The Birth of a Divine Revelation
The Urantia Papers
Urantia Papers were provided to instruct us on the heavenly realms,
and the goals and purposes of God within
time.Without The Papers we would not be able to understand the
events now transpiring upon our planet,
nor would we be able to recognize the significance of
these cosmic episodes.
A few individuals through the ages understood much
about these matters. Moses, Elijah, Isaiah
and Paul are examples of persons who had some knowledge
of the celestial realms, and the destiny programs for this
world. But the generations mostly were
unable to accept their teachings; they continued to languish in
As Paul said in I Cor 3:2 —
I fed you with milk, not solid food; for you were
not ready for it; and even yet you are not
We must now face solid food. God will no longer
accept perversion of his holy truth.
As Paul stated explicitly in 1 Cor 8:5-6 —
For although there may be so-called gods in heaven
or on earth — as indeed there are many
“gods” and many “lords” — yet for us there is one God, the
Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and
one Lord, Jesus
Christ, through whom are all things and through whom
Paul did not
mean to deny the existence of celestial beings who are immortal.
He emphasized the fact that there is one God above all, the
Father, and one supreme Lord, the one we
know as Jesus. But still there are many so-called gods
and lords in the heavenly realms. Because they are immortal,
ancient people regarded them as gods and
Time and again the Psalms assert that there are many
gods and lords (socalled) in the heavens.
Ps 82:1 — God has taken his place in the divine
council; in the midst of the gods he holds
Ps 86:8 — There is none like thee among the gods, O
Lord, nor are there any works like thine.
Ps 95:3 — For Yahweh is a great God, and a great King above all
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Ps 97:9 — For thou, O Yahweh, art most high over all
the earth; thou art exalted far above all
Ps 136:2-3 — O give thanks to the God of gods, for
his steadfast love endures for ever. O
give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures for
In speaking of our Creator, Yahweh of the heavenly
realms, Isaiah said:
Isa 40:22 — It is he who sits above the
circle of the earth. Its inhabitants are like
grasshoppers. (He) stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to dwell in.
The heavens are not a tent merely for us to dwell
in, but a tent also for God to dwell in.
He resides in a city on a celestial sphere in the north part of the
There he holds forth judgment among the gods.
Ps 48:1-2 — Great is Yahweh and greatly to be
praised in the city of our God! His holy
mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount
Zion, in the far north, the city of the
Ps 46:4 — There is a river whose streams make glad
the city of God, the holy habitation of
the Most High.
Would we expect that a river would flow beyond the
confines of space and time? Does this not
show that our Creator has his holy habitation within the
universe? Although he is an eternal spirit being he took up
residence upon a celestial sphere within
this universe, in order that he might be close to his administrative
Hillel ben Shachar, the brilliant Day Star, Son of
Dawn, the one we know as Lucifer, said in
his heart that he was equal to God, to his Creator. He then and
there affirmed that he would usurp the powers of his Creator.
He brought that great war in the heavens.
Isa 14:13-14 — You said in your heart, I will ascend
to heaven; above the stars of God. I will
set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the
far north; I will ascend above the heights
of the clouds, I will make myself like the
The Mount of
Assembly is that great sphere whereon momentous decisions
are made concerning the created realms.
Rev 12:7 — Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his
angels fighting against the dragon; and
the dragon and his angels fought.
The Urantia Papers Page 606 — There was war in
heaven; Michael’s commander and his angels
fought against the dragon (Lucifer, Satan, and the apostate
princes); and the dragon and his
rebellious angels fought but prevailed not. This war in
heaven was not a physical battle as such a conflict might be
conceived on Urantia.
In the early days of the struggle Lucifer held forth continuously
in the planetary
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Gabriel conducted an unceasing exposure of the
rebel sophistries from his headquarters
taken up near at hand. The various personalities present
on the sphere who were in doubt as to their attitude would
journey back and forth between these
discussions until they arrived at a final decision.
But this war in heaven was very terrible and very
real. While displaying none of the
barbarities so characteristic of physical warfare on the immature
worlds, this conflict was far more deadly;
material life is in jeopardy in material combat, but
the war in heaven was fought in terms of life eternal.
The fact that Michael is our Creator is revealed in
the Bible but we have been blind to those
revelations. As Gabriel said to Daniel,
10:21 – There is none who holds with me in these
things but Michael, your Prince.
The apostles knew Jesus as our Prince.
