Foreword to the Urantia Book

This partial foreword is supplied for those who have not yet been exposed to the Urantia
revelation. It is presented so that one can get a partial glimpse of the reasons the book
was written and where its contents were derived, as well as who was responsible for its
messages, along with a replete definition of the terms Deity and divinity.

FOREWORD

“In the minds of the mortals of Urantia—that being the name of your world—there exists
great confusion respecting the meaning of such terms as God, divinity, and deity. Human
beings are still more confused and uncertain about the relationships of the divine
personalities designated by these numerous appellations. Because of this conceptual
poverty associated with so much ideational confusion, I have been directed to formulate
this introductory statement in explanation of the meanings which should be attached to
certain word symbols as they may hereinafter used in those papers which the Orvonton
corps of truth revealers have been authorized to translate into the English language of
Urantia.

It is exceedingly difficult to present enlarged concepts and advanced truth, in our
endeavor to expand cosmic consciousness and enhance spiritual perception, when we
are restricted to the use of a circumscribed language of the realm. But our mandate
admonishes us to make every effort to convey our meanings by using the word symbols
of the English tongue. We have been instructed to introduce new terms only when the
concept to be portrayed finds no terminology in English which can be employed to convey
such a new concept partially or even with more or less distortion of meaning.

In the hope of facilitating comprehension and of preventing confusion on the part of every
mortal who may peruse these papers, we deem it wise to present in this initial statement
an outline of the meanings to be attached to numerous English words which are to be
employed in designation of Deity and certain associated concepts of the things,
meanings, and values of universal reality.

But in order to formulate this Foreword of definitions and limitations of terminology, it is
necessary to anticipate the usage of these terms in the subsequent presentations. This
Foreword is not, therefore , a finished statement within itself; it is only a definitive guide
designed to assist those who shall read the accompanying papers dealing with Deity and
the universe of universes which have been formulated by an Orvonton commission sent
to Urantia for this purpose.

Your world, Urantia , is one of many similar inhabited planets which comprise the local
universe of Nebadon. This universe, together with similar creations, makes up the
superuniverse of Orvonton, from whose capital, Uversa, our commission hails. Orvonton
is one of the seven evolutionary superunivses of time and space which circle the never-
beginning, never-ending creation of divine perfection—the central universe of Havona. At
the heart of this eternal and central universe is the stationary Isle of Paradise, the
geographic center of infinity and the dwelling place of the eternal God.

The seven evolving superuniverses in association with the central and divine universe,
we commonly refer to as the grand universe; these are now organized and inhabited
creations. They are all a part of the master universe, which also embraces the
uninhabited universe of outer space.

1.        DEITY AND DIVINITY

The universe of universes presents phenomena of deity activities on diverse levels of
cosmic realities, mind meanings, and spirit values, but all of these ministrations—personal
or otherwise—are divinely coordinated.

DEITY is personalizable as God, is prepersonal and superpersonal in ways not altogether
comprehensible by man. Deity is characterized by the quality of unity—actual or
potential—on all supermaterial levels of reality; and this unifying quality is best
comprehended by creatures as divinity.

Deity functions on personal, prepersonal, and superpersonal levels. Total Deity is
functional on the following seven levels:

1.        Static—self contained and self-existent Deity.
2.        Potential—self willed and self-purposive Deity.
3.        Associative—self –personalized and divinely fraternal Deity.
4.        Creative—self-distributive and divinely revealed Deity.
5.        Evolutional—self-expansive and creature-identified Deity.
6.        Supreme—self-experiential and creature-Creator-unifying Deity. Deity functioning
on the first creature-identificational level as time-space ovecontrollers of the grand
universe, sometimes designated the Supremacy of Deity.
7.        Ultimate—self-projected and time-space-transcending deity. Deity omnipotent,
omniscient, and omnipresent. Deity functioning on the second level of unifying divinity
expression as effective overcontrollers and absonite upholders of the master universe.
As compared with the ministry of the Deities to the grand universe, this absonite function
in the master universe is tantamount to universal overcontrol and supersustenance,
sometimes called the Ultimacy of Deity.

The finite level of reality is characterized by creature life and time-space limitations. Finite
realities may not have endings, but they always have beginnings—they are created. The
Deity level of Supremacy may be conceived as a function in relation to finite existences.

The absonite level of reality is characterized by things and beings without beginnings or
endings and by transcendence of time and space. Absoniters are not created; they are
eventuated—they simply are. The Deity level of Ultimacy connotes a function in relation
to absonite realities. No matter in what part of the master universe, whenever time and
space are transcended such an absonite phenomenon is an act of the Ultimacy of Deity.

The absolute level is beginningless, endless, timeless, and spaceless. For example: On
Paradise, time and space are nonexistent; the time-space status of Paradise is absolute.
This level is Trinity attained, existentialy, by the Paradise Deities, but this third level of
unifying Deity expression is not fully unified experientially. Whenever, wherever, and
however the absolute level of Deity functions, Paradise-absolute values and meanings
are manifest.

Deity may be existential, as in the Eternal Son; experiential, as in the Supreme Being;
associative, as in God the Sevenfold; undivided, as in the Paradise Trinity.

Deity is the source of all that which is divine. Deity is characteristically and invariably
divine, but all that which is divine is not necessarily Deity, though it will be co-ordinated
with Deity and will tend towards some phase of unity with Deity—spiritual, mindal, or
personal.

DIVINITY is the characteristic, unifying, and co-ordinating quality of Deity.

Divinity is creature comprehensible as truth, beauty, and goodness; correlated in
personality as love, mercy and ministry; disclosed on impersonal levels as justice, power
and sovereignty.

Divinity may be perfect—complete—as on existential and creator levels of Paradise
perfection; it may be imperfect, as on experiential and creature levels of time-space
evolution; or it may be relative neither perfect nor imperfect, as on certain Havona levels
of existential-experiential relationships.”

The above sets forth merely two pages of a seventeen page Foreword of the Urantia
book; it is not intended to portray anything but a miniscule part of the nature of a very
elaborate revelation comprising over two thousand pages of material that is generally  
foreign to most individuals universe of knowledge.

The Foreword was indited by an Orvonton Divine Counselor, Chief of the Corps of
Superuniverse Personalities assigned to portray on Urantia the truth concerning the
Paradise Deities and the universe of universes.

The “Book” itself contains: The origin of life on earth; who the first humans were and their
origin; earth’s relationship to the universe, how many planets are presently inhabited
within our local universe; who Adam and Eve really were and when they arrived on the
planet; the reason for Jesus’ incarnation on this particular world; our relationship to the
rest of the universe; a complete cosmography of the universe; who rules in God’s
domain; information on hundreds of entities presently residing in the universe; the entire
life of Jesus while on the planet; when the races first appeared and for what reasons.
There is no book on the planet that is more meaningful than the Urantia book.