Why isn’t the Bible good enough?

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By Jess Thompson

Let’s have a conversation.
I cannot understand why, for some people, the Bible simply isn’t good enough. After all, God was clear in his warnings about changing or adding to it, and the penalties for doing so are fairly stiff.  
If you’re not aware of God’s warnings or penalties, please read on.  
Now, I have attended church my entire life under the Christian faith.  
My religious beliefs are based solely on the Bible written over a span of roughly 1,500 years, concluding in the first century.  
I consider the Bible to be the inspired Word of God and to be entirely accurate.  The conversation I would like to have is regarding “new religions” that sprung up after the Bible was written.  
What confuses me about these various Christian spinoffs is why they deem themselves necessary. Why wasn’t the Bible good enough?  
In 610 A.D. Muhammad wrote the Quran and created the Muslim faith, which has various biblical undertones (Muslims believe Jesus is a prophet not God).  In theory, Muhammad wrote a new bible.  
Jump way ahead to 1801-1839 when the Latter Day Saints movement and Joseph Smith penned the Book of Mormon, which I can only describe as a supposed new addition to the Bible.  
In the late 1800s to early 1900s the Jehovah’s Witnesses, under the leadership of Charles Taze Russell, arrived with yet again another interpretation of the Bible being overseen through the Watch Tower Society.
There are numerous other “religious” spinoffs, but these three most come to my mind because of their quasi-relationship to the actual Bible.
Again I ask the question, why isn’t the Bible good enough?  
Now, let’s hear what God has to say on the subject, and I’ll leave it to you to determine if there’s any way to misinterpret what he says in Revelation 22:18-19: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this Book, 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 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.”

Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg. Reach him jessinlawrenceburg@gmail.com.