Acts 5:31 — Him hath God exalted with his right hand
to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give
repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
Rev 1:5 — And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful
witness, and the first begotten of the
dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved
us, and washed us from our sins in his own
Michael is a Great Prince, one who is above all
Dan 10:13 — . . . but Michael, one of the Chief
Princes, came to help me . . .
Thus we see that he is only one of many Chief
Princes of the heavenly realms. The name
Michael is subject to various interpretations. It could mean
“Who is like God?” It comes from three Hebrew word
elements. The first is mi
The third element, el,
of course, is God. The second is
However, this second element is a
conjunction subject to wide interpretation and differences in
understanding. It is translated in different contexts as
It is also used in the senses of
Thus the name is an interrogative, asking
Who (?) God. How we interpret the name depends on how we assign the
meaning of the second element. “Who is that God,” “Who surely
is God,” “Who is like God” are all
possible forms. The original use of the name probably was
meant as an emphatic, “Who can be compared unto God?”
Jesus showed respect to the Prince of this World
when he spoke of him with that royal
designation, John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11. He also was one of those
heavenly Princes who rebelled against his
Creator. Thus Michael is Chief Prince over all
those lesser Princes.
Michael is the heavenly designation for the one we
knew as Jesus. In the Old Testament he is
known as Yahweh, our Savior, Isa 49:6. Thus he has three names:
Jesus as the man, Yahweh as the Savior, and Michael as the
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From the Daniel passage we now know there are many
of these Creator Chief Princes. He is also
only one of many Creator Sons of God.
Job 38:4 — Where were you when I laid the
foundations of the earth? Answer me if you
can. Who determined its measurements? Surely, you know. Or who
stretched the line upon it? On what were
its bases sunk? Who laid its cornerstone?
When the Morning Stars sang together, and all the
Sons of God shouted for joy.
filled the hearts of all those brilliant Stars of the Morning.
Hillel ben Shachar, Day Star, Son of the Morning, was there.
He joined in that great heavenly choir of
praise to the Father of all creation. The Divine Sons of
God were there, all those Creator Sons who helped bring forth
this vast creation. All the lesser Sons
bowed down to the Great Creator Son.
Psalm 29:1 — Ascribe to Yahweh, Oh Sons of God.
And again in Psalm 89:6 we are asked —
For who in the skies can be compared to Yahweh? Who
among the Sons of God is like Yahweh?
Other places we have record of Jesus’ remarks,
showing that he abides within the starry
realms of space, and that when we die we shall journey to those
John 14:2-3 — In my Father’s house are many
mansions. If it were not so I would have
told you. I go to prepare a place for you, and when I go and prepare
a place for you, I will come again and
will take you to myself, that where I am you may be
Will this be in a body of flesh and blood? Paul was
adamant that our resurrection will be in a
celestial body, and not a terrestrial body.
1 Cor 15:35-44 — But some will ask, How are the dead
raised? With what kind of body do they
come? You foolish man! What you sow does not come to life unless
it dies. And what you sow is not the body which is to be, but
a bare kernel... There are celestial
bodies and there are terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the
celestial is one, and the glory of the
terrestrial is another... So it is with the resurrection of
the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is
imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it
is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
It is sown a physical body, it is raised a
spiritual body. If there is a physical body,
there is also a spiritual body.
The Urantia Papers teach of worlds
whereon mortal ascenders awake in celestial
bodies, to a new glory.
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Page 341 — All surviving mortals who reawaken on the
mansion worlds belong to this class. The
physical body of mortal flesh is not a part of the reassembly of
the sleeping survivor; the physical body has returned to
dust. The seraphim of assignment sponsors
the new body, the morontia form, as the new life vehicle for
the immortal soul and for the indwelling of the returned
Adjuster. The Adjuster is the custodian of
the spirit transcript of the mind of the sleeping survivor. The
assigned seraphim is the keeper of the surviving identity—the
immortal soul—as far as it has evolved.
And when these two, the Adjuster and the seraphim, reunite
their personality trusts, the new individual constitutes the
resurrection of the old personality, the
survival of the evolving morontia identity of the soul. Such a
reassociation of soul and Adjuster is quite properly called a
resurrection, a reassembly of personality
factors; but even this does not entirely explain the reappearance
of the surviving personality. Though you will probably never
understand the fact of such an
inexplicable transaction, you will sometime experientially
know the truth of it if you do not reject the plan of mortal
survival.Paul knew of the Thought
Adjuster, which he called God’s spirit or the Spirit
of the Father.
