Journals1Journal of Discourses 7:332-333; “…all the salvation you can obtain by means of those books alone is comparatively of little value. They contain a history of what other men have done, show the path they walked in, and the way in which they obtained the words of eternal life for themselves; but all the Scriptures from the days of Adam until now cannot, alone, save one individual.

The people called Christians are shrouded in ignorance, and read the Scriptures with darkened understandings.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, October 8, 1859

1 Corinthians 15:1-3; “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.”

Yikes, the claims of Mr. Young are a strong, but bogus indictment against not only Christianity, but God Himself. In light of his remarks, we have a few questions –

1.Mr. Young stated ‘those books alone’ are of little value…so what other way would we have known about the miracle of God keeping His promises if we didn’t have ‘those books’?

2.Why is the salvation we can obtain through the Bible of little value?

3.Is the history of Jesus’ resurrection of little value?

4.Specifically, why can’t the scriptures save? Paul’s testimony contradicts what Brigham said,

so why should someone discount what Paul said?

5.Specifically, why are Christians shrouded in darkness?

6.Specifically, what fulfilled scriptures are Christians reading with ‘darkened understanding’?

7.Lastly, do you know of any reputable Christian who degrades other Christians, and doesn’t

accept the Bible as an inspired word from God?