Paper 48: The Morontia Life/ /Archangel

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p0: Morontia etymology: In general (m) material substance (mor) is like (on) this thing (-tia).
By Chris Halvorson: “that which is (-tia) akin to (on) matter (mor)”
Note also: mor–Danish origin 1930’s, refering to humus formed under acidic conditions.

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p3Nebadon etymology by Chris Halvorson: “the first (a) nebular (neb-) upland (don) (The local universe level is the local upland relative to the lowlands where mortals begin their ascension careers in the Milky Way spiral nebula.).” “don < O.E., dun = n., down = upland”

Orvonton etymology by Chris Halvorson: “the out-dwelling town (The superuniverse domain is the dwelling place for ascending mortals that is outside of the local universe domain, and the seventh Paradise satellite of the Infinite Spirit is the hometown for “the reunions of the struggles and triumphs of the ascendant career” [17:1.9].).” “ton < O.E., tun = town” “or- = O.E., out” “von < M.E., wone = dwelling, dwelling place, domain”

Section 1: Morontia Materials

p1Urantia etymology by Chris Halvorson: “specific: Urantia = (y)our heavenly place (i.e., in the cosmos)” “-tia = noun-forming suffix < -t- of L. past participle stem + -ia (cf., -tion and -ion)” “U.B.: “-tia” is indicative of impersonal, while “-ia” is more personal”


Section 2: Morontia Power Supervisors

p18Havona etymology by Chris Halvorson: “the “new heaven” (Rev:21.1).” “-a = L. noun suffix (first declension, nominative) = U.B., general noun suffix, used to indicate the additional specific meanings of the coined name”


p20beyond human appears eight times, followed six times by comprehension and once by understanding and imagination: (8:2.4), (12:7.12), (14:3.8) (17:1.6), (38:2.3), (42:10.7), (44:1.1), (48:2.20).

Section 3: Morontia Companions

p2: Melchizedek etymology by Chris Halvorson: “Heb., the king (malki) of righteousness (tsedheq) = U.B., the primary righteous expression (of a local universe descending Son)”


Section 4: The Reversion Directors


Section 5: The Mansion World Teachers

p8procrastination, problem avoidance, and ease seeking are used once.


p8: [without] equivocation is used, also in connection with the mansion world experience, at 112:4.12.

insincerity is used six times: (9:5.7), (48:5.8), (82:1.10), (139:1.10), (173:2.8), (186:2.8).
insincere is used one time and about Lucifer: 53:2.5.

Section 6: Morontia World Seraphim Transition Ministers

p2See Topical Study page: Abortion and resurrection for the unborn.

p5: Edentia etymology:  The specific, original and/or archetypal (E) edenic (eden) place (-tia).
By Chris Halvorson: “the (eden)ic place (-tia)”

Uversa etymology by Chris Halvorson: “the hub of the superuniverse that is the seventh expression of triune pattern (“U” is the 21st letter of the alphabet, and 21 equals 7 times 3. Hence, the headquarters worlds of the other superuniverses are Cversa, Fversa, Iversa, Lversa, Oversa, and Rversa. The “U” notation is also used in “Umajor the fifth” and “Uminor the third”.)” “versa = L., focus, hub (see endnote entitled “Versa”)”
masculine: metrical sequence of words (He wrote a verse.); also, versus (plaintiff versus defendant); feminine: poetical character (She wrote in verse.); also, vice versa (vice = in the place of another + versa = focus, hub)
“Versa is the nondirectional aspect of “a turning”, that is, the hub; while versus is the directional aspect, the rotation.”

Jerusem etymology by Chris Halvorson: “the “new Jerusalem” (Rev:21.2).

p27Mota etymology by Chris Halvorson: “[inherent] motion (Mota–the transcendent harmonization of science, philosophy, and religion–is innately dynamic, moving.)”


Section 7: Morontia Mota

From the 1995 publication of The Urantia Book by Pathways under the name God’s Bible: “Many of the 28 “statements of human philosophy” from [48:7.3-30] can be found in The New Dictionary of Thoughts, compiled by Tryon Edwards. All of these quotes are located consecutively in the first 50 pages of the 750-page book, which is arranged alphabetically by subject. The subjects from which the revelatory quotes include: Ability, Accident, Adversity, Affectation, Affliction, Anger, Anxiety, Art, Aspiration—almost as if the Archangel of Nebadon visited the mansion world class on the day they were doing the “A’s.””