Page 542 — Paul learned of the existence of the
morontia worlds and of the reality of
morontia materials, for he wrote, “They have in heaven a better and
more enduring substance.” And these morontia materials are
real, literal, even as in “the city which
has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” And
each of these marvelous spheres is “a better country, that
is, a heavenly one.”
See Heb 10:34, 12:22, and
In similar manner The Urantia Papers clarify,
elucidate, and illuminate our historic
records and the many transactions of the heavenly realms.
The Papers are divided into four main divisions:
Part I — The Central and Superuniverses
Part II — The Local Universe
Part III — The History of Urantia
Part IV — The Life and Teachings of Jesus
There are 196 Papers, revealed by different
The primary, and ultimate, source of all creation is
the Universal Father. Thus the Papers
begin with a portrayal of the Father. We can draw near to the Father
because he draws near to us. As Paul said, the Spirit of God
actually lives within us:
1 Cor 3:16 — Do you not know that you are God’s
temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in
The spirit presence of the Father gives us three
unchallengeable testimonies to his
1. The intellectual capacity for knowing God —
2. The spiritual urge to find God — God-seeking.
3. The personality craving to be like God — the
wholehearted desire to do the Father’s
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The existence of God can never be proved by
scientific experiment nor by the pure
reason of logical deduction. God can be realized only in the realms
of human experience; nevertheless, the
true concept of the reality of God is reasonable
to logic, plausible to philosophy, essential to religion, and
indispensable to any hope of personality
God is spirit. He is a universal spiritual presence.
The Universal Father is an infinite
spiritual reality; he is the sovereign, eternal, immortal,
invisible, and only true God. Even though
you are the offspring of God, you ought not to think that
the Father is like yourselves in form and physique because
you are said to be created in his image .
Spirit beings are real, notwithstanding they are
invisible to human eyes; even though they
have not flesh and blood. Said the seer of old: “Lo, he goes by me,
and I see him not; he passes on also, but I perceive him
not.” We may constantly observe the works
of God, we may be highly conscious of the material evidences
of his majestic conduct, but rarely may we gaze upon the
visible manifestation of his divinity, not
even to behold the presence of his delegated spirit of human
indwelling. God is not hiding from any of his creatures. He
is unapproachable to so many orders of
beings only because “he dwells in a light which no material
creature can approach.” The immensity and grandeur of the
divine personality is beyond the grasp of
the unperfected mind of evolutionary mortals. “He measures
the waters in the hollow of his hand, measures a universe
with the span of his hand. It is he who
sits on the circle of the earth, who stretches out the heavens as
a curtain and spreads them out as a universe to dwell in.”
“Lift up your eyes on high and behold who
has created all these things, who brings out their worlds by
number and calls them all by their names”; and so it is true
that “the invisible things of God are
partially understood by the things which are made.” Today, and
as you are, you must discern the invisible Maker through his
manifold and diverse creation, as well as
through the revelation and ministration of his Sons and
their numerous subordinates.
And thus we can recognize the central devotion of
this Great Revelation. It is to God, and
to God alone, that we owe our existence, and our allegiance.
Nothing, in all the world, is of higher
obligation than to do the will of the Father in
As we study this Great Revelation we find ourselves
with many unaccustomed concepts and
difficulties. All divine revelations require a restructuring of our
If they did not induce such restructuring they would
not be revelation.
Page 35 — In these ways and in many others, in ways
unknown to you and utterly beyond finite
comprehension, does the Paradise Father lovingly and willingly
downstep and otherwise modify, dilute, and attenuate his
infinity in order that he may be able to
draw nearer the finite minds of his creature children. And
so, through a series of personality distributions which are
diminishingly absolute, the infinite
Father is enabled to enjoy close contact with the diverse
intelligences of the many realms of his
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Page 35 — Because the First Father is infinite in
his plans and eternal in his purposes, it
is inherently impossible for any finite being ever to grasp or
comprehend these divine plans and purposes
in their fullness. Mortal man can glimpse
the Father’s purposes only now and then, here and there, as they are
revealed in relation to the outworking of
the plan of creature ascension on its successive
levels of universe progression. Though man cannot encompass
of infinity, the infinite Father does most certainly fully
comprehend and lovingly embrace all the
finity of all his children in all universes.
Page 183 — Your planet is a member of an enormous
cosmos; you belong to a well-nigh infinite
family of worlds, but your sphere is just as precisely administered
and just as lovingly fostered as if it were the only
inhabited world in all existence.
