As noted on the last page, “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.”
What Bible do Mormons use?
Mormons use the King James Version of the Bible. The only difference you may notice in a Mormon’s Bible is that at the bottom of each page, there are references to related scriptures that help during personal study.
The Bible is at the core of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We love, cherish, and diligently study the Word of God.
What do you mean “as far as it is translated correctly”?
Have you ever talked to someone who is learning English but doesn’t quite speak it fluently yet? If so, you know that there can be occasions where things get lost in the translation. As a result, there can be misunderstanding and the original message gets confused.
Now consider how many versions or translations of the Bible there are. While each translator may strive to keep the original meaning, things may get lost in the translation and the original message confused. Therefore, the translation is critical to understanding the original intent of the Word of God.
What is the Book of Mormon?
Just as the Bible is a description of God’s relationship with His children in Israel, the Book of Mormon is a description of His relationship with His children in the ancient Americas.
We believe that after His Resurrection and ascencion to heaven, Jesus Christ also visited America to further teach His gospel. After hearing this initially, some other Christians may find this to be a far-fetched thought that Jesus would visit America and that another book of scripture exists. This is clearly addressed in the Book of Mormon, in 2 Nephi 29, which reads:
“Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?
But doesn’t Revelation 22:18-19 say that no one should add to the Bible?
Revelation 22:18-19 reads, “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 thebook of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
The context of this scripture is very critical, however. John wrote the Book of Revelation long before the Bible was compiled. In fact, most scholars agree that Revelation was written approximately 68 or 69 A.D. in the reign of Nero. That dates the Book of Revelation before other writings of John that are included in the Bible, such as the Gospel of John (which most scholars agree was written between 90-100 A.D.).
Therefore, it’s clear that this scripture applies only to the Book of Revelation and not the Bible, which did not yet exist. If it applied to the Word of God in general, then John would have been contradicting himself when he wrote the Gospel of John!
If God wants to give more of His word, then, who are we to deny it?
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