To Bible readers, the idea that Jesus is the creator of only one Local Universe, and not the creator of all universes, is new. But when we consider how vast the heavens are, it is certainly reasonable that there would be many, many Local Universes, and accordingly, many, many Creator Sons. As you continue reading The Urantia Book, you will learn that the entire Grand Universe is immense, and very well organized. It is truly “heaven of heavens” or a “universe of universes.” In The Urantia Book we learn that there are inhabited universes and there are four as-yet-uninhabited outer space zones. The inhabited realm is divided as follows:
In the very center of infinity is Paradise Isle, the only unmoving, stationary thing in the entire universe.
- Paradise Isle is surrounded by the Central Universe of Havona.
- Havona is encircled by seven SuperUniverses. Each SuperUniverse is divided into 10 Major Sectors.
- Each Major Sector is divided into 100 Minor Sectors.
- Each Minor Sector consists of 100 Local Universes, created and overseen by a Michael.
- Each Local Universe consists of 100 Constellations.
- Each Constellation consists of 100 Systems.
- Each System embraces up to 1,000 inhabited worlds.
Since there are 7 SuperUniverses, there are up to 7 Trillion Inhabited Planets each inhabited by intelligent life!
And, remember, that does not include the 4 Outer Space Zones consisting of developing universes – universes still under construction.
Yes, as The Bible tells us, our Father continues working, even until now. (John 5:17)
But hold onto your hats! To add to your understanding of the immensity of Paradise Isle, consider this: If you group together all of the inhabited worlds, and all of the uninhabited spheres such as moons, suns, asteroids, etc., plus all of the creation in the developing four outer space zones, the mass of all of these worlds together is smaller than the size of Paradise Isle! In fact, Paradise Isle is a universe in itself – the Divine Universe.
So when we consider the vastness of the Grand Universe, it is certainly reasonable that The Bible, as a revelation to a primitive, nomadic people, would limit its scope to those matters that occur in connection with our planet, so as not to overwhelm these spiritual babes.
Think of how children progressively learn to encounter their world. They begin with knowledge of their own home, then their neighborhood, then their city, state, country, and finally the world. In the same way, man learns to progressively encounter the universe by beginning with knowledge of his own planet, then his solar system, then his galaxy, and out to the observable universe.
And true to the kindness and wisdom of a loving Heavenly Father, just when man was capable of venturing off his planet and out into the ‘heavens,’ in the mid-1960's, the Father allowed for a revealing of the Grand Universe to man in the mid-1950's by way of this 'new revelation of hope' – The Urantia Book. Coincidence? We don’t think so.
And consider the Old Testament. When Moses began writing, he recorded events that occurred thousands of years earlier, and the compilation of the canon continued another 1,500 years. Whereas the writings contained in the New Testament cover a period of only 100 years, and the canon was closed about 200 years later. Why so little information for such a momentous turning point in human history?
We believe now is the proper time for man to receive this new revelation. But before it can be widely accepted, it must be fairly examined, critiqued, and tested against known facts. We encourage all who have taken on the challenge of The Urantia Book to be open to the possibility that this is the time for something new to take mankind into the future.
As you journey through The Urantia Book, don’t hesitate to write us with your questions and comments.