Page 380 — From the heights of eternal glory the
divine Spirit descends, by a long series
of steps, to meet you as you are and where you are and then, in the
partnership of faith, lovingly to embrace the soul of mortal
origin and to embark on the sure and
certain retracement of those steps of condescension, never stopping
until the evolutionary soul is safely exalted to the very
heights of bliss from which the divine
Spirit originally sallied forth on this mission of mercy and
Page 1259 — Your isolated world is not forgotten in
the counsels of the universe. Urantia is
not a cosmic orphan stigmatized by sin and shut away from divine
watchcare by rebellion. From Uversa to Salvington and on down
to Jerusem, even in Havona and on
Paradise, they all know we are here; and you mortals now
dwelling on Urantia are just as lovingly cherished and just
as faithfully watched over as if the
sphere had never been betrayed by a faithless Planetary Prince,
even more so. It is eternally true, the Father himself loves
Pose this question: If we were assigned the task of
revealing the heavenly realms, and many of
their transactions, to a world where blindness and abysmal
ignorance reigns, how would we proceed? Would we call upon
the revelations of the past, that
information rejected by Judaism and Christianity? How would we
awaken the world to the greater glory of the heavenly realms,
and to creation?
Or would we wait for the time when the world would
enter extreme spiritual crisis, and God’s
people would then longingly seek for answers? Thus it is with this
Great Revelation. It was revealed with sufficient time for it
to spread to the world, in anticipation of
unfolding destiny. Then God’s people would eagerly accept its
As our astronomers gaze out into the far reaches of
the universe they observe uncountable
numbers of stellar systems. In those systems are billions upon
billions of inhabited worlds. If you were
a universe administrator how would you
identify them for universe administration and records? Is it
difficult to accept that our world is 606
of Satania, accounted in the manner in which our Creator
manages this universe?
Page 182 — Your world is called Urantia, and it is
number 606 in the planetary group, or
system, of Satania. This system has at present 619 inhabited worlds,
and more than two hundred additional planets are evolving
favorably toward becoming inhabited worlds
at some future time.
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Satania has a headquarters world called Jerusem, and
it is system number twentyfour in the
constellation of Norlatiadek. Your constellation, Norlatiadek,
consists of one hundred local systems and
has a headquarters world called Edentia.
Norlatiadek is number seventy in the universe of Nebadon. The local
universe of Nebadon consists of one
hundred constellations and has a capital known as
Salvington. The universe of Nebadon is number eighty-four in
the minor sector of Ensa.
Thus we can see why it is necessary to number and
name the many worlds, systems,
administrative constellations, universes, sectors, and
superuniverses. We could get lost in this
maze of numbers and names. While such information
helps us to recognize the immensity of creation it is
knowledge which is superfluous to our
relationship with the Father, with our Creator, and with the
many subordinate administrators of the heavenly realms. These
are facts, but they are not truth.
A person may emphasize the facts, drawing out the
absurdity of so many created worlds,
concepts which are foreign to our habits of thought and which
are blistering intrusions into our habits of mind, and our
familiar blind attitudes.But how else can a revelation reveal? Is it
not time to know of God’s great Creation?
How can we understand that which now transpires upon
our world unless we have greater knowledge
of the heavenly realms and the context of spiritual
We cannot grasp the portent or the meaning of the
spiritual transactions of today unless we
have such knowledge. And we cannot obtain such knowledge
unless we are willing to open our hearts and our minds to
God’s greater glory. We shall now come to
know what the ancient people meant when they spoke of
God’s glory, a glory heretofore unrecognized by us.
Facts and Truth
Consider some of the teachings of The Urantia Papers
on the difference between facts and truth.
Page 1141 — When theology masters religion, religion
dies; it becomes a doctrine instead of a
life. The mission of theology is merely to facilitate the
selfconsciousness of personal spiritual
experience. Theology constitutes the religious
effort to define, clarify, expound, and justify the
experiential claims of religion, which, in
the last analysis, can be validated only by living faith. In the
higher philosophy of the universe, wisdom,
like reason, becomes allied to faith. Reason,
wisdom, and faith are man’s highest human attainments. Reason
introduces man to the world of facts, to
things; wisdom introduces him to a world of truth, to
relationships; faith initiates him into a world of divinity,
Do you cling to the theologies of Christianity or
Judaism? Do you seek recourse in the
teachings of the churches and synagogues, preachers and Rabbis,
to offer you explanation for the events transpiring on our
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If so, you place your eternal
decisions on dead doctrines. The theologies of
this age are not truth. They do not grasp the depth or height
or breadth of a living religious
Reason introduces us to the world of facts, to
things. This was the great power of the
scientific methods of our world. We were able to coordinate,
synthesize, and theorize about facts
gained from observations. We entered into a very
reasonable world. We could rationalize personal psychology,
social conduct, and material power. But we
forgot wisdom. Wisdom introduces us to truth, to
In our pursuit of material power we forgot
relationships, those elements of life
which provide meaning and value. Materialism ultimately and finally
depletes the social reserves of relationships to end in the
bankruptcy of selfcenteredness,
selfishness and greed. But living faith can recapture truth and
wisdom to initiate us into a world of
divinity, of spiritual experience.
