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#1 Rick Warren

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 06:18 PM

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Forum Friends,

National study day became international thanks to this invitation from members of Australia, New Zealand Urantia Readers Association:

In Australia and New Zealand, we have an annual National Study Day, for readers of The Urantia Book. This event, once a year, allows us to focus on studying together and helps combat the vast distances we experience in this region of the world. On the same weekend, across our two countries, we get together and read the same paper.

This year, we are meeting on the weekend of: 22nd/23rd May 2010

We are studying: Paper 5: God’s Relation to the Individual

We would like to invite you to study with us wherever you are in the world. If you would like to be a part of this international Study Day simply get your local study group together for one day during this weekend, and study Paper 5 together. Or alternatively, study the paper on your own over this weekend.



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UAI Forum will participate in the international study "day" this weekend by presenting Paper 5 in sequence, one Section at a time. The introduction and Section 1 of Paper 5 will be posted for your reading and comments at about 20:00 hours GMT on Friday, here in the Study Groups subforum (not OPAD). Subsequent Sections will follow approximately every eight hours.

Overview of Paper Five:

God's Relation to the Individual

1. The Approach to God
2. The Presence of God
3. True Worship
4. God in Religion
5. The Consciousness of God
6. The God of Personality


Readers around Urantia will be studying the Paper simultaneously. Join us if you don't have a group to read with, or simply want to connect with fellow students online during this weekend of global study. You don't have to be a Forum member to read along, only to post.

Spread the word! Thanks, Rick W



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Posted 21 May 2010 - 05:41 PM

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~ Welcome to the 2010 International Study Session



The First Presentation Is From:


Paper Five of The Urantia Book.

~ GOD'S RELATION TO THE INDIVIDUAL ~



[INTRODUCTION]




P.62 - §1 If the finite mind of man is unable to comprehend how so great and so majestic a God as the Universal Father can descend from his eternal abode in infinite perfection to fraternize with the individual human creature, then must such a finite intellect rest assurance of divine fellowship upon the truth of the fact that an actual fragment of the living God resides within the intellect of every normal-minded and morally conscious Urantia mortal. The indwelling Thought Adjusters are a part of the eternal Deity of the Paradise Father. Man does not have to go farther than his own inner experience of the soul's contemplation of this spiritual-reality presence to find God and attempt communion with him.

P.62 - §2 God has distributed the infinity of his eternal nature throughout the existential realities of his six absolute co-ordinates, but he may, at any time, make direct personal contact with any part or phase or kind of creation through the agency of his prepersonal fragments. And the eternal God has also reserved to himself the prerogative of bestowing personality upon the divine Creators and the living creatures of the universe of universes, while he has further reserved the prerogative of maintaining direct and parental contact with all these personal beings through the personality circuit.


1. THE APPROACH TO GOD




P.62 - §3 The inability of the finite creature to approach the infinite Father is inherent, not in the Father's aloofness, but in the finiteness and material limitations of created beings. The magnitude of the spiritual difference between the highest personality of universe existence and the lower groups of created intelligences is inconceivable. Were it possible for the lower orders of intelligence to be transported instantly into the presence of the Father himself, they would not know they were there. They would there be just as oblivious of the presence of the Universal Father as where they now are. There is a long, long road ahead of mortal man before he can consistently and within the realms of possibility ask for safe conduct into the Paradise presence of the Universal Father. Spiritually, man must be translated many times before he can attain a plane that will yield the spiritual vision which will enable him to see even any one of the Seven Master Spirits.

P.62 - §4 Our Father is not in hiding; he is not in arbitrary seclusion. He has mobilized the resources of divine wisdom in a never-ending effort to reveal himself to the children of his universal domains. There is an infinite grandeur and an inexpressible generosity connected with the majesty of his love which causes him to yearn for the association of every created being who can comprehend, love, or approach him; and it is, therefore, the limitations inherent in you, inseparable from your finite personality and material existence, that determine the time and place and circumstances in which you may achieve the goal of the journey of mortal ascension and stand in the presence of the Father at the center of all things.

P.63 - §1 Although the approach to the Paradise presence of the Father must await your attainment of the highest finite levels of spirit progression, you should rejoice in the recognition of the ever-present possibility of immediate communion with the bestowal spirit of the Father so intimately associated with your inner soul and your spiritualizing self.

P.63 - §2 The mortals of the realms of time and space may differ greatly in innate abilities and intellectual endowment, they may enjoy environments exceptionally favorable to social advancement and moral progress, or they may suffer from the lack of almost every human aid to culture and supposed advancement in the arts of civilization; but the possibilities for spiritual progress in the ascension career are equal to all; increasing levels of spiritual insight and cosmic meanings are attained quite independently of all such sociomoral differentials of the diversified material environments on the evolutionary worlds.

