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REVERENCE FOR THE BIBLE -Mormon- (OPEN)
LDS Newsroom ^ | January, 2008

Posted on 02/23/2010 9:54:36 AM PST by greyfoxx39

During the past several years, scholars, religious leaders, journalists and the general public have steadily shown an increased interest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Much of this attention has been focused on the question of whether it is a Christian faith. Central to this inquiry is the Church’s relationship with the Bible. Many have wondered whether Latter-day Saints believe in the Bible at all. Still others have supposed that the Church uses the Bible only when convenient, while shrugging it off as an inessential part of scriptural canon. With so many conflicting voices participating in this discussion, it may seem difficult to know where the Church stands on this issue.

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 Bible’s 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 men’s 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 Bible’s 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 God’s 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 God’s 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.”



TOPICS: Apologetics; General Discusssion; Other Christian; Other non-Christian
KEYWORDS: antimormonthread; bible; christian; cult; deception; lds; mormon; mormon1
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To: Normandy
Of course we cannot be saved by our own efforts and doers of the word

Both huh?

251 posted on 02/23/2010 5:36:47 PM PST by svcw (If you are going to quote the Bible know what you are quoting.)
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To: Tennessee Nana
Be alert!!

Only 500 to go!

252 posted on 02/23/2010 5:36:57 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Vendome

Chuck-El


253 posted on 02/23/2010 5:39:27 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: T Minus Four

STOP stop saying that!


254 posted on 02/23/2010 5:40:06 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Godzilla; Vendome
How can your belief in something result in a genetic marker that matches those of a certain other people, say the 10 lost tribes or in their case Trope.

Well; if one can watch them adopted kids get whiter and whiter...

255 posted on 02/23/2010 5:42:26 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: T Minus Four

STOP your SAYING of “STOP SAYING THAT!”


256 posted on 02/23/2010 5:44:10 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

Then “offer me money”.


257 posted on 02/23/2010 5:46:20 PM PST by svcw (If you are going to quote the Bible know what you are quoting.)
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To: Vendome

Called covering your bases.’

It don’t matter how many get proved wrong, at least ONE of them could BE RIGHT!

(Kinda like MORMON propchecies. The FALSE ones get ignored, the co-incidental ones get glorified.)


258 posted on 02/23/2010 5:50:55 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
The views of he and his followers are really not worth the exhibited effort. In short, one does not bandy words with fools.

True; but there are lurkers around that may get sucked in to this Satanic scheme, and we work to keep that from happening.

259 posted on 02/23/2010 5:53:25 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Tennessee Nana

No, no, you don’t understand. As a ROYAL I look down upon you poor simple converts without history legs to sustain you.

After all, we have the blood. You don’t!


260 posted on 02/23/2010 5:54:26 PM PST by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, Twelve Miles East of Zion National Park)
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To: Godzilla
...those of us here recognize that there are hundreds of ‘views’ by lurkers who have not been exposed to the lies of mormonism.i>

AS well as...

... hundreds of ‘views’ by lurkers who HAVE been exposed to the lies of MORMONism.

261 posted on 02/23/2010 5:55:07 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Godzilla
Comes with having a cool screen name :P

Bah!

I mean MOO!

262 posted on 02/23/2010 5:57:07 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: svcw

No, not even close. In this sense a stuffed shirt means that they are so full of themselves they think they can act like a clown bearing a testimonkey with cool, oh so cool morgbot tendencies. Working hard to become a GA and a legend in their own minds.

I think Levin got it right.


263 posted on 02/23/2010 5:59:06 PM PST by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, Twelve Miles East of Zion National Park)
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To: Utah Binger
I was teasing Elsie whom I appreciate very much.

Aw...

Shucks...


264 posted on 02/23/2010 6:00:52 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Utah Binger
He has spent some time here in our neck of the woods and loves photography.

Some would say TOO much time there...

"Haven't you seen eNOUGH rocks by now??"

265 posted on 02/23/2010 6:03:25 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Utah Binger
I have long since departed, however I am proud of my heritage even though the dogma is false.

Good for you!

266 posted on 02/23/2010 6:04:15 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: svcw

Yes, I believe both elements are necessary.

The sacrifice of Christ provides forgiveness of sin on condition of repentance. Repentance means change — changing from a life of sin to one of righteousness.

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus taught his followers to avoid sin, to shun the evil works of the flesh and to do works of righteousness and love.


267 posted on 02/23/2010 6:06:29 PM PST by Normandy
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To: Utah Binger

FHE???


268 posted on 02/23/2010 6:06:41 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

Rocks? Vodka on the Rocks? Can’t get enough of that. I have to keep my blood thinned. Or did you forget?


269 posted on 02/23/2010 6:10:02 PM PST by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, Twelve Miles East of Zion National Park)
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To: Normandy
Of course we cannot be saved by our own efforts — we are dependent upon the atoning sacrifice of our Savior, for without him we would be lost forever.

Yup; after all we can do.

