Episode:God the Father—Attributes of God (Part 1)
God is everywhere present; the Universal Father rules the circle of eternity. This ability to be everywhere present, and at the same time, constitutes his omnipresence. God alone can be in two places, in numberless places, at the same time. The Universal Father is all the time present in all parts and in all hearts of his far-flung creation. It is literally true that God is all and in all.
Keywords: Urantia, God, Infinite, Omnipresent, Co-ordinate
Summary by Kermit
Commentary after Review
We revisited the idea that the singular nature of goodness (perfectness) existing in the central universe exists differentially as perfectingness, in each superuniverse as it is qualified and conditioned in a sevenfold downstepped individuation. Of course, while immersed within the time-space domain we creatures can never appreciate or recognize the nature of the other six “flavors” of goodness. Only when arriving on the seventh circuit of Havona, will Paradise pilgrims from all seven supercreations be confronted with the other six expressions and there begin to develop a relationship with the supersummative unity of all seven varieties of goodness. Nevertheless, the relative perfect-perfecting paradigm can find traction in our mortal musings while yet earthbound.
In our efforts to expand our ideas of God, here we are after finishing only Paper 2 of this revelation being challenged by divine qualities as his infinite nature. Hardly reconciled by our provincial notions of God, this complex and profound revelation can help the genuine seeker construct a coherent and consistent philosophy, a big picture of the cosmos beginning with an infinite nucleus. Only by abandoning the finite anthropomorphic notions of God and embracing the ideal of his infinite nature can our quest for the real God begin.
Paper 3 The Attributes of God
God’s everywhereness is declared in connection with his rule of the circle of eternity—his transcendence, encompassing all of time and space. Listen to our discussion using simple geometric terminology in our attempt to grasp some notion of this transcendent engagement. Also check out our commentary on the author’s reference to the whirling planets of the evolving universes of space.
God’s rule in the local creations of time and space is discovered in the easily discernable and personal Paradise Creator Sons and subordinate intelligences.
God’s creatorship, while not exactly an attribute pervades all his coordinated attributes. Therefore, God being a coordinate fact challenges any notions of simplistic monotheism. Building on that which has come before, note the statement of the first part of the second sentence of Paper 1, “First think of God as a creator…”, which logically implies the truth of the Fatherhood of God. Further, section one of Paper 2, The Infinity of God, presented as an aspect of the nature of God logically leads to a consideration of God’s everywhereness.
3:1. God’s Everywhereness
In our initial approach to this idea of God we must distinguish between the everywhereness of omnipresence versus ubiquity. Omnipresence is the transcendent everywhereness encompassing all individuality, whereas ubiquity is the immanence of engaging each individuality from within, a quality of Mother Deity.
The declaration that God alone can be in numberless places at the same time should give pause to all who have read the Foreword and beyond this paper. Are not the other two Persons omnipresent? Does not Paradise engage the finite domain as an omnipresent physical centering fact? The other two Persons are omnipresent with respect to their centering influences of spirit (Eternal Son) and mind (Conjoint Actor), whereas the Universal Father is a transcendent Deity centering influence above matter, mind, and spirit. He is a singular fact, purely existential, completely transcendent and behind everything!
The biblical passages cited testify to the recognition of the olden authors of scripture of the indwelling presence of God. In his transcendence he manages to exert the most intimate influence over his universe children through the presence of the Thought Adjusters. This intimacy is underscored in passages alluding to the torment inflicted upon the indwelling gift by the wrongdoing of his children and reference to the Thought Adjuster as being incarcerated in our minds.
Outside of Paradise and the central creation God is not observably present, having limited his direct and actual presence in deference to his co-ordinate creators and rulers of the universes of time and space. By virtue of Deity, the deified level of reality that is personality (personality circuit), and the fragments of Deity, the Adjusters God acts uniquely, directly, and exclusively.
God’s influence and presence is functional in the Absolutes of potentiality: the Unqualified Absolute, Universal Absolute, and Deity Absolute and the correlated Absolutes of actuality, the Isle, Infinite Spirit, and Eternal Son, encompassing in the three domains of reality: matter, mind, and spirit respectively.
The final three paragraphs of this section give us a veiled hint at the functioning of Mother Deity in the linkage of engagement between man, the domain of time and space, and the Universal Father. Again listen carefully to this discussion for insights regarding the fact of God’s presence and his effective presence. Note the necessity of both the consecration of will to God’s will in man’s relation with his Adjuster, and the consecration of the mind to the universal harmony of God the Mother.
Notes by Brad
- The only way to construct a genuine top-down worldview is to start with an infinite nucleus.
- It's easy for intelligent people to reject the notion of a finite god.
- so, if you assume there IS a God, god must be infinite.
- "God is everywhere present." what's the interpretation?
- Option 1: He's in time and space, and he's just really really big.
- this would be "ruling the sectors of time", which is his Creator sons.
- Option 2: He's transcendent, so all of time and space is a dot to him.
- this would be ruling "the circle of eternity".
- Option 1: He's in time and space, and he's just really really big.
- Perhaps we could imagine time being a line passing through a point in space. But that's not how the Universal Father works.
- What "rules" a circle? The centerpoint. So as an analogy it's as if god is a circle that can be overlaid over any point in space.
- Why the "whirling" word flourish? Because it's a universe of motion.
- First, think of God as a creator.
- This from Paper 1 is reinforced here in the preface of Paper 3's 3rd paragraph.
- an infinite God has an infinite number or coordinate consequences.
- this author notes these early papers are like Rocky and Bullwinkle.
- Fun and easy for kids to watch and enjoy. But there is sophistication built into the papers.
- When you slow down and study these papers, you observe they basically throw out all olden ideas of God, not affirm them.
- What an intriguing construction for these (and all other) papers. Advanced writing to be sure.
- Omni-means "all" and part of ubiquity means "any"
- All places versus any place.
- Any place suggest singular points, one at a time. That's ubiquity.
- a ubiquitous God is down with the points, touching them all at the same time.
- But omnipresence is transcendent of all points--that's how it achieves touching all of them.
- Transcendence versus immanence. Omnipresent versus ubiquitous. God the Father versus God the Mother.
- "It is literally true that God is all and in all."
- Pantheism??? No. Note the word true instead of factual.
- Panantheism? (all in God)? Though this involves transcendence, the 5th ER is presenting something far more sophisticated. Panantheism is an old wineskin.
- Sure, all previous -isms have a thread of truth to them, but try to avoid interpreting the 5th ER through the lens of those old wineskins.
- God, as a Thought Adjuster, is incarcerated in your mind.
- And badness given form in your mind can tear away at the Adjuster. It experiences this alongside you.
- The stuff you willfully drag into the upper domain of the hourglass analogy of mind disrupts this influence from God.
- "Every decision you make either impedes or facilitates the function of the Adjuster" [110:6.6]
- Personality is individuated Deity. So are Adjusters, but in a prepersonal sense
- They are transcendent of spirit, mind, and matter.
- God is infinite (nature), therefore he is omnipresent (a derived attribute)
- The Supreme Being is how God's presence manifests in time and space (in a planet, system, constellation, or a universe).
- This depends on en masse (wholeness) recognition of God--synchronizing with the individuality of the whole.
- Consecrate your will to the universal harmony? Sure.
- But can you consecrate your mind to the universal harmony, too? Take delight in cultivating...? Provide favorable conditions?
- God the Mother may only be referred to directly in [Paper 117], it is hinted at throughout the 5th ER, and also is logically necessary.
- God engages creator personalities differentially. But creature personalities have no differential among them from God's viewpoint.