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EVALUATING THE URANTIA BOOK & trance channeling

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Calvin Noble
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« on: February 18, 2008, 08:35:37 pm »

Deuteronomy 4:2

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish [ought] from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

This is the first verse we'll examine that makes the case that there will be no further written revelations from God beyond the Bible. The book of Deuteronomy was written in 1410 BC. Note the emphasis on not adding or subtracting from Godís "word". As Matthew Henryís commentary states, this was Godís written Word, that had been revealed to them up to that point in history.

Matthew Henry commentary on this verse:

http://bible.crosswalk.com/Commentaries/MatthewHenryComplete/mhc-com.cgi?book=de&chapter=004

John Gill's commentary on this verse:

http://www.gospelcom.net/eword/comments/deuteronomy/gill/deuteronomy4.htm


Deuteronomy 12:32

What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.


Proverbs 30:5-6

Every word of God [is] pure: he [is] a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.


Revelation 22:18-19

The previous verses quoted were from old testament books. The final book of the Bible was the book of Revelation. It is physically the last book in the Bible, but it was also the last book written in the Bible (90 AD). Revelation begins with these verses:

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified [it] by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed [is] he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time [is] at hand.  Revelation 1:1-3

Revelation ends with these verses:

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.

POINT #1. The first thing to note about the book of Revelation is that the revelations in it came directly from Jesus to John. So it has the highest possible authority.

POINT #2: The Urantia society, for instance, teaches that the Bible was for the people who lived during Biblical times, and that the Urantia bookís additional revelations are for today. But Revelation 1:3 clearly states that the revelations in this book are for all who will live from that time forward, including those who will live in the last days, just prior to Jesusís second coming. There are many other  verses in Revelation that support the idea that it is a book that is focused heavily on the events that will affect those who are living in the last days. We know that in the case of Revelation 1:3, it too is meant for those in the last days because of the phrase "which must shortly come to pass".   Now if youíre thinking hey wait a minute, this verse says "shortly come to pass", and itís been almost 2,000 years since these words were written. "Shortly" sounds like something pretty imminent, not 2,000 years later.

Before jumping to the conclusion that the prophecies in Revelation are not for today, you must approach your interpretation of this verse using sound Bible interpretation principals. One of those principals is that you must look at everything the Bible has to say about a particular issue before you can accurately judge the meaning of many verses. In this case, one must consider what God tells us about His perspective on time itself. Remember, he created time. He can operate within or outside its boundaries. Hereís a pretty good clue from God about His view of time:

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8

So from Godís perspective, "shortly" could easily mean a few thousand years and He tells us not to be ignorant of that fact. It is also important to pay attention to the fact that many Biblical prophecies about the "last days" are coming true today, thousands of years after they were predicted. An interesting video about end-time prophecies is available on-line. It may be viewed in its entirety at this link:

http://creationists.org/countdown_to_eternity/english.html

Among those prophecies is the fact that "angels" (demons) would lead many away from the truth about the Bibleís message of salvation through faith in Jesus through false "doctrines". In other words, extra-Biblical false revelations would come directly from spirits claiming to be from Heaven. Books like the Urantia book or book of Mormon claim such authorship.  That fact alone should immediately set off major red flags about their contents.

 

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