P.63 - §3 However Urantia mortals may differ in their intellectual, social, economic, and even moral opportunities and endowments, forget not that their spiritual endowment is uniform and unique. They all enjoy the same divine presence of the gift from the Father, and they are all equally privileged to seek intimate personal communion with this indwelling spirit of divine origin, while they may all equally choose to accept the uniform spiritual leading of these Mystery Monitors.

P.63 - §4 If mortal man is wholeheartedly spiritually motivated, unreservedly consecrated to the doing of the Father's will, then, since he is so certainly and so effectively spiritually endowed by the indwelling and divine Adjuster, there cannot fail to materialize in that individual's experience the sublime consciousness of knowing God and the supernal assurance of surviving for the purpose of finding God by the progressive experience of becoming more and more like him.

P.63 - §5 Man is spiritually indwelt by a surviving Thought Adjuster. If such a human mind is sincerely and spiritually motivated, if such a human soul desires to know God and become like him, honestly wants to do the Father's will, there exists no negative influence of mortal deprivation nor positive power of possible interference which can prevent such a divinely motivated soul from securely ascending to the portals of Paradise.

P.63 - §6 The Father desires all his creatures to be in personal communion with him. He has on Paradise a place to receive all those whose survival status and spiritual nature make possible such attainment. Therefore settle in your philosophy now and forever: To each of you and to all of us, God is approachable, the Father is attainable, the way is open; the forces of divine love and the ways and means of divine administration are all interlocked in an effort to facilitate the advancement of every worthy intelligence of every universe to the Paradise presence of the Universal Father.

P.63 - §7 The fact that vast time is involved in the attainment of God makes the presence and personality of the Infinite none the less real. Your ascension is a part of the circuit of the seven superuniverses, and though you swing around it countless times, you may expect, in spirit and in status, to be ever swinging inward. You can depend upon being translated from sphere to sphere, from the outer circuits ever nearer the inner center, and some day, doubt not, you shall stand in the divine and central presence and see him, figuratively speaking, face to face. It is a question of the attainment of actual and literal spiritual levels; and these spiritual levels are attainable by any being who has been indwelt by a Mystery Monitor, and who has subsequently eternally fused with that Thought Adjuster.

P.64 - §1 The Father is not in spiritual hiding, but so many of his creatures have hidden themselves away in the mists of their own willful decisions and for the time being have separated themselves from the communion of his spirit and the spirit of his Son by the choosing of their own perverse ways and by the indulgence of the self-assertiveness of their intolerant minds and unspiritual natures.

P.64 - §2 Mortal man may draw near God and may repeatedly forsake the divine will so long as the power of choice remains. Man's final doom is not sealed until he has lost the power to choose the Father's will. There is never a closure of the Father's heart to the need and the petition of his children. Only do his offspring close their hearts forever to the Father's drawing power when they finally and forever lose the desire to do his divine will--to know him and to be like him. Likewise is man's eternal destiny assured when Adjuster fusion proclaims to the universe that such an ascender has made the final and irrevocable choice to live the Father's will.

P.64 -§3 The great God makes direct contact with mortal man and gives a part of his infinite and eternal and incomprehensible self to live and dwell within him. God has embarked upon the eternal adventure with man. If you yield to the leadings of the spiritual forces in you and around you, you cannot fail to attain the high destiny established by a loving God as the universe goal of his ascendant creatures from the evolutionary worlds of space.



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#3 Rick Warren

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 05:52 PM

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Greetings All,

So sorry for the delayed start! Just realized my mistake, I should have written 20:00 EDT, not GMT.

Welcome to UAI's version of the Australia/New Zealand Urantia Readers Association's international synchronized study session. It began as a one day event a few years ago to unite far-in-between ANZURA readers, until ANZURA decided to include the rest of the planet.

The previous post is the first of six presentations over this weekend. Please do read along with the rest of us participating globally. And Forum members may offer comments or pose questions. Non-members can send me questions and comments by regular email: rewar@swbell.net for posting.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 03:15 AM

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Good Day All :)

On behalf of the Forum staff, know that we are happy to have you here! In the first reading of this international study session, we are told by the author (a Perfector of Wisdom) that approaching Father is possible even for the children of Urantia. That all creatures are spiritually equal, no matter their point of origin or their endowment:

...some day, doubt not, you shall stand in the divine and central presence and see him, figuratively speaking, face to face.... P.64 - §0

In Paper 195, there is another statement about the insight needed to approach the First Person of the Universe at the center of all things and beings:

...We find God through the leadings of spiritual insight, but we approach this insight of the soul through the love of the beautiful, the pursuit of truth, loyalty to duty, and the worship of divine goodness. But of all these values, love is the true guide to real insight.... P.2076 - §5

And now, Paper 5 offers us a glimpse into the "Presence Of God".

