Bible vs. Book of Mormon
1991 Sperry Symposium on What the Book of Mormon Tells us about the Bible, pg. 93-94; “The Book of Mormon is a document to be reckoned with, and I am confident that everyone’s spiritual well-being will ultimately depend on what he or she knows and feels about it. I like this expression from Elder Orson Pratt:
“The nature of the message in the Book of Mormon is such, that if true, no one can possibly be saved and reject it; if false, no one can possibly be saved and receive it… The Book of Mormon declares first that the Bible is a true and sacred witness for Jesus Christ and contains teachings, doctrines, covenants, history, and prophecy of great worth to the human family; second, that the Bible available in our day is not as complete nor as doctrinally accurate as it was when written by the ancient prophets and apostles and, moreover, that the loss of material is both substantial and extensive; third, that the missing material was deliberately removed from the Bible by persons of evil intent among the Gentiles; fourth, that many people have stumbled spiritually because of the loss of so much plain and precious information from the Bible; fifth, that the crucial missing parts shall be restored to the Bible through latter-day scripture; sixth, that many in the last days, because of pride and unbelief, reject the miraculous events and doctrinal precepts of the Bible; and seventh, that the Book of Mormon is the greatest of all documentary witnesses for the Bible.
Although the Bible has been greatly altered and many parts and concepts are lost, it has remained among mankind and has been a source of inspiration and spiritual uplift to millions, even in its diminished condition. It is only when its doctrine is compared with latter-day revelation that the ambiguity and incompleteness of the Bible become evident. Nevertheless, many in the world, with limited faith and understanding, are not yet ready for stronger doctrine and thus are content with and blessed by the Bible as it is.” – Robert J. Matthews
Isaiah 40:8; “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”
1. The Book of Mormon is certainly a document to be reckoned with – that is for sure. It must be told worldwide what a sham it is and how the words of that document slander God and all that He is.
2. Pratt was right. Because it’s wrong no one can be saved if they accept it.
3. They’ve proven themselves to be liars by stating that “…the Bible is a true and sacred witness for Jesus Christ…” If they truly believed this there would be no such thing as the Book of Mormon.
4. The statements made in this “Symposium” are much like the countless letters, phone calls and e-mails I’ve received over the years accusing me of lying without giving one single example of where I’ve lied or what statements I’ve made that are false.
These accusatory litanies of untruths about the Bible are hollow clanging symbols with no weight. Notice how it’s a montage of how things are missing, people are evil, information was left out because of pride and unbelief. There isn’t one single example of exactly what their complaint is based upon or why they say the things they do.
5. When I was a kid I was taught to always remember those who point a finger at me always have three pointing back at themselves. They can’t restore the missing parts of the Bible because that would mean they’d have to denounce the teachings of the Mormon Church.
6. The Book of Mormon is one of the worst enemies to the Bible and God, therefore, it cannot stand as a testament or a friend to the Bible or to God.
The passage from Isaiah 40:8 is one I use each time I speak to youth groups. Before I begin teaching on Mormonism I have kids open their Bibles and read Isaiah 40:8 out loud with me. Then I have them close their Bibles and say the verse out loud again.
Above all else I want for kids and young adults to always remember God’s word isn’t going anywhere and it will always endure – above the Book of Mormon, the Quran, the Mystical Qabbalah, and every other manmade heretical thing that comes up over time. Nothing and I do mean nothing will make God’s word go away.
I want for people in my classes and seminars to remember what they’ve learned but if they only remember one thing, this passage in Isaiah is what I want for them to remember above all else.