The Urantia Book -- Part II. The Local Universe
The Seraphic Hosts
As far as we are cognizant, the Infinite Spirit, as personalized on the local
universe headquarters, intends to produce uniformly perfect seraphim, but
for some unknown reason these seraphic offspring are very diverse. This diversity
may be a result of the unknown interposition of evolving experiential Deity;
if so, we cannot prove it. But we do observe that, when seraphim have been
subjected to educational tests and training discipline, they unfailingly and
distinctly classify into the following seven groups:
- Supreme Seraphim.
- Superior Seraphim.
- Supervisor Seraphim.
- Administrator Seraphim.
- Planetary Helpers.
- Transition Ministers.
- Seraphim of the Future.
To say that any one seraphim is inferior to an angel of any other group would
hardly be true. Nevertheless every angel is at first
service-limited to the
group of original and inherent classification. My seraphic associate in the
preparation of this statement, Manotia, is a supreme seraphim and onetime functioned
only as a supreme seraphim. By application and devoted service she has, one
by one, achieved all seven of the seraphic services, having functioned in well-nigh
every avenue of activity open to a seraphim, and now holds the commission of
associate chief of seraphim on Urantia.
Human beings sometimes find it hard to understand that a created capacity for
higher-level ministry does not necessarily imply ability to function on relatively
lower service levels. Man begins life as a helpless infant; hence every mortal
attainment must embrace all experiential prerequisites; seraphim have no such
preadult life -- no childhood. They are, however, experiential creatures, and
by experience and through additional education they can augment their divine
and inherent endowment of ability by the experiential acquirement of functional
skill in one or more of the seraphic services.
After being commissioned, seraphim are assigned to the reserves of their inherent
group. Those of planetary and administrator status often serve for long periods
as originally classified, but the higher the inherent function level, the more
persistently do the angelic ministers seek assignment to the lower orders of
universe service. Especially do they desire assignment to the reserves of the
planetary helpers, and if successful they enroll in the celestial schools attached
to the headquarters of the Planetary Prince of some evolutionary world. Here
they begin the study of the languages, history, and local habits of the races
of mankind. Seraphim must acquire knowledge and gain experience much as do human
beings. They are not far removed from you in certain personality attributes.
And they all crave to start at the bottom, on the lowest possible level of ministry;
thus may they hope to achieve the highest possible level of experiential destiny.