Your comments, insights and questions are invited, Rick
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Posted 22 May 2010 - 03:22 AM

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Welcome to the 2010 International Study Session



~ This Presentation Is From:



Paper Five of The Urantia Book


~ GOD'S RELATION TO THE INDIVIDUAL ~




2. The Presense of God




P.64 - §4 The physical presence of the Infinite is the reality of the material universe. The mind presence of Deity must be determined by the depth of individual intellectual experience and by the evolutionary personality level. The spiritual presence of Divinity must of necessity be differential in the universe. It is determined by the spiritual capacity of receptivity and by the degree of the consecration of the creature's will to the doing of the divine will.

P.64 - §5 God lives in every one of his spirit-born sons. The Paradise Sons always have access to the presence of God, "the right hand of the Father," and all of his creature personalities have access to the "bosom of the Father." This refers to the personality circuit, whenever, wherever, and however contacted, or otherwise entails personal, self-conscious contact and communion with the Universal Father, whether at the central abode or at some other designated place, as on one of the seven sacred spheres of Paradise.

P.64 - §6 The divine presence cannot, however, be discovered anywhere in nature or even in the lives of God-knowing mortals so fully and so certainly as in your attempted communion with the indwelling Mystery Monitor, the Paradise Thought Adjuster. What a mistake to dream of God far off in the skies when the spirit of the Universal Father lives within your own mind!

P.64 - §7 It is because of this God fragment that indwells you that you can hope, as you progress in harmonizing with the Adjuster's spiritual leadings, more fully to discern the presence and transforming power of those other spiritual influences that surround you and impinge upon you but do not function as an integral part of you. The fact that you are not intellectually conscious of close and intimate contact with the indwelling Adjuster does not in the least disprove such an exalted experience. The proof of fraternity with the divine Adjuster consists wholly in the nature and extent of the fruits of the spirit which are yielded in the life experience of the individual believer. "By their fruits you shall know them."

P.65 - §1 It is exceedingly difficult for the meagerly spiritualized, material mind of mortal man to experience marked consciousness of the spirit activities of such divine entities as the Paradise Adjusters. As the soul of joint mind and Adjuster creation becomes increasingly existent, there also evolves a new phase of soul consciousness which is capable of experiencing the presence, and of recognizing the spirit leadings and other supermaterial activities, of the Mystery Monitors.

P.65 - §2 The entire experience of Adjuster communion is one involving moral status, mental motivation, and spiritual experience. The self-realization of such an achievement is mainly, though not exclusively, limited to the realms of soul consciousness, but the proofs are forthcoming and abundant in the manifestation of the fruits of the spirit in the lives of all such inner-spirit contactors.





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Posted 22 May 2010 - 09:32 AM

Hello to all following along, from all points of the globe!

While reading these first sections in Canberra, Australia, one of our group pointed to the phrase "personality circuit" and asked, "what's that?!"

while he has further reserved the prerogative of maintaining direct and parental contact with all these personal beings through the personality circuit

The Paradise Sons always have access to the presence of God, "the right hand of the Father," and all of his creature personalities have access to the "bosom of the Father." This refers to the personality circuit,

Can anyone think of a good way to describe the "personality circuit"?

thanks for joining in :)
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Posted 22 May 2010 - 09:49 AM

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Interesting the difference between Biblical language and UB technical terms, eh? The "bosom of the Father" is also the "Personality Circuit".

One of my greatest treasures from this book is the confirmation that God is within! Father's presence is here and now in the "Mystery Monitor"---only my capacity for experiencing him varies.

If the way to contact this Adjuster, this fragment of God living inside, is by bearing spirit fruit, then we have to know what spirit fruit is. There are these three definitions found elsewhere in the Papers:

P.381 - §7 The consciousness of the spirit domination of a human life is presently attended by an increasing exhibition of the characteristics of the Spirit in the life reactions of such a spirit-led mortal, "for the fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance."

P.648 - §3 To finite man truth, beauty, and goodness embrace the full revelation of divinity reality. As this love-comprehension of Deity finds spiritual expression in the lives of God-knowing mortals, there are yielded the fruits of divinity: intellectual peace, social progress, moral satisfaction, spiritual joy, and cosmic wisdom. The advanced mortals on a world in the seventh stage of light and life have learned that love is the greatest thing in the universe--and they know that God is love.

P.1930 - §3 You may not worship your temporal rulers, and you should not employ temporal power in the furtherance of the spiritual kingdom; but you should manifest the righteous ministry of loving service to believers and unbelievers alike. In the gospel of the kingdom there resides the mighty Spirit of Truth, and presently I will pour out this same spirit upon all flesh. The fruits of the spirit, your sincere and loving service, are the mighty social lever to uplift the races of darkness, and this Spirit of Truth will become your power-multiplying fulcrum.


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...As the soul of joint mind and Adjuster creation becomes increasingly existent, there also evolves a new phase of soul consciousness which is capable of experiencing the presence, and of recognizing the spirit leadings and other supermaterial activities, of the Mystery Monitors....




