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118:1.3 (1295.3) There is a direct relationship between maturity and the unit of time consciousness in any given intellect. The time unit may be a day, a year, or a longer period, but inevitably it is the criterion by which the conscious self evaluates the circumstances of life, and by which the conceiving intellect measures and evaluates the facts of temporal existence.

118:1.4 (1295.4) Experience, wisdom, and judgment are the concomitants of the lengthening of the time unit in mortal experience. As the human mind reckons backward into the past, it is evaluating past experience for the purpose of bringing it to bear on a present situation. As mind reaches out into the future, it is attempting to evaluate the future significance of possible action. And having thus reckoned with both experience and wisdom, the human will exercises judgment-decision in the present, and the plan of action thus born of the past and the future becomes existent.

118:1.5 (1295.5) In the maturity of the developing self, the past and future are brought together to illuminate the true meaning of the present. As the self matures, it reaches further and further back into the past for experience, while its wisdom forecasts seek to penetrate deeper and deeper into the unknown future. And as the conceiving self extends this reach ever further into both past and future, so does judgment become less and less dependent on the momentary present. In this way does decision-action begin to escape from the fetters of the moving present, while it begins to take on the aspects of past-future significance.

118:1.6 (1295.6) Patience is exercised by those mortals whose time units are short; true maturity transcends patience by a forbearance born of real understanding.

118:1.7 (1295.7) To become mature is to live more intensely in the present, at the same time escaping from the limitations of the present. The plans of maturity, founded on past experience, are coming into being in the present in such manner as to enhance the values of the future.

118:1.8 (1295.8) The time unit of immaturity concentrates meaning-value into the present moment in such a way as to divorce the present of its true relationship to the not-present—the past-future. The time unit of maturity is proportioned so to reveal the co-ordinate relationship of past-present-future that the self begins to gain insight into the wholeness of events, begins to view the landscape of time from the panoramic perspective of broadened horizons, begins perhaps to suspect the nonbeginning, nonending eternal continuum, the fragments of which are called time.


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Bradley - whoa - really good stuff !!! will read paper 54 - whoa and double whoa - very nice !

ok and I agree that the Soul is not "lost" - yes - but ok - I get it and I got it !

"Just to be clear...no souls are ever "lost" by material suffering or by the evil or sin of other persons. All of God's children are safe from the effects and results of other people's choices, even the choices of a Hitler or Stalin or rebellious Planetary Prince or System Sovereign."


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Papers 53-54 and 66-67 have a lot of overlapping material since both contain the story of rebellion - Papers 53-54 are from the perspective of the System and System Sovereign and Papers 66-67 are from the planetary perspective and the Planetary Prince.

Not all planets and Planetary Prince's in the System followed Lucifer into rebellion. And not all Material Sons and Daughters (Adam and Eve) came to such difficult worlds of rebellion or failed in their own missions. Urantia has suffered the repercussions of rebellion at both the System level and planetary level and has suffered additionally to the Adamic default. All 3 of these events have caused suffering and repercussions to the mortals of every generation since in one way or another.

But....it would be a grievous error to blame the devil for our own bad choices and the outcomes of mortal unrighteousness. We are not doomed or judged or punished for the prior acts and choices of any other beings. We may suffer by the acts of others but we are not condemned or even judged by them. Nor are we personally or spiritually or experientially limited by such repercussions.

53:8.9 (610.5) In general, when weak and dissolute mortals are supposed to be under the influence of devils and demons, they are merely being dominated by their own inherent and debased tendencies, being led away by their own natural propensities. The devil has been given a great deal of credit for evil which does not belong to him. Caligastia has been comparatively impotent since the cross of Christ.

We should consider the value to the Supreme and Corps of Finality of Van and Amadon and all the Agondonters from Urantia and the System of Edentia due solely to the iniquity, sin, and evil of Lucifer's rebellion and the loss of our Planetary Prince. The RESPONSE of love, patience, mercy, and wisdom to sin and iniquity becomes an endless harvest of truth, beauty, goodness, and experiential wisdom that is eternally perpetual in its fruit. This is why we must also learn mercy and forgiveness of those who cause us pain and suffering because we may only receive mercy as we extend mercy. Love must be given to be received. These are the lessons to be found in these Papers!

