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Greetings Forum Friends and Visitors!

You are heartily invited to read the One-Page-A-Day online study group here on UAI Forum. The goal of OPAD is for participants to daily read, and if you wish, comment on that day's presentation. You'll see what others discern in this densely packed revelation as you gradually build a comprehensive knowledge of it. To finish one read-thru will take about seven years. Read a page when and as life's ins and outs permit it, come and go as you please. Auditing/observing is certainly encouraged.

The first page of Paper 1 will be presented to the OPAD UB Study Group on Aug 21, 2009. All sincere students are welcome, and you need only read to be a part of it. Join us, it's your opportunity to slowly study the whole revelation, from first to last, in the comfort of home, while in constant contact with other readers, leaders and teachers around the planet, observing their interpretations in light of your own, digging deeper into this new and astonishing revelation.

Between now and August 21st, the Foreword of The Urantia Book will be posted a page at a time. The first page is presented in the post following this one. If deep discussion is desired on any day's presenation, please start a new thread in OPAD or other appropriate subforum under a germane title. Join in and spread the word!

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Welcome to UAI Forum's One-Page-A-Day Online Study Group.

 

 

~ Today's presentation is from:

 

 

 

The FOREWORD of The Urantia Book, Page One.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 of Urantia.

 

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 and inhabited creations. They are all a part of the master universe, which also embraces the uninhabited but mobilizing universes of outer space.

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[Each page presented is copied from the original version of The Urantia Book published by Urantia Foundation. If the last sentence continues on the next page, the entire sentence or concept will be included for continuity of study. Questions are welcome, as are comments related to that day's text. In-depth questions and related topics may be studied in branch threads in the OPAD or other subforum as you require. Thank you for studying with us!]

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I'll never forget the day I first read those words. My whole body began to tremble and I felt a deep gnawing in the pit of my stomach because I knew that I had just let something creep into my mind that would change me forever, the secrets of the universe were about to unfold. That was 1970 and I was 19; it still gives me goose bumps to read it today.

 

The word "superuniverse" blew me away right from the start. In school they had taught us that the universe was everything, all there is, was and will be. Now, on page one, someone was telling me that there are local universes, superuniverses, a grand universe and a master universe!! I remember thinking that it would take years to digest that fact alone, so I put the book back on the shelf for a few months and tried to forget it. Hah!

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Dear Bonita,

 

How perfectly appropriate and humanly representative your reaction was. Humankind should respond this way to an epochal message from our devoted and solicitous celestial caretakers, if there is truly a soul in us. Not for 2100 years has Urantia heard these wondrous proclamations of supernal truth, these words of spirit belonging, given with so much authority, assurance and majesty.

 

All humanity someday will stand atremble before this grand revelatory presentation of such awesome magnitude and relevance. Our new revelatory compendium should send a rash of goosebumps throughout the body human, inspiring genuflection and worship.

 

When I first read page 1, I was astounded and confounded, but led futher in by the sheer audacity and unmistakable maturity of those simple, ordinary words put on paper in a way that inspired me to think, I found a true light! I felt divine resonance, even if it was unfamiliar and high flying. More than two decades after, still I marvel at the gift, the beautiful replete gift of knowing, even experiencing, the truth of the reality of God, our good Father. And if the first page is so revealing, so compelling, so inviting, so transforming, what must the rest of the revelation be like?!

 

O Father, thank you.

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Hi Rick and dear forum friend

 

Beautiful and very useful idea to study day by day. ;)

 

When I was a child (not long time ago :) ) I began to ask myself... What is the name of our planet? A simple question. Certainly like human being we know as Earth. But maybe our curiosity invite us to know more... to discover a little more . And certainly that happens!.

 

As say a quote of The Urantia Book: Curiosity--the spirit of investigation, the urge of discovery, the drive of exploration--is a part of the inborn and divine endowment of evolutionary space creatures. Page 160

 

Yes Rick, The Urantia Book is a gift of knowing as you said. A precious gift! :D

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Hi Rick and dear forum friend

 

Beautiful and very useful idea to study day by day. ;)

 

When I was a child (not long time ago :) ) I began to ask myself... What is the name of our planet? A simple question. Certainly like human being we know as Earth. But maybe our curiosity invite us to know more... to discover a little more . And certainly that happens!.

