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.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Appearance of Jesus on Earth

 

The Gospel of John

It seems only fitting that the appearance of Jesus on our Earth as recorded in the Gospel of John be inserted here for reference, as Jesus’ purpose in coming relates to the recently posted record of his resurrection. His purpose in coming also helps to explain his rising from the dead.

As John stated in John 1:18::

          “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is
            himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has
            made him known.”

The Apostles clearly believed that Jesus descended here from God the Father, and ascended back to God when his work here was finished. His life’s wok here was to reveal God to Man, and to show man the way of salvation (survival).

John 1:1-18 (New International Version, ©2011)

John 1

The Word Became Flesh

 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

The New Revelation

121:8.10 The Gospel of John. The Gospel according to John relates much of Jesus’ work in Judea and around Jerusalem which is not contained in the other records. This is the so-called Gospel according to John the son of Zebedee, and though John did not write it, he did inspire it. Since its first writing it has several times been edited to make it appear to have been written by John himself. When this record was made, John had the other Gospels, and he saw that much had been omitted; accordingly, in the year A.D. 101 he encouraged his associate, Nathan, a Greek Jew from Caesarea, to begin the writing. John supplied his material from memory and by reference to the three records already in existence. He had no written records of his own. The Epistle known as “First John” was written by John himself as a covering letter for the work which Nathan executed under his direction.

121:8.11 All these writers presented honest pictures of Jesus as they saw, remembered, or had learned of him, and as their concepts of these distant events were affected by their subsequent espousal of Paul’s theology of Christianity. And these records, imperfect as they are, have been sufficient to change the course of the history of Urantia for almost two thousand years.

Commentary

Had the majority of our world accepted Jesus’ vision of the “Kingdom within”, where each person attempted to find the will of God in their own life, encompassing one’s living faith in the Father’s personal love as taught by Jesus, a paradigm social change where one would then love others would have taken place.

Jesus’ life [and teachings, resurrection and ascension] is an example for us, as the “Truth and the Way” of salvation (survival). And for those who in faith, believing, learn to love their brothers and sisters as a result, the peace of Jesus is available.

The New Revelation provides new and loving perspectives on the human condition and allows the reader to look upon themselves, and humanity as a whole, with sympathetic understanding and even forgiveness, in much the way a loving parent looks upon a little child. This new and higher point of reference is often healing, calming and revivifying. This message acts as a balm for the chaos and confusion of modern life, restoring to the reader sublime hope and sincere faith.