Perhaps we will learn to be grateful for our suffering? For how else do we overcome suffering? How else will we learn to ease the suffering of our fellows? How will we learn to give love to receive it? How can we receive mercy if we do not learn to forgive those who cause us pain and suffering first?

67:7.5 (761.4) Evil and sin visit their consequences in material and social realms and may sometimes even retard spiritual progress on certain levels of universe reality, but never does the sin of any being rob another of the realization of the divine right of personality survival. Eternal survival can be jeopardized only by the decisions of the mind and the choice of the soul of the individual himself.

67:7.6 (761.5) Sin on Urantia did very little to delay biologic evolution, but it did operate to deprive the mortal races of the full benefit of the Adamic inheritance. Sin enormously retards intellectual development, moral growth, social progress, and mass spiritual attainment. But it does not prevent the highest spiritual achievement by any individual who chooses to know God and sincerely do his divine will.

67:7.7 (761.6) Caligastia rebelled, Adam and Eve did default, but no mortal subsequently born on Urantia has suffered in his personal spiritual experience because of these blunders. Every mortal born on Urantia since Caligastia’s rebellion has been in some manner time-penalized, but the future welfare of such souls has never been in the least eternity-jeopardized. No person is ever made to suffer vital spiritual deprivation because of the sin of another. Sin is wholly personal as to moral guilt or spiritual consequences, notwithstanding its far-flung repercussions in administrative, intellectual, and social domains.


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Steve says above: "Bradley - yes please post more - Johnny 5 here needs input ! and quite a masterful post you just did - one question i am having - with Michael's deal as JC here 2020 years ago and all - and I thought all the evil was done - but you did just explain it in your post I think that covered it - but also how we have had such bad deals the last 2000 years also - ww2 - and everything else - lots of evil still in the world - but that is all from persons causing it then correct?

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ok the problem I AM having is some mortal human beans are having a HUGE effect over millions - 100's of millions of people - even billions

take say for example the lockdown in the usa - 40+ millions out of work and times that by 2-3-4 perhousehold so you can be into 160 million or more just in the usa that getting in trouble or china with 1.2 billion people being controlled by the top gov people - India as well - 1.2 billion people being controlled by a few in the government

OK no ww3 yet - but even with the virus lockdown - a "few" amount of people have basically effected conditions of say 3-4 billion people...."


Me here: Great questions and important issues!!

Can a few people truly subjugate billions without their cooperation? Whether by fear, intimidation, ignorance, propoganda and persuasion, threats, or false promises, we collectively make choices with outcomes. Did Hitler personally kill 10 million people?

Where is morality? And courage? And conviction? And faith? Collective karma repercussions persists through the generations...not just radially in distance but also in time! It persists until enough individuals push back and respond with faith and wisdom.

What happens is important...but not nearly so important as how we RESPOND to what happens. Evolutionary progress and experiential wisdom are the RESULT of RESPONSE. Collective and generational suffering is the failure to respond. Or so I understand the teachings.

In the US we elect the clowns that "lead" us....except half of us don't bother to vote...and our opinions are formed by the media paid to sell us poison and distraction...we choose to be this way...collectively....and suffer for it collectively. We are not a spiritual or wise people...not enough so yet anyway. We shall see. We tend to do better in crisis and mutual threat. We shall see......

Evolution is ugly and painful...but relentless and very effective over time.

Even on worlds without rebellion and/or default still does evolutionary progress come slowly to the mortals of each brief generation who endure it! Wisdom is not a gift but is earned...one decision at a time, one person at a time, one generation at a time and each person of each generation must truly embrace wisdom, whether personally or collectively, to express and experience such wisdom. Immaturity, superstitions, fear and anxiety based decisions, self importance, hate, impatience....all these poison the mind and the results of every choice and must eventually be overcome.

