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Is it true to say, there is no depicting Revelation, because of the command not to edit the book?

Discussion in 'The Writers Guild' started by GoldenKingGaze, Sep 28, 2021.

  1. GoldenKingGaze

    GoldenKingGaze Prevent Slavery, support the persecuted.

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    At the end of John's Revelation we are commanded not to edit the book, not to add or subtract from it. I suppose we had no choice but to add gaps and fulls stops, also numbers... but we cannot make a work of creative non fiction of this book, due to the end command. True to say?
     
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  2. mnorian

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    I don't know; some translations seem to have done that. :)
     
  3. spiritfilledjm

    spiritfilledjm Well-Known Member Supporter

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    No, that's fine. They're not intending to add to the writings of John specifically, but rather help folks understand the meaning behind His writing. The periods, verses and chapters and things like that is not adding to the actual writings either.
     
  4. spiritfilledjm

    spiritfilledjm Well-Known Member Supporter

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    A better way to put what I said, if one says "God has given more instruction for Revelation and it needs to be added to the book of Revelation!" No...that is wrong. The more likely though is, "This bit of Revelation is not actually divinely inspired and should be removed, here's why!". I mean, there's a shockingly large group of people who claim to be Christian that thinks that virtually all of the new testament after the Gospel is not the Word of God so it wouldn't shock me if one or more of their "scholars" have already said that.

    If one is like, "Hey, here's my two cents on Revelation that I have published." or "I'm writing a screenplay based on the events of Revelation." That, in my opinion, is fine. They are not specifically trying to add to the book or take away from it.
     
  5. BobRyan

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    there is a very large group of Christians who think that all the Bible from Genesis to the Gospels is to discounted for Christians and only that which comes after the gospel accounts is applicable. That was a surprise to me the first time I heard it.

    IN any case - "illustrating" the bible has never been considered "adding to it" from what I have seen.
     
  6. GoldenKingGaze

    GoldenKingGaze Prevent Slavery, support the persecuted.

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    In portraying Revelation creatively, one may think of adding an explanation scene... to show that Jesus is not Michael for example.
     
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