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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
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Part 2: the Personal universe
( continued from Part 1 )
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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?
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This Urantia Book
is an attempt.
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Ok, so what do these papers offer a skeptical, scientific age?
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?
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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.
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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.
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Of what components are we really made
And where does personality fit in?
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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.
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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.
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Now, one thing about these four domains
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is that each is said to be lit by a characteristic light:
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.
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Its against this background, of Personality illuminated by love, that these authors can at last explain
the phenomenon of man.
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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:
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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.
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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:
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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.
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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)
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
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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.
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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.
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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,
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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.
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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
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Personality and Adjuster.
And simply given time,
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our true nature unfolds.
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Why are we?
Why do we exist at all?
Who invented humans, and why?
And whats Love got to do with it?
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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 )