Q: We read in The Urantia Book the word "gods" as plural. If we have one Universal Father why plural gods? Please explain. I love TruthBook.com and you have the best staff too. Keep up the good work.
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The idea of plural gods can be a disquieting concept if not seen as part of the big picture of the revelation of God that we receive in The Urantia Book. In reality, there is only one God—the Universal Father of all.
God is alone in primacy, in personality, in Spirit—God is the uncaused Cause. And God is, and always has been in existence. But God is so primal, so far removed from human beings, he has to make provisions in order to be accessible to us...
(1:0.1) The Universal Father is the God of all creation, the First Source and Center of all things and beings. First think of God as a creator, then as a controller, and lastly as an infinite upholder. The truth about the Universal Father had begun to dawn upon mankind when the prophet said: "You, God, are alone; there is none beside you. You have created the heaven and the heaven of heavens, with all their hosts; you preserve and control them. By the Sons of God were the universes made. The Creator covers himself with light as with a garment and stretches out the heavens as a curtain." Only the concept of the Universal Father—one God in the place of many gods—enabled mortal man to comprehend the Father as divine creator and infinite controller.
You can think of God as the executive of a very large corporation. A good executive does not personally perform all the functions of the company; he distributes some of his power to his trusted associates, so that the work gets done. But he remains the chief executive, and all others are subject to his rule. And in the case of God, none of these other associates would even exist were it not for his willing consent. So, when we read of "the gods, " we are reading about these associates upon whom God bestowed some of his divine power. They are God-like, but none of them is above the Universal Father, who remains the great I AM.
(3:0.1) God is everywhere present; the Universal Father rules the circle of eternity. But he rules in the local universes in the persons of his Paradise Creator Sons, even as he bestows life through these Sons. "God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Sons." These Creator Sons of God are the personal expression of himself in the sectors of time and to the children of the whirling planets of the evolving universes of space.
(3:2.15) God is unlimited in power, divine in nature, final in will, infinite in attributes, eternal in wisdom, and absolute in reality. But all these characteristics of the Universal Father are unified in Deity and universally expressed in the Paradise Trinity and in the divine Sons of the Trinity. Otherwise, outside of Paradise and the central universe of Havona, everything pertaining to God is limited by the evolutionary presence of the Supreme, conditioned by the eventuating presence of the Ultimate, and co-ordinated by the three existential Absolutes—Deity, Universal, and Unqualified. And God's presence is thus limited because such is the will of God.
(3:5.2) The Father rules through his Sons; on down through the universe organization there is an unbroken chain of rulers ending with the Planetary Princes, who direct the destinies of the evolutionary spheres of the Father's vast domains. It is no mere poetic expression that exclaims: "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof." "He removes kings and sets up kings." "The Most Highs rule in the kingdoms of men."
(3:6.1) With divine selflessness, consummate generosity, the Universal Father relinquishes authority and delegates power, but he is still primal; his hand is on the mighty lever of the circumstances of the universal realms; he has reserved all final decisions and unerringly wields the all-powerful veto scepter of his eternal purpose with unchallengeable authority over the welfare and destiny of the outstretched, whirling, and ever-circling creation.
(118:6.1) God is truly omnipotent, but he is not omnificent—he does not personally do all that is done.
But having said that, there is one area in which we mortals do enjoy the presence and ministry of the Universal Father in a very intimate and meaningful way, and that is by means of God's bestowal of himself upon us as the indwelling Thought Adjuster. This fragment of God IS God himself, and bespeaks of our divine destiny with him in the eternal future. In a sense the adjuster IS us, as we personalize that fragment of God with us, that fragment with which we will fuse and become one with the Universal Father evermore...
I hope that this reply has been helpful to you. Please let me know if you have any other questions.