's uses of truth, beauty and goodness provides the Urantia Book student an outline of the revelation plus many valuable insights into the person of God himself. The 84 quotes where truth, beauty and goodness and their derivations were used in the same paragraph form the backbone of this topical study. Seventeen such quotes appear in Part 1 (listed below). Truth, beauty and goodness quotes from Parts 2, 3 and 4 will be presented in order over the next three days alongside other commentary.
All are welcome to join this experimental study series, and at any point to inject comments or questions, privately or publicly.
~TRUTH, BEAUTY & GOODNESS~
Usages in Part One
1. 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 - §4
2. The God of universal love unfailingly manifests himself to every one of his creatures up to the fullness of that creature's capacity to spiritually grasp the qualities of divine truth, beauty, and goodness. P.27 - §0
3. God is much more than a personality as personality is understood by the human mind; he is even far more than any possible concept of a superpersonality. But it is utterly futile to discuss such incomprehensible concepts of divine personality with the minds of material creatures whose maximum concept of the reality of being consists in the idea and ideal of personality. The material creature's highest possible concept of the Universal Creator is embraced within the spiritual ideals of the exalted idea of divine personality. Therefore, although you may know that God must be much more than the human conception of personality, you equally well know that the Universal Father cannot possibly be anything less than an eternal, infinite, true, good, and beautiful personality. P.27 - §4
4. The concept of truth might possibly be entertained apart from personality, the concept of beauty may exist without personality, but the concept of divine goodness is understandable only in relation to personality. Only a person can love and be loved. Even beauty and truth would be divorced from survival hope if they were not attributes of a personal God, a loving Father. P.31 - §3
5. In the physical universe we may see the divine beauty, in the intellectual world we may discern eternal truth, but the goodness of God is found only in the spiritual world of personal religious experience. In its true essence, religion is a faith-trust in the goodness of God. God could be great and absolute, somehow even intelligent and personal, in philosophy, but in religion God must also be moral; he must be good. Man might fear a great God, but he trusts and loves only a good God. This goodness of God is a part of the personality of God, and its full revelation appears only in the personal religious experience of the believing sons of God. P.40 - §5
6. The false science of materialism would sentence mortal man to become an outcast in the universe. Such partial knowledge is potentially evil; it is knowledge composed of both good and evil. Truth is beautiful because it is both replete and symmetrical. When man searches for truth, he pursues the divinely real. P.42 - §5
7. The discernment of supreme beauty is the discovery and integration of reality: The discernment of the divine goodness in the eternal truth, that is ultimate beauty. Even the charm of human art consists in the harmony of its unity. P.43 - §1
8. The great mistake of the Hebrew religion was its failure to associate the goodness of God with the factual truths of science and the appealing beauty of art. As civilization progressed, and since religion continued to pursue the same unwise course of overemphasizing the goodness of God to the relative exclusion of truth and neglect of beauty, there developed an increasing tendency for certain types of men to turn away from the abstract and dissociated concept of isolated goodness. The overstressed and isolated morality of modern religion, which fails to hold the devotion and loyalty of many twentieth- century men, would rehabilitate itself if, in addition to its moral mandates, it would give equal consideration to the truths of science, philosophy, and spiritual experience, and to the beauties of the physical creation, the charm of intellectual art, and the grandeur of genuine character achievement. P.43 - §2
9. The religious challenge of this age is to those farseeing and forward- looking men and women of spiritual insight who will dare to construct a new and appealing philosophy of living out of the enlarged and exquisitely integrated modern concepts of cosmic truth, universe beauty, and divine goodness. Such a new and righteous vision of morality will attract all that is good in the mind of man and challenge that which is best in the human soul. truth, beauty, and goodness are divine realities, and as man ascends the scale of spiritual living, these supreme qualities of the Eternal become increasingly co- ordinated and unified in God, who is love. P.43 - §3
10. All truth--material, philosophic, or spiritual--is both beautiful and good. All real beauty--material art or spiritual symmetry--is both true and good. All genuine goodness-- whether personal morality, social equity, or divine ministry--is equally true and beautiful. Health, sanity, and happiness are integrations of truth, beauty, and goodness as they are blended in human experience. Such levels of efficient living come about through the unification of energy systems, idea systems, and spirit systems. P.43 - §4
11. Truth is coherent, beauty attractive, goodness stabilizing. And when these values of that which is real are co-ordinated in personality experience, the result is a high order of love conditioned by wisdom and qualified by loyalty. The real purpose of all universe education is to effect the better co- ordination of the isolated child of the worlds with the larger realities of his expanding experience. Reality is finite on the human level, infinite and eternal on the higher and divine levels. P.43 - §5
12. The divine omnipotence is perfectly co-ordinated with the other attributes of the personality of God. The power of God is, ordinarily, only limited in its universe spiritual manifestation by three conditions or situations: 1. By the nature of God, especially by his infinite love, by truth, beauty, and goodness.
2. By the will of God, by his mercy ministry and fatherly relationship with the personalities of the universe.
3. By the law of God, by the righteousness and justice of the eternal Paradise Trinity. P.48 - §3-6
13. The full appreciation of truth, beauty, and goodness is inherent in the perfection of the divine universe. The inhabitants of the Havona worlds do not require the potential of relative value levels as a choice stimulus; such perfect beings are able to identify and choose the good in the absence of all contrastive and thought-compelling moral situations. But all such perfect beings are, in moral nature and spiritual status, what they are by virtue of the fact of existence. They have experientially earned advancement only within their inherent status. Mortal man earns even his status as an ascension candidate by his own faith and hope. Everything divine which the human mind grasps and the human soul acquires is an experiential attainment; it is a reality of personal experience and is therefore a unique possession in contrast to the inherent goodness and righteousness of the inerrant personalities of Havona. P.52 - §2
14. 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. P.67 - §4
15. The Zoroastrians had a religion of morals; the Hindus a religion of metaphysics; the Confucianists a religion of ethics. Jesus lived a religion of service. All these religions are of value in that they are valid approaches to the religion of Jesus. Religion is destined to become the reality of the spiritual unification of all that is good, beautiful, and true in human experience. P.67 - §5
16. As the worship of the faith sons of the evolutionary worlds ministers to the satisfaction of the Universal Father's love, so the exalted adoration of the Havona creatures satiates the perfect ideals of divine beauty and truth. As mortal man strives to do the will of God, these beings of the central universe live to gratify the ideals of the Paradise Trinity. In their very nature they are the will of God. Man rejoices in the goodness of God, Havoners exult in the divine beauty, while you both enjoy the ministry of the liberty of living truth. P.157 - §5
17. 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 co- ordinated on the highest time-space value-levels and are presented to the universes as living truth, divine goodness, and true spiritual beauty. P.232- 233
[A copy of all 84 quotes will be sent to those who request it. Intermission commentary and other notes on this topical study will continue tomorrow.]