A Study of the Master Universe:
A Development of Concepts in The Urantia Book
Bill Sadler (William S. Sadler, Jr.)
Some Comments about the Epilogues
Our study of the master universe began with a Prologue in Eternity. In it we attempted to examine certain precreative acts of existential Deity which set the space-stage for the whole ensuing story of the master creation: the mighty outward expansion of Paradise creativity and divinity, and the subsequent consolidation of the experiential results of this expansion on Supreme and on Ultimate levels of reality.
In the Epilogue to this study, we will set ourselves the task of trying to visualize certain possible super-creative acts of experiential Deity which may possibly break The Barrier of Infinity and, to a certain extent, circumvent The Impasse of the Absolutes.
This Epilogue begins the story of the universe of infinity and of our continued adventure as we pursue the mystery of the Infinite beyond the confines of the master universe.
The Epilogue in Eternity is presented in Three parts:
- First Epilogue - The Final Universe Age
- Second Epilogue - The Depths of the Final Age
- Third Epilogue - After the Ending of Endings
We end, as we began, with the Infinite.
First Epilogue: The Final Universe Age
Contents of this chapter:
- Some Comments about the Epilogues
- 1.Quality and Quantity
- 2. Experiential Deity Trinitization
- 3. A New Transformation of Synthesis
- 4. Beginning of the Cosmos Infinite
- 5. Formation of the Trinity of Trinities
Our study of the master universe ended on a distinct note of frustration. The irresistible force of an absolute trinity has met the immovable fact of an eternal infinity. The result is stalemate.
The unification of the Trinity Absolute is an endless project. The Trinity of Trinities is in a state of incompletion. On the First Level, one of its trinity-members is not unified; on the Second Level, one member is missing altogether. The Trinity Absolute cannot unify until it encompasses infinity. Until it does unify, God the Absolute cannot emerge from the potentials of the Deity Absolute. And, until God the Absolute emerges, the Second Level of the Trinity of Trinities cannot be completed.
The master universe is being mobilized as a nuclear universe) in readiness for the development of the cytoplasmic domains that will be external to it, but there are no such cytoplasmic domains - the space outside the master universe is empty. The Force Organizers, who have been the organizers of all the nebulae of the master universe, are the agents of the Architects of the Master Universe, and it is doubtful that these Architects have plans that extend beyond the perimeter of the master creation.
1. Quality And Quantity
Perhaps we may be able to continue our study a little farther if we make a distinction between that which is undiluted and absolute in quality and that which is universal and infinite in quantity. In this consideration, we would like to associate the word "absolute" with the concept of undiminished quality and the word "infinite" with the concept of unlimited quantity.
Given these distinctions we may approach the question of final destiny from a new angle. We submit that absolute destiny may be attained, if it is recognized that the quality of an absolute meaning-value can be attained in a sub-infinite manner. This implies an undiminished quality of attainment, associated with a definite limitation as to the universality, or the quantity of attainment.
A simple illustration: A human being could hardly even in a lifetime) breathe all the air on the planet. But this limitation as to quantity does not mean that such a person can breathe no air at all, In this situation, the limit as to quantity has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact of breathing, nor with the quality of the air that is breathed.
Havona, as an example. When the Father and the Son trinitized the Spirit and produced Havona, they gave full expression to the existential quality of divine perfection in the central creation; it is the perfect pattern universe. But the Deities did not give infinite expression to the quantity of this existential universe. Had they done so, then all eternal) space would -have been filled with a universe of existential perfection. The Father and Son chose to limit the quantity of creation in Havona; they limited it to a billion worlds and to a circumscribed area in space. They gave full expression to the quality of divine perfection, but still limited their handiwork as to the quantity of expression. They did not project the master universe as an existential creation, neither did they eternalize the Cosmos Infinite by fiat. They were satisfied to produce a pattern universe that is undiluted as to quality of perfection but is strictly sub-infinite as to quantity, or size.
By thus limiting Havona the Paradise Deities made possible all the later, and experiential, developments of the post-Havona creations. By similarly limiting the quantity, or universality, to which absoluteness can be experientialized, the same Deities have made provision for eternal growth -growth with no limit.
2. Experiential Deity Trinitization
In the Third Prologue to this study we gave rather careful consideration to the First Universe Age, to the existential-eternal age of Havona. In this Epilogue we should give equally careful consideration to the Final Universe Age, to the experiential-eternal age of the Cosmos Infinite. The two ages - First and Final - have points of comparison: the First has an ending in time, but no origin in time; the Final has an origin in time, but no ending in time. The First Age is a past-eternal reality; the Final Age is a future-eternal reality.