Hope you will return for Section 3 in about three hours, titled: TRUE WORSHIP

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 10:38 AM

GOOD DAY ALL URANTIA!

A special greeting to Nigel, today! :)

I think personality circuits are reached through the seven adjutant mind-spirits.
And as we go ... More and more we approach our Spirit Adjuster.
And the Father to us!


36:5.4 The seven adjutant mind-spirits always accompany the Life Carriers to a new planet, but they should not be regarded as entities; they are more like circuits. The spirits of the seven universe adjutants do not function as personalities apart from the universe presence of the Divine Minister; they are in fact a level of consciousness of the Divine Minister and are always subordinate to the action and presence of their creative mother.


Very important the issue of TRUE WORSHIP, Rick.
I anticipate with a quote right? :)

87:7.5 In the past, truth has grown rapidly and expanded freely when the cult has been elastic, the symbolism expansile. Abundant truth and an adjustable cult have favored rapidity of social progression. A meaningless cult vitiates religion when it attempts to supplant philosophy and to enslave reason; a genuine cult grows.


Greetings,
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Posted 22 May 2010 - 11:07 AM

Interesting the difference between Biblical language and UB technical terms, eh? The "bosom of the Father" is also the "Personality Circuit".

The poetic bosom side by side with (alert: technical term!) "Personality Circuit"... nicely put, Rick :)

With regard to "Biblical language", for those folks engaged with one of the three "Religions of the Book",
(Islam, Christianity, Judaism), a mouthful that still proves hard to swallow is this ancient command:

"Let us make mortal man in our own image."

A bright idea that popped up in our group: could "in our own image" means "as a Person"?
A free agent in Father's "personality circuit"? A child nestling safely "in the bosom of the Father"?

This "Personality" stuff gets more and more interesting, and mysterious :)
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Posted 22 May 2010 - 11:19 AM

Can anyone think of a good way to describe the "personality circuit"?


Well . . . it depends on whether you want the description to be strictly from the epochal revelation or whether it can include a description from personal revelation. I suppose all interpretation of epochal revelation is more or less a form of personal revelation, so I'll take it from there.

There are several ways to think of it. I think the easiest is to think of it like the gravity circuits. We are subject to several different types of gravity: physical, mindal, spiritual, cosmic and personal. Physical gravity keeps us physically grounded; :) mind gravity draws us to the Conjoint Actor; spiritual gravity draws us to the Eternal Son; cosmic gravity draws us to the Isle of Paradise and personality gravity draws us to the Universal Father.

Another way to think of it is that while mind gravity pulls us toward unity of intellectual thought and spirit gravity pulls us toward spiritual unity, the personality circuit of the Universal Father pulls us to a person; by this circuit we are able to commune directly with God himself, and he with us, person to person, one-on-one.

40.5.3 Thus does the Father, who is the farthest from you in personality and in spirit, draw the nearest to you in the personality circuit and in the spirit touch of inner communion with the very souls of his mortal sons and daughters.


We know that all prayers and supplications are between the creature and the Eternal Son, but worship is the exclusive realm of the Universal Father and worship is transmitted through the personality circuit. It is God's mechanism for communing with us and it is our link directly to him, albeit we need the assistance of our Thought Adjusters to accomplish this. (5.3.2, 5.6.11 )

The personality circuit involves only a quality response between the two personalities, Creator and creature, while other gravity circuits can be both qualitative and quantitative. (112.0.8) Quality and value are the meat and potatoes of the interactive response between the personality of the Creator and his creature; it's the core substance of progressing personality reality. Also, personality responds objectively to the personality circuit; it is an inherent property of personality, whereas the other inherent property of personality, self-consciousness, is purely subjective. The objective response of personality to the Father's personality circuit eliminates all the subjectivity of intellect: emotion, prejudice, opinion and judgment which is at the heart of the statement, "God is no respecter of persons." Our subjective self-consciousness is actually what most often gets in the way of the personality circuit, communion and true worship.

And as pertains to Alina's statement, I don't think that the personality circuit has anything at all to do with the adjutant mind spirits. They are the realm of the Cojoint Actor or Infinite Spirit and fall under mind gravity circuits.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 11:59 AM

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Welcome to the 2010 International Study Session



~ The Next Presentation Is From:



Paper Five of The Urantia Book


~ GOD'S RELATION TO THE INDIVIDUAL ~




3. TRUE WORSHIP




P.65 - §3 Though the Paradise Deities, from the universe standpoint, are as one, in their spiritual relations with such beings as inhabit Urantia they are also three distinct and separate persons. There is a difference between the Godheads in the matter of personal appeals, communion, and other intimate relations. In the highest sense, we worship the Universal Father and him only. True, we can and do worship the Father as he is manifested in his Creator Sons, but it is the Father, directly or indirectly, who is worshiped and adored.