 

As say a quote of The Urantia Book: Curiosity--the spirit of investigation, the urge of discovery, the drive of exploration--is a part of the inborn and divine endowment of evolutionary space creatures. Page 160

 

Yes Rick, The Urantia Book is a gift of knowing as you said. A precious gift! :D

 

 

Dear Jose,

 

Thank you for the words of wisdom, maybe the Spirit of Curiosity helped lead many of us to the revelation. When I was child, I wanted to know the purpose of being. Please, tell me what's going on here! Then arrived the gift---in my 39th year.

 

A Dios, Rick

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Welcome to UAI Forum's One-Page-A-Day Online Study Group.

 

 

~ Today's presentation is from:

 

 

 

The FOREWORD of The Urantia Book, Page 2.

 

 

 

 

I. DEITY AND DIVINITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 levels:

 

1. Static--self-contained and self-existent Deity.

 

2. Potential--self-willed and self-purposive Deity.

 

3. Associative--self-personalized and divinely fraternal Deity.

 

4. Creative--self-distributive and divinely revealed Deity.

 

5. Evolutional--self-expansive and creature-identified Deity.

 

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.

 

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 existences.

 

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 personal.

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[Each page presented is copied from the original version ofThe Urantia Book published by Urantia Foundation. If the last sentence continues on the next page, the entire sentence or concept will be included for continuity of study. Questions are welcome, as are comments related to that day's text. In-depth questions and related topics may be studied in branch threads in the OPAD or other subforum as you require. Thank you for studying with us!]

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Forum Friends,

 

Page one of the revelation might be comprehensible to the average new reader, but page two introduces concepts humanity has never well defined, if at all. Unity as the qualifier of Deity, Absonity as beginningless/endless, Absolute, Supreme and Ultimate, these concepts can easily stagger the neophyte, but they do eventually begin to unfold their truths as the new reader delves into the thick of revelation, especially Papers 103-107.

 

But I well recall exasperation and much skimming-over on the first reading of the Foreword. Even after 23 years of UB study, the Foreword still has pearls to offer and mysteries to be solved. Still do I struggle to comprehend "The Ultimacy of Deity", the nature of the life of "Absoniters", and the diverse levels of Deity unity.

 

Ever the student/teacher, Rick

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I am glad to link up with this OPAD study group early on, starting with page 2. What a super idea!

István

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Welcome István, you're right, we're just warming up.

 

Rick,

 

You're correct that study and restudy of the Papers brings new insights. The first time I read Part 1 I just skimmed over it trying to get the panoramic view figuring I'd go back and try to understand it later; but I found that understanding comes gradually and on multiple levels. Now after, what is it, 39+ years I think, I'm starting to get some understanding of numbers 4 and 5 of the list of 7 functional Deity levels.

 

4. Creative--self-distributive and divinely revealed Deity.

 

5. Evolutional--self-expansive and creature-identified Deity.

 

I have to wonder what the distinction between distributive and expansive is. Expansive must indicate evolutionary growth outward, and distributive indicates revelatory growth upward and/or inward. Any thoughts?

 

Also, the Eternal Son is existential, but the sons of the Eternal Son, the Paradise Sons, are experiential. Since they are classified as "perfect", I'm assuming they are also existential and fall into the category of existential-experiential, the absolute level. What do you folks think?

 

4.4.4 The Father-absolute is the creator of the central and perfect universe and the Father of all other Creators. Personality, goodness, and numerous other characteristics, God shares with man and other beings, but infinity of will is his alone. God is limited in his creative acts only by the sentiments of his eternal nature and by the dictates of his infinite wisdom. God personally chooses only that which is infinitely perfect, hence the supernal perfection of the central universe; and while the creator sons fully share his divinity, even phases of his absoluteness, they are not altogether limited by that finality of wisdom which directs the Father’s infinity of will. Hence, in the Michael order of sonship, creative free will becomes even more active, wholly divine and well-nigh ultimate, if not absolute. The Father is infinite and eternal, but to deny the possibility of his volitional self-limitation amounts to a denial of this very concept of his volitional absoluteness.

 

118.0.8 7. The Absolute is existential-experiential self.