And that is the significance of the events which we
all now endure. Only through trials of
supreme moral and spiritual contest can we return to the solid
foundations of a true relationship with God.
Do not despair.
Page 1140 — Religion has to do with feeling, acting,
and living, not merely with thinking.
Thinking is more closely related to the material life and should be
in the main, but not altogether, dominated
by reason and the facts of science and, in its
nonmaterial reaches toward the spirit realms, by truth. No
matter how illusory and erroneous one’s
theology, one’s religion may be wholly genuine and everlastingly
God does not judge us on our
theologies, on our partial understandings and
theories about him. If he did so we all would fail. We all
are such limited beings. God judges us on
what is in our hearts, on our loyalties and our dedications.
Page 1138 — The truth — an understanding of cosmic
relationships, universe facts, and
spiritual values—can best be had through the ministry of the Spirit
of Truth and can best be criticized by
revelation. But revelation originates neither a
science nor a religion; its function is to co-ordinate both
science and religion with the truth of
reality. Always, in the absence of revelation or in the failure to
accept or grasp it, has mortal man
resorted to his futile gesture of metaphysics, that
being the only human substitute for the revelation of truth
or for the mota of morontia personality.
We now will have ample
opportunity to experience the difference between the
metaphysics of Christian and Jewish theologies and the worth
of revelation. We resorted to futile
gestures of metaphysical theologies because we did not have
adequate revelation. Now that spiritual realities have driven
us to final extremes, we will totally
reassess our theologies to return to a world of spiritual realities.
Page 1125 — The facts of evolution must not be
arrayed against the truth of the reality
of the certainty of the spiritual experience of the religious living
of the Godknowing mortal. Intelligent men
should cease to reason like children and should
attempt to use the consistent logic of
adulthood, logic which tolerates the concept
of truth alongside the observation of fact.
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Scientific materialism has gone
bankrupt when it persists, in the face of each recurring
universe phenomenon, in refunding its
current objections by referring what is admittedly higher back into
that which is admittedly lower. Consistency demands the
recognition of the activities of a
When our science assayed to explain the realities of
the spiritual world, and the transactions
of the universe, by the circumscribed views of human theories, it
persisted in referring those higher realities back to that
which was human invention. It arrogantly
assumed it had answers to the universe from frail human logic.
The absence of materialistic proof does not deny the
existence of those higher realities.
Belief is founded on evidence, but faith is founded on living
relationships with those spiritual
Page 1125 — Belief may not be able to resist doubt
and withstand fear, but faith is always
triumphant over doubting, for faith is both positive and living. The
positive always has the advantage over the
negative, truth over error, experience over
theory, spiritual realities over the isolated facts of time
and space. The convincing evidence of this
spiritual certainty consists in the social fruits of the spirit
which such believers, faithers, yield as a result of this
genuine spiritual experience.
Said Jesus: If you love your fellows as I have loved
you, then shall all men know that you are
Page 1125 — Though reason can always question faith,
faith can always supplement both reason
and logic. Reason creates the probability which faith can transform
into a moral certainty, even a spiritual experience. God is
the first truth and the last fact;
therefore does all truth take origin in him, while all facts exist
relative to him. God is absolute truth. As
truth one may know God, but to understand to
explain God, one must explore the fact of the universe of
universes. The vast gulf between the
experience of the truth of God and ignorance as to the fact of God
can be bridged only by living faith. Reason alone cannot
achieve harmony between infinite truth and
Page 42 — All finite knowledge and creature
understanding are relative. Information
and intelligence, gleaned from even high sources, is only relatively
complete, locally accurate, and personally
true. Physical facts are fairly uniform, but
truth is a living and flexible factor in the philosophy of
the universe. Evolving personalities are
only partially wise and relatively true in their communications.
They can be certain only as far as their personal
experience extends. That which apparently
may be wholly true in one place may be only relatively true in
another segment of creation.
Page 555 — Law is life itself and not the rules of
its conduct. Evil is a transgression
of law, not a violation of the rules of conduct
pertaining to life, which is the law.
