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A Theological Overview of The Urantia Book

Part 3: Cosmology


  • I. Physical Cosmography
    • 1. A simplified description of the astronomical universe from the center outward starts with the Isle of Paradise, which is surrounded by the one billion perfect pattern worlds of the central universe, Havona. This central creation is encompassed by seven evolutionary superuniverses with their trillions of inhabited planets, all of which, is encircled by four gigantic outer space levels. [12:1.3], [15:2.2]
      • a. Paradise, the central universe, and the seven superuniverses all taken together is known as the Grand Universe which is inhabited.
      • b. The grand universe plus the four outer space levels, which are not now inhabited, is known as the Master Universe.
      • c. The superuniverses are subdivided into major and minor sectors, local universes, constellations, systems, and individual planets.
    • 2. Paradise is the absolute source and eternal focal point of all energy-matter and material gravity. [11:8.2]
    • 3. This physical cosmography roughly parallels what is known or hypothesized by contemporary astronomy. Orvonton, the seventh superuniverse, for instance, is identified with the Milky Way galaxy and most of its major divisions have been identified by our astronomers. [15:2.10]
    • 4. The authors report that universe space expands and contracts in two billion year cycles. [11:5.9]  They make many comments which relate to present day astronomical concepts and data.
    • 5. The authors, however, caution us that because of restrictions placed on revelatory activity, the science and cosmology of The Urantia Book are not inspired. While spiritual insight is a revelatory gift, human knowledge and wisdom must evolve. Very soon, they tell us, the science of The Urantia Book will be out grown. [101:4.2]

      The Urantia Book's physical cosmology represents the best of human knowledge at the time of its compilation in the mid 1930s.

  • II. Spiritual Cosmology
    • 1. Postmortal morontial (part material, part spiritual) and spiritual activities and training take place on architectural spheres. These specially constructed headquarters worlds and their satellites are distributed throughout the grand universe paralleling the geographic and hierarchical cosmography of the material creations; systems, constellations, local universe headquarters, minor sectors, major sectors, superuniverse headquarters, the one billion spheres of the central universe, and the Isle of Paradise.
    • 2. Presiding over each of these ascending spheres is a hierarchy of spiritual administrative personalities. At each level the spiritual activities and training become progressively higher.
      • a. Our system, Satania, is supervised by a Lanonandek Son, Lanaforge, who is known as our System sovereign. Lucifer at one time was our System Sovereign but was deposed following the Lucifer rebellion. [45:2.1]   [For information on the Lucifer rebellion, see "The Lucifer Manifesto", 53:3.1]
      • b. Our constellation, Norlatiadek, is governed by three Vorondadek Sons who are known as the Most Highs. Because of the Lucifer rebellion they have been particularly active in the supervision of our planet. [43:3.1]
      • c. Our local universe, Nebadon, composed of ten million inhabited worlds (when completed), is ruled by a Sovereign Michael Son often referred to as Christ Michael. Following his bestowal on our planet as Jesus of Nazareth, the Universal Father gave him complete authority in our universe. He is a perfect revelation of the Universal Father and the Eternal Son to all in our universe. All who go to the Father in our universe proceed through his loving local universe ministry. [33:1.1]
    • 3. The physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of the diverse levels of creation are integrated, correlated, and unified by a superb divine plan and an eternal purpose. [56:1.1]

      "Every impulse of every electron, thought, or spirit is an acting unit in the whole universe...The universe is whole; no thing or being exists or lives in isolation." [56:10.14]

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