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Hello István, and welcome!

 

Also a shout out to Patti who has just joined the OPAD study group.

 

Appreciate your skim story Bonita, probably we weren't that uncommon in our reading pattern. You asked two questions:

 

I have to wonder what the distinction between distributive and expansive is. Expansive must indicate evolutionary growth outward, and distributive indicates revelatory growth upward and/or inward. Any thoughts?

 

I thought distributive indicated prior self implantation as needed to support the Universe, and agree expansive means evolutional, or at least growth producing.

 

Also, the Eternal Son is existential, but the sons of the Eternal Son, the Paradise Sons, are experiential. Since they are classified as "perfect", I'm assuming they are also existential and fall into the category of existential-experiential, the absolute level. What do you folks think?

 

 

That seems like a safe and accurate assumption, but can anyone with a beginning be termed existential?

 

 

Njoy, Rick

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Thanks for the welcome Rick.

 

I would agree that experiential and existential cancel out each other in the present state of things; one can not be both. Christ Michael and fellows are presently completing the Supreme experientially. The next show starts the exitential arena, no, when they grab the Absonite and prime up for the Ultimate.

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Welcome to UAI Forum's One-Page-A-Day Online Study Group.

 

~ Today's presentation is from:

 

 

The FOREWORD of The Urantia Book, Page 3.

 

 

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 personal.

 

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 relationships.

 

P.3 - §6 When we attempt to conceive of perfection in all phases and forms of relativity, we encounter seven conceivable types:

 

1. Absolute perfection in all aspects.

2. Absolute perfection in some phases and relative perfection in all other aspects.

3. Absolute, relative, and imperfect aspects in varied association.

4. Absolute perfection in some respects, imperfection in all others.

5. Absolute perfection in no direction, relative perfection in all manifestations.

6. Absolute perfection in no phase, relative in some, imperfect in others.

7. Absolute perfection in no attribute, imperfection in all.

 

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 expression:

 

1. Prepersonal--as in the ministry of the Father fragments, such as the Thought Adjusters.

2. Personal--as in the evolutionary experience of created and procreated beings.

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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[Each page presented is copied from the original version of The Urantia Book published by Urantia Foundation. If the last sentence continues on the next page, the entire sentence or concept will be included for continuity of study. Questions are welcome, as are comments related to that day's text. In-depth questions and related topics may be studied in branch threads in the OPAD or other subforum as you require. Thank you for studying with us!]

 

 

 

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Thanks for the welcome Rick.

 

I would agree that experiential and existential cancel out each other in the present state of things; one can not be both. Christ Michael and fellows are presently completing the Supreme experientially. The next show starts the exitential arena, no, when they grab the Absonite and prime up for the Ultimate.

 

 

Grab and prime Pattis, it's the Ultimate!

 

Good to see you jump in. Love ya, Rick

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Hey Siblings,

 

Just so we're all on the same page...The Foreword is only 17 pages, but there are 28 days between now and Aug 21st, the day chosen to begin Paper One.

 

Between now and then, I'll continue to post single pages of the Foreword every day and half, or so, attempting to strike harmony with your input/feedback. This gives a little more time for contemplation and discussion of these amazing and often cosmically profound statements from the Foreword, and their complex relation to the rest of the text.

 

Welcome to all looking in on this thread, feel free to join in, it promises to be an Odyssey.

Rick and UAI Forum admin team.

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Intellectually, I agree that existential and experiential seem to cancel each other out, but TUB uses the term 5 different times, so I presume it has a meaning even though I don't know what it is. In the first quote below it appears to mean relative; the second, potential; the third subabsolute and superevolutionary; the fourth, finality of destiny; and the fifth, absolute. I'm not sure how something can be subabsolute and absolute, potential and final, all at the same time; but there you have it! Apparently there a phase that is less than existential but more than experiential; but less and more of what I don't know.

 

0.1.18 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 relationships.

 

0.12.9 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.

