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.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Early Ministry

While the Gospels have short references to the early ministry of Jesus with the Apostles, the information is not organized, has to be collected from all four Gospels, and then stitched together. In contrasting style, the New Revelation reads like a history book in context, albeit with elevated spiritual explanations which are beyond human composition; yet, the spiritual message doesn't change from the Gospel message. It is always the same basic theme (1) accepting the sovereignty of God the Father (2) acknowledgment of sonship with God and (3) having a desire to do the will of God (which is also defined as God's ways, defined most often as truth, beauty and goodness, and seeking righteousness).
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Personal religion is internalizing individual beliefs, through faith. The starting point is becoming familiar with the life of Jesus, which is the most amazing story ever told.

The Gospels state: 
Gospels

EARLY MINISTRY IN JUDEA, SAMARIA AND GALILEE

[1] He travels south to Jerusalem for the Passover - the first one mentioned in the Gospels (John 2:13).
[2] Jesus leaves for the countryside of Judea where his disciples baptize believers (John 3:22)
[3] Jesus and his disciples continue northwards from Judea (John 4:3), passing through the territory of Samaria (John 4:4). Near Sychar, Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:5). Many Samaritans believe in him (John 4:39), after which he continues on to Galilee (John 4:43)
[4] He reaches Galilee (Mt 4:12; Mk 1:14; Luke 4:14; John 4:45), and back in Cana heals the official's son who lays sick in Capernaum (John 4:46)
[5] Jesus returns to his home-town of Nazareth, and preaches in the synagogue (Luke 4:16). He is rejected for the first time (Luke 4:28)


New Revelation

The account in the New Revelation is too lengthy to recite here. However, I copy enough here to show the thrust of the teaching of Jesus in hopes that any reader will go to a link above and read more. It is beautifully stated, and is clear and in modern language.


141:0.1 On the first day of the week, January 19, A.D. 27, Jesus and the twelve apostles made ready to depart from their headquarters in Bethsaida. The twelve knew nothing of their Master's plans except that they were going up to Jerusalem to attend the Passover feast in April, and that it was the intention to journey by way of the Jordan valley. They did not get away from Zebedee's house until near noon because the families of the apostles and others of the disciples had come to say good-bye and wish them well in the new work they were about to begin.

141:2.1 The night before they left Pella, Jesus gave the apostles some further instruction with regard to the new kingdom. Said the Master: "You have been taught to look for the coming of the kingdom of God, and now I come announcing that this long-looked-for kingdom is near at hand, even that it is already here and in our midst. In every kingdom there must be a king seated upon his throne and decreeing the laws of the realm. And so have you developed a concept of the kingdom of heaven as a glorified rule of the Jewish people over all the peoples of the earth with Messiah sitting on David's throne and from this place of miraculous power promulgating the laws of all the world. But, my children, you see not with the eye of faith, and you hear not with the understanding of the spirit. I declare that the kingdom of heaven is the realization and acknowledgment of God's rule within the hearts of men. True, there is a King in this kingdom, and that King is my Father and your Father. We are indeed his loyal subjects, but far transcending that fact is the transforming truth that we are his sons. In my life this truth is to become manifest to all. Our Father also sits upon a throne, but not one made with hands. The throne of the Infinite is the eternal dwelling place of the Father in the heaven of heavens; he fills all things and proclaims his laws to universes upon universes. And the Father also rules within the hearts of his children on earth by the spirit which he has sent to live within the souls of mortal men.

141:2.2 "When you are the subjects of this kingdom, you indeed are made to hear the law of the Universe Ruler; but when, because of the gospel of the kingdom which I have come to declare, you faith-discover yourselves as sons, you henceforth look not upon yourselves as law-subject creatures of an all-powerful king but as privileged sons of a loving and divine Father. Verily, verily, I say to you, when the Father's will is your law, you are hardly in the kingdom. But when the Father's will becomes truly your will, then are you in very truth in the kingdom because the kingdom has thereby become an established experience in you. When God's will is your law, you are noble slave subjects; but when you believe in this new gospel of divine sonship, my Father's will becomes your will, and you are elevated to the high position of the free children of God, liberated sons of the kingdom."

141:2.3 Some of the apostles grasped something of this teaching, but none of them comprehended the full significance of this tremendous announcement, unless it was James Zebedee. But these words sank into their hearts and came forth to gladden their ministry during later years of service.

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