‘The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.’ Isaiah 40:8
Today we’re looking at the text found in the online LDS Bible Dictionary, which you can read via the link provided.
The reason for our study today stems from my belated discovery of the changes the LDS Church made to their online Bible Dictionary. I hadn’t realized they changed it again until I read an e-mail from good friends, Lee and Kathy Baker, as they were using it to give direction for a Christian wanting info.
We’ve taken pertinent things they said in their page and have inserted comments where/when necessary. Our response is in red font.
“The Dead Sea Scrolls, some of which are believed to be as early as the 2nd century B.C., give evidence that the Old Testament text was corrupted at least by that time. …
Quotations by early Christian writers are sometimes of much value as indicating the text of the New Testament, which they were accustomed to use; but this evidence requires careful use, for authors do not always take pains to quote correctly.
Where oh where, is the evidence?
Specifically, what text from the Old Testament has been corrupted?
Truth: the Dead Sea Scrolls have shown us that 99.4% of the KJV is textually sound, meaning that what you see in the KJV is what was originally written.
Such are the biblical materials at one’s disposal for the purpose of deciding what was the original sense of the text of the Old and New Testaments.
Oh beloved, this is why Mormons don’t trust God, or His word. By systematically trashing what He guaranteed trustworthy, they’ve attempted to deal a fatal blow to God’s Kingdom by placing seeds of doubt in the minds of anyone reading the Bible. This is a shameful display of their wholesale hatred for Christ Jesus.
However, latter-day revelation, in the form of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, and also the teachings of Joseph Smith (through his translation of the Bible and otherwise), offers much evidence and many helpful suggestions about biblical interpretation and original content.
- There are no golden plates.
- The BoM has over 5,200 errors.
- The Book of Abraham is an Egyptian funerary instruction.
- The JST is rewritten to include Joseph Smith into its text – see JST Genesis
These latter-day sources are indispensable to the student who wishes to obtain the clearest and most complete understanding of what the ancient prophets and apostles have written.
How can you do this when there’s nothing tangible to examine?
With the discovery of more ancient manuscripts not available to the King James translators, many translations of the Bible have been produced since 1900 by Bible scholars. However, based on the doctrinal clarity of latter-day revelation given to Joseph Smith, the Church has held to the King James Version as being doctrinally more accurate than these recent versions.
There will always be a supposed canonical work, or a Bible version somewhere, more corrupt than its predecessor. Mormonism is case in point.
The newer versions are in many instances easier to read but are in some passages doctrinally weaker in their presentation of the gospel. Therefore, the King James Version remains the principal Bible of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
The KJV cannot stand as dependable scripture for any Mormon, at any time. They’ve rewritten a vast majority of it, and what they didn’t rewrite, they mistrust. How is this a good way to live your life when so much is at stake? Your soul isn’t worth the cost of believing the lies Mormonism produces.
We diligently pray Isaiah 40:8 regularly for the Mormon people, and hope they come to a saving knowledge of Christ. They can do this by taking their first step and trusting what God has said!
With Love in Christ;