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.
Not much information is provided about the thief — however he certainly indicates a penitent attitude.
Christians “do” out of gratefullness, love and awe. We’re saying “thank you”, not “please”
Don’t confuse “how to live” with “how to be saved”.
FHE = Family Home Evening
well,, sometimes you feel like a nut . . . . .
That is sooooooo mooooooving
Give me a treat and there'll be no trouble.
See, the thing is, we may not be able to reach the posters we see defending Mormonism (although we long to), but we remember that others are surely watching. Maybe dozen, maybe three or four searching souls, maybe just one. And we may hear or maybe not but it is so worth it.
Did someone say puffy shirt?
I think most people recognize Smith for what he was.
- - - - - - -
I disagree. I didn’t see Smith for who he was, I was young, didn’t know my Bible and was lied to by the Mormon missionaries about what they really believed.
It took years of studying for me to see Smith for who he was, a liar, fraud, cheat and adulterer.
Christians who got me mad enough to ‘prove them wrong’ were the ones that helped the most in getting me out of Mormonism and into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
First I get a planet and then the kids get to be gods; and THEY get a planet then the GRANDkids get to be a god and get a pla....
Not that there’s anything wrong with that!
If the kids get their own planets, who do I get to god over, they have all moved out.
Maybe that’s one of those parts of the bible that is not translated correctly.
See how it work? It’s an escape hatch for any of those annoying little passages that just don’t line up.
Good point if there is one in lds.
Just watching Jeopardy and the question was:
“At the time of his death,
This second leader of the Mormon Church
Had married 56 women”
The amazing answer: Brigham Young.
Didn’t they have a sudden revelation about polygamy and then upon change in church doctrine, gain admittance to the Union?
Thought the same thing. Ok, its just on because I am getting ready for LOST.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.