Urantia Book - Paper 3 – The Attributes of God: (A partial synopsis from The Story of Everything by Michelle Klimesh) God is omnipresent; he alone can be in numberless places simultaneously. He rules in the local universes through his Creator Sons who are discernible to lower orders of beings and can compensate for God's invisibility. God is greater than all of his combined creations. Although he exists throughout the universes, the universes can never encompass his infinity. God pervades the physical universes of the past, present, and future. He is the primordial foundation of material creation.
Individually, humans are indwelt by Father fragments, and the effective presence of God within each person is conditioned by the degree of cooperation provided. Fluctuations of God's presence are not due to whims of the Father but are directly determined by the mortal's choice to receive him. God has freely bestowed himself without limit or favor.
God is energy. He is the cause of all physical phenomena; he controls all power. The power of God does not function blindly, but it is nearly impossible to explain the nature of his laws. From the limitations of our mortal perspective, many actions of the Creator may seem arbitrary and cruel, but God's actions are always purposeful, intelligent, kind, and wise.
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Selected Questions for Discussion on Paper 3 – The Attributes of God
Meredith Sprunger Synopsis & Discussion Questions - entire list here)
1. Is the prologue of the Gospel of John designating Christ as the creator of our universe compatible with the idea of God the Father as creator?
2. How do we harmonize the concept of an all-good, all-wise, all-powerful God with the evil and suffering in the world?
3. What comfort do some people get from believing in the doctrine of foreordination—God determines everything?
4. If our "nearest and dearest approach to God is by and through love," how do we help people who are angry & bitter about life?
5. Are the "inevitabilities" of evil necessary in our world?
6. What do you think of the distinction between evil (mistaken judgment) and sin (knowingly disobeying the will of God)?
7. What are the advantages of beings who grow toward perfection by conscious choice over those who are created perfect?
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