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EVALUATING THE URANTIA BOOK & trance channeling

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Calvin Noble
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« on: February 18, 2008, 08:34:42 pm »

Bible verses that warn us not to add/subtract from Biblical Revelations
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Introduction 
Know your enemy and know your own limits
Deuteronomy 4:2 
Deuteronomy 12:32
Proverbs 30:5-6
Revelation 22:18-19 
Galatians 1:6-12
Proof that the Human authors of the Bible were inspired by God 
Testing the spirits - the Insurmountable Hurdle
 

Introduction

One common tactic that Satan uses to deceive people is to claim new revelations that aren't in the Bible.  His bag of tricks includes written "revelations" like the Book of Mormon, the Urantia book and the Koran.  It also includes direct spiritual revelations like the alleged Marian apparitions.  These extra-Biblical revelations are often very seductive because they offer alleged secret knowledge that wasn't revealed in the Bible. Books like the Urantia book are even more seductive because of their elaborate, in-depth expose of the spiritual world and the alleged universes beyond our own.   


Know your enemy and your own limits

What most people who get caught up in these cults don't realize is who they're matching wits with.  Most of us like to think we've got reasonably good instincts and that we're pretty good at spotting a phony.  We probably can do a pretty good job when matching wits with most other people.  Perhaps that gives us a false sense of security that we mistakenly think also applies to matching wits with the spiritual world.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  1 Peter 5:8
The problem is that when we try to match wits with Satan, he's going to win almost every time if we try to go it alone.  It is vital to remember who Satan is.  When he was created, he was number two in Heaven, second only to God Himself.  It was because of his amazing, in-depth knowledge and power that he became prideful and foolishly believed he could be an equal to his creator.  When Satan was ejected from Heaven, the Bible didn't say that God took away all that knowledge or his ability to engage in supernatural activities.  The truth is that Satan is a master deceiver and story teller.  He knows what ingredients he must weave into his story telling to make them alluring to unsuspecting, and uninformed people.  His goal is to seduce us away so that we will follow him willingly, even cheerfully.  He's not going to have near the success if he tries clobbering us over the head with obvious demonic doctrines and he's smart enough to know that. He mixes just enough truth in with his lies to sneak the lies past us, under our radar.   

He understands the intense curiosity that humans posses and plays to it by spinning elaborate tales that dazzle and amaze us.   His ability to engage in razzle-dazzle would make even the best Hollywood special effects artists blush.   He plays on our fears by soothing us with lying reassurances that Hell does not exist, or by focusing only on God's love and mercy while distracting us away from God's judgment and wrath.  He plays to our pride and or desire for power by telling us we too can become gods.  He exploits our desire to trust by false reassurances that these extra-Biblical revelations are in harmony with the Bible. He plays to our desire to be loved by mixing in strong messages of love with the poison that will ultimately lead to our spiritual death in Hell.  His ability to deceive would make the combined Psychological Operations units of all the world's military's seem like childish amateurs. The Urantia book is an excellent example of his masterful story telling abilities.  It is rich with alleged details about the spiritual world, and exploits virtually all of the human emotions listed above.   

For those who lack a solid biblical foundation about how Satan operates, and what Biblical doctrines he normally attacks, he can play them like a fiddle.  These deceived people will often experience a false sense of peace that comes from the new "enlightenment" they believe they've received from the extra-Biblical revelations, whatever they happen to be.  They may go to their graves thinking all is well, and looking forward to an eternity in heaven, only to discover the ugly truth when it's too late.  They will learn in the next life that like sheep to the slaughter, Satan had been leading them around by the nose the whole time with his tall tales, signs and wonders and clever deceptions.   

It doesn't have to be this way.  The good news is that God did not leave us defenseless against this kind of trickery.  He gave us everything we need in the Bible to enable us to separate the wheat from the chaff.  The bible verses that follow represent only a tiny fraction of what God revealed to us that enables us to see through even Satan's best efforts to deceive us.  For a more complete look at what God revealed to us on this topic, see our Cults and False prophets link at:

http://Creationists.org/cults.html

Sadly, many of these deceived people will never turn to the Bible for the life-saving guidance it can give them.  They avoid the Bible for a variety of reasons. Some do so because of sin in their life they're afraid they'll have to give up if they fully submit to God's authority in the manner God demands it of them in scriptures.  Others won't turn to the Bible because Satan has already thoroughly deceived them into not trusting it.  Others will turn to the Bible but because they are members of liberal churches who engaged in what could only be described as highly tortured Bible interpretation, they won't find the truth even though it's right under their noses.  The bottom line is this.   

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
You can't trust someone else to do your thinking and studying for you.  You have a personal responsibility to God to earnestly seek the truth, and to not ignore God if you sense He's calling you back to the Bible to find His truths there.  In the end, you will be judged on Judgment Day for how well YOU put forth effort to discover His truth, not how well others did your thinking for you.  Do not squander an eternity of unimaginable happiness and joy in the presence of your God and creator just to avoid some sacrifices and self-denial in this short life, which is a mere flicker of time by comparison.

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