The Urantia Book-- Part III. The History Of
PAPER 67: Section 1.
The Caligastia Betrayal
For three hundred thousand years Caligastia had been in charge of Urantia when
Satan, Lucifer's assistant, made one of his periodic inspection calls. And when
Satan arrived on the planet, his appearance in no way resembled your
of his nefarious majesty. He was, and still is, a Lanonandek Son of great brilliance.
"And no marvel, for Satan himself is a brilliant creature of light."
In the course of this inspection Satan informed Caligastia of Lucifer's then
proposed "Declaration of Liberty," and as we now know, the Prince agreed to
betray the planet upon the announcement of the rebellion. The loyal universe
personalities look with peculiar disdain upon Prince Caligastia because of this
premeditated betrayal of trust. The Creator Son voiced this contempt when he
said: "You are like your leader, Lucifer, and you have sinfully perpetuated
his iniquity. He was a
falsifier from the beginning of his self-exaltation because
he abode not in the truth."
In all the administrative work of a local universe no high trust is deemed more
sacred than that reposed in a Planetary Prince who assumes responsibility for
the welfare and guidance of the evolving mortals on a newly inhabited world.
And of all forms of evil, none are more destructive of personality status than
betrayal of trust and disloyalty to one's confiding friends. In committing this
deliberate sin, Caligastia so completely distorted his personality that his
mind has never since been able fully to regain its equilibrium.
There are many ways of looking at sin, but from the universe philosophic viewpoint
sin is the attitude of a personality who is knowingly resisting cosmic reality.
Error might be regarded as a misconception or distortion of reality. Evil
is a partial realization of, or maladjustment to, universe realities. But
sin is a purposeful resistance to divine reality -- a conscious choosing to
oppose spiritual progress -- while iniquity consists in an open and persistent
defiance of recognized reality and signifies such a degree of personality
disintegration as to border on cosmic insanity.
Error suggests lack of intellectual keenness; evil, deficiency of wisdom;
sin, abject spiritual poverty; but iniquity is indicative of vanishing personality
And when sin has so many times been chosen and so often been repeated, it
may become habitual. Habitual sinners can easily become iniquitous, become
wholehearted rebels against the universe and all of its divine realities.
While all manner of sins may be forgiven, we doubt whether the established
iniquiter would ever sincerely experience sorrow for his misdeeds or accept
forgiveness for his sins.