The Urantia Book-- Part III. The History Of
PAPER 115: Section 1.
Relativity Of Concept Frames
Partial, incomplete, and evolving intellects would be helpless in the master
universe, would be unable to form the first rational thought pattern, were it
not for the innate ability of all mind, high or low, to form a universe frame
in which to think. If mind cannot fathom conclusions, if it cannot penetrate
to true origins, then will such mind unfailingly postulate conclusions and invent
origins that it may have a means of logical thought within the frame of these
mind-created postulates. And while such universe frames for creature thought
are indispensable to rational intellectual operations, they are, without exception,
erroneous to a greater or lesser degree.
Conceptual frames of the universe are only relatively true; they are serviceable
scaffolding which must eventually give way before the expansions of enlarging
cosmic comprehension. The understandings of truth, beauty, and goodness, morality,
ethics, duty, love, divinity, origin, existence, purpose, destiny, time, space,
even Deity, are only relatively true. God is much, much more than a Father,
but the Father is man's highest concept of God; nonetheless, the Father-Son
portrayal of Creator-creature relationship will be augmented by those supermortal
conceptions of Deity which will be attained in Orvonton, in Havona, and on Paradise.
Man must think in a mortal universe frame, but that does not mean that he cannot
envision other and higher frames within whi ch thought can take place.
In order to facilitate mortal comprehension of the universe of universes, the
diverse levels of cosmic reality have been designated as finite, absonite, and
absolute. Of these only the absolute is unqualifiedly eternal, truly existential.
Absonites and finites are derivatives, modifications, qualifications, and attenuations
of the original and primordial absolute reality of infinity.
The realms of the finite exist by virtue of the eternal purpose of God. Finite
creatures, high and low, may propound theories, and have done so, as to the
necessity of the finite in the cosmic economy, but in the last analysis it exists
because God so willed. The universe cannot be explained, neither can a finite
creature offer a rational reason for his own individual existence without appealing
to the prior acts and pre-existent volition of ancestral beings, Creators or