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« on: November 02, 2003, 23:16:31 »

Possibly the fact we arnt disciples.
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2003, 00:24:57 »

maybe you arnt, but I amt [Wink]
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2003, 00:24:57 »

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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2003, 11:36:41 »

People don't write new verses in the Bible for one reason. That reason is the Reformation. All the old practices of the church were no longer accepted.
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2003, 14:45:09 »

I beg to differ. What about prophecy is that not new words??
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2003, 18:48:52 »

Logic,

Maybe this is a reason:
Revelation 22:

verse 18
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the phophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

verse 19
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
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Some people like myself, believe the bible to be the inspired word of God. Personally, I believe the bible to be as mystical as God's character seems to be.

For me, I pray to God. The bible serves me as a connection to the truth by inspiring me, and by confirming things I have already discovered in my life.

Some things in the bible are mysterious and not easily understood.These things I don't worry about. If God wants to open that part up to me, it will happen.
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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2003, 19:41:53 »

John wrote The Revelation prior to the official cannonization of the books that we now call the New Testament, so it doesn't seem likely that his admonition about adding to the book concerned the New Testament (since it didn't exist yet).  More likely his admonition concerns his "book" - i.e. The Revelation itself.

When the Roman church finally got around to cannonizing certain scriptures into a "New Testament" they picked and chose among tons of letters and writings and finally arrived at those that would go "in" and those that wouldn't.  

At the time of the Reformation some books were removed from the New Testament - Martin Luther even wanted to get rid of John's "Revelation" but was overruled!  So now, protestant Bibles have one assortment of books in them and Catholic Bibles have another - and if you look back throughout history and across cultures you'll see even more versions of the Bible that do or don't contain various books.

For those who cling to a written law it would certainly be nice if there was always one, unchanging Bible - but alas human tinkering with scripture is historical fact.

It's ironic that although Jesus (and New Testament writers) railed against legalism and adherence to a written law, - that Christianity today is mostly about adherence to the written law (The New Testament) and about enforcing codes of behavior via peer pressure, guilt, violence and legislation.  

Note however, that when Jesus ascended he said he would send us a helper: The Holy Spirit - but he didn't say anything about a new written law!  Note also that Paul, clearly, had no idea that his writings would be bundled up and christened as "doctrine".  Jesus seemed to know that "Doctrine" and "Scripture" were easily used as tools of organized religion to manipulate and control peoples' spirituality - which is why he sought to spiritually empower people to be connectd to the divine via the Holy Spirit inside of them  rather than be subjugated to a man-made "church" which was outside of them.  

Alas, however, that for so many the tendency is still to scurry and hide under a rock when faced with the awesome prospect of knowing God - preferring to let someone else (the "church") deal with God on their behalf and dictate the terms of their spirituality to them.  

(Disclaimer: I'm not saying all churches are bad for all people, but that the tendency for organizations to "control" people is very real, historically, as is the tendency of people to seek approval from an "organization" - and I believe these phenomina are responsible for much of the spiritual malaise we see today.)[Smiley]
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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2003, 17:34:11 »

Maybe because the bible has said everything that needs to be said.  The rest is between you and God.

God bless,

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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2003, 21:01:18 »

The thought had just occured to me, but why don't people continue to write their stories in the bible? I mean, thats what all books of the bible are, peoples stories, not DIRECT words from god, but speculation towards it. So what has lead people to stop entering their divine experiences in this holy book?
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