Trinitization, at the dawn of the First Age. We have noted certain analogies between the First and the Final Age. Let us now go back to the very dawn of the First Age, and take inventory of actual reality. We find that actualized reality consisted of two existential Deities plus a base of operations. We note the existence of the Father, the Son, and the Isle of Paradise. What is the act of the Father and the Son that inaugurates the First Age? The Father and the Son unite as the Father-Son in trinitizing their Deity equal, the Infinite Spirit. The repercussions of that action are the appearance of Havona, and the formation of the Paradise Trinity - the existential thesis of undivided Deity.
Trinitization at the dawn of the Final Age. We believe that universe history will repeat itself. At the dawn of the Final Age there is an analogous inventory of actualized reality - actualized experiential reality. At the dawn of the Final Age there are two experiential Deities and a base of operations. The two Deities are the Supreme Being and God the Ultimate; the base of operations is the completed master universe. What will these two experiential Deities do that will inaugurate the Final Age? We submit, cosmic history will repeat itself. That which occurred in the existential sense at the dawn of the First Age will be duplicated experientially at the dawn of the Final Age. We believe the Final Age will be inaugurated when the Supreme and the Ultimate unite as the Supreme-Ultimate in trinitizing their Deity equal, God the Absolute. We believe the repercussions of that action will be the beginning of the Cosmos Infinite and the formation of the Trinity of Trinities - the existential-experiential thesis of undivided Deity.
The Father and the Son are existential and infinite Deities, hence the results of their trinitizing union is existential and infinite - God the Spirit. The Supreme and the Ultimate are experiential and sub-infinite Deities, hence the result of their trinitizing union will also be experiential and subinfinite - an experiential and limited expression of God the Absolute. The Supreme and the Ultimate are sub-infinite, but they are also almighty and omnipotent. They are fully capable of mobilizing the grand total of all the actualized experiential reality that is represented in the completed master universe - from the "tennis ball" to the "moon." Such a mobilization of total earned experiential power should result in the sub-infinite appearance of God the Absolute.
The original trinitization is existential, and appears to be pre-creative. The final trinitization is experiential and seems to be super-creative. The ultimate level is the final creative level; the Supreme-Ultimate and God the Absolute are post-Ultimate in appearance, hence would appear to be super-creative manifestations of experiential Deity.
A symbolic picture. This trinitizing action of the Supreme and the Ultimate is symbolized in the writer's mind by the following picture:
There are two mighty and experiential brothers, a greater and a lesser, carrying an extraordinary battering ram. This battering ram is massive with all the power-potential that has been earned in the achievement of the experiential sovereignty of the entire universe - the master universe. The two brothers are approaching a formidable Wall that is labeled, "Infinity,." And, as they arrive before this wall, the greater speaks to the lesser, saving, "Swing hard, brother! We are going through!" They know full well they can never demolish this wall, but they equally know they can, and will, breach it. Consider, just consider, the massiveness of the battering ram they are swinging; it is weighted with all the power-personality mobilization of all the experiential things, meanings, and values of the entire master universe.
3. A New Transformation Of Synthesis
The trinitizing action of the Supreme and the Ultimate is, in our opinion, a new kind of transformation of synthesis. Back in Chapter V, we considered what happened when in old synthesis is transformed into a new thesis. We observed that this takes place, after the completed evolution of finite, reality, when the synthesis in the Supreme gives rise to a new thesis in the First Experiential trinity. This same process again takes place after the completed development of the absonite when the synthesis in God the Ultimate gives rise to a new thesis in the Second Experiential Trinity. In our previous study of the Supreme and the Ultimate we considered them, respectively, the Synthesis of the Total Finite, and the Synthesis of the Total Absonite.
In their trinitizing union, these two experiential Deities seem to be transforming themselves into two new experiential theses - the Supreme as the Thesis of the Total Finite, and the Ultimate as the Thesis of the Total Absonite. Their trinitized expression of God the Absolute should be a third thesis - the limited) experiential Thesis of the Absolute.
Here, we encounter what appears to be a superimposition of thesis upon thesis. Is this an unprecedented happening? Have we observed something like this in our study of past eternity? We have, of course, observed a similar transaction: something analogous to this takes place in connection with God's escape from infinity.
In emerging from infinity God constitutes the Son the absolute thesis of existential) Deity and, as father of the Son, constitutes himself the pre-thesis of Deity. In their trinitizing union, the Father-Son constitute the Spirit the conjoint thesis of Deity. This is a threefold superimposition of thesis upon thesis, and it culminates in the Paradise Trinity - the undivided thesis of existential) Deity.
The union of the Supreme-Ultimate in the trinitizing of God the Absolute, appears to be a sub-infinite and experiential) duplication of the eternity action of the Father-Son in trinitizing the Spirit. If this is valid reasoning, then God the Supreme, God the Ultimate, and God the Absolute constitute the threefold thesis of experiential Deity. Wherein is this threefold thesis unified? We believe it achieves union in quality although limited in quantity) on the Second Level of the Trinity of Trinities, and in the process of unification expands outward in the factual formation of this threefold Trinity - the undivided thesis of total Deity - existential and experiential.