No system of government delivers good governance without transparency and accountability. The USA does not enjoy such leadership yet. The current system of power is under the influence and control of wealth and class....a minority constituency of control who acts in their own best interest and not the common good or greatest good for the greatest number. But we move in that direction.


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So...the evolutionary forces of planetary progress have many agents and agencies. There is humanity's generational change by experiential wisdom attainment by scientific developments and religious progression by faith and revelation; there are the forces of the Spirit of Truth and the universal endowment of the God Fragments since the Master lived; there are the many corps of angelic ministry specifically focused on multiple aspects of planetary progress and Reserve Corps of Destiny; there are the Most Highs and Counsel of 24 who are focused 24/7 on our evolutionary mortal epochs (read Paper 52); and there is The Supreme whose power and influence grows perpetually toward the Jubilee of universal Light and Life!

We are taught that evolution is glacially slow. But we are also taught two very important universal facts: slow is relative and evolutionary progress only APPEARS slow to humans whose lives are so very short on the material, evolutionary worlds who do not see or appreciate the progress achieved already or the rate of acceleration and momentum acquired or the trajectory of that momentum in the future. Impatience is born of immaturity and blindness to reality!

Consider the changes the past 100 years...and 200...and since the printing press and oceanic sailing ships and steel and the arch!! Holy cow! And this is the other universal fact - evolution is usually slow, however, sometimes change comes suddenly and radically in a single generation. This is described in the evolutionary work of the Life Carriers but also once humanity appears in the planerary epochs. Sometimes we stumble forward and sometimes we walk. But there are times we leap...and run too.

Who does not see progress? Who believes we are doomed? No one who studies the Revelation!

52:6.1 (597.2) The bestowal Son is the Prince of Peace. He arrives with the message, “Peace on earth and good will among men.” On normal worlds this is a dispensation of world-wide peace; the nations no more learn war. But such salutary influences did not attend the coming of your bestowal Son, Christ Michael. Urantia is not proceeding in the normal order. Your world is out of step in the planetary procession. Your Master, when on earth, warned his disciples that his advent would not bring the usual reign of peace on Urantia. He distinctly told them that there would be “wars and rumors of wars,” and that nation would rise against nation. At another time he said, “Think not that I have come to bring peace upon earth.”

52:6.2 (597.3) Even on normal evolutionary worlds the realization of the world-wide brotherhood of man is not an easy accomplishment. On a confused and disordered planet like Urantia such an achievement requires a much longer time and necessitates far greater effort. Unaided social evolution can hardly achieve such happy results on a spiritually isolated sphere. Religious revelation is essential to the realization of brotherhood on Urantia. While Jesus has shown the way to the immediate attainment of spiritual brotherhood, the realization of social brotherhood on your world depends much on the achievement of the following personal transformations and planetary adjustments:

52:6.3 (597.4) 1. Social fraternity. Multiplication of international and interracial social contacts and fraternal associations through travel, commerce, and competitive play. Development of a common language and the multiplication of multilinguists. The racial and national interchange of students, teachers, industrialists, and religious philosophers.

52:6.4 (597.5) 2. Intellectual cross-fertilization. Brotherhood is impossible on a world whose inhabitants are so primitive that they fail to recognize the folly of unmitigated selfishness. There must occur an exchange of national and racial literature. Each race must become familiar with the thought of all races; each nation must know the feelings of all nations. Ignorance breeds suspicion, and suspicion is incompatible with the essential attitude of sympathy and love.

52:6.5 (597.6) 3. Ethical awakening. Only ethical consciousness can unmask the immorality of human intolerance and the sinfulness of fratricidal strife. Only a moral conscience can condemn the evils of national envy and racial jealousy. Only moral beings will ever seek for that spiritual insight which is essential to living the golden rule.

