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* This author had hours of staring at the desert in the last week while driving.
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** For just a moment, god's omnipresence made some sense.  My analytical tendency to pick apart geologic formations melted away and I got this feeling of some kind that God was transcendently touching every point within my view.
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* "God alone..." from last week was a fine example of what we might tentatively call [[the Rocky and Bullwinkle effect]].
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** It's trivial to read "God alone" and not critically think about the word alone.  Like a child misses the clever wordplay in Rocky and Bullwinkle.
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* Omnipotence is more about transcendence than immanence.
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** Again, the omni- prefix used here connotes transcendent.
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** A summation of all power (horizontally), you have the Almighty
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** But a vertical approach is omnipotence.
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* [[Fact versus truth]], a fine example here: "It is eternally true, there is no power but of God."
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** This is not a fact, but a truth.  In the facts of time there are other powers but of God.
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** Also, it is not a fact of time that "with God all things are possible."
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*** If it were, there would be no consistent divine nature--just whimsy.
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* This author remembers pondering God being energy, being awestruck and terrified by ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'' at age 8.
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* What is "virtually" unknown energy?
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** Today we think only in terms of radiant energy.  Energy moving along a ray.
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** But there are 2 other foundational, ubiquitous energies.
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** "light without heat" suggests something that is not a photon.  When it is absorbed it doesn't impart heat.
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*** Yeah, so this author was stuck in the [[old wineskin]] of electromagnetic radiation.
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** Perhaps a muon-neutrino is what scientists has confusedly denoted this unrecognized energy.
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* He has made "a way" for the lightning.  He doesn't throw lightning bolds like some obsessive-compulsive manipulator down in time.
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* The three absolutes of actuality--a threefold omnipotence
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** Absolute of matter: Isle of Paradise.  It is literally omnipotentover all physical phenomenon
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** Absolute of mind: Conjoint Actor.
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** Absolute of spirit: Eternal Son.
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* And then there is these 3 acting as 1 in transcendence: God the Father
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** God alone (all one) again!  Just like the previous episode's omnipresence.
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* Adjust: ad- + -just, approach + to.
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** Provocative: the Thought Adjuster is adjusting to '''you'''!  Your will dominates.
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*** It "approaches to" the mind of imperfection.  The full transcendence of Deity makes this possible.
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** But if you consecrate yourself to God's will, you then are allowing it to adjust your mind.
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* So I'm ignorant of God.  So what?  Let me be blissful!
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** Ah, but this is misunderstanding.  It's evil.  In your ignorance you are evil, giving badness form in your mind--disrupting your mind.
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** Can you avoid giving badness form in your mind?
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*** Turn your dead faith (your antidote to fear), and instead predicating it on '''trust''' to make it living faith?
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*** Jesus, as he lived, did this unshakably.
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* God is omnipotent, but not all-doing (omnificient).
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** Like the 5-year-old who thinks not getting ice cream is "crushing cruelty," so might we have analogous thoughts of God not doing things that make us comfortable.
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** And he acts, he does react.
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* The threefold "unpacking" of God's love is: truth, beauty, and goodness.
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* Applied love is mercy.

Revision as of 03:00, 10 July 2019

July 9, 2019 [Paper 3:2, p. 46]

To you the creature, many of the acts of the all-powerful Creator seem to be arbitrary, detached, and not infrequently heartless and cruel. But I assure you that this is not true. God’s doings are all purposeful, intelligent, wise, kind, and eternally considerate of the best good—but not always of an individual being; rather, they are for the welfare and best good of all concerned.

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Keywords: Urantia, God, Absolute, Omnipotent, All-Wise



Notes by Brad

  • This author had hours of staring at the desert in the last week while driving.
    • For just a moment, god's omnipresence made some sense. My analytical tendency to pick apart geologic formations melted away and I got this feeling of some kind that God was transcendently touching every point within my view.


  • "God alone..." from last week was a fine example of what we might tentatively call the Rocky and Bullwinkle effect.
    • It's trivial to read "God alone" and not critically think about the word alone. Like a child misses the clever wordplay in Rocky and Bullwinkle.


  • Omnipotence is more about transcendence than immanence.
    • Again, the omni- prefix used here connotes transcendent.
    • A summation of all power (horizontally), you have the Almighty
    • But a vertical approach is omnipotence.


  • Fact versus truth, a fine example here: "It is eternally true, there is no power but of God."
    • This is not a fact, but a truth. In the facts of time there are other powers but of God.
    • Also, it is not a fact of time that "with God all things are possible."
      • If it were, there would be no consistent divine nature--just whimsy.


  • This author remembers pondering God being energy, being awestruck and terrified by Raiders of the Lost Ark at age 8.


  • What is "virtually" unknown energy?
    • Today we think only in terms of radiant energy. Energy moving along a ray.
    • But there are 2 other foundational, ubiquitous energies.
    • "light without heat" suggests something that is not a photon. When it is absorbed it doesn't impart heat.
      • Yeah, so this author was stuck in the old wineskin of electromagnetic radiation.
    • Perhaps a muon-neutrino is what scientists has confusedly denoted this unrecognized energy.


  • He has made "a way" for the lightning. He doesn't throw lightning bolds like some obsessive-compulsive manipulator down in time.


  • The three absolutes of actuality--a threefold omnipotence
    • Absolute of matter: Isle of Paradise. It is literally omnipotentover all physical phenomenon
    • Absolute of mind: Conjoint Actor.
    • Absolute of spirit: Eternal Son.
  • And then there is these 3 acting as 1 in transcendence: God the Father
    • God alone (all one) again! Just like the previous episode's omnipresence.


  • Adjust: ad- + -just, approach + to.
    • Provocative: the Thought Adjuster is adjusting to you! Your will dominates.
      • It "approaches to" the mind of imperfection. The full transcendence of Deity makes this possible.
    • But if you consecrate yourself to God's will, you then are allowing it to adjust your mind.


  • So I'm ignorant of God. So what? Let me be blissful!
    • Ah, but this is misunderstanding. It's evil. In your ignorance you are evil, giving badness form in your mind--disrupting your mind.
    • Can you avoid giving badness form in your mind?
      • Turn your dead faith (your antidote to fear), and instead predicating it on trust to make it living faith?
      • Jesus, as he lived, did this unshakably.


  • God is omnipotent, but not all-doing (omnificient).
    • Like the 5-year-old who thinks not getting ice cream is "crushing cruelty," so might we have analogous thoughts of God not doing things that make us comfortable.
    • And he acts, he does react.


  • The threefold "unpacking" of God's love is: truth, beauty, and goodness.
  • Applied love is mercy.