What ye think of the Scriptures? And the Book of Mormon
It was in 1963 that the Mormon Church renamed the Book of Mormon by adding the subtitle "another testament of Jesus Christ." This was clearly an attempt to move closer to Christianity to gain converts from us as they pose as just another Christian denomination. No longer was the original ideal given to Smith their foundation for their church. From this they moved toward their having more of the truth, than just the only truth and all the Churches were in apostasy.
Joseph Smith, History of the church vol.4 pg. 461 states "I told the brethren that the book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth and the keystone of our religion and a man would nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than any other book."
Brigham Young on may 18 1873 said "Take up the bible and compare the religion of the Latter Day Saints with it and see if it will stand the test." So lets do just that and see if what is said is accurate or true.
Their famous saying is that they believe the Bible as long as it is translated correctly 8th Article of Faith by Joseph Smith, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly, we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the Word of God."
The problem is to a Mormon it is NEVER translated correctly. But they come to this unfounded conclusion the same way they test their own book, by feelings.
The Book of Mormon also predicts a great and abominable church has "taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away" (I Nephi 13:26). The truth is, it is the Mormon's that take away the New covenant by mocking God's grace and that the cross of crucifixion is not essential for forgiveness of sins but mix works with it.
LDS Apostle James Talmage wrote, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints accepts the Holy Bible as the foremost of her standard works, first among the books which have been proclaimed as her written guides in faith and doctrine" (Articles of Faith, p. 236).
13th LDS President Ezra Taft Benson wrote, "All scripture is not of equal value. The book that is the 'keystone of our religion' and that will get a man 'nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book' needs to be studied constantly" (A Witness and Warning, pg.7). Not only is their books superior than the bibles but their modern prophets are superior to Isaiah, Jeremiah and Daniel etc. so they have no respect for anything God has done or spoken to the ancients.
"'If all men believed the Bible, all would be Mormons.' Bible doctrine is Mormon doctrine, and Mormon doctrine is Bible doctrine. They are one and the same" (What the Mormons Think of Christ, p. 2). If this was so the apostles would be Mormons, clearly they are not! If this was so we wouldn't need the book of Mormon we would only need the Bible. Therefore this kind of statement is not relative.
The idea that Bible doctrine is Mormon doctrine is clearly not the case as Mormonism actually attacks the Bible claiming it is mistranslated, and it is incomplete. So what bible are they talking about? This is why the book of Mormon is considered the fulness of the gospel, it replaces it.
So why were there no Mormons before the book of Mormon, did they not believe the Bible? The truth is if all men believed the Bible they could never participate in a spiritual mutiny that Joseph Smith started and believe the book of Mormon.
While Mormons claim their book is another testament, the first one is hardly considered as accurate which all started from a rumor started by their first prophet. Joseph Smith claimed the Bible is full of errors, "Ignorant translators, careless transcribers, or designing and corrupt priests have committed many errors" (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.327).
Mark E. Peterson wrote, "Many insertions were made, some of them `slanted' for selfish purposes while at times deliberate falsifications and fabrications were perpetrated" (As Translated Correctly, pg.4).
I have asked numerous Mormon elders and representatives of the Church to give some examples of their claims. It has only been met with silence. Which parts are wrong, by what criteria is one to judge by? Why should we believe their book is correctly translated? If God cannot preserve the Scriptures what makes anyone so sure he will preserve their book? Would a Mormon submit his book to the same scrutiny as they do the Bible? The answer is absolutely not!
Orson Pratt claimed, "Who knows that even one verse of the whole Bible has escaped pollution, so as to convey the same sense know that it did in the original? ..." (Divine Authenticity of the Book of Mormon, pp.44-47).
In his book The Seer, Pratt goes as far as to say, "The Bible has been robbed of its plainness; many sacred books having been lost, others rejected by the Romish Church, and what few we have left, were copied and recopied so many times, that it is admitted that almost every verse has been corrupted and mutilated to that degree that scarcely any two of them read alike" (p.213)
What about there book being translated correctly. If you were to ask a Mormon how it was done they fail to explain it rationally. Can anyone find one example in the Bible of a prophet or anyone else that transcribed by poking their head in a hat and finding letters appear before their eyes on a stone and turn it into Scripture? Of course not but we can find these things as commonly practiced in the world of the Occult.
All who teach heresy will deny the infallibility of the Bible. Joseph Smith declared, "Upon my return from Arnhurst Conference, I resumed the translation of the Scriptures. From sundry revelations which had been received, it was apparent that many important points touching the salvation of men, had been taken from the Bible or lost before it was completed." So he took it upon himself to fix it up, without any knowledge of Hebrew. Greek and for that matter the English language as well.
Since the LDS teach doctrines are not found in the Bible, the only thing they can do is discredit it and say is that precious promises were deleted, showing the need for the Book of Mormon.
"Many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible ... Thou fool, that shall say a Bible, we have got a Bible and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews' (2 Nephi 29:3,6). Their prejudice is clear in that "fools" trust in the Bible alone (the completed Old Testament and New Testament). V.10 of the same passage furthers says, "Wherefore, because ye have a Bible ye need not suppose it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written." More revelation is needed to correct the false earlier one, the Bible, the New Testament that the apostles of the Lord wrote. What lies.
The Bible teaches Prov.30:6: "Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. This was written long before the book of Revelation So we need to ask if these curses would be in effect if anyone had dared to alter just the Book of Revelation in any way. Their reply is this would obviously be so. They claim this is only for the book of Revelation.
