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Mon, March 23, 2015
Jesus told the truth about Scripture
By TruthBook staff
Voices of Faith: How did Jesus view the Old Testament?
By The Kansas City Star
Here is an article explaining how Jesus viewed the Old Testament, or the Scriptures using traditional Christian teachings. Even though it uses only the information contained in the New Testament, it is not a bad article. If you are a Christian, you'll find it familiar. Here's an excerpt:
Q: How did Jesus view the Old Testament?
The Rev. Scott Gordon, pastor, Claycomo Baptist Church: Regarding the Old Testament, Jesus made two very important statements. In relationship to his followers, Jesus asserts, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." (Matthew 5:17)
This consideration brings us to the other important statement of Jesus. He says in John 5:39, "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me."
Elsewhere Jesus, after his resurrection, consoles and instructs two followers: "'O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?' And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself." (Luke 24:25-27)
Click to read the article
I say it's not a bad article (and no offense to the author or the Bible), but it is certainly not a complete answer to that question, if you know The Urantia Book. Nowhere that I know of in the Bible does Jesus do any explaining about Scripture, but in The Urantia Book, a revelation and restatement of Jesus' entire life and true teachings, he does...
The story of Jesus and his teachings in Part IV of The Urantia Book is so amazing. It is hard to keep seeing these articles in the popular press that are so well-meaning, and so well-written (many of them), but so lacking in the kind of knowledge that is provided in The Urantia Book for those fortunate enough to have found it.
This issues of Jesus and Scripture is an important one, and if the story about Jesus' opinions of the Scriptures were to be known today, it would go far in helping establish the kingdom a lot faster, by setting people free to think for themselves about these matters of scripture and truth.
Jesus loved the scriptures; he used them liberally. He was a Jewish man brought up from childhood immersed in scripture. He knew them by heart; Jesus' very first public sermon in the synagogue when he was 15 years old is basically a reading of Isaiah 61. Click the link to see the whole sermon.
And that's only one of many, many references to Scripture that Jesus used. And why not? These were the most inspirational writings about God that were available at that time, and they were viewed in Jesus' time much as they are now - as the word of God.
But, did Jesus see them that way?
Once, Nathaniel asked Jesus to tell him the truth about the Scriptures, and the following discourse was shocking to Nathaaniel. I expect it might be shocking still today, but what Jesus says here made a lot of sense then, and remains the most sane approach to so-called sacred writings ever written. Maybe you'll agree:
Here is Jesus' discourse, in part:
"Nathaniel, never permit yourself for one moment to believe the Scripture records which tell you that the God of love directed your forefathers to go forth in battle to slay all their enemies—men, women, and children. Such records are the words of men, not very holy men, and they are not the word of God. The Scriptures always have, and always will, reflect the intellectual, moral, and spiritual status of those who create them. Have you not noted that the concepts of Yahweh grow in beauty and glory as the prophets make their records from Samuel to Isaiah? And you should remember that the Scriptures are intended for religious instruction and spiritual guidance. They are not the works of either historians or philosophers.
"The thing most deplorable is not merely this erroneous idea of the absolute perfection of the Scripture record and the infallibility of its teachings, but rather the confusing misinterpretation of these sacred writings by the tradition-enslaved scribes and Pharisees at Jerusalem. And now will they employ both the doctrine of the inspiration of the Scriptures and their misinterpretations thereof in their determined effort to withstand these newer teachings of the gospel of the kingdom. Nathaniel, never forget, the Father does not limit the revelation of truth to any one generation or to any one people. Many earnest seekers after the truth have been, and will continue to be, confused and disheartened by these doctrines of the perfection of the Scriptures.
"The authority of truth is the very spirit that indwells its living manifestations, and not the dead words of the less illuminated and supposedly inspired men of another generation. And even if these holy men of old lived inspired and spirit-filled lives, that does not mean that their words were similarly spiritually inspired. Today we make no record of the teachings of this gospel of the kingdom lest, when I have gone, you speedily become divided up into sundry groups of truth contenders as a result of the diversity of your interpretation of my teachings. For this generation it is best that we live these truths while we shun the making of records.
"Mark you well my words, Nathaniel, nothing which human nature has touched can be regarded as infallible. Through the mind of man divine truth may indeed shine forth, but always of relative purity and partial divinity. The creature may crave infallibility, but only the Creators possess it.
Click to read Jesus' entire discourse on the truth of Scripture
Further on that page, we read
159:5.1 At Philadelphia, where James was working, Jesus taught the disciples about the positive nature of the gospel of the kingdom. When, in the course of his remarks, he intimated that some parts of the Scripture were more truth-containing than others and admonished his hearers to feed their souls upon the best of the spiritual food, James interrupted the Master, asking: "Would you be good enough, Master, to suggest to us how we may choose the better passages from the Scriptures for our personal edification?" And Jesus replied: "Yes, James, when you read the Scriptures look for those eternally true and divinely beautiful teachings, such as:
"Create in me a clean heart, O Lord.
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
"You should love your neighbor as yourself.
"For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying, fear not; I will help you.
"Neither shall the nations learn war any more."
159:5.7 And this is illustrative of the way Jesus, day by day, appropriated the cream of the Hebrew scriptures for the instruction of his followers and for inclusion in the teachings of the new gospel of the kingdom. Other religions had suggested the thought of the nearness of God to man, but Jesus made the care of God for man like the solicitude of a loving father for the welfare of his dependent children and then made this teaching the cornerstone of his religion. And thus did the doctrine of the fatherhood of God make imperative the practice of the brotherhood of man. The worship of God and the service of man became the sum and substance of his religion. Jesus took the best of the Jewish religion and translated it to a worthy setting in the new teachings of the gospel of the kingdom.
159:5.9 Jesus did not hesitate to appropriate the better half of a Scripture while he repudiated the lesser portion. His great exhortation, "Love your neighbor as yourself," he took from the Scripture which reads: "You shall not take vengeance against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself." Jesus appropriated the positive portion of this Scripture while rejecting the negative part. He even opposed negative or purely passive nonresistance. Said he: "When an enemy smites you on one cheek, do not stand there dumb and passive but in positive attitude turn the other; that is, do the best thing possible actively to lead your brother in error away from the evil paths into the better ways of righteous living." Jesus required his followers to react positively and aggressively to every life situation. The turning of the other cheek, or whatever act that may typify, demands initiative, necessitates vigorous, active, and courageous expression of the believer's personality.
Click to read more about the positive nature of Jesus' religion
Can we handle the truth about Scripture?
The time is ripe for the world to understand the truth of the Scriptures yet again - even after 2000 years since the Master's bestowal, honest people still stumble and agonize over scripture, thinking that they are somehow inerrant words of God that cannot be questioned. So much of what passes for truth in the Bible can be terribly confusing to a truth-seeker who welcomes the God of love and forgiveness in his heart, but is faced with a god of vengeance and wrath in the BIble which claims to represent that God.
Jesus did not intend it to be that way.
There are at least 65 reference to Jesus and scripture in The Urantia Book. Many are times when he quoted scripture and others are about his knowledge of them, or the Pharisees' use of them against Jesus.
Click to check it out in TruthBook's search.
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