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Do Mormons Really Believe In The Bible?

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Do Mormons Really Believe In The Bible?
Is The Bible Infallible?
Three Possibilities

Isaiah 41:21 - Set Forth your case

I Peter 3:15 - Be prepared, always

The credibility of a religious claim rests upon its ability to verify its terms. In the year of 1800, the French Institute in Paris issued a list of 82 ‘errors’ that it had found in the Bible and felt would destroy Christianity in short order. In 1804, not one of the alleged errors remained!

In the year 1901, the American Society of Archeology claimed that the Biblical account of a peoples called the Hittites was false. In 1933, archeologists found conclusive proof of the existence of the Hittites and other peoples that the Bible had claimed existed!

The primary question for this text is: “Why are we discussing the matter of the Bible and its completeness? Doesn’t the Mormon church accept the Bible as the Word of God?” To respond, let me quote from the sources of the Mormon church:

8th Article of Faith - “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.”

Joseph Smith, in Teaching of the Prophet Joseph Smith, page 327, stated “Ignorant translators, careless transcribers, or designing and corrupt priests committed many errors.” and the mormon apostle Mark E. Peterson states in his book, As Translated Correctly - page 4, “Many insertions were made, some of them ‘slanted’ for selfish purposes, while at times deliberate falsifications and fabrications were perpetrated.”

Orson Pratt further made a comment in his book, Divine Authenticity of the Book of Mormon - pages 45 & 47, thus: “If it be admitted that the apostles and evangelists did write the books of the New Testament, that does not prove of itself that they were divinely inspired at the time they wrote ... Add all this imperfection to the uncertainty of the translation, and who, IN HIS RIGHT MIND could for one moment suppose the Bible in its present form to be a perfect guide? Who knows that even one verse of the Bible has escaped pollution, so as to convey the same sense now that it did in the original?”

The Book of Mormon, II Nephi 29:6 states “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?” Can you note the FOOLS are the only ones who trust in the Bible? Read verse 10. Here, the Book of Mormon declares the need for more revelation and makes way for its own existence!

A point of interest - turn to I Nephi 13:26: “a great and abominable church - has taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away.” The Book of Mormon tells us that this is 600 B.C.! Do you know what B.C. means - BEFORE CHRIST! So we are told that the gospel of the Lamb has been polluted six hundred years before the Lamb or His Gospel was recorded in the New Testament and given at the Passover!