P.65 - §4 Supplications of all kinds belong to the realm of the Eternal Son and the Son's spiritual organization. Prayers, all formal communications, everything except adoration and worship of the Universal Father, are matters that concern a local universe; they do not ordinarily proceed out of the realm of the jurisdiction of a Creator Son. But worship is undoubtedly encircuited and dispatched to the person of the Creator by the function of the Father's personality circuit. We further believe that such registry of the homage of an Adjuster-indwelt creature is facilitated by the Father's spirit presence. There exists a tremendous amount of evidence to substantiate such a belief, and I know that all orders of Father fragments are empowered to register the bona fide adoration of their subjects acceptably in the presence of the Universal Father. The Adjusters undoubtedly also utilize direct prepersonal channels of communication with God, and they are likewise able to utilize the spirit-gravity circuits of the Eternal Son.

P.65 - §5 Worship is for its own sake; prayer embodies a self- or creature-interest element; that is the great difference between worship and prayer. There is absolutely no self-request or other element of personal interest in true worship; we simply worship God for what we comprehend him to be. Worship asks nothing and expects nothing for the worshiper. We do not worship the Father because of anything we may derive from such veneration; we render such devotion and engage in such worship as a natural and spontaneous reaction to the recognition of the Father's matchless personality and because of his lovable nature and adorable attributes.

P.65 - §6 The moment the element of self-interest intrudes upon worship, that instant devotion translates from worship to prayer and more appropriately should be directed to the person of the Eternal Son or the Creator Son. But in practical religious experience there exists no reason why prayer should not be addressed to God the Father as a part of true worship.

P.66 - §1 When you deal with the practical affairs of your daily life, you are in the hands of the spirit personalities having origin in the Third Source and Center; you are co-operating with the agencies of the Conjoint Actor. And so it is: You worship God; pray to, and commune with, the Son; and work out the details of your earthly sojourn in connection with the intelligences of the Infinite Spirit operating on your world and throughout your universe.

P.66 - §2 The Creator or Sovereign Sons who preside over the destinies of the local universes stand in the place of both the Universal Father and the Eternal Son of Paradise. These Universe Sons receive, in the name of the Father, the adoration of worship and give ear to the pleas of their petitioning subjects throughout their respective creations. To the children of a local universe a Michael Son is, to all practical intents and purposes, God. He is the local universe personification of the Universal Father and the Eternal Son. The Infinite Spirit maintains personal contact with the children of these realms through the Universe Spirits, the administrative and creative associates of the Paradise Creator Sons.

P.66 - §3 Sincere worship connotes the mobilization of all the powers of the human personality under the dominance of the evolving soul and subject to the divine directionization of the associated Thought Adjuster. The mind of material limitations can never become highly conscious of the real significance of true worship. Man's realization of the reality of the worship experience is chiefly determined by the developmental status of his evolving immortal soul. The spiritual growth of the soul takes place wholly independently of the intellectual self-consciousness.

P.66 - §4 The worship experience consists in the sublime attempt of the betrothed Adjuster to communicate to the divine Father the inexpressible longings and the unutterable aspirations of the human soul--the conjoint creation of the God-seeking mortal mind and the God-revealing immortal Adjuster. Worship is, therefore, the act of the material mind's assenting to the attempt of its spiritualizing self, under the guidance of the associated spirit, to communicate with God as a faith son of the Universal Father. The mortal mind consents to worship; the immortal soul craves and initiates worship; the divine Adjuster presence conducts such worship in behalf of the mortal mind and the evolving immortal soul. True worship, in the last analysis, becomes an experience realized on four cosmic levels: the intellectual, the morontial, the spiritual, and the personal--the consciousness of mind, soul, and spirit, and their unification in personality.





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Posted 22 May 2010 - 12:06 PM

With regard to "Biblical language", for those folks engaged with one of the three "Religions of the Book",
(Islam, Christianity, Judaism), a mouthful that still proves hard to swallow is this ancient command:
"Let us make mortal man in our own image."
A bright idea that popped up in our group: could "in our own image" means "as a Person"? A free agent in Father's "personality circuit"? A child nestling safely "in the bosom of the Father"?


I think TUB explains it best. It has to do with creativity potential:

117.3.5 Mortal man is more than figuratively made in the image of God. From a physical standpoint this statement is hardly true, but with reference to certain universe potentialities it is an actual fact. In the human race, something of the same drama of evolutionary attainment is being unfolded as takes place, on a vastly larger scale, in the universe of universes. Man, a volitional personality, becomes creative in liaison with an Adjuster, an impersonal entity, in the presence of the finite potentialities of the Supreme, and the result is the flowering of an immortal soul. In the universes the Creator personalities of time and space function in liaison with the impersonal spirit of the Paradise Trinity and become thereby creative of a new power potential of Deity reality.


Another way to think of it has to do with the Adjusters being the co-creative and reflective "image of God" within each one of us.

