Methodists/The Book of Life


What is the Methodist Doctrine's definition and beliefs of "The Book of Life"?

The United Methodist Church has no specific doctrine speaking to "The Book of Life."
The Biblical references -- for example, those found in the Book of Revelation -- would tend to be understood my Methodists in a metaphorical sense as speaking about how, when we act in faith, God's grace moves in us and through us, Sanctifying us and making us more and more a part of his Kingdom ... and that this is part of the process of being "written" in the Book of Life.
However, there would be no specific doctrine on the subject.  It's not mentioned in the Articles of Religion.


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Rev. Gregory S. Neal


I can answer questions dealing with all issues of United Methodist Doctrine and Wesleyan-Arminian Theology. In particular I can answer questions dealing with the Sacraments and other liturgical and worship-oriented questions. I can also answer questions dealing with the form, structure, and organization of the United Methodist Church and our relationship with other denominations.


I am an ordained United Methodist Elder with more than 20 years of ministerial service experience in the local Church.

I am a Clergy Member in Full Connection and have been a member of the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church since 1991. I am a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion. I am also a member of the Emmaus Community, and am currently serving as Senior Spiritual Director for the Dallas Emmaus Community. I am a member of the Order of Saint Luke in the United Methodist Church.

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I have a BA in Religious Studies, History and Russian. I have an M.Div in Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies and a Ph.D in Sacramental Theology and New Testament.

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Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church
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