Matthew Block’s “Morontia Mota: A New Perspective” reveals how his mind works in relationship to the study of “source material.”

p5: Inherent capacities cannot be exceeded; a pint can never hold a quart. DELAND, MARGARETTA. 1857-?. (American author). “A pint can’t hold a quart — if it holds a pint it is doing all that can be expected of it.”

p6: Few mortals ever dare to draw anything like the sum of personality credits established by the combined ministries of nature and grace. The majority of impoverished souls are truly rich, but they refuse to believe it. WALPOLE, HORACE. 1661-1724. (English author). “Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.”

p9Blind and unforeseen accidents do not occur in the cosmos. LONGFELLOW, HENRY WADSWORTH. 1807-1882. (American poet). “Nothing with God can be accidental.”

p10: Effort does not always produce joy, but there is no happiness without intelligent effort. DISRAELI, BENJAMIN. 1804-1881. (English statesman): “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”

p11: Action achieves strength; moderation eventuates in charm. RICHTER, JOHN PAUL. 1763-1826. (German humorist): “Only action gives to life its strength as only moderation gives to life its charm.”

p13: Life is but a day’s work—do it well. The act is ours; the consequences God’s.  FRANCIS, SIR PHILIP. 1740-1818. (English statesman): “Actions are ours, their consequences belong to heaven.” MORE, HANNAH. 1745-1833. (English author): “Life though a short, is a working day.”

p14: The greatest affliction of the cosmos is never to have been afflicted. Mortals only learn wisdom by experiencing tribulation.  SENECA, LUCIUS ANNAEUS. 4 B.C.-65 A.D. (Roman Stoic philosopher): “Wisdom is seldom gained without suffering. We become wiser by adversity.” EDWARDS, TRYON, original compiler. The New Dictionary of Thoughts. Classic Publishing Co., London & New York, 1890-1934 and later. Edwards: “No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted.”

p15: Stars are best discerned from the lonely isolation of experiential depths, not from the illuminated and ecstatic mountain tops.  SPURGEON, CHARLES. 1834-1892. (English clergy): “Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the top of a mountain. So are many things learned in adversity which the prosperous man dreams not of.”

p16: Whet the appetites of your associates for truth; give advice only when it is asked for.  AMIEL, HENRI FREDERIC. 1821-1881. (Swiss philosopher): “Before giving advice we must have secured its acceptance, or rather, have made it desired.”

p17:  Affectation is the ridiculous effort of the ignorant to appear wise, the attempt of the barren soul to appear rich. LAVATER, JOHN CASPER. 1741-1801. (Swiss theologian): “All affectation is the vain and ridiculous attempt of poverty to appear rich.”

p18: You cannot perceive spiritual truth until you feelingly experience it, and many truths are not really felt except in adversity.  MILL, JOHN STUART. 1806-1873. (English economist): “There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.” TAYLOR, JEREMY. 1613-1667. (English bishop): “Many secrets of religion are not perceived till they be felt, and are not felt but in the day of a great calamity.”

p20: Impatience is a spirit poison; anger is like a stone hurled into a hornet’s nest. EDWARDS, TRYON, original compiler. The New Dictionary of Thoughts. Classic Publishing Co., London & New York, 1890-1934 and later. “Anger is as to a stone cast into a wasp’s nest.” Malabar Proverb. (Quoted in Tyron Edwards’ The New Dictionary of Thoughts.)

p21: Anxiety must be abandoned. The disappointments hardest to bear are those which never come.  LOWELL, JAMES RUSSELL. 1819-1891. “Democracy and Addresses.” (American poet and essayist): “Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.”

p23: The high mission of any art is, by its illusions, to foreshadow a higher universe reality, to crystallize the emotions of time into the thought of eternity.  GOETHE, JOHANN WOLFGANG VON. 1749-1832. (German poet, dramatist and philosopher): “The highest problem of any art is to cause by appearance the illusion of a higher reality.”

p24: The evolving soul is not made divine by what it does, but by what it strives to do.  BROWNING, ROBERT. 1812-1889. (English poet): “Tis not what man does which exalts him, but what man would do!”

p26: The destiny of eternity is determined moment by moment by the achievements of the day by day living. The acts of today are the destiny of tomorrow.  LAVATER, JOHN CASPER. 1741-1801. (Swiss theologian): “Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action to all eternity.” CHAPIN, EDWIN HUBBEL. 1814-1880. (American clergy): “Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.”

p27: Greatness lies not so much in possessing strength as in making a wise and divine use of such strength.  BEECHER, HENRY WARD. 1813-1887. (American clergy): “Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength.”

p28Knowledge is possessed only by sharing; it is safeguarded by wisdom and socialized by love.  EMERSON, RALPH WALDO. 1803-1882. “Old Age.” Society and Solitude. Fields, Osgood & Co., Boston, 1870. (American poet and essayist): “Knowledge exists to be imparted.”


p12melody is used eight times in 44:1. The other three occurrences are at: (48:7.12), (132:6.3), and (195:7.20).

p20See Topical Study: Impatient Impatiently Impatience.

Section 8: The Morontia Progressors


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