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DOCTRINE QUESTION 45
Are there extra revelations from God that we do not have a record of?
This is an old subject. The so called "extras," have resulted in the many cults which we have in the confused religious world today.
The Bible has three warnings about adding or taking away anything from it. They are evenly spaced throughout. "Ye shall not add unto the word which I have commanded you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it." Deuteronomy 4:2. Again, in the middle of the Bible, we read, "Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." Proverbs 30:6. Again at the end, "...If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this Book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophesy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life,..." Revelation 22:18-19.
There are many supposed revelations and books from God; beware, they are out of harmony with the Bible. The Canon of the Bible ties all the books together. Jesus quoted from Moses, the prophets, and Psalms. The writings, over a period of sixteen hundred years are all in harmony with each other. This is not true of other religious writings. No Bible writer ever quoted from any other religious book, of their day, or Ellen White's writings. All writings came through the Bible prophets and the apostles. They received direct revelations which they either spoke, or they wrote them for us. All scripture is inspired (God breathed) of God. (2 Timothy 3:16). Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Spirit. (2 Peter 1:21).
Anybody can claim they had a revelation from God and then write their book. If they do not harmonize with the Book (the WORD, the BIBLE), they are to be rejected. "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is not light in them." Isaiah 8:20. There is enough in this Book to know, and understand, that God loved us and send His Son to die in order that we might be saved. We need no other (book).
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated January 26th, 2014 by Sandra Felix