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  • The Urantia Book

    Introducing a bigger frame in which to think

    Part 1: Universe Frames

    Part 2: the Personal Universe

    Part 3: a Family Affair

    Part 4: Cosmology

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 1

  • Part 2: the Personal Universe page 2

    Part 2: the Personal universe

    ( continued from Part 1 )

  • Part 2: the Personal Universe page 3

    As a world, we anticipate contact with more-than-human life.

    But our scientific method has led many to believe to believe that we are nothing but an evolutionary accident, that

    No display of energy, nor expression of trust, can carry us (personally) beyond the grave

    You can see the problem. How on earth to deliver, to present,

  • a wider view of the world,

    a bigger frame",

    to a sceptical, scientific age?

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 4

  • This Urantia Book

    is an attempt.

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 5

  • Ok, so what do these papers offer a skeptical, scientific age?

    Two things:

    The first is simply a description of the way things are, as seen from some other, higher frame.

    The second is something that required this wider view: a revelation about ourselves.

    Ok, but what do they actually reveal?

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 6

  • They reveal surprising answers to three of our most basic questions:

    Number 1: Where we are?

    These papers describe our place in a finite manifold in a more-than-finite space.

    Number 2: What we are?

    They explain the components of which we are really made.

    And number 3, the big one: Why are we?

    These authors offer us a hint of a glimpse of our true, personal (potential) place in Eternity.

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 7

  • Now, number 1 may be intriguing for astronomers, but for everybody else

    well, not so much. So lets leave that for later.

    Number 3 requires an understanding of what we really are

    So lets begin with number 2: their revelation about ourselves.

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 8

  • Of what components are we really made

    And where does personality fit in?

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 9

  • Every human culture has tried to explain what we humans really are.

    Our beliefs about ourselves combine concepts of matter, mind and spirit, in all sorts of ways.

    And its these beliefs which polarise our groups:

    In one corner, Spiritualists tend to see anything non-spiritualas crude or illusion.

    Likewise Materialists see all spiritual belief as fiction, and thus not even wrong.

    Meanwhile, philosophers and religionists try to make sense of the numinous impinging upon our private, inner world.

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 10

  • The Urantia Book coordinates all this in a way which may surprise, even delight, all our factions of belief.

    It presents reality as the interaction of four distinct domains. Three we recognize as matter, mind and spirit. But they add one more.

    One which motivates and integrates all else.

    They call this personality, which may seem like a familiar word.

    But in these papers the concept personality is absolutely redefined.

    * * *

    Now, one thing about these four domains

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 11

  • is that each is said to be lit by a characteristic light:

    material light,

    intellectual insight,

    spirit luminosity.

    Each of these forms of light serves as currency as currency in the economy of its domain.

    So what lights up persons? What serves as currency in the personal domain?

    This is where love comes in: Personality is illuminated by love.

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 12

  • Its against this background, of Personality illuminated by love, that these authors can at last explain

    the phenomenon of man.

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 13

  • They begin by describing, step by step, how this remarkable package our body and mind evolved.

    While confirming the basic outlines discovered by science, they add some missing links: they explain why evolution took the path it did, and how a system of mind was woven into the evolving animal forms.

    But this organic evolution just sets the stage. So lets skip past the biochemistry and go straight to the heart of the matter:

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 14

  • The Urantia papers reveal this package to be serving as a womb, from which something remarkable is born.

    They reveal something made of personality fertilizing something made of spirit.

    This fertilization allows gestation, and a second birth.

    Lets move this womb aside, and take a closer look.

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 15

  • We find three things:

    Personality, a divine Presence, and a Soul.

    Our personality they describe as something unimaginable,

    an unblemished gift bestowed upon a system of body and mind.

    This Presence they reveal to be a divine indweller, an absolute essence of an infinite being.

    And our soul?

    Heres where it gets interesting. Lets take one more look at that poets ancient question:

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 16

  • What is man, that You are mindful of him? (Psalm 8)

    In this frame, the answer is simple:

    Our substance, our soul, combines His essence with Himself.

    These components of which we are really made

    Lets take them one by one.

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 17

  • Of Personality, they say this:

    The personality of mortal man is neither body, mind, nor spirit;

    neither is it the soul. Personality is the one changeless reality

    in an otherwise ever-changing creature experience;

    The Urantia Book (Foreword, section 5)

    And this:

    The love of the Father absolutely individualizes each personality

    as a unique child of the Universal Father, a child without duplicate

    in infinity, a will creature irreplaceable

    irreplaceable in all eternity.

    The Urantia Book (138.4) 12:7.9

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 18

  • Of this Presence, this divine Adjuster, they say this:

    The Adjusters are the actuality

    of the Fathers love incarnate

    in the souls of men

    The Adjuster is an absolute essence

    of an infinite being

    It is the indwelling Adjuster who

    individualizes the love of God

    to each human soul.

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 19

  • And of our Soul, they say this:

    Personality may survive mortal death with identity in

    the surviving soul. The Adjuster and the personality are

    changeless; the relationship between them (in the soul)

    is nothing but change, continuing evolution;

    As presented in these papers, our soul becomes a technique for salvaging us from death, a way to wean us as Persons from the material domain.

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 20

  • But see the simplicity of our human situation:

    o from the choosing we do within our mind arena of choice,

    o the indwelling adjuster

    o weaves for us a soul.

    The key here is choice: its our choices that allow this Adjuster literally to weavenew fibres in our soul.

    To put this another way,

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 21

  • As humans, our mind enables us:

    to discover, recognize, interpret, and choose.

    The Urantia Book (2094.9, 196:3.10)

    Our lives become a sequence of decisions,

    and the opportunity to choose.

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 22

  • And the good news?

    A simple, sincere life of free-will moral choice is all it takes to zip together our essential DNA, our two true parts

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 23

  • Personality and Adjuster.

    And simply given time,

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 24

  • our true nature unfolds.

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 25

  • Up next:

    Why are we?

    Why do we exist at all?

    Who invented humans, and why?

    And whats Love got to do with it?

    Part 2: the Personal Universe page 26

  • Part 2: the Personal Universe page 27

    The Urantia Book

    Presenting a larger frame in which to think.

    Freely available across the world,

    downloadable as an iPhone app.

    Next: a Family Affair ( see Part 3 )