 

42.10.7 On Paradise, mind is absolute; in Havona, absonite; in Orvonton, finite. Mind always connotes the presence-activity of living ministry plus varied energy systems, and this is true of all levels and of all kinds of mind. But beyond the cosmic mind it becomes increasingly difficult to portray the relationships of mind to nonspiritual energy. Havona mind is subabsolute but superevolutionary; being existential-experiential, it is nearer the absonite than any other concept revealed to you. Paradise mind is beyond human understanding; it is existential, nonspatial, and nontemporal. Nevertheless, all of these levels of mind are overshadowed by the universal presence of the Conjoint Actor — by the mind-gravity grasp of the God of mind on Paradise.

 

106.7.3 Destiny is established by the volitional act of the Deities who constitute the Paradise Trinity; destiny is established in the vastness of the three great potentials whose absoluteness encompasses the possibilities of all future development; destiny is probably consummated by the act of the Consummator of Universe Destiny, and this act is probably involved with the Supreme and the Ultimate in the Trinity Absolute. Any experiential destiny can be at least partially comprehended by experiencing creatures; but a destiny which impinges on infinite existentials is hardly comprehensible. Finality destiny is an existential-experiential attainment which appears to involve the Deity Absolute. But the Deity Absolute stands in eternity relationship with the Unqualified Absolute by virtue of the Universal Absolute. And these three Absolutes, experiential in possibility, are actually existential and more, being limitless, timeless, spaceless, boundless, and measureless — truly infinite.

 

118.0.8 7. The Absolute is existential-experiential self.

 

Another thing, I've often wondered about this phrase:

 

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.

 

It seems that our evolutionary religions have grown up on the impersonal aspects of divinity. So much of the "fear of God" has dealt with his mighty power, his divine justice and his terrifying rule over man. Jesus came to reveal God's personality of love, mercy and ministry. Is TUB now teaching us how to comprehend divinity as truth, beauty and goodness? The word "comprehend" implies deep thinking resulting in understanding. Perhaps that is why TUB is so weighty and difficult, in order to promote reflective thought, a form of mental exercise to help us reach for that superconscious level of divinity we desire.

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I am so enjoying scrutinizing each page of text with all of you! OPAD does have the "feel" to me of a study group, because all of us are looking at the same page together, more or less. That's the way it actually is in study group.

 

The last paragraph of page 3 popped out to me,

 

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 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.

 

I use the word God so much in reference to Deity in conversations with others. I like the word God. To me it is a general word symbolizing Deity. It's sort of a catch-all-Deity word to me. It's the word of the Deity-of-all-monotheistic-religions to me. And the revelators tell us, ". . . 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."

 

Before today, I did not pay attention to this. Our Paradise Creator Son, Michael of Nebadon, aka Jesus, can be designated as God. What a surprise!

 

Meredith

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Hi Everyone,

I've been missing a study group and was delighted when I discovered this Forum just as you were begining the OPAD on page 1 of the Forward. I have been reading and following your discussions in the background until I could get approved to post. Looking forward to seven years!

 

Marianne

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Glad you could join us Marianne,

 

Hope you and others will feel free to post your good comments, questions and reflections as OPAD unfurls over the years.

 

And thanks Bonita for digging out those related quotes. Some revelations may simply have to serve as signposts for concepts we can get our future minds around. And to me, one of the most beautiful aspects of this revelation is the repeated disclosure that God is intensely personal, impersonal evolutionary religious doctrines aside.

 

Good to hear it feels like study group Meredith. And yes that was a pleasant surprise. It brings to mind this quote:

 

...Literally and figuratively, spiritually and personally, the Father and the Sons are one. It is a fact: He who has seen a Creator Son has seen the Father.... p361

 

A Dios, Rick

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Welcome to UAI Forum's One-Page-A-Day Online Study Group.

 

~ Today's presentation is from:

 

 

The FOREWORD of The Urantia Book, Page 4.

 

P.4 - §1 The term God, as we make use of it, may be understood:

 

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 of Deity.

 

P.4 - §8 3. God the Spirit--Conjoint Actor, Universal Integrator, and Mind Bestower. The Infinite Spirit, the Third Person of Deity.

 

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.

 

 

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[Each page presented is copied from the original version of The Urantia Book published by Urantia Foundation. If the last sentence continues on the next page, the entire sentence or concept will be included for continuity of study. Questions are welcome, as are comments related to that day's text. In-depth questions and related topics may be studied in branch threads in the OPAD or other subforum as you require. Thank you for studying with us!]