270 posted on 02/23/2010 6:12:38 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

FHE???


271 posted on 02/23/2010 6:12:39 PM PST by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, Twelve Miles East of Zion National Park)
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To: Normandy

Are you saying both are necessary for Salvation? If that is the case, what about the thief on the cross with Jesus?


272 posted on 02/23/2010 6:15:26 PM PST by svcw (If you are going to quote the Bible know what you are quoting.)
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To: Elsie

Milk before Meat...


273 posted on 02/23/2010 6:16:58 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Normandy
 
Yes, I believe both elements are necessary.

 

John 6

28. Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"
29. Jesus answered,
"The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

Galatians 3

1. You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.
2. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?

 

274 posted on 02/23/2010 6:18:46 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

I always like a salad first, milk gives me gas.


275 posted on 02/23/2010 6:19:48 PM PST by svcw (If you are going to quote the Bible know what you are quoting.)
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To: Utah Binger
I have to keep my blood thinned.

Oh Zipperman: won't the crisp mountain air do that?

276 posted on 02/23/2010 6:20:00 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Utah Binger
7. Evidence of embarrassing fully Mormon culture...language, tardiness, music, dress standards, FHE
277 posted on 02/23/2010 6:21:26 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: svcw

It’s 9:40 PM here: who wants a picture of a GOAT?


278 posted on 02/23/2010 6:22:25 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

Bad clock!

9:25


279 posted on 02/23/2010 6:23:02 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

Moo!


280 posted on 02/23/2010 6:23:23 PM PST by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, Twelve Miles East of Zion National Park)
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To: svcw

Not much information is provided about the thief — however he certainly indicates a penitent attitude.


281 posted on 02/23/2010 6:27:30 PM PST by Normandy
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To: Normandy

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”.


282 posted on 02/23/2010 6:30:22 PM PST by T Minus Four (I already have a Savior. It's a President I'm looking for.)
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To: Elsie

FHE = Family Home Evening


283 posted on 02/23/2010 6:35:11 PM PST by SZonian (There are times when we have to tell loved ones truths that hurt. We do so because we care for them.)
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To: Vendome

well,, sometimes you feel like a nut . . . . .


284 posted on 02/23/2010 6:39:12 PM PST by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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To: Elsie

That is sooooooo mooooooving


285 posted on 02/23/2010 6:42:43 PM PST by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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To: Utah Binger
You asked for it!

Give me a treat and there'll be no trouble.


286 posted on 02/23/2010 6:44:49 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS; greyfoxx39
Yes it is true that one has the duty to evangelize but wasting words is a waste of time.

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.

287 posted on 02/23/2010 6:45:33 PM PST by T Minus Four (I already have a Savior. It's a President I'm looking for.)
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To: svcw

Did someone say puffy shirt?

288 posted on 02/23/2010 6:47:56 PM PST by T Minus Four (I already have a Savior. It's a President I'm looking for.)
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To: Elsie
0nline donations appreciated!
289 posted on 02/23/2010 6:50:36 PM PST by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, Twelve Miles East of Zion National Park)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

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.


290 posted on 02/23/2010 6:51:43 PM PST by reaganaut (ex-mormon, now Christian - "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: SZonian
Let's see...

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....


291 posted on 02/23/2010 6:55:45 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: T Minus Four

Not that there’s anything wrong with that!


292 posted on 02/23/2010 6:56:21 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Normandy
Yes and there was no Baptism and no works. So according to lds he can not be saved. Which would make Jesus a liar when He said ‘today you will be with Me in Paradise”.
293 posted on 02/23/2010 6:59:22 PM PST by svcw (If you are going to quote the Bible know what you are quoting.)
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To: T Minus Four

LOL


294 posted on 02/23/2010 7:00:46 PM PST by svcw (If you are going to quote the Bible know what you are quoting.)
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To: Elsie

If the kids get their own planets, who do I get to god over, they have all moved out.


295 posted on 02/23/2010 7:02:00 PM PST by svcw (If you are going to quote the Bible know what you are quoting.)
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To: svcw

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.


296 posted on 02/23/2010 7:04:13 PM PST by T Minus Four (I already have a Savior. It's a President I'm looking for.)
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To: T Minus Four

Good point if there is one in lds.


297 posted on 02/23/2010 7:12:03 PM PST by svcw (If you are going to quote the Bible know what you are quoting.)
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To: Godzilla

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?


298 posted on 02/23/2010 7:12:13 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: T Minus Four
Just thought about this (oh no!) Any way it also goes along with the hoarding of food when we are commanded to not worry about tomorrow. God takes care of the birds of the air, how much more will He care for us.
299 posted on 02/23/2010 7:15:00 PM PST by svcw (If you are going to quote the Bible know what you are quoting.)
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To: Vendome

Thought the same thing. Ok, its just on because I am getting ready for LOST.


300 posted on 02/23/2010 7:16:09 PM PST by svcw (If you are going to quote the Bible know what you are quoting.)
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