Falsehood is not a matter of narration technique but something
premeditated as a perversion of truth. The
creation of new pictures out of old facts, the
restatement of parental life in the lives of offspring —
these are the artistic triumphs of truth.
The shadow of a hair’s turning, premeditated for an untrue purpose,
the slightest twisting or perversion of that which is
principle — these constitute
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But the fetish of factualized truth,
fossilized truth, the iron band of
so-called unchanging truth, holds one blindly in a closed circle of
One can be technically right as to fact and
everlastingly wrong in the truth.
The truth deserves repeating: One can be
technically right as to fact and
everlastingly wrong in the truth.
Meanings and Values
Another difference between an
intellectual view of reality and a spiritual understanding
of creation, is found in meanings and values. The Urantia
Papers offer much to delineate this
difference. Consider some of those teachings:
Values are spiritual; meanings merely intellectual.
Values originate in the soul; meanings derive from
Values are intrinsic; meanings are acquired.
Meanings are added to value by experience.
Meaning is the appreciative consciousness of value.
Values are never static; they always change with the
growth of awareness of reality.
Values are both actual and potential; what is, and
what is to be.
Growth is the experiential realization of values.
Growth is the exaltation of values; the expansion of
Change without growth has no value.
Progress was the rallying cry of a materialistic
age. But materialistic progress is merely
change, without spiritual growth. As such it had no value, although
it was always meaningful. Only values can
grow; meanings merely progress.
The supreme value of human life consists in the
growth of values, progress in meanings,
and realization of the cosmic interrelatedness of both of these
experiences. This is the equivalent of
God-consciousness; recognition of God working
in the cosmos.
Any mortal making this conscious recognition,
regardless of how inarticulate, is
evolving an immortal soul.
Evolution is a cosmic technique of growth. Evolution
can be biological, social, moral,
religious, or universal.
Biological evolution increases material value by
engendering human kind. Mankind may
contribute to increased biological value by selectively producing
more noble human stock, the association of actual and
potential values of genetic seed.
Social evolution is increased recognition of sonship
with God among a brotherhood of mankind.
Such growth cannot be secured by legislation which may
merely bring change. Change may appear as progress, but it is
Moral evolution does not derive from improved
administration; it derives from
recognition of human values. Moral growth derives from human souls,
not from legislated changes.
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Religious evolution is the
growth of the soul; an increase in value of the human
mortal as an immortal being; an experiential realization of
personal spiritual worth.
Universal evolution is the growing unification of
creature purpose in the cosmos; dedicated
devotion to God’s will.
One’s contribution to universe evolution is the
mobilization of the total powers of one’s
personality — living faith.
Page 620 — As you ascend in the survival experience,
you will broaden your universe concepts
and extend your horizon of meanings and values; and thus will
you be able the better to understand why such beings as
Lucifer and Satan are permitted to
continue in rebellion. You will also better comprehend how ultimate
(if not immediate) good can be derived from time-limited
evil. After you attain Paradise, you will
really be enlightened and comforted when you listen to the
superaphic philosophers discuss and explain these profound
problems of universe adjustment. But even
then, I doubt that you will be fully satisfied in your
own minds. At least I was not even when I had thus attained
the acme of universe philosophy. I did not
achieve a full comprehension of these complexities until
after I had been assigned to administrative duties in the
superuniverse, where by actual experience
I have acquired conceptual capacity adequate for the comprehension
of such many-sided problems in cosmic equity and spiritual
As you ascend Paradiseward, you will increasingly
learn that many problematic features of
universe administration can only be comprehended subsequent to the
acquirement of increased experiential capacity and to the
achievement of enhanced spiritual insight.
Cosmic wisdom is essential to the understanding of
Page 613 — The Gods neither create evil nor permit
sin and rebellion. Potential evil is
time-existent in a universe embracing differential levels of
perfection meanings and values. Sin is
potential in all realms where imperfect beings are endowed
with the ability to choose between good and evil. The very
conflicting presence of truth and untruth,
fact and falsehood, constitutes the potentiality of
error. The deliberate choice of evil constitutes sin; the
willful rejection of truth is error; the
persistent pursuit of sin and error is iniquity.
The events unfolding today,
and those which will become a part of the life of
the new world tomorrow, will forever alter our attitudes, our
growth, the meanings of life, and the
values of existence.