52:6.6 (598.1) 4. Political wisdom. Emotional maturity is essential to self-control. Only emotional maturity will insure the substitution of international techniques of civilized adjudication for the barbarous arbitrament of war. Wise statesmen will sometime work for the welfare of humanity even while they strive to promote the interest of their national or racial groups. Selfish political sagacity is ultimately suicidal—destructive of all those enduring qualities which insure planetary group survival.

52:6.7 (598.2) 5. Spiritual insight. The brotherhood of man is, after all, predicated on the recognition of the fatherhood of God. The quickest way to realize the brotherhood of man on Urantia is to effect the spiritual transformation of present-day humanity. The only technique for accelerating the natural trend of social evolution is that of applying spiritual pressure from above, thus augmenting moral insight while enhancing the soul capacity of every mortal to understand and love every other mortal. Mutual understanding and fraternal love are transcendent civilizers and mighty factors in the world-wide realization of the brotherhood of man.

52:6.8 (598.3) If you could be transplanted from your backward and confused world to some normal planet now in the postbestowal Son age, you would think you had been translated to the heaven of your traditions. You would hardly believe that you were observing the normal evolutionary workings of a mortal sphere of human habitation. These worlds are in the spiritual circuits of their realm, and they enjoy all the advantages of the universe broadcasts and the reflectivity services of the superuniverse.


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Regarding evolutionary progress read Paper 81 Development of Modern Civilization. We must harmonize scientific, religious, cultural, and social development. Humanity progresses in multiple ways on multiple fronts. It is unfortunate when we focus so intently on our disappointments that we become blind to the glorious reality of realized potential and the potential we are destined to achieve!

This is one of the great purposes and values of epochal revelation - to throw back the curtain and remove mortal blinders and shine light upon the reality of planetary progress and our inevitable evolutionary destiny and all the powers, forces, agents, and agencies collaborating to lead us into our personal, planetary, and universal destinies! Or so I understand the teachings of the UB.

81:6.9 (907.6) Knowledge is power. Invention always precedes the acceleration of cultural development on a world-wide scale. Science and invention benefited most of all from the printing press, and the interaction of all these cultural and inventive activities has enormously accelerated the rate of cultural advancement.

114:0.1 (1250.1) THE Most Highs rule in the kingdoms of men through many celestial forces and agencies but chiefly through the ministry of seraphim.

114:2.1 (1251.4) Since the times of Michael’s bestowal on your world the general management of Urantia has been intrusted to a special group on Jerusem of twenty-four onetime Urantians. Qualification for membership on this commission is unknown to us, but we have observed that those who have been thus commissioned have all been contributors to the enlarging sovereignty of the Supreme in the system of Satania. By nature they were all real leaders when they functioned on Urantia, and (excepting Machiventa Melchizedek) these qualities of leadership have been further augmented by mansion world experience and supplemented by the training of Jerusem citizenship. Members are nominated to the twenty-four by the cabinet of Lanaforge, seconded by the Most Highs of Edentia, approved by the Assigned Sentinel of Jerusem, and appointed by Gabriel of Salvington in accordance with the mandate of Michael. The temporary appointees function just as fully as do the permanent members of this commission of special supervisors.

114:2.2 (1251.5) This board of planetary directors is especially concerned with the supervision of those activities on this world which result from the fact that Michael here experienced his terminal bestowal. They are kept in close and immediate touch with Michael by the liaison activities of a certain Brilliant Evening Star, the identical being who attended upon Jesus throughout the mortal bestowal.

114:6.1 (1254.7) When the first governor general arrived on Urantia, concurrent with the outpouring of the Spirit of Truth, he was accompanied by twelve corps of special seraphim, Seraphington graduates, who were immediately assigned to certain special planetary services. These exalted angels are known as the master seraphim of planetary supervision and are, aside from the overcontrol of the planetary Most High observer, under the immediate direction of the resident governor general.

114:6.2 (1255.1) These twelve groups of angels, while functioning under the general supervision of the resident governor general, are immediately directed by the seraphic council of twelve, the acting chiefs of each group. This council also serves as the volunteer cabinet of the resident governor general.

