From Eden to Edentia and Beyond

Introduction to Canberra Conference

As mortals, our ascension career involves being shifted a number of times into larger and more complex universe frames. These changes are part of Michael’s technique to evolve us from mortal to finaliter.

An extreme example of this shifting and expansion of frame, was endured by Michael in his last few years as Jesus. While remaining a dependable, pleasant man of the realm, his own frame of reference changed from bright Galilean, to soul dweller, to ruler of a local universe. Imagine his perspective from this last vantage point.

By the time of his death, when he looked upon his associates and the crowds of crude mortals among which he lived, he would have seen not mere fragile humans, but the embryonic finaliters entrusted to his care by the Paradise Father. He would have seen once again that vast

and exhilarating responsibility—to make Nebadon a reliable bridge across which his Father’s personalised fragments might stride beyond finite shallows, to the adventurous depths of Paradise, and of eternity.

“…Do you not comprehend that God dwells within you, that he has become what you are that he may make you what he is!” [Paper: 148:6.10, page 1664.2]

As he spoke these words, Jesus may have known it was his job to ensure the success of God’s plan to make a divine thing of Man. This scheme involved stabilizing constellations of systems of inhabited worlds, to serve as long ladders up which we billions of ascenders might attempt that “climb from chaos to glory”.

His constellations were secure; the presence of the Faithfuls of Days made available the Paradise perspective to shed light upon all matters of debate. However the systems, having no supreme Trinity observer, are less stable. Their brilliant Lanonandek rulers, natives of Nebadon, are saddled with local perspective and limited experience. While the Lanonandeks are able to organise the affairs of a thousand inhabited worlds, being native to Nebadon, they must take on faith the supposed missions of their father Michaels.

The team of Jerusemites who accompanied Caligastia and set up Dalamatia were likewise bound by finite perspective and narrow experience. The example they set and the systems they instigated were constrained by their understanding of their mission. Eventually, Caligastia’s entire administration became coloured by the motivations and aspirations of Lucifer.

While Dalamatia and Eden may have given our world a sublime and beautiful culture, even a transplanted variation of life in Jerusem, the frame of reference they wove for the mortals of our evolving world would have been inched, age by age, towards that which the Urantia Papers provide in a single dose.

Despite our world’s loss of social structure and biologic uplift, the sacred context of family, of parent and child, endures. This smallest unit of Persons remains potentially immune from the transient “weather” of society—a unique place where Adjusters weave formidable foundations.

Despite having no defining Dalmatia as social backdrop, and having only an echo of a myth of Eden as motivation, one Nazareth household showed how sincere mortals can provide sufficient framework to enable the drama of Adjuster and person to unfold: unhindered response to adjutant motivation, the whole-hearted willingness of the young Jesus, and the efficient weaving of morontia stuff by an experienced Adjuster.

Given that our world missed its opportunity to be illuminated by a million violet giants, a question must arise on Jerusem: what might be achieved by a million Urantian soul-dwellers?


Editorial in Winter Arena – 2004