Episode:God the Father—Relation to the Universe (Part 2)

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August 13, 2019 [Paper 4:2-3, p. 56]

Nature is the perfection of Paradise divided by the incompletion, evil, and sin of the unfinished universes. This quotient is thus expressive of both the perfect and the partial, of both the eternal and the temporal. Continuing evolution modifies nature by augmenting the content of Paradise perfection and by diminishing the content of the evil, error, and disharmony of relative reality.

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Keywords: Urantia, God, Nature, Evolutionary Patterns, Experimental Plans

Notes by Brad

  • Capital-P Providence is used in two ways in the revelators writing: in the true God the Mother holistic sense. But also "so-called Providence," the childish micromanagement idea we've all held for so long.
    • They'll re-use a word, baggage notwithstanding, if there's even a thread of truth in it.
    • Did the founders of the United States have a true-ish sense of providence? Yes and no. Perhaps their highest, most exalted and tenuous observations.
    • Genuine providence casts a material shadow. But can you stop thinking that matter is the end unto itself.

  • Throughout Section 2, a concept is repeated. There must be a nagging issue our author is trying to help us overcome.
  • This concept of the habits of God
    • [Paper 12:7.2]: "The laws of God are merely the habits of God, his way of repeatedly doing things; and he ever does all things well."
    • It's far more complex than the singular imposition of law on the universe. There are experiential plans playing out, and there is personality.

  • The nature of God is not the same as nature. Because we're in an experiential universe.
    • We're not in the central universe, where a power-personality synthesis manifests in direct ways.
    • But nature, out here, has a foundational purposing pattern. It's just that there is a separation between that energy purposing and personality purposing.
    • Out here we must learn by leaping, not just looking.
    • So once again, we're back to the truth that the Universal Father is an existential being: outside of time and space. It has to be this way, otherwise nature wouldn't be nature as we observe it.

  • Existentially there is the Paradise Trinity. But then Mother Deity is the wholeness, the context, in which experiential and evolutionary universes can unfold.
    • I think I wrote that correctly.

  • So God's law can be influences by error, evil, and sin?
    • What? Can sin modify the law of gravity? No, not that literal. No an alteration of foundational laws.
    • But you can willingly impose form on things. Then the laws conform to that superimposed form.
      • Hold your hand up to your face as an example. You mind isn't changing the foundational laws to make matter shaped like a hand. But there is form.
      • Mind doesn't directly affect matter (they're absolutely separated). But there is interaction. Mind can impose form on matter.
    • And that's how the whole universe is like, for good or ill.
    • In addition to matter, motion, energy in the universe, there is form and pattern. Lately the mainstream has lost touch with the ancient truth Aristotle discovered.

  • Personal acts may be righteous, but rectitude here is defined as a trait of Deity--more innate.

  • In the moment we often imagine we have deep insight. But look back even a week later and it was most likely whimsy on your part. That's the way nature is out here.
    • And yet you are still a personalized mind throughout such moments. You can take a whimsical thought and reality-ize it.
    • Hence nature out here is "whimsical withal," pervaded by whimsy.
    • Yet there is stability underneath. This author reports traveling to another continent and things still kindof, well, working. Despite all the whimsy. How unlikely ought that to be--the universe as an ongoing concern--if materialism was a true philosophy?

  • Nature (from God) is presented here as foundational, with our experiential "stuff" superimposed on it.
    • Many people imagine the Universal Father above all things, not foundational and below in a sense.
    • God is the nucleus, not the circumference. God made himself the beginning, so all other can go beyond that.
      • If humility is God-like, then God must be the most humble of all. Allows himself the be the start of things.
      • But the Ghost Cult God (anthropomorphic God) is just a bundle of egotism we've projected onto this God concept.

  • We so often observe nature in a part=wise fashion, and therefore conclude it is broken.
    • But it's like seeing only one frame of a video.
    • For us to recognize continuousness, we must have absence-of-continuousness for contrastive reasons.

  • Sure, worship began with nature. But we ought to transcend that starting point. Nature is not God.
    • If you're worshiping an anthropomorphic God, you're worshiping nature still.

  • Section 4 is just a continuation of Section 3's God and Nature discussion, but focusing only on God--the "numerator" in the equation so to speak.

  • Note that jealous and zealous are essentially the same word.
  • Wrath and anger aren't even human--they are animal nature.
    • Anger exalted is wrath.
    • Animals feel pain, but only humans suffer--we can think about existentializing our pain.

  • The use of the word "grieved" in "God is undoubtedly grieved" is a hint about material gravity (grieved-grave-gravity are all related).
    • As in: ab absence of spirit gravity.
    • This author notes, therefore, that we shouldn't stay in grief forever about, say, the death of family and friends. Remember spirit--where they are headed.

  • God may be "infinitely superhuman," but He can be known by us.
    • Because there is a circle of eternity, if you pursue God all the way infinitely up, so to speak, you come back around to where you started and discover the real God has been reborn within you.
    • That is, not the ghost cult, anthropomorphic God. the real God.