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.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Salvation Parallels


The major question of mankind has always been whether there is life after death. Various world religions have different approaches and beliefs about this. I don’t want to go into a comparative religions study at this time, but I do want to state that Jesus promised eternal life based upon the simple fact of the believer having faith in God the Father, through Jesus himself. He stated “All who come to the Father come through me”.

There are so many books on this subject that no one writing a blog would attempt such an exposition. However, for the purpose of showing this blog’s Gospel parallels, I would attempt some examples. Every Christian knows generally what the Gospels say. I would however like to emphasize the Gospel story of Jesus teaching about having faith like a little child.

 The Gospel of Matthew states:

Matthew 18:2-4 (New International Version)

 2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.


The New Revelation states:

(1861.2) 170:2.20 Jesus taught that, by faith, the believer enters the kingdom now. In the various discourses he taught that two things are essential to faith-entrance into the kingdom:
(1861.3) 170:2.21 1. Faith, sincerity. To come as a little child, to receive the bestowal of sonship as a gift; to submit to the doing of the Father’s will without questioning and in the full confidence and genuine trustfulness of the Father’s wisdom; to come into the kingdom free from prejudice and preconception; to be open-minded and teachable like an unspoiled child.
(1861.4) 170:2.22 2. Truth hunger. The thirst for righteousness, a change of mind, the acquirement of the motive to be like God and to find God.



Commentary

Both the Gospels and the New Revelation have other similar references. The Gospel verses above indicates “change”, and the New Revelation expands the Gospel reference to include “faith”, and a “change of mind”, adding a thirst for righteousness and a motive to find God.

Of course the Bible adds these additional elements in other verses.

A change of mind can often precipitate faith. When one can’t find an answer to the issue of life after death, or an answer to many of life’s problems, and decides to change, he/she can simply ask Jesus for help. And he will help, through the spirit he sent at Pentecost to all believers.

A little child is innocent, trusting and easy to teach. This is how God looks at one who comes humbly to him. Both the Gospels and the New Revelation teach that faith itself is a gift from God available for the asking.

This spirit may not necessarily be felt emotionally, but when Jesus’ help is sincerely sought, this spirit will begin to work in the human mind. Most people who ask for help then begin to learn about Jesus and the Father through Bible study and church attendance, and their choice of church then subjects them to various church doctrines, and the variances in doctrines becomes confusing to some.

Faith comes from God, not from anywhere or anyone else. Faith found in a church may be found in oneself there, but it is still a gift from God. Faith is between the believer and God.

A Short Note About Churches

The Bible’s account of the early church is explained in the Book of Acts, believed to be authored by Luke. The Letters of Paul to the early churches also are instructive.  The Gospels don’t have any reference to a church. Jesus refers to an assembly of believers.

The assembly of believers were part of Judaism after the resurrection. As the Greek believers spread the words of Jesus, and the persecutions of both Jewish and Greek believers began in Jerusalem, the believers in Jesus separated from Judaism and started the churches. First Peter was the Apostle who preached to the Jews, and then Paul spread the word to the non Jewish Gentiles. Later Peter assisted Paul in his endeavors.


The New Revelation teaches that churches are the socialization of religion, whereas true religion is between the believer and Jesus himself, which is what Jesus taught in the Gospels. It is the believers who socialize religion. This is the normal outgrowth of an association of like believers.

The New Revelation explains that the “religion of Jesus” is what he taught, whereas the churches are a religion about the risen Jesus. The New Revelation states that Jesus wholeheartedly supports the churches, and just wants each believer to have a personal relationship with the Father through him.

Over the centuries the Christian Church has splintered into many denominations, each with different doctrines and emphases. This is what confuses some believers, both old and new.

The Historical Jesus

The New Revelation doesn’t in any way condemn the churches, it supports them. It simply states that it hopes to fill the “splinter” gap by presenting the life of the historical Jesus in modern form. It teaches the “religion of Jesus". Christianity is missing the historical Jesus, even though many scholars and authors have tried to re-create him. One memorable attempt was made by Fr. Hans Kung, who wrote “On Being a Christian”.

Thus anyone really wanting to change their lives, can only add a spiritual dimension, through faith. All religions have truth, and morality, but none have a savior that one can interact with personally except Christianity. Those who believe, including myself, also agree that God the Father, through Jesus, in changing us through changing our thinking and helping our character growth, helps us to change our attitude towards others, and generally enhances our lives. As our morality increases, our self respect also increases. As we begin to understand evil, we begin to avoid it, and evil is always what complicates and undermines our lives. However, we first must understand it. In this sense I am equating evil with sin. God’s love will erase it in your life when you are tuned into him through Jesus, through prayer. 

Jesus taught that “the Kingdom of God is within you”. This refers to our spiritual dimension, originating in our minds. Once we believe, by faith, God can communicate with us. We can pray, and He can answer prayer. The channel to the Father opens. Jesus came to save all people from spiritual darkness.

Jesus told the Apostles he couldn’t save them from persecution, nor the accidents of time, but that he would be with them through it all. This has of course been proven through the recorded lives of many believers throughout the history of the last 2000 years.

So, the advantages of faith are not only a better life here on earth, but the hope of eternal life. Nothing will give a believer a better perspective or knowledge of this than knowing the life of the  historical Jesus in Palestine 2000 years ago.

I hope by now that any reader sees that a presentation without doctrine (external rules), is an unfettered one. I have made no pronouncements about baptism, communion, confession, marriage, sex, Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, Muslims, race, ethnicity, or any other pronouncement. I believe true religion is the Fatherhood of God and the resultant Brotherhood of man.

God is truly the God of love, and he loves everyone.Many don't know that. Once we do, we accept sonship. Then we can love our brothers.


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