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by Jim Downs - Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 9:05 PM

53:0.1 LUCIFER ... succumbed to the urge of self and surrendered to the sophistry of spurious personal liberty ...

(5:4.6) The Hebrews based their religion on goodness; the Greeks on beauty; both religions sought truth. Jesus revealed a God of love, and love is all-embracing of truth, beauty, and goodness.

JD: In the pyramid (actually a tetrahedron) of Love the three sides are Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. Liberty is a true and valuable virtue but it is under Goodness. Lucifer elevated it to the top replacing Love, T,B & G as well as Respect for others, and a whole host of other positive Qualities. Self is important but not more important than any other self. There is a hierarchy of values and beings but one ascends that ladder by acquiring greater understanding, experience, and wisdom. This is the literal substance of soul.

53:1.3 ... Self-contemplation is most disastrous, even to the exalted personalities of the celestial world.

(128:1.10) ... {Jesus} was actually a Creator Son of the Paradise Father. When once he had espoused his public career, subsequent to the technical completion of his purely mortal experience of sovereignty acquirement, he did not hesitate publicly to admit that he was the Son of God. He did not hesitate to declare, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." He made no protest in later years when he was called Lord of Glory, Ruler of a Universe, the Lord God of all creation, ... the Omnipotence of a universe, ... the One who was before all things and in whom all things consist, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the Upholder of a universe, etc.

JD: What is the difference in Lucifer's declaration of his exalted self and Jesus declaring himself the 'Alpha and Omega?" Transcendent Humility!

53:2.3 ... for more than one hundred years of standard time ...

(33:6.9) The day in Satania, as reckoned on Jerusem, is a little less (1 hour, 4 minutes, 15 seconds) than three days of Urantia time. These times are generally known as Salvington or universe time, and Satania or system time. Standard time is universe time.

53:2.5.It is very difficult to point out the exact cause or causes which finally culminated in the Lucifer rebellion. We are certain of only one thing, and that is: Whatever these first beginnings were, they had their origin in Lucifer's mind. There must have been a pride of self that nourished itself to the point of self-deception, so that Lucifer for a time really persuaded himself that his contemplation of rebellion was actually for the good of the system, if not of the universe. By the time his plans had developed to the point of disillusionment, no doubt he had gone too far for his original and mischief-making pride to permit him to stop. At some point in this experience he became insincere, and evil evolved into deliberate and willful sin. ...

JD: These are the key sentences. The actual sin. But even this could have been forgiven if Lucifer had admitted his error.

(53:9.1) Early in the days of the Lucifer rebellion, salvation was offered all rebels by Michael. To all who would show proof of sincere repentance, he offered, upon his attainment of complete universe sovereignty, forgiveness and reinstatement in some form of universe service.

53:3.5 ... {Lucifer} exhorted his followers to believe that none of these rulers could do aught to interfere with the operation of complete home rule if men and angels only had the courage to assert themselves and boldly claim their rights. & 53:3.6 ... He advocated that ascenders should enjoy the liberty of individual self-determination.

JD: Once again abusing a valuable qualities - courage & self-determination- to twist the gift of free will in the personality to self aggrandizement.

53:4.5.All the merciful delays of justice Lucifer pointed to as evidence of the inability of the government of the Paradise Sons to stop the rebellion. ... And yet: 53:4.7 ... the Constellation Fathers immediately confined the action of these disloyal personalities to the system of Satania.

53:4.6 ... all beings would be left free and unmolested in their choice; that the "government of the Sons for the Father desired only that loyalty and devotion which was voluntary, wholehearted, and sophistry-proof."

JD: This points to the value and respect of the free will choice which is the reason for the time/space plan of each individual recognizing Objective Reality over subjective reality.

53:5.3.From the outbreak of rebellion to the day of his enthronement as sovereign ruler of Nebadon, Michael never interfered with the rebel forces of Lucifer; they were allowed to run a free course for almost two hundred thousand years of Urantia time.

119:7.2.The public announcement that Michael had selected Urantia as the theater for his final bestowal was made shortly after we learned about the default of Adam and Eve.

53:6.6.This angel {Manotia} is still in service on Urantia, functioning as associate chief of seraphim.

JD: I wonder what this what this (corps of the Melchizedek receivership of Urantia, assuming jurisdiction over the loyal seraphic orders) is doing today?

53:7.10.The ascending mortals were vulnerable, but they withstood the sophistries of rebellion better than the lower spirits. While many on the lower mansion worlds, those who had not attained final fusion with their Adjusters, fell.

JD: It must have been an interesting 200,000 years for these folks.

53:7.12 ... This noble Jerusem band of faithful mortals numbered just 187,432,811.

JD: Interesting this number. What can we assume with this knowledge?

53:8.8.But even so, no fallen spirit ever did have the power to invade the minds or to harass the souls of the children of God. Neither Satan nor Caligastia could ever touch or approach the faith sons of God; faith is an effective armor against sin and iniquity. It is true: "He who is born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one touches him not." And 53:8.9 ...The devil has been given a great deal of credit for evil which does not belong to him.

JD: It is still believed that sin is because a person is weak and has given in to the evil one. This is a "not my fault" excuse for unwise personal choice.

53:9.8.But for ages the seven prison worlds of spiritual darkness in Satania have constituted a solemn warning to all Nebadon, eloquently and effectively proclaiming the great truth "that the way of the transgressor is hard"; "that within every sin is concealed the seed of its own destruction"; that "the wages of sin is death."

JD: This warning is not to be taken out of context. Here are a few more to be considered:

112:5.6 ... if your intentions and desires are of survival value, there are issued the decrees of probation extension. You will be afforded additional time in which to prove yourself. 112:5.7 If ever there is doubt as to the advisability of advancing a human identity to the mansion worlds, the universe governments invariably rule in the personal interests of that individual; they unhesitatingly advance such a soul ... 112:5.8.The governments of Orvonton and Nebadon ... {would} rather assume the risk of a system rebellion than to court the hazard of depriving one struggling mortal from any evolutionary world of the eternal joy of pursuing the ascending career. 112:5.9 ... all will creatures are to experience one true opportunity to make one undoubted, self-conscious, and final choice. The sovereign Judges of the universes will not deprive any being of personality status who has not finally and fully made the eternal choice; the soul of man must and will be given full and ample opportunity to reveal its true intent and real purpose.

JD: This discussion is continued and much clarifies in Paper 54.

54:3.2 Although conscious and wholehearted identification with evil (sin) is the equivalent of nonexistence (annihilation), there must always intervene between the time of such personal identification with sin and the execution of the penalty...a period of time of sufficient length to allow for such an adjudication of such an individual's universe status as will prove entirely satisfactory to all related universe personalities, and which will be so fair and just as to win the approval of the sinner himself.

54:3.3 ... the Ancients of Days refuse to annihilate any being until all moral values and all spiritual realities are extinct, both in the evildoer and in all related supporters and possible sympathizers.