108.6.3 The Mystery Monitors are undoubtedly the bestowal of the Universal Father, the reflection of the image of God abroad in the universe. A great teacher once admonished men that they should be renewed in the spirit of their minds; that they become new men who, like God, are created in righteousness and in the completion of truth. The Adjuster is the mark of divinity, the presence of God. The “image of God” does not refer to physical likeness nor to the circumscribed limitations of material creature endowment but rather to the gift of the spirit presence of the Universal Father in the supernal bestowal of the Thought Adjusters upon the humble creatures of the universes.



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Posted 22 May 2010 - 12:42 PM

The objective response of personality to the Father's personality circuit eliminates all the subjectivity of intellect:
emotion, prejudice, opinion and judgment which is at the heart of the statement, "God is no respecter of persons."
Our subjective self-consciousness is actually what most often gets in the way of the personality circuit, communion
and true worship.

Nice one, Bonita. This insight of yours is refreshing, unexpected and excellent!
Objective response of personality... love flowing clear, along the primary circuit.
thanks,
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Posted 22 May 2010 - 04:32 PM

Bonita:

And as pertains to Alina's statement, I don't think that the personality circuit has anything at all to do with the adjutant mind spirits. They are the realm of the Cojoint Actor or Infinite Spirit and fall under mind gravity circuits.




I think they are related, Bonita.
The personality is changing, although it remains the same in essence "be added to the spirit"
What attribute can be added to the spirit?
I tend to think it is through the spirit of Worship and Wisdom, when it began operations in our awareness.In our soul.
And here and will not stop evolution, and that personality act in harmony with the Thought Adjuster.
This seems a paradox, but true,I think.I am me and I will remain, even if I change.
Here is the mystery of personality!
Is changeless by the change, but change.Of course I am referring to the human personality.
I copy only some quotes.

Paper 112.

112:0.14 It is one thing which can be added to spirit, thus illustrating the primacy of the Father in relation to the Son. (Mind does not have to be added to spirit.)


112:0.15 Personality may survive mortal death with identity in the surviving soul. The Adjuster and the personaliyy are changeless; the relationship between them (in the soul) is nothing but change, continuing evolution; and if this change (growth) ceased, the soul would cease


[color="#0000FF"]112:0.16 Personality is uniquely conscious of time, and this is something other than the time perception of mind or spirit


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Posted 22 May 2010 - 06:00 PM

Alina, I think you are confusing "personality" and "personality circuit". They are related but two different topics.

The personality circuit is separate from the mind circuit. Mind circuits (including adjutants) are centered in the Infinite Spirit. The personality circuit is centered in the Universal Father.

0.6.1 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.



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Posted 22 May 2010 - 06:46 PM

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And the personality circuit also serves as a channel of worship! Worship is expounded upon in many Papers. A few of them are listed below for comparison with Section 3:

...Worship is salvation for the pleasure-seeking generations of mortals.... P.1621 - §6

...The spirit of the Father speaks best to man when the human mind is in an attitude of true worship. We worship God by the aid of the Father's indwelling spirit and by the illumination of the human mind through the ministry of truth.... p.1641

...Man's contact with the highest objective reality, God, is only through the purely subjective experience of knowing him, of worshiping him, of realizing sonship with him.... p.2095

...The Father in heaven never fails to accept the sincere worship of his children on earth, no matter how crude their concept of Deity or by what name they symbolize his divine nature....P.1598

...Worship is the conscious and joyous act of recognizing and acknowledging the truth and fact of the intimate and personal relationships of the Creators with their creatures.... p303

...Worship--the spiritual domain of the reality of religious experience, the personal realization of divine fellowship, the recognition of spirit values, the assurance of eternal survival, the ascent from the status of servants of God to the joy and liberty of the sons of God.... p.192

...The secret of his unparalleled religious life was this consciousness of the presence of God; and he attained it by intelligent prayer and sincere worship--unbroken communion with God--and not by leadings, voices, visions, or extraordinary religious practices.... p2089

...God is spirit, and they who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.... p1614


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Posted 22 May 2010 - 07:12 PM

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Welcome to the 2010 International Study Session.



~ The Next Presentation Is From:



Paper Five of The Urantia Book


~ GOD'S RELATION TO THE INDIVIDUAL ~




4. GOD IN RELIGION




P.66 - §5 The morality of the religions of evolution drives men forward in the God quest by the motive power of fear. The religions of revelation allure men to seek for a God of love because they crave to become like him. But religion is not merely a passive feeling of "absolute dependence" and "surety of survival"; it is a living and dynamic experience of divinity attainment predicated on humanity service.

P.66 - §6 The great and immediate service of true religion is the establishment of an enduring unity in human experience, a lasting peace and a profound assurance. With primitive man, even polytheism is a relative unification of the evolving concept of Deity; polytheism is monotheism in the making. Sooner or later, God is destined to be comprehended as the reality of values, the substance of meanings, and the life of truth.

