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Institute of All Intelligent Life, 7 November, 2017: Extraterrestrial Concepts of Divinity and Creation (6), Understanding God

In this class, Dr. Keislar reads some descriptions of God as presented in The Urantia Book by a “Divine Counselor”, a personality who has “long resided at the Paradise center of all things.”

Dr. Keislar explains that this book uses the term “Universal Father” for Allah only to reveal the affectionate relationship between Allah and his creatures like that of a father and son, NOT because God begets children like a human father — a gross misunderstanding present among ignorant Christians in Arabia at the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) which is the reason the Quran stresses, “Allah does not beget!”. (To clarify this Dr. Keislar replaces “the Universal Father” with “Allah” when reading The Urantia Book.)

This Divine Counselor says that the truth about Allah “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….'” He then explains that only the concept of Allah, “one God in the place of many gods — enabled mortal man to comprehend God as divine creator and infinite controller.”

All planets in the universe were created as places for intelligent life. As The Urantia Book states, “The myriads of planetary systems were all made to be eventually inhabited by many different types of intelligent creatures, beings who could know God, receive the divine affection, and love him in return.”

Dr. Keislar reads: “The enlightened worlds all recognize and worship Allah, the eternal maker and infinite upholder of all creation…. God-knowing creatures have only one supreme ambition, just one consuming desire, and that is to become, as they are in their spheres, like him as he is in his Paradise perfection of personality and in his universal sphere of righteous supremacy. From Allah who inhabits eternity there has gone forth the supreme mandate, ‘Be you perfect, even as I am perfect.’ In love and mercy the messengers of Paradise have carried this divine exhortation down through the ages and out through the universes, even to such lowly animal-origin creatures as the human races of Urantia [our planet Earth]….

“No material man could behold the spirit God and preserve his mortal existence. The glory and the spiritual brilliance of the divine personality presence is impossible of approach by the lower groups of spirit beings or by any order of material personalities…. Human personality is the time-space image-shadow cast by the divine Creator personality. And no actuality can ever be adequately comprehended by an examination of its shadow. Shadows should be interpreted in terms of the true substance….

“God is to the scientist a primal force, to the philosopher a hypothesis of unity, to the religionist a living spiritual experience. Man’s inadequate concept of the personality of Allah can be improved only by man’s spiritual progress in the universe and will become truly adequate only when the pilgrims of time and space finally attain the divine embrace of the living God on Paradise.”

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