Q: From the time of resurrection at the morontia hall to becoming a spirit being at Salvington, the human soul undergoes 570 transformations as per The Urantia Book. How long does it take in Urantia time? Does the Book say anything about it?
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I am starting my reply with the following quote from The Urantia Book which explains the 570 transformations which all of us will undergo as mortal ascenders in the morontia life:
And, as you likely already know, there is a good reason for all of these translations, and re-keying, of our forms as we progress:
"The Morontia Power Supervisors are able to effect a union of material and of spiritual energies, thereby organizing a morontia form of materialization which is receptive to the superimposition of a controlling spirit. When you traverse the morontia life of Nebadon, these same patient and skillful Morontia Power Supervisors will successively provide you with 570 morontia bodies, each one a phase of your progressive transformation. From the time of leaving the material worlds until you are constituted a first-stage spirit on Salvington, you will undergo just 570 separate and ascending morontia changes. Eight of these occur in the system, seventy-one in the constellation, and 491 during the sojourn on the spheres of Salvington.
"In the days of the mortal flesh the divine spirit indwells you, almost as a thing apart—in reality an invasion of man by the bestowed spirit of the Universal Father. But in the morontia life the spirit will become a real part of your personality, and as you successively pass through the 570 progressive transformations, you ascend from the material to the spiritual estate of creature life.
"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.' " (48:1.5)
It would be interesting to have some rough idea of just how long this process will take in Urantia years. I agree. However, I cannot recall, or find, any references in The book which give us this specific information.
"The gods cannot—at least they do not—transform a creature of gross animal nature into a perfected spirit by some mysterious act of creative magic. When the Creators desire to produce perfect beings, they do so by direct and original creation, but they never undertake to convert animal-origin and material creatures into beings of perfection in a single step.
"The morontia life, extending as it does over the various stages of the local universe career, is the only possible approach whereby material mortals could attain the threshold of the spirit world. What magic could death, the natural dissolution of the material body, hold that such a simple step should instantly transform the mortal and material mind into an immortal and perfected spirit? Such beliefs are but ignorant superstitions and pleasing fables." (48:0.1)
But, we may be able to think it out in a very rough way... of course, we have no way of knowing how fast each of us will progress, or even if our lives in each of these transformations can be compared, length-wise, to an earthly life...I expect that it could take years and years for some, less for others. But based on an average earth life span of say, 80 years, we could possibly spend 50, 000 Urantia years or more traversing these stages of growth, from the material to the spiritual. In Satania time, this comes to about 16, 000 years for all 570 transformations, as the Satania day is roughly equal to three Urantia days.
Just as an aside, here are some other pertinent quotes that might be of interest concerning universe time:
I hope this reply is of some use to you...again, it is only my own personal musings. It has been fun to try and calculate this amazing process that we will take in earth time, Satania time and Nebadon standard time. In the end, though, what does it matter?--you're living in heaven anyway so ease back and enjoy it.
"Chronology is reckoned, computed, and rectified by a special group of beings on Salvington. The standard day of Nebadon is equal to eighteen days and six hours of Urantia time, plus two and one-half minutes. The Nebadon year consists of a segment of the time of universe swing in relation to the Uversa circuit and is equal to one hundred days of standard universe time, about five years of Urantia time.
"Nebadon time, broadcast from Salvington, is the standard for all constellations and systems in this local universe. Each constellation conducts its affairs by Nebadon time, but the systems maintain their own chronology, as do the individual planets.
"The day in Satania, as reckoned on Jerusem, is a little less (1 hour, 4 minutes, 15 seconds) than three days of Urantia time. These times are generally known as Salvington or universe time, and Satania or system time. Standard time is universe time." (33:6.7)
One thing that occurs to me is that this means that those who have gone before us in this life will very likely be only beginning their journey too, as reckoned by our Earth time, and I wonder if that is why we have this promise of reuniting with our loved ones when we pass over to that "better country." I find that comforting, and hope that you do, too.
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