Skip to comments.REVERENCE FOR THE BIBLE -Mormon- (OPEN)
Posted on 02/23/2010 9:54:36 AM PST by greyfoxx39
The truth is that the Church reveres the Bible as a sacred volume of scripture. Latter-day Saints cherish its teachings and engage in a lifelong study of its divine wisdom. Moreover, during worship and instruction services the Bible and its teachings are pondered and discussed. To increase biblical understanding, the Church provides extensive resources and tools: lesson manuals, cross-reference materials, Bible maps, a Bible dictionary, and articles in various magazines. Thus, the Bible is much more than simply a collection of antiquated writings and revelations that have only scant relevance to the modern world. On the contrary, it stands in the center of the Latter-day Saints spiritual lives.
In a recent sermon, Church apostle Elder M. Russell Ballard characterized the Bible as the bedrock of all Christianity and one of the pillars of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Furthermore, he described the Bible as a miracle: It is a miracle that the Bibles 4,000 years of sacred and secular history were recorded and preserved by the prophets, apostles, and inspired churchmen. It is a miracle that the Bible literally contains within its pages the converting, healing Spirit of Christ, which has turned mens hearts for centuries, leading them to pray, to choose right paths, and to search to find their Savior. It instills real, tangible power in the lives of Latter-day Saints and offers practical solutions and spiritual guidance that inspire them to overcome challenges and trials.
There is a broad range of approaches within the vast mosaic of biblical interpretation. For example, biblical inerrancy maintains that the Bible is without error and contradiction; biblical infallibility holds that the Bible is free from errors regarding faith and practice but not necessarily science or history; biblical literalism requires a literal interpretation of events and teachings in the Bible and generally discounts allegory and metaphor; and the Bible as literature educational approach extols the literary qualities of the Bible but disregards its miraculous elements.
The Church does not strictly subscribe to any of these interpretive approaches. Rather, in the words of Joseph Smith, it regards the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly (8th Article of Faith). Accordingly, Church members believe that during the centuries-long process in which fallible human beings compiled, translated and transcribed the Bible, various errors entered the text. However, this does not override the overwhelming predominance of truth within the Bible. As Elder Ballard noted, Without the Bible, we would not know of His Church then, nor would we have the fullness of His gospel now. Part of that fullness is the Bibles seminal instruction that God reveals Himself to those who seek Him. The Bible is a living invitation to know personally the sacred revelatory experience that fills its pages.
The scriptures, or standard works, of the Latter-day Saints comprise the Old Testament and New Testament of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. According to Elder Ballard, these scriptures constitute a great, indivisible whole of Gods revealed word that help humankind understand the past, present and future. The great gospel plan contained in these works does not apply to one generation or one people alone but to all of Gods children throughout all time. Thus, in the words of Elder Ballard, those who think that one part is more important or more true than the other parts are missing some of the beauty and completeness of the canon of ancient scripture.
During previous periods of time when God organized His church, He added new revelations to pre-existing scripture, forming a connection between believers of the present and believers of the past. For example, the Old Testament book of Isaiah gives shape and meaning to the Gospel of Matthew. The two revelations need not be viewed as rivals competing with each other: the existence of one does not negate the relevance or legitimacy of the other. This ongoing revelation of scripture gives uniformity and continuity to an unfolding gospel narrative and unites people under one standard of doctrine.
Of all the standard works, the Bible remains the best source for an intimate understanding of the character and personality of Jesus Christ during His mortal mission. While the Old Testament offers a prophetic foretelling of that mission, the New Testament provides an unmatched account of the events, experiences, teachings and personal interactions of Christ. The Book of Mormon strengthens and reinforces His teachings through additional witnesses and provides moving accounts of the personal experiences many individuals had with Him. According to Elder Ballard, The Book of Mormon does not dilute nor diminish nor de-emphasize the Bible. On the contrary, it expands, extends, and exalts it.
I was obviously referring to Jesus Christ. There is no salvation in the Bible, only in Jesus Christ. I'm sure you would agree. Now that's 3 points of agreement. :-)
My friend is 99years and 8 months, born in 1910.
How old are you?
Are you positive of your salvation? Because I am of mine. And not “if so-and-so, then yes”..
Just yes or no?
The current mormon apologist answer is that because the population of the Lehi/Nephi was sooooooooo small - their genetic markers were absorbed into the Amerindians. BIG problem with this is that the bom as well as the teaching and actions of the founders ALL point to the mormon fact that ALL Amerindians were descendents of Lehi et al, and that the western hemisphere was unpopulated when they arrived. The DNA studies when they first started hitting hot and heavy caused a number of mormons to leave.
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Very cool! I’ll watch for the story.
I’ll answer for me - YES!
Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die...(rinse, repeat)
Define YOUR Jesus Christ, you former prophet is already on record stating it is not the same as the one I worship.
Here, let’s compound the trope even more. As I understand it, the people of Tonga are now considered to the lost tribe of Lamenites.
So is the BoM a story of the uniqueness of the America’s or can a new revelation just as easily be conjured up to fulfill a required expediency?
STOP SAYING THAT!
Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die...(now you say the next line. Unfortunately, I have watched it so many times I believe I have the script memorized. Either that or I am lying and using IMBD, LOLOLOL)
All western hemisphere
Greater Central America
Tiny area of Central America
Polynesia (incl Tonga)
Yep, big on theories, non-existant on real facts. The most probable is smith's use of the geography of NY and the great lakes for his 'geography'. My first bom had pictures of the great lakes and how they were the various 'seas' found in the bom.
The bom is a poorly written spinoff of popular conversation of the era - the origins of the native americans - made popular by a book called "A View to the Hebrews" as well as others. AVTTH is almost point for point parallel with the bom.
Allow me to introduce you to the opening verses of what may be the most beautiful book ever written, the Gospel of John:
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God.
3 God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
6 God sent a man, John the Baptist, 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.
8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.
9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
Don't you get it? JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD. The bible is the Word of God.
Oh rats, I haven’t seen it for ages. And I was likely falling asleep most of the way through. What’s my line? (and what’s IMBD?)
Fascinating. The Bible = Jesus Christ?