P.67 - §1 God is not only the determiner of destiny; he is man's eternal destination. All nonreligious human activities seek to bend the universe to the distorting service of self; the truly religious individual seeks to identify the self with the universe and then to dedicate the activities of this unified self to the service of the universe family of fellow beings, human and superhuman.

P.67 - §2 The domains of philosophy and art intervene between the nonreligious and the religious activities of the human self. Through art and philosophy the material-minded man is inveigled into the contemplation of the spiritual realities and universe values of eternal meanings.

P.67 - §3 All religions teach the worship of Deity and some doctrine of human salvation. The Buddhist religion promises salvation from suffering, unending peace; the Jewish religion promises salvation from difficulties, prosperity predicated on righteousness; the Greek religion promised salvation from disharmony, ugliness, by the realization of beauty; Christianity promises salvation from sin, sanctity; Mohammedanism provides deliverance from the rigorous moral standards of Judaism and Christianity. The religion of Jesus is salvation from self, deliverance from the evils of creature isolation in time and in eternity.

P.67 - §4 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 - §5 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 - §6 The Greek religion had a watchword "Know yourself"; the Hebrews centered their teaching on "Know your God"; the Christians preach a gospel aimed at a "knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ"; Jesus proclaimed the good news of "knowing God, and yourself as a son of God." These differing concepts of the purpose of religion determine the individual's attitude in various life situations and foreshadow the depth of worship and the nature of his personal habits of prayer. The spiritual status of any religion may be determined by the nature of its prayers.

P.67 - §7 The concept of a semihuman and jealous God is an inevitable transition between polytheism and sublime monotheism. An exalted anthropomorphism is the highest attainment level of purely evolutionary religion. Christianity has elevated the concept of anthropomorphism from the ideal of the human to the transcendent and divine concept of the person of the glorified Christ. And this is the highest anthropomorphism that man can ever conceive.

P.67 - §8 The Christian concept of God is an attempt to combine three separate teachings:

1. The Hebrew concept--God as a vindicator of moral values, a righteous God.
2. The Greek concept--God as a unifier, a God of wisdom.
3. Jesus' concept--God as a living friend, a loving Father, the divine presence.

P.68 - §2 It must therefore be evident that composite Christian theology encounters great difficulty in attaining consistency. This difficulty is further aggravated by the fact that the doctrines of early Christianity were generally based on the personal religious experience of three different persons: Philo of Alexandria, Jesus of Nazareth, and Paul of Tarsus.

P.68 - §3 In the study of the religious life of Jesus, view him positively. Think not so much of his sinlessness as of his righteousness, his loving service. Jesus upstepped the passive love disclosed in the Hebrew concept of the heavenly Father to the higher active and creature-loving affection of a God who is the Father of every individual, even of the wrongdoer.




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Posted 23 May 2010 - 03:29 AM

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Global Greetings Fellow Student/Teachers,

Perhaps never before has religion, its true purpose and best use, had a more concise, comprehensive and well rounded definition is so few words. The Perfector of Wisdom leaves little doubt about the nature and meaning of the this blanket term for Urantia's extremely diverse practices and beliefs about the approach and discovery of the indwelling God who is also the center of everything. Urantia has no shortage of religious confusion and outright ignorance, eh? So, now we have it, our Father is the focus and destiny of all genuine religion. Thanks to the Perfector for this clarity, Urantia has not known before.

Now that we know what real religion and true worship is, what is the Father of the great cosmic family like?

Next: The Consciousness of God

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 03:35 AM

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Welcome to The 2010 International Study Session.



~ The Next Presentation Is From:



Paper Five of The Urantia Book


~ GOD'S RELATION TO THE INDIVIDUAL ~




5. THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF GOD




P.68 - §4 Morality has its origin in the reason of self-consciousness; it is superanimal but wholly evolutionary. Human evolution embraces in its unfolding all endowments antecedent to the bestowal of the Adjusters and to the pouring out of the Spirit of Truth. But the attainment of levels of morality does not deliver man from the real struggles of mortal living. Man's physical environment entails the battle for existence; the social surroundings necessitate ethical adjustments; the moral situations require the making of choices in the highest realms of reason; the spiritual experience (having realized God) demands that man find him and sincerely strive to be like him.

P.68 - §5 Religion is not grounded in the facts of science, the obligations of society, the assumptions of philosophy, or the implied duties of morality. Religion is an independent realm of human response to life situations and is unfailingly exhibited at all stages of human development which are postmoral. Religion may permeate all four levels of the realization of values and the enjoyment of universe fellowship: the physical or material level of self-preservation; the social or emotional level of fellowship; the moral or duty level of reason; the spiritual level of the consciousness of universe fellowship through divine worship.