We have drawn a parallel between the action of the Father-Son and that of the Supreme-Ultimate. They do indeed appear to be similar, but they are not the same. They are analogous but not homologous. The Father-Son, in trinitizing God the Spirit, is in process of emerging from infinity; the Supreme-Ultimate, in trinitizing God the Absolute, is seeking to gain entrance to infinity. What the Father-Son accomplishes in the total quality and quantity) sense, the Supreme-Ultimate may achieve in the quality sense only. God the Absolute emerges as an absolute reality in terms of quality, but in terms of quantity universality) and infinity he is a sub-infinite manifestation of the Absolute.
4. Beginning Of The Cosmos Infinite
We have the opinion that the trinitized appearance of God the Absolute will be the most profound occurrence in the history of the universes since the eternity appearance of the Infinite Spirit. In our opinion, there are close comparisons between the appearance of these two Deities. The Infinite Spirit is the result of the First-Deity-Trinitization; God the Absolute would appear to be the product of the Final-Deity-Trinitization.
When the Infinite Spirit comes into existence, he personalizes as a creative corollary of the appearance of the eternal universe. We have the idea that the appearance of God the Absolute will also be attended by the appearance of the beginning of the infinite universe. The first creation is actually eternal; the final creation is potentially infinite.
How is the Cosmos Infinite likely to be projected by, and in, the trinitizing of God the Absolute? We believe the Supreme and the Ultimate are capable of mobilizing physical as well as spiritual potentials. In our opinion, their union in the Final-Deity-Trinitization is a total union - nothing is left out. This trinitizing effort on the part of the two experiential Deities is total. This total includes all mobilizable things, meanings, and values physical, mindal, or spiritual) - all experiential reality. We accordingly have the opinion that God the Absolute will appear concurrently with the materialization of the innermost zone of the Cosmos Infinite.
What will this "first installment" of an infinite universe be like? As we have already considered in Chapter XI, 5.), this universe will be like nothing that has ever appeared in the entire master creation. For the first time the transcendental plans of the Architects of the Master Universe will be transcended. No creature is likely to have an accurate pre-picture of the beginning of the infinite universe. We believe there are aspects of Havona that could be used to deduce the character of this new domain, but these are existential and absolute phases of eternal Havona and this new universe is experiential. Albeit, we believe the central creation has its phases of existential absoluteness that are co-ordinate with anything experiential that might appear in the Cosmos Infinite.
As to the size of this new domain - we can only guess. Let us go back to our estimates of the magnitudes of the master universe. We likened the grand universe the presently organized and inhabited creation) to a tennis ball and, on the same scale, compared the master universe to an over-sized moon. This is a comparison of something that is two inches in diameter with a space body that is 3200 miles in diameter. We would guess the innermost zone of the Cosmos Infinite would be related in size to the size of the master universe, as the master universe is related to the grand universe. In other words, if the master universe were the tennis ball, then the innermost zone of the Cosmos Infinite would be something like the moon. And this is only the innermost zone - perhaps by far the smallest.
We have a reason for this speculation. In each past instance the nucleus of new cytoplasm has been very small in size when compared with the outlying domain. Havona must be very small in comparison with the size but not the mass) of the superuniverses. We have computed that the grand universe is quite small when compared with the master universe. Now, when we consider the master universe as the nucleus of some exterior creation we believe the same relationships will exist; the nuclear master universe will be small in comparison with even the bare beginning of the Cosmos Infinite.
5. Formation Of The Trinity Of Trinities
The appearance of God the Absolute has another parallel with the appearance of the Infinite Spirit: both result in the formation of a trinity. The Infinite Spirit completes the existential personalization of Deity and makes it possible to form the existential Trinity - the Paradise Trinity. The appearance of God the Absolute is the limited) appearance of the third experiential Deity and factually completes the Second Level of the Trinity of Trinities.
Back in Chapter XII of the study, we observed that the Trinity of Trinities could form as a factual reality, but could not complete its formation because one of the three members of the Second Level was missing -God the Absolute. With the appearance of this third experiential Deity, we can take inventory of the Trinity of Trinities:
- a) On the First Level, there are three Trinities: the Paradise Trinity, the Trinity Ultimate, and the Trinity Absolute.
- b) On the Second Level there are three Deities: God the Supreme, God the Ultimate, and the limited expression of) God the Absolute.
- c) On the Third Level, there is something, or someone, but we cannot be sure as to just what or who.
We believe the Third Level of the threefold Trinity will be occupied by the Universal Absolute just so long as God the Absolute is limited and incomplete. And this means forever! God the Absolute will always be unfinished, incomplete, and limited - in the quantity-sense. Were he to complete his experiential growth and development we would reach the outside of infinity and would be beyond the end of eternity.