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Adding to the Bible?

Q: Warning Quotes from the Book of Revelations: Re:22:18 and Re:22:19

A:  I am a little confused as to what you want to say by quoting these passages from Revelations, but I am guessing that you want to let us know about these warnings of taking away or adding anything to the Bible. Perhaps you have read enough of The Urantia Book on our site that you feel you need to warn us about our beliefs.

As to adding or taking away from the Bible: The Urantia Book does neither of these things. The Bible stands on its own, as does The Urantia Book. The similarities that you may see—especially in the life of Jesus—are not meant to add to the Bible—they are part of a revelation mandated by God to be given to us in our modern times...divine help for struggling humanity who have challenges that could not have even existed in Biblical times. The restatement of the life and teachings of Jesus is the most important knowledge that anyone can have in these times...vital information for navigating the turbulent waters of modern life.

Aside from the "adding and taking away" issue, your note has raised some other thoughts...I hope you'll bear with me...

The Bible was written and compiled many centuries ago, and it contains probably the greatest collection of truth that the world has had for all of those centuries; however, I hope you'll agree that God has not stopped talking with his children. The inspiration that produced the books of the Bible was not isolated to just those times. To think otherwise is to ignore and to discount the living truth that is meant to be experienced here and now.

Human beings possess—not only an actual fragment of God within their minds—but also, the ministry of the Spirit of Truth , the promised "comforter" that Jesus bestowed on all flesh at the time of Pentecost, and which helps every generation of believers to interpret and incorporate living truth into their lives.

180:5.2 Divine truth is a spirit-discerned and living reality. Truth exists only on high spiritual levels of the realization of divinity and the consciousness of communion with God. You can know the truth, and you can live the truth; you can experience the growth of truth in the soul and enjoy the liberty of its enlightenment in the mind, but you cannot imprison truth in formulas, codes, creeds, or intellectual patterns of human conduct. When you undertake the human formulation of divine truth, it speedily dies. The post-mortem salvage of imprisoned truth, even at best, can eventuate only in the realization of a peculiar form of intellectualized glorified wisdom. Static truth is dead truth, and only dead truth can be held as a theory. Living truth is dynamic and can enjoy only an experiential existence in the human mind.

While you think about this passage and what it means, consider the fact that when Jesus was on the earth, he many times referred to Scripture, but he was careful to choose only those nuggets of truth that supported his mission on earth—which was to reveal the loving heavenly Father, and to establish the kingdom of Heaven in the hearts of mankind. Read what Jesus had to say about Scripture HERE .

God does not live in the words on a page—either the pages of the Bible, or the pages of The Urantia Book—but in the hearts and minds of all of us, spirit children of this same God—the same Spirit that inspires the seeker to seek in the first place. And Urantia Book reader/students have discovered that the heavenly Father's response is always one of love—never fear. Seeking for the truth of God is a never-ending quest which is rewarded by increasing personal spiritual experience with him.

Incidentally, the book of Revelation is of note...in The Urantia Book, we learn:

139:4.14 When in temporary exile on Patmos, John wrote the Book of Revelation, which you now have in greatly abridged and distorted form. This Book of Revelation contains the surviving fragments of a great revelation, large portions of which were lost, other portions of which were removed, subsequent to John’s writing. It is preserved in only fragmentary and adulterated form.

And you can read about the rest of the new testament books and how they came to be HERE .

Although your note did not include an actual question, I have sort of inferred this reply from the quotes you gave. I hope that it helps you—if nothing else—to understand a bit more about the Bible and how it came to be...also, about living truth vs the static (and questionable) truth of centuries-old Biblical records. Please accept my apologies if it has not been helpful to you. AND—please feel free to write back anytime, as we love to discuss all matters of a spiritual nature with our visitors."

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