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Vol.  11  No. 1 January 2009  Page 4                    powered by FreeFind

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The Book of Mormon on the Bible

By D. Gene West

D. Gene West

The Bible makes several extraordinary claims for itself. For example, in 2 Timothy 3:14-17, it claims to be the complete guide for man with the ability to thoroughly equip him for every good work. If the Bible has the ability to thoroughly equip a person for every good work, what good is it unable to equip him to do? The answer can only be, none! Not only so, but the Bible claims to be eternal, or everlasting in its nature. Peter said “the Word of God…lives and abides forever.” Furthermore, he quoted from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah (40:6-8) to prove it. So, whether one speaks of the Old Testament or the New, he is still speaking of the Word of God, which lives and abides forever. In addition to these things, from Hebrews 4:12, we learn that the Word of God is both living and powerful. Finally, Jesus said that He knew God=s command is everlasting life (John 12:50). These are some very big claims, and they are claims that have never been disproved.

However, the Book of Mormon does not see the Bible in this light. In 2 Nephi 29:3, we read the words of Joseph Smith, or someone, “And because my words shall hiss forthBmany of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible.” Then in verse 10,of the same book and chapter, these words are found, “Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written.” These words are taken from the Book of Mormon itself. Anyone can see that the respect for the Bible as the complete Word of God is not great in this book.

Now friends, we have a problem here. The apostle Peter clearly stated that God has given us “all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue (2 Peter 1:3). If we have received “all things” for our spiritual benefit from the Bible, how could there be anything needed for some other book to provide. Yet, this “prophet” and his book that came along some 1800 years after the Bible was completed said that we should not be foolish enough to believe that the Great Book contains all the words of God. That is a serious contradiction! Not only so, but inspired Jude, half-brother to our Lord wrote these words, “…I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith, which was once for all delivered to the saints.

The question to be propounded here is this: If “the faith” was (past tense) for all delivered to the saints in the days when Jude wrote this language, how could there be any more of the faith to be delivered to a “prophet” some 1800 years later in his so-called “golden bible”? Consequently, we are put in the position where we must choose between the words of the inspired half-brother of Jesus, or the words of mere man, who morally was not a very good man. Who ever wrote the words, “We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible,” was writing the truth regardless of what the rest of that passage goes on to say.

In an attempt to prove that the so-called golden plates could have existed, the proponents of the Mormon holy book have gone around to photograph archeological evidence that in ancient times, such as in the days of the great Persian kings, people wrote on sheets of gold, copper and brass. No one, to the best of our knowledge has ever denied that, for this has been known for years. However, that does not even remotely suggest that God wrote a “golden bible” and hid it in the hill Cumorah in New York State for a young, highly impressionable, treasure hunting teenager to find.

The Mormons have tried every imaginable thing to prove that their book is the genuine article, but they have failed utterly and completely. No one saw the “golden plates,” save one other person, and he was later expelled from the church. It cannot be demonstrated by any evidence acceptable to man that these plates ever existed. You see friends, we have found thousands of manuscripts of the Bible, yet not one of the book that tries so very hard to challenge it.

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