Page 1139 — Reason is the act of recognizing the
conclusions of consciousness with regard
to the experience in and with the physical world of energy and
Faith is the act of recognizing the validity of
spiritual consciousness, something which
is incapable of other mortal proof. Logic is the synthetic
truth-seeking progression of the unity of
faith and reason and is founded on the constitutive mind
endowments of mortal beings, the innate recognition of
things, meanings, and values.
Page 1124 — Convictions about God may be arrived at
through wise reasoning, but the individual
becomes God-knowing only by faith, through personal experience.
In much that pertains to life, probability must be
reckoned with, but when contacting with
cosmic reality, certainty may be experienced when such meanings
and values are approached by living faith.
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The God-knowing soul dares to
say, I know, even when this
knowledge of God is questioned by the unbeliever
who denies such certitude because it is not wholly supported
by intellectual logic. To every such
doubter the believer only replies, How do you know that I do not
Page 1220 — Meanings are derived from a combination
of recognition and understanding. Meanings
are nonexistent in a wholly sensory or material world.
Meanings and values are only perceived in the inner
or supermaterial spheres of human
Page 194 — The relative free will which
characterizes the self-consciousness of
human personality is involved in:
1. Moral decision, highest wisdom.
2. Spiritual choice, truth discernment.
3. Unselfish love, brotherhood service.
4. Purposeful co-operation, group loyalty.
5. Cosmic insight, the grasp of universe meanings.
6. Personality dedication, wholehearted devotion to
doing the Father’s will.
7. Worship, the sincere pursuit of divine values and
the wholehearted love of the divine
Events now unfolding will bring sudden spiritual
transformations to every living soul.
Moral decisions, spiritual choices, unselfish love, purposeful
co-operation, cosmic insights, personality
dedication to God, and true worship, will forever
alter human relationships and spiritual loyalties. A complete
reassessment will be made by all mankind.
Decisions favorable to the future of the world will now be
made by those who truly are God’s children.
Page 740 — When physical conditions are ripe, sudden
mental evolutions may take place; when
mind status is propitious, sudden spiritual transformations may
occur; when spiritual values receive proper recognition, then
cosmic meanings become discernible, and
increasingly the personality is released from the handicaps
of time and delivered from the limitations of space.
Page 806 — Education is the business of living; it
must continue throughout a lifetime so
that mankind may gradually experience the ascending levels of mortal
wisdom, which are:
1. The knowledge of things.
2. The realization of meanings.
3. The appreciation of values.
4. The nobility of work — duty.
5. The motivation of goals — morality.
6. The love of service — character.
7. Cosmic insight — spiritual discernment.
And then, by means of these achievements, many will
ascend to the mortal ultimate of mind
Page 966 — The old cults were too egocentric; the
new must be the outgrowth of applied love.
The new cult must, like the old, foster sentiment, satisfy emotion,
and promote loyalty; but it must do more: It must facilitate
spiritual progress, enhance cosmic
meanings, augment moral values, encourage social development,
and stimulate a high type of personal religious living.
The Birth of a Divine Revelation
The new cult must provide
supreme goals of living which are both temporal and eternal, social
Page 1002 — CONDITIONS OF EFFECTIVE PRAYER
If you would engage in effective praying, you should
bear in mind the laws of prevailing
1. You must qualify as a potent prayer by sincerely
and courageously facing the problems of
universe reality. You must possess cosmic stamina.
2. You must have honestly exhausted the human
capacity for human adjustment. You must
have been industrious.
3. You must surrender every wish of mind and every
craving of soul to the transforming
embrace of spiritual growth. You must have experienced an
enhancement of meanings and an elevation
4. You must make a wholehearted choice of the divine
will. You must obliterate the dead center
5. You not only recognize the Father’s will and
choose to do it, but you have effected an
unqualified consecration, and a dynamic dedication, to the actual
doing of the Father’s will.
6. Your prayer will be directed exclusively for
divine wisdom to solve the specific human
problems encountered in the Paradise ascension — the attainment of
7. And you must have faith — living faith.
Page 1093 — Religion inspires man to live
courageously and joyfully on the face of
the earth; it joins patience with passion, insight to zeal, sympathy
with power, and ideals with energy.
We can never wisely decide temporal issues or
transcend the selfishness of personal
interests unless we meditate in the presence of the sovereignty of
God and reckon with the realities of
divine meanings and spiritual values.
Economic interdependence and social fraternity will
ultimately conduce to brotherhood. Man is
naturally a dreamer, but science is sobering him so that religion
can presently activate him with far less danger of
precipitating fanatical reactions.
