Urantia Gospel Parallels

There are more than 10,000 cross references between the Bible and the Urantia Book. Part IV, a New Revelation of Jesus, is a 774 pg. section which has many parallels to the Gospel stories of the Bible. This blog will be a study of such parallels, and hopefully will increase and expand the love of those already familiar with the Gospel stories of Jesus, or, conversely show the Urantia Book's New Revelation equivalents of Gospel stories.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Parallels between the Gospels and Jesus A New Revelation



INTRODUCTION

There are more than 10,000 cross references between the Bible and Jesus, a New Revelation, a 774 page book. I have studied the Bible for 34 years, and the New Revelation for 20. I always loved the story of Jesus in the Gospels, but the New Revelation made me love them even more, as it is the most moving story I've ever read. The New Revelation has now been purchased by more than 500,000 readers, and has been translated into most major languages. It is available for free on many websites, so it is available to everyone.

Being a long time Bible student, and then discovering "Jesus: A New Revelation" which is Part IV of the Urantia Book, I decided that it was high time that I blogged about the substantial similarities of both stories of Jesus. While I realize that many fundamentalist Christians see the Urantia Book as a threat, since every word of the Holy Bible's content is believed sacred, and inspired by God, I also don't believe they have read the Life of Jesus as portrayed in the 774 pages of Part IV, which expands the Gospels to a great degree.

To begin, I have to start with the fact that I love Christianity, but am also well educated in the sense that I majored in Philosophy in undergraduate school. I have also read several versions (translations) of the Bible, and understand that the modern translations became clearer after scholars studied the Dead Sea Scrolls, as they had access to Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic texts, and thus could get a better handle on the meanings of words and phrases by comparison.

There are also many historical persons who are considered Seers, who loved Jesus, and while some were not Christians, i.e. Gandhi, the Father of Modern India, author of "All Men Are Brothers", others were from diifferent Christian denominations, i.e. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Nun who wrote "Little Way". I thus am writing from the perspective of not only a Christian, but all who honor Jesus as the most spiritual person who ever lived on this planet.

I have found in recent years that there are people of all nationalities, and age groups who want to  understand Jesus, but who have been turned off by the rigidity of Christian "Doctrine". This rigidity permeates all denominations, whether Catholic, Protestant or other derivations thereof, i.e. Orthodox, Pentecostal, Mormon, Mennonite, Methodist, Baptist and so many others.

However, all of these denominations agree that Jesus is the Son of God, and most agree that that there is a third person, the Holy Spirit, who together with the Father and Son constitute the Holy Trinity, referred to in the Hebrew  as the "Elohim" or Triune God.

Where their doctrines differ is in their interpretations of scripture, and in their mission emphases, i.e. the Baptists have "the Great Commission", the Presbyterians have their "elect", and so on. I won't try to outline all of that doctrine here, as this information is simply background for the thrust of this blog, which is simply to provide some unstilted, and hopefully unbiased information for those seeking spiritual answers.

I have further found that the Jesus of the Gospels lived a life of love, for his Apostles, for common people, sinners, for those in power, and for foreigners (Samaritans, Greeks, Lebanese and Syrians). His life was one of love, and his teachings were centralized on each individual knowing that God loved them individually, as a Father, rather than tribally as YAHWEH, a group God. He taught that individual faith was to replace adherence to the law as the basis for salvation, and salvation means survival, eternal life.

These teachings were a paradigm change to the Jewish religion and all religions of that time. He did not advocate breaking the laws brought by Moses, but he railed against the 630 daily rituals of the Pharisees. He was on a collision course with the religious establishment from the first day. His life was the hardest religious undertaking of all time theretofore.

Thus, with this introduction, I will rest for now and await any response. I hope to continue with comparisons of Bible Gospel scripture and New Revelation scripture, and my usual commentary. Suffice to say that at this juncture I hope any reader would sense that this will hopefully not be seen as an egotistical presentation, nor an argumentative one. I will not try to overwhelm readers with passion, nor doctrine. This is my first shot at blogging, even though I have been a technical, legal writer for years.

I will try to present Jesus through a new lens, oblivious of doctrine, and oblivious of the traditions of all churches and denominations. This will be a heavy challenge for me, but after 34 years of study it may bring someone to faith. Of course I could easily expect some serious flaming, but hopefully even a flamer will be reminded that the Jesus of love of the Gospels taught forgiveness, respect, and humility before God, even to love one's enemies.

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