114:6.3 (1255.2) As planetary chief of seraphim, I preside over this council of seraphic chiefs, and I am a volunteer supernaphim of the primary order serving on Urantia as the successor of the onetime chief of the angelic hosts of the planet who defaulted at the time of the Caligastia secession.

114:6.4 (1255.3) The twelve corps of the master seraphim of planetary supervision are functional on Urantia as follows:

114:6.5 (1255.4) 1. The epochal angels. These are the angels of the current age, the dispensational group. These celestial ministers are intrusted with the oversight and direction of the affairs of each generation as they are designed to fit into the mosaic of the age in which they occur. The present corps of epochal angels serving on Urantia is the third group assigned to the planet during the current dispensation.

114:6.6 (1255.5) 2. The progress angels. These seraphim are intrusted with the task of initiating the evolutionary progress of the successive social ages. They foster the development of the inherent progressive trend of evolutionary creatures; they labor incessantly to make things what they ought to be. The group now on duty is the second to be assigned to the planet.

114:6.7 (1255.6) 3. The religious guardians. These are the “angels of the churches,” the earnest contenders for that which is and has been. They endeavor to maintain the ideals of that which has survived for the sake of the safe transit of moral values from one epoch to another. They are the checkmates of the angels of progress, all the while seeking to translate from one generation to another the imperishable values of the old and passing forms into the new and therefore less stabilized patterns of thought and conduct. These angels do contend for spiritual forms, but they are not the source of ultrasectarianism and meaningless controversial divisions of professed religionists. The corps now functioning on Urantia is the fifth thus to serve.

114:6.8 (1255.7) 4. The angels of nation life. These are the “angels of the trumpets,” directors of the political performances of Urantia national life. The group now functioning in the overcontrol of international relations is the fourth corps to serve on the planet. It is particularly through the ministry of this seraphic division that “the Most Highs rule in the kingdoms of men.”

114:6.9 (1255.8) 5. The angels of the races. Those who work for the conservation of the evolutionary races of time, regardless of their political entanglements and religious groupings. On Urantia there are remnants of nine human races which have commingled and combined into the people of modern times. These seraphim are closely associated with the ministry of the race commissioners, and the group now on Urantia is the original corps assigned to the planet soon after the day of Pentecost.

114:6.10 (1255.9) 6. The angels of the future. These are the projection angels, who forecast a future age and plan for the realization of the better things of a new and advancing dispensation; they are the architects of the successive eras. The group now on the planet has thus functioned since the beginning of the current dispensation.

114:6.11 (1256.1) 7. The angels of enlightenment. Urantia is now receiving the help of the third corps of seraphim dedicated to the fostering of planetary education. These angels are occupied with mental and moral training as it concerns individuals, families, groups, schools, communities, nations, and whole races.

114:6.12 (1256.2) 8. The angels of health. These are the seraphic ministers assigned to the assistance of those mortal agencies dedicated to the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. The present corps is the sixth group to serve during this dispensation.

114:6.13 (1256.3) 9. The home seraphim. Urantia now enjoys the services of the fifth group of angelic ministers dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the home, the basic institution of human civilization.

114:6.14 (1256.4) 10. The angels of industry. This seraphic group is concerned with fostering industrial development and improving economic conditions among the Urantia peoples. This corps has been seven times changed since the bestowal of Michael.

114:6.15 (1256.5) 11. The angels of diversion. These are the seraphim who foster the values of play, humor, and rest. They ever seek to uplift man’s recreational diversions and thus to promote the more profitable utilization of human leisure. The present corps is the third of that order to minister on Urantia.

114:6.16 (1256.6) 12. The angels of superhuman ministry. These are the angels of the angels, those seraphim who are assigned to the ministry of all other superhuman life on the planet, temporary or permanent. This corps has served since the beginning of the current dispensation.

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Regarding evolutionary progress, please study the text related to the keyword search for "suddenly ":

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