 

 

 

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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.

 

I skipped ahead a few pages to find this about God the Sevenfold. In our study group we occasionally look this up to be reminded just who is God the Sevenfold:

 

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:

 

1. The Paradise Creator Sons.

 

2. The Ancients of Days.

 

3. The Seven Master Spirits.

 

4. The Supreme Being.

 

5. God the Spirit.

 

6. God the Son.

 

7. God the Father.

 

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 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. (11 - 12)

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I skipped ahead a few pages to find this about God the Sevenfold. In our study group we occasionally look this up to be reminded just who is God the Sevenfold:

 

 

 

Thanks much Meredith,

 

The fact that Father's enlightenment, mercy and affection extends thru his descending children all the way from Paradise to little Urantia is enough to awe this ascender. Such a well planned and constructed Universe! And besides the sevenfold extension, Father is personally present in every Adjustered one. Father would get us coming and going.

 

And there's this noteworthy point about pages 3 & 4 that I've not noticed before. It is the full capitalization of the word GOD within the body of the text. It's that way in my old '55 edition too.

 

Looking at the whole Foreword, the authors and editors used full capitalization for several words, PARADISE, DIVINITY, PATTERN, ENERGY, ONE UNCAUSED, REALITY, et al. But I don't recall them using all caps for any word in the main text, except TRUTH.

 

...Faith most willingly carries reason along as far as reason can go and then goes on with wisdom to the full philosophic limit; and then it dares to launch out upon the limitless and never-ending universe journey in the sole company of TRUTH.... P.1141 - §5

 

 

Maybe this was the bolding of the day...Rick

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Welcome to UAI Forum's One-Page-A-Day Online Study Group.

 

~ Today's presentation is from:

 

 

The FOREWORD of The Urantia Book, Page 5.

 

III. THE FIRST SOURCE AND CENTER

 

P.4 - §13 Total, infinite reality is existential in seven phases and as seven co-ordinate Absolutes:

 

1. The First Source and Center.

2. The Second Source and Center.

3. The Third Source and Center.

4. The Isle of Paradise.

5. The Deity Absolute.

6. The Universal Absolute.

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:

 

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.

 

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.

 

3. The universe spirit forces are convergent in the Eternal Son.

 

4. The unlimited capacity for deity action resides in the Deity Absolute.

 

5. The unlimited capacity for infinity response exists in the Unqualified Absolute.

 

6. The two Absolutes--Qualified and Unqualified--are co-ordinated and unified in and by the Universal Absolute.

 

7. The potential personality of an evolutionary moral being or of any other moral being is centered in the personality of the Universal Father.

 

 

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[Each page presented is copied from the original version of The Urantia Book published by Urantia Foundation. For conceptual clarity some overlap of pages will occur. If the last sentence continues on the next page, the entire sentence or concept will be included for continuity of study. Questions are welcome, as are comments related to that day's text. In-depth questions and related topics may be studied in branch threads in the OPAD or other subforum as you require. Thank you for studying with us!]

 

 

 

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Still feel comfortable with the Universal Father. The rest that I understand is slowly coming back.

Some concepts will just have to wait for the Mansion Worlds for a better understanding.

thanks for the opportunity....Les

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Still feel comfortable with the Universal Father. The rest that I understand is slowly coming back.

Some concepts will just have to wait for the Mansion Worlds for a better understanding.

thanks for the opportunity....Les

 

 

You're welcome Les,

 

Like you, faced with some of the more daunting revealed concepts (Example: page 5!), all readers probably begin to realize that some things must wait for a bigger mind, greater capicity and better cosmic schools.

 

The paragraph from page 5 that resonated most for me is about us:

 

7. The potential personality of an evolutionary moral being or of any other moral being is centered in the personality of the Universal Father.

 

 

This revelation of God as 'The First Source and Center' led me to reconstruct Deity. Page 5 alters the way to see Father, not as the all-in-all, rather the personal face of Divinity. There's more to Deity than Divinity!

 

But comprehending the Absolutes, I still have trouble conceiving all that's revealed about them. They are the cosmic reserves, the mechanisms of reality, the foundations of eternity, no?

 

Rick

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