The following Mormon reference comes from one of a set of tracts Mormons hand out to the general public known as Latter-day Tract Pamphlets. This one is called ‘What the Mormons Think of Christ’.
Overall, there are 70+ pamphlets available, and this one in particular is one of the most quoted from because of its content.
Latter-day Tracts [Pamphlets], ‘What the Mormons Think of Christ,’ p. 3; “…as is well known, the Bible does not contain all the doctrines and truths taught by the prophets and apostles, nor have the teachings preserved in it come down to us in an absolutely perfect form…Yet, with it all, the Bible as now translated is one of the marvels of the ages: and is revered and devoutly believed by the Latter-day Saints.
Mormons fortunately, however, are not forced to rely solely on the testimony of prophets and apostles of Old and New Testament times and lands. They have latter-day revelation, given through prophets of modern times…Joseph Smith…”
Matthew 13:14-15; “And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”
Today we’re looking at a couple of things with this Mormon reference. We’ll address the Mormon’s outrageous claims in a moment, but for now let’s look at what our Lord had to say His fellow Jewish countrymen.
In the thirteenth chapter of Matthew we find Jesus at the seaside where He’s decided to give a lesson on the Kingdom of God. The Lord used eight parables in this chapter alone, providing the contrast between believers and non-believers, and in one of His parables He quoted Isaiah.
An important lesson can be learned looking at Jesus’ use of Isaiah, and other OT prophets. If Jesus is quoting from those books, shouldn’t we be doing the same? He obviously trusted what the scriptures said by referencing them, and He also thought teachings/prophecies of the past prophets were valuable to those living during His time. He made no mention there might be a chance something wasn’t translated correctly, nor did He hint their prophecies weren’t valuable because they’re dead and gone. No, Jesus’ reference to them obviously pointed out to us today that what God said long ago, still matters to us today!
Moving forward to the subject of our Mormon reference today…
For the record, no one is ‘forced’ to do anything. God doesn’t require that of you right here, and right now. However, if you choose to follow Him, there are guidelines one must follow.
Addressing the comment about the Bible being incomplete – this is a ‘well known’ complaint of those who choose not to follow the Lord. True believers don’t have issues with the veracity of God’s word.
Speaking of which, upon the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, it was confirmed the Bible we now have is 99.9% textually pure and intact.
If the Latter-day Saints ‘revered’ the Bible half as much as this claim says they do, you and I wouldn’t be here discussing this topic right now.
And last, but not least, if it’s so burdensome having to rely on the ‘prophets of old’ why pray tell, is the BoM so dependent upon the prophecies of Isaiah?
Jesus referenced the OT prophets at least 33 times in the NT, which is a good heads up for us on this side of the cross! If their words were good enough for Jesus to use, they’re certainly good enough for us! You can find a chart with Old and New Testament cross references marking the times He mentioned scriptures at Jews For Jesus website.