Take Away Our Religion…
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 71; “Take away the Book of Mormon and the revelations, and where is our religion? We have none”. – April 21, 1834
At a Conference of the Elders, those words came from the mouth of the first prophet of the LDS Church, Joseph Smith. The first time I came across this quote I flippantly thought yeah buddy, you’re right.
That was almost twenty years ago. Now as I’ve aged and grown in the Lord my heart has changed quite a bit. While I still hold to the theory that he’s right, you’d have no religion without the Book of Mormon, my heart now is sad.
How terribly awful to live a life like that.
If America suddenly changed overnight and closed down every single church across the country I’d still be a Christian and would hold services in my home. If that was outlawed His word would always live in my heart and I’d recall the sweet words He spoke to me as I’ve continually learned about Him for the past two decades.
There is nothing and no one who could make Jesus leave me. And this is what makes me so sad for every Mormon tonight.
Now if you took the Bible away from Christianity, would Christianity be able to stand up on its own? Absolutely. Through oral traditions of what the witnesses saw and through the 4,000 plus years before Jesus came here to earth we have a history of how God lived amongst His chosen people, the Israelites. And we have another 2,000 years since the time of Jesus where He is still changing lives through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit.
These things are well established and verified simply from the changed lives of everyone who calls Him their Lord and God. Nothing can change that and certainly if there was no Bible those facts wouldn’t change.
He told Jeremiah before it was written down that He would write a new covenant in man’s heart and give them a heart of flesh. I am confident He kept His word and did this. These along with other promises of God aren’t going to change what He has supernaturally done to reveal Himself to mankind. With or without His word. However, this takes us along another path…His promises. He promises us in His word that it will endure forever – Isaiah 40:8. To date, this is still true!
Just think about this for a moment. If there was no Book of Mormon there’d be no Mormonism. So all the hard work my mother continues to do, all the meetings she attends, the food storage, the home teaching…everything would be for naught without that book.
What kind of God is that? What kind of religion is that? And without the revelations a man said he got from a different god than the one in the Bible there would be no Mormonism holds the same outcome for my mother as the other scenario. No Book of Mormon and no revelation equals no god.
If there was no Book of Mormon, there’d be no Mormonism…this tells me one thing. There’s no message of Jesus inside that book.
Lord, I ask You open their eyes to the door that can lead them out of this mess they’re in.
Christianity isn’t just about the Bible, although I do admit it’d be mighty difficult to live without it! Christianity is about Jesus. It’s not just a “religion”, but a way of life! It’s a life of freedom lived in the knowledge He’ll be here today and tomorrow just as He was yesterday.
With Love in Christ;
Jude 1:24-25; “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen”.