In the Joseph Smith Translation of the King James Bible he had added to, or subtracted from the Book of Revelation over 85 times. This makes him guilty of the curses. But thats not all he made 662 changes in the book of Genesis 32 different statements about the book of Genesis. 560 changes in the book of Luke. Mt.483; Ps.188; Isa.178; Jn.159.He helped translate only the books that we have difficulty with. He said Revelation was the plainest book God caused to be written. Really, so plain that he had to cross out words and add to it.
The book of Mormon that the Mormon missionaries leave in your hands is not the same one as the 1830 edition. The 1830 Book of Mormon had such atrocious grammar it needed changes.3,913 changes up till 1964. and there were 200 changes since 74-81 edition. In 1981 they published a new edition of the Book of Mormon, making a number of additional changes in the text. They also reset the type which in turn changed the page numbers from the previous editions. So they are over 4,000 now. Although the majority are grammatical changes, there are also historical and doctrinal changes as well. (There have been over 11,840 changes which include capitalizing, grammar, spelling in all their literature).
The most correct book is being corrected, it can be called the new and improved version. It's even more correct than before! Correct means it does not need improvement or correction. But then when one looks at Mormon theology God is not correct either he too can improve. He progresses like all other gods before him. Hmmm!
Joseph Fielding Smith Mormon Historian in the fall conference of 1961 reacted to letters he received of thousands of changes saying that there is no truth in the statement that there have been thousands of changes in the Book of Mormon. "Now, these Sons of Belial who circulate these reports evidently know better. I will not use the word that is in my mind" (The Improvement Era, December, 1961, pp. 924-925).
Go look yourself to check and see who is telling the truth!
Mormon Historian B. H. Roberts: "That errors of grammar and faults in dictation do exist in the Book of Mormon (and more especially and abundantly in the first edition) must be conceded; and what is more, while some of the errors may be referred to inefficient proof-reading, (Defense of the Faith, by B. H. Roberts, pp. 280-281 ). Remember the fact that the most perfect book is the one that rolled off the press translated from the plates.
The book of Mormon is written in intermittent Shakesperean English and uneducated frontier grammar from a young Joseph Smith, who had little education. The only parts that have good English are because they were plagiarized from the KJV. Whole sections with the same grammar that the King James had from its time.
The History of the church written by Joseph Smith vol.1 p.55 he describes an angelic vision in which he Oliver Cowdery and David Wittmer were visited by angel who said "these plates have been revealed by the power of God and they have been translated by the power of God. The translation of them which you have seen is correct and I command you to bear record of what you now see and hear." (So it is word perfect)
Some examples of the terrible grammar in the Book of Mormon 1830 p.406 "They were drowned up in the depths of the sea."p.15 also Adam and Eve which was our first parent"171 "It prophesied many things which is to come.p.217 and destroyed the souls of much people. p.351 " And when Moroni had said these words he went forth among the people, waving the rent of his garment in the air that all might see the writing which he had wrote upon the rent." (a rent is a tear in a garment) "p.161"there shall be no other name given nor no other ways nor means."1 Nephi 20:1 words are added. Alma 29:4 Yea, decreeth unto them decrees which are unalterable words are deleted.
So either God is not too well versed on the human language of English or Joseph was not. Not much of a choice there.
On doctrine we have First Book of Nephi, p.32; (1830): "...that the Lamb of God is the Eternal Father and the Saviour of the world." Today: "..the Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father and the Savior of the world." This changes the meaning completely. p.236 "I know that Jesus Christ shall come yea the son of the only begotten of the father." So he is the son of the son of the father So he is the grandson of God. Which goes perfectly with the many gods begotten by others which means there is a grandfather, and great grandfather, and on and on ad infinitum .
Mormons seem to overlook the 4,000 changes of grammar and content changed they can never prove the same for the bible which God himself calls his eternal word, that will never change. Jesus, however, said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away" If his word was to change then it would be sufficient proof that God himself would as well. Trusting the bible is equal to trusting in Jesus who is the author of the word. This is why they don't believe Jesus is God in the flesh because they can't believe Gods word.
Yet they continue to claim their book is the most correct book EVER written. But if God is the author he is not so good in grammar or communicating truth (look here for changes in the Most correct book transcribed by the power of God).
The New Testament has less than 0.5% (one-half of one percent) changes in its text, between the oldest manuscripts (of 1900 years and more) we have, and the present translations worst case scenario. There are over 53,000 pieces of manuscripts dating back to as far as the first century. They all agree with what we have in our hands today. Where is the book of Mormons plates? They were conveniently taken off into heaven by a resurrected angel
In considering the short time the Book of Mormon has existed in the hands of a restored church (170 years) with living prophets not one knew that changes were needed. If we apply the percentage of changes to the Book of Mormon, we find that its 4,000 changes has occurred in a short time compared to anything in the New Testament! This is not an advantage for the Mormon who wants to prove their books reliability considering that the New Testament has gone through 1900 hundreds of years of history with no change in doctrine and hardly the slightest change in linguistics.
"We do not have to prove the Book of Mormon is true. The book is its own proof. All we need to do is read it and declare it! The Book of Mormon is not on trial -- the people of the world, including members of the Church, are on trial as to what they will do with this second witness for Christ" (Conference Report October 1984, Ensign, Nov. 1984, p. 8).
As Christians neither do we have to prove the book of Mormon is false, the book is its own proof, as well as its history. And we do believe the people of the Mormon Church are on trial to what they will do to a second false witness when they have not heeded the message or followed the first witness correctly.