P.68 - §6 The fact-seeking scientist conceives of God as the First Cause, a God of force. The emotional artist sees God as the ideal of beauty, a God of aesthetics. The reasoning philosopher is sometimes inclined to posit a God of universal unity, even a pantheistic Deity. The religionist of faith believes in a God who fosters survival, the Father in heaven, the God of love.

P.68 - §7 Moral conduct is always an antecedent of evolved religion and a part of even revealed religion, but never the whole of religious experience. Social service is the result of moral thinking and religious living. Morality does not biologically lead to the higher spiritual levels of religious experience. The adoration of the abstract beautiful is not the worship of God; neither is exaltation of nature nor the reverence of unity the worship of God.

P.68 - §8 Evolutionary religion is the mother of the science, art, and philosophy which elevated man to the level of receptivity to revealed religion, including the bestowal of Adjusters and the coming of the Spirit of Truth. The evolutionary picture of human existence begins and ends with religion, albeit very different qualities of religion, one evolutional and biological, the other revelational and periodical. And so, while religion is normal and natural to man, it is also optional. Man does not have to be religious against his will.

P.69 - §1 Religious experience, being essentially spiritual, can never be fully understood by the material mind; hence the function of theology, the psychology of religion. The essential doctrine of the human realization of God creates a paradox in finite comprehension. It is well-nigh impossible for human logic and finite reason to harmonize the concept of divine immanence, God within and a part of every individual, with the idea of God's transcendence, the divine domination of the universe of universes. These two essential concepts of Deity must be unified in the faith-grasp of the concept of the transcendence of a personal God and in the realization of the indwelling presence of a fragment of that God in order to justify intelligent worship and validate the hope of personality survival. The difficulties and paradoxes of religion are inherent in the fact that the realities of religion are utterly beyond the mortal capacity for intellectual comprehension.

P.69 - §2 Mortal man secures three great satisfactions from religious experience, even in the days of his temporal sojourn on earth:

1. Intellectually he acquires the satisfactions of a more unified human consciousness.
2. Philosophically he enjoys the substantiation of his ideals of moral values.
3. Spiritually he thrives in the experience of divine companionship, in the spiritual satisfactions of true worship.

P.69 - §6 God-consciousness, as it is experienced by an evolving mortal of the realms, must consist of three varying factors, three differential levels of reality realization. There is first the mind consciousness--the comprehension of the idea of God. Then follows the soul consciousness--the realization of the ideal of God. Last, dawns the spirit consciousness--the realization of the spirit reality of God. By the unification of these factors of the divine realization, no matter how incomplete, the mortal personality at all times overspreads all conscious levels with a realization of the personality of God. In those mortals who have attained the Corps of the Finality all this will in time lead to the realization of the supremacy of God and may subsequently eventuate in the realization of the ultimacy of God, some phase of the absonite superconsciousness of the Paradise Father.

P.69 - §7 The experience of God-consciousness remains the same from generation to generation, but with each advancing epoch in human knowledge the philosophic concept and the theologic definitions of God must change. God-knowingness, religious consciousness, is a universe reality, but no matter how valid (real) religious experience is, it must be willing to subject itself to intelligent criticism and reasonable philosophic interpretation; it must not seek to be a thing apart in the totality of human experience.

P.69 - §8 Eternal survival of personality is wholly dependent on the choosing of the mortal mind, whose decisions determine the survival potential of the immortal soul. When the mind believes God and the soul knows God, and when, with the fostering Adjuster, they all desire God, then is survival assured. Limitations of intellect, curtailment of education, deprivation of culture, impoverishment of social status, even inferiority of the human standards of morality resulting from the unfortunate lack of educational, cultural, and social advantages, cannot invalidate the presence of the divine spirit in such unfortunate and humanly handicapped but believing individuals. The indwelling of the Mystery Monitor constitutes the inception and insures the possibility of the potential of growth and survival of the immortal soul.

P.70 - §1 The ability of mortal parents to procreate is not predicated on their educational, cultural, social, or economic status. The union of the parental factors under natural conditions is quite sufficient to initiate offspring. A human mind discerning right and wrong and possessing the capacity to worship God, in union with a divine Adjuster, is all that is required in that mortal to initiate and foster the production of his immortal soul of survival qualities if such a spirit-endowed individual seeks God and sincerely desires to become like him, honestly elects to do the will of the Father in heaven.





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Posted 23 May 2010 - 11:21 AM

Hi All,

It took over a page for the Perfector of Wisdom to get around to describing God's consciousness. Certain moral and spiritual facts had to be presented first, eh? The good news is--apparently Father's consciousness is available to all Adjustered ones, like us, in the "inner life".

How grand and beautiful is it to have these new celestially indited words, these new and marvelous concepts, stated with authority and clarity, on the nature and meaning of a God centered and personal Universe. And that the great Father-of-all wants to be your and my personal friend?

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Now to the final presentation of the international study session on Paper 5, on personality and divinity.

Fraternal regards, Rick




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