Mormons and Scripture

Mormons and Scripture

Mormons know nothing of what it means to submit to the authority of Scripture. The Mormons think the Book of Mormon "the most correct of any book on earth"'; that is, not completely correct but most correct by comparison, because "if there are faults they are the mistakes of men". How does this compare with the Bible? Read more here.

Mormons and the Bible

The average Mormon’s knowledge of translation-work generally and how we got our Bible in particular, is woefully inadequate. They fall back on the myths manufactured by the Mormon Church and trust that their leaders are keeping them reliably informed. The truth is that the popular Mormon account of Bible translation work is embarrassingly fanciful and is designed with a built in prejudice against the Bible and for the restored gospel of Joseph Smith. Read more here.

Mormonism's "open canon"

Is it right to be satisfied that [revelation] is “in the vaults and files of the church” and not broadcast to the church and the world? What exactly is an open canon? If Christianity has proved apostate in not adding to the canon of Scripture, and Mormonism is the restoration of revelation, why has there been nothing of significance added to the Mormon canon for 90 and 153 years? And why have 13 prophets failed entirely to add to the canon? Read more here.

Does the Book of Mormon contain "the fullness of the gospel"?

Here we have a message that declares the Bible contains the fullness of the gospel while claiming that the Book of Mormon is a restoration of that fullness. Matters are further complicated in that much of what we would today recognise as Mormonism is not to be found either in the Bible or the Book of Mormon...What exactly did Joseph Smith restore? Read more here.

Is the Book of Mormon "Another Testament of Jesus Christ?"

It is clear that the addition of “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” to the title of the Book of Mormon is designed to help people associate the Book of Mormon with the Bible, i.e. the Old Testament, the New Testament, Another Testament. It is clear from the introduction to the Book of Mormon that this other testament is meant to be viewed as “a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible.” Yet, the Mormon word testament means testimony while the biblical word testament means covenant...Given that we now have in The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ, it seems appropriate to ask what the nature of this other covenant is. Read more here.

Moroni's promise: should we pray about the Book of Mormon?

By the time the typical Mormon convert has a Bible in their hands they know that it is untrustworthy without ever having read it. Now the path is clear for establishing Mormon authority in its place. Mormons do read the Bible but their reading is guided by commentary from “official” sources through manuals and study guides, church magazines and conference talks, and church meetings. Read more here.

Should a Christian read the Book of Mormon?

Too much witnessing to Mormons involves talking too much about Mormonism. There, I’ve said it. Mormonism is fascinating to people and, having developed a little interest, it is easy to talk about it for hours, convincing ourselves that we are confidently meeting Mormons on their own turf. There are circumstances in which this is all-too-necessary but, as engaging as is the strange history and dubious progress of Mormonism it is a progress in the wrong direction...The aim of all witnessing is to bring people to the cross. Read more here.

The Bible's "Missing Books?"

Is the Bible intended to be an exhaustive record that is more, or less complete depending on how it has been translated and transmitted, and to which further revelation is added? Or is the Bible a discrete collection of messages, a closed canon that is nevertheless sufficient for life and godliness? Read more here.

Accounting for Mormonism's "Lost Books of the Bible" part1: The "Missing" Books

As we have discovered, not everything mentioned in the Bible is intended to be in the Bible. Some things are clearly not going to serve any practical purpose to us some three thousand years later and, given this list, aren’t you glad? Read more here.

Mormonism's "Lost Books of the Bible" part 2: The Existing (and non-existent) Books

In the Old Testament much of what they regard as missing is historical by nature and so it comes down to whether we have a reliable historical record, not whether we have a collection of exhaustive accounts from any number of viewpoints. Read more here.

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