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How do we survive being in the presence of God?

Q: We are told that no mortal or even lower spirit being can survive proximity with the Father. How do we survive?

A:  I suspect that the reference that you mean to cite is (1:3.3)

"The Universal Father is not invisible because he is hiding himself away from the lowly creatures of materialistic handicaps and limited spiritual endowments. The situation rather is: "You cannot see my face, for no mortal can see me and live." No material man could behold the spirit God and preserve his mortal existence."

I think that this statement means that in our present physical state, we simply cannot see God. But the idea is purely hypothetical anyway. The fact is:

"Mortal man simply cannot see God until he achieves completed spirit transformation and actually attains Paradise."(1:5.5)

Further on, in Paper 5, we read this:

"The inability of the finite creature to approach the infinite Father is inherent, not in the Father's aloofness, but in the finiteness and material limitations of created beings. The magnitude of the spiritual difference between the highest personality of universe existence and the lower groups of created intelligences is inconceivable. Were it possible for the lower orders of intelligence to be transported instantly into the presence of the Father himself, they would not know they were there. They would there be just as oblivious of the presence of the Universal Father as where they now are. There is a long, long road ahead of mortal man before he can consistently and within the realms of possibility ask for safe conduct into the Paradise presence of the Universal Father. Spiritually, man must be translated many times before he can attain a plane that will yield the spiritual vision which will enable him to see even any one of the Seven Master Spirits." (5:1.1)

This is just another way of saying that untill we have passed from our mortal estate, we cannot see God.

But, the point you are indirectly raising is a good one. It is true that God does indwell the minds of mortals, and the Adjuster is a pure fragment, but a pure fragment that has only the potential of personality, which distinguishes it from the presence of God on Paradise who does possess all personality. I do not claim to understand this mystery, but I have faith in the truth and the logic of God's plan here, and personality/divinity seems to be the key.

The Adjuster is a PRE-personal entity. The Adjuster possess divinity, but not personality, just as the mortal possess personality, but not divinity.

Following fusion with the Adjuster the pre-personal, pure fragment of God acquires the personality of the soul that has made the final choice (a personality which was bestowed by God in the first place), and the immortal soul gains the divinity of the pure fragment. A new creature...By that time, we will have progressed far from our mortal estate to the status of a spirit being ourselves, and then there will be only joy in the reunion.

I think that with God, we need fear no danger, either in our physical life, nor in the eternal one. In the end, we WILL be in a state that will allow us to be in the presence of God, and live forever...

Thanks so much for writing to us with this interesting question."

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