For Urantia Book readers, this question has become a non-issue: Why do we know so little about Jesus' life? by Earl Crow. Why it is a non-issue for readers of The Urantia Book is discussed in our blog, below...
But here is part of the answer given by the author. Again, no one can be faulted for not knowing, although some of his answer is true; for example, the belief that Jesus had a brother named James. He did. But anyone who has not read The Urantia Book might answer in a similar way to this:
"Answer: You are correct. We know very little about Jesus' life. Some present-day writers have placed Jesus in various countries studying different religions. We have no proof of foreign travel or study of different religions. Works written close to Jesus' time viewed Him in different ways. For example, the Babylonian Talmud, a commentary on the Torah by Jews in exile in Egypt, rejected the miraculous conception of Jesus and Mary's virginity. It characterized Jesus as a sorcerer who was not crucified, but was hanged. Josephus, a Jewish scholar who authored "Antiquities of the Jews," confirmed that Jesus had a brother named James. Other historians and politicians gave limited information about Jesus' life, but they were aware of the Christian movement. Pliny the Younger, Roman governor of Bithynia, present-day Turkey, wrote to the Roman Emperor Trajan about 112 A.D. seeking advice as to how to deal with the growing Christian movement. Tacitus, a Roman senator and historian, and Suetonius, a Roman historian, both mentioned the Jesus movement. Most of what we know is in the New Testament, primarily the four gospels. Even in the Gospels, we learn little about his early life, and few historically supportable facts about his adult life."
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Do YOU want to know more about Jesus' Life?
Over the centuries since Jesus walked our earth, legions of followers have flocked to the Master's side, desiring to be like him and to walk in his ways. Even without detailed knowledge of his life and teachings, what little that has come down through the ages has been sufficient to ignite the interest and the passion and the devotion of these believers.
But as time goes on, the thirst for knowledge of Jesus has only grown. Speculations like those in the article cited above have been rife - even to the point of some skeptics even denying his existence at all in these modern times.
When Jesus was on earth, he left no writings, no material evidence of any kind that he was here. He left only his teachings with his followers - his apostles and others - trusting that they would carry on the work he started here - the work of establishing and growing the Kingdom of Heaven in the hearts of mankind. And again - even with the dearth of information that they passed on about Jesus and even though his teachings became corrupted and changed from the original, these fragments have been sufficient to stir the imaginations of countless generations that came after.
But where are the details that we crave? Where is the real story of Jesus? We know that he lived a life of 30+ years. We know that he was born, that he had a childhood, that he grew to manhood, that he established the Kingdom, that he had followers, that he was arrested and crucified, and that he died, was buried, and that he rose from the dead and that he appeared to many after his resurrection. What about those missing years that we know nothing about? What about his childhood? His family? His followers?
Enter The Urantia Book
If you know that Jesus was the Son of God incarnated in the body of a human man, you might agree that this kind of miraculous occurrence was pretty amazing, to say the least. It only makes good sense to think that somewhere, somehow, each and every detail of such a life would have been preserved for eternity. And such thinking is correct. These details have always been known to the celestial personalities who were with Jesus before and during his life. They have been faithfully preserved by those celestial personalities in safekeeping for a time when the world would once again be ready to discover Jesus anew. And that time is NOW.
It was not until centuries had passed and the world discovered the printing press that the stage was set for the emergence of a new revelation of the Master's life. The printing press was developed in the 1600s - a mere blink of time until the 1900s, when The Urantia Book was first published, followed closely in the 20th century by the emergence of the internet, through which The Urantia Book has now spread its truth worldwide. And in The Urantia Book, the Life and Teachings of Jesus are presented. They are presented factually, chronologically, and rich with detail never before seen.
Of course, the Master's entire life is not presented - that might take hundreds of books the size of The Urantia Book. But the life of Jesus is shown in greater detail than ever before. From his status before his incarnation, his birth, infancy, childhood, adolescence, young manhood - his travels, his ministry, both personal and public - his teachings, his mission, his arrest, crucifixion and death - his resurrection and his 19 seperate appearances to over 1000 people are recounted. We are given many dates - dates that are complete right down to the day of the week, in many cases, are supplied to us. And these dates and days of the week hve been proven to be correct through computer analysis.
Wonder no more!
If you, like the questioner above, wonder about Jesus, you have come to the right place. Please see PART IV of The Urantia Book - The Life and Teachings of Jesus - to discover for yourself the real story of the Master and his matchless life of love and service. When we know more about Jesus and who he truly was, and is, we will expand our love of him and our devotion to him through discovering how he really lived, what he really believed, and what his true mission to our world really was. It is part of our history, yours and mine. And the world is in desperate need of Jesus and his revelation of God to mankind as never before in its history. Be part of it...the time is now.
We leave you with a statement made by Jesus shortly before his arrest, while he was giving his apostles some final counsel and prayer. The Urantia Book revelators say it this way:
182:1.9 The Master, during the course of this final prayer with his apostles, alluded to the fact that he had manifested the Father's name to the world. And that is truly what he did by the revelation of God through his perfected life in the flesh. The Father in heaven had sought to reveal himself to Moses, but he could proceed no further than to cause it to be said, "I AM." And when pressed for further revelation of himself, it was only disclosed, "I AM that I AM." But when Jesus had finished his earth life, this name of the Father had been so revealed that the Master, who was the Father incarnate, could truly sayI am the bread of life.
I am the living water.
I am the light of the world.
I am the desire of all ages.
I am the open door to eternal salvation.
I am the reality of endless life.
I am the good shepherd.
I am the pathway of infinite perfection.
I am the resurrection and the life.
I am the secret of eternal survival.
I am the way, the truth, and the life.
I am the infinite Father of my finite children.
I am the true vine; you are the branches.
I am the hope of all who know the living truth.
I am the living bridge from one world to another.
I am the living link between time and eternity.
Thus did Jesus enlarge the living revelation of the name of God to all generations. As divine love reveals the nature of God, eternal truth discloses his name in ever-enlarging proportions.
Read The Urantia Book to discover those "ever-enlarging proportions" of the Father's nature and name, as revealed in the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.