Economic necessities tie man up with reality, and
personal religious experience brings this
same man face to face with the eternal realities of an everexpanding
and progressing cosmic citizenship.
Page 1095 — Religion cannot be bestowed, received,
loaned, learned, or lost. It is a personal
experience which grows proportionally to the growing quest for final
values. Cosmic growth thus attends on the accumulation of
meanings and the ever-expanding elevation
of values. But nobility itself is always an unconscious
Page 1095 — Spiritual growth is first an awakening
to needs, next a discernment of meanings,
and then a discovery of values. The evidence of true spiritual
development consists in the exhibition of
a human personality motivated by love, activated
by unselfish ministry, and dominated by the wholehearted
worship of the perfection ideals of
divinity. And this entire experience constitutes the reality of
religion as contrasted with mere theological beliefs.
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Page 1096 — Spirituality becomes at once the
indicator of one’s nearness to God and the
measure of one’s usefulness to fellow beings. Spirituality enhances
the ability to discover beauty in things, recognize truth in
meanings, and discover goodness in values.
Spiritual development is determined by capacity therefor
and is directly proportional to the elimination of the
selfish qualities of love.
Page 1097 — Meaning is something which experience
adds to value; it is the appreciative
consciousness of values. An isolated and purely selfish pleasure
may connote a virtual devaluation of meanings, a meaningless
enjoyment bordering on relative evil.
Values are experiential when realities are meaningful and
mentally associated, when such relationships are recognized
and appreciated by mind.
Page 1097 — Religious living is devoted living, and
devoted living is creative living,
original and spontaneous. New religious insights arise out of
conflicts which initiate the choosing of
new and better reaction habits in the place of older and
inferior reaction patterns.
New meanings only emerge amid conflict; and conflict
persists only in the face of refusal to espouse the higher
values connoted in superior meanings.
Page 1098 — In physical life the senses tell of the
existence of things; mind discovers the
reality of meanings; but the spiritual experience reveals to the
individual the true values of life. These
high levels of human living are attained in the
supreme love of God and in the unselfish love of man. If you
love your fellow men, you must have
discovered their values. Jesus loved men so much because
he placed such a high value upon them. You can best discover
values in your associates by discovering
their motivation. If some one irritates you, causes feelings
of resentment, you should sympathetically seek to discern his
viewpoint, his reasons for such
objectionable conduct. If once you understand your neighbor,
you will become tolerant, and this tolerance will grow into
friendship and ripen into love.
Page 1110 — RELIGION EXPANDED BY REVELATION
Revelation is a technique whereby ages upon ages of
time are saved in the necessary work of
sorting and sifting the errors of evolution from the truths of
Science deals with facts; religion is concerned only
with values. Through enlightened
philosophy the mind endeavors to unite the meanings of both facts
and values, thereby arriving at a concept
of complete reality. Remember that science
is the domain of knowledge, philosophy the realm of wisdom, and
religion the sphere of the faith
Page 1114 — Belief is always limiting and binding;
faith is expanding and releasing. Belief
fixates, faith liberates. But living religious faith is more than
the association of noble beliefs; it is
more than an exalted system of philosophy; it is a
living experience concerned with spiritual meanings, divine
ideals, and supreme values; it is
God-knowing and man-serving. Beliefs may become group
possessions, but faith must be
personal. Theologic beliefs can be suggested to a group,
but faith can rise up only in the heart of the individual
Page 1219 — The mortal career, the soul’s evolution,
is not so much a probation as an
education. Faith in the survival of supreme values is the core of
religion; genuine religious experience
consists in the union of supreme values and cosmic
meanings as a realization of universal reality.
The Birth of a Divine Revelation
Page 1219 — Mind knows quantity, reality, meanings.
But quality — values — is felt. That which
feels is the mutual creation of mind, which knows, and the
associated spirit, which reality-izes.
Page 1222 — The expansion of material knowledge
permits a greater intellectual
appreciation of the meanings of ideas and the values of ideals. A
human being can find truth in his inner
experience, but he needs a clear knowledge of facts to
apply his personal discovery of truth to the ruthlessly
practical demands of everyday life.
Page 1297 — Things are time conditioned, but truth
is timeless. The more truth you know, the
more truth you are, the more of the past you can understand and
of the future you can comprehend.
Truth is inconcussible — forever exempt from all
transient vicissitudes, albeit never dead
and formal, always vibrant and adaptable — radiantly alive. But when
truth becomes linked with fact, then both time and space
condition its meanings and correlate its
values. Such realities of truth wedded to fact become concepts
and are accordingly relegated to the domain of relative