Mormon Dilemma 93
Answers to Gospel Questions 2:161; “”No Man Hath Seen God at Any Time”—a Mistranslation. No Bible student today believes that the Bible has come down to us in its perfect and original appearance in the manuscripts. Scribes left out words and phrases, just as we do at times in typing, missing one whole line and thus changing the meaning. Moreover, the scribes added or interpreted according to their own opinions at times. These things are quite generally understood. Therefore we find errors and contradictions in the Bible. There are too many passages which declare very definitely that God did appear, “face to face,” with his ancient servants. Therefore, passages which declare that no man has seen him, must be in error.” – Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr.
Psalm 19:7-10; “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”
Today we highlighted an article I found on Mormon Times entitled “Cherry Picking Similarities a Powerful Way to Mislead”. I know it’s a mouthful, but the contents therein share a startling tale.
The Mormon Church has always gone out of its way to tell people how they do not agree with the Bible in the form it’s presented. Thus, they have the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants as well as the Joseph Smith Translation (JST).
They’ve insisted they believe in the Bible “as far as it is translated correctly”. (8th Article of Faith) So why is the Church so concerned about comments made by an Egyptian pastor who told readers on his blog that the Mormon Church doesn’t believe the Bible in its current form? It seems they’re making a mockery of Smith’s claims.
Perhaps they’re worried about their image? Or perhaps they’re doing damage control to ensure their church looks Christian when indeed it is not!
The LDS quote above is the way most Mormons look at the Bible. The statements made by Joseph Fielding Smith also show the animosity they have in their hearts towards God and His sacred word.