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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 13 2011 6:18 p.m. MDT

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watcher@75
SMITHFIELD, UT

Combined, the Bible and the Book of Mormon testify of the reality and divinity of Jesus Christ. Jews, Gentiles, Christians, gospel scholars, scientists, and any other seeker of truth have access to many of the most important records ever written by the hand of man. The two volumes include but a small portion of what was documented since the time of Adam. We can only hope that sooner or later more and more 'books' carefully prepared by ancient holy men of God will come forth by the gift and power of God. We can never know or read enough of the infinite works of our Savior among the scattered people of the earth. For now, God has given us the Bible and Book of Mormon as faith promoting disciplines wherein we can find a fullness of hope and spiritual guidance. We also gain a witness of modern day miracles.

paperboy111
Lindon, UT

It's well documented that the Prophet Joseph Smith described the Book of Mormon as follows: I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 194).

I think it's safe to say Joseph Smith was extremely familiar with the Bible and intended his statement to include this in the discussion.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Religion can be modified to fit any need.

BrentBot
Salt Lake City, UT

And in our course of study, LDS spend twice as much time studying the Bible as they do the Book of Mormon. This is not to indicate the Book of Mormon is less important, just that because of the volume of Scripture, there is more to study in the New and Old Testaments.

Coach Biff
Lehi, UT

That is true of any creed, Hutterite. What's your point?

cjb
Bountiful, UT

The bible is a collection of many books written over a period of thousands of years.

How can anyone say for sure that those who made this collection got all of Gods written word? It is very likely the Bible is NOT all of Gods written word. Just looking at this from a probability perspective.

IJ
Hyrum, Ut

Pagen,
No one is expecting you to believe the Bible because the Book of Mormon says so or to believe the Book of Mormon because the Bible says so. Read the books and all the while asking the Author (God) with sincereity and real intent and he will tell you. Be prepared to follow.

Macfarren
Dallas, TX

@pagen

Describe to me what salt tastes like.

sharrona
layton, UT

Brent bot, LDS spend twice as much time studying the Bible as they do the Book of Mormon. Do they study lower criticism?

It is not true that we do not possess the original text of the Bible. What we do not possess are the original manuscripts. We have accurate well- preserved copies of the original text. There are some 5,700(many discovered after the KJV) early N.T. MS, and they contain all or nearly all of the original text . The original text can be reconstructed 99% accuracy. There is a distinction between the text and the truth of the text. While we have 99% of the original text, 100 % of the truth comes through.

Over 26,000 N.T. quotes from the(2nd c) disciples of the apostles and early church fathers can reconstruct the N.T. less 8 verses. Example, If the original triangle was burned in a museum we have enough copies to reconstruct it. Its like a 50,000 piece puzzle with 50 extra pieces.

the truth
Holladay, UT

RE: sharrona

We do NOT posses the original text of the bible,

we have manuscripts written, in many instances, hundreds of years after the the event told of in the manuscripts,

NOTHING original about them.

While they may be translated correctly,

their content may not have the completeness you believe they have.

Over hundreds of years, from manuscripts NOT written by the original authors, much can be lost.

Hence the need for continuing revelation, living prophets, second witnesses, books of scriptures by other sheep that Christ visited.

trusting manuscripts written hundreds later to contain the full and unchanged truth, is not wise.

Andermart
Pullman, WA

I love how the Book of Mormon (record of Joseph) and the Bible (record of Judah) work together to testify of Jesus Christ. They fully compliment and reinforce each other. We are a very fortunate people to live in a day when these records are in our homes and at our fingertips to study to our hearts content.

Together they demonstrate the unity of God's words across geographic and generational boundaries, and "divide asunder all the cunning and the snares and the wiles of the devil, and lead the man of Christ in a strait and narrow course across that everlasting gulf of misery..."

Thank you.

sharrona
layton, UT

the Truth, books of scriptures by other sheep(John 10:16) . Who are the Other sheep?, "Therefore I want you to know that God's salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!"(Act 28:28).

Lower criticism Christian Scholars like Daniel Wallace often debate secular scholars like Bart Ehrmans or Islam Scholars on the accuracy of the Biblical texts and completeness ,very informative.

The science of Lower criticism of the Bible. The textual critic's ultimate objective is the production of a "critical edition. This contains a text most closely approximating the original, which is accompanied by a critical apparatus that presents: the evidence that the editor considered names of manuscripts, or abbreviations called sigla,the editor's analysis of that evidence sometimes a simple likelihood rating and a record of rejected variants often in order of preference. Their have been several earlier and better MS like codex B discovered and 2nd century Papyrus containing nomina sacra. Since the 1840's.

skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

RE: cjb 4:26,
you write: "How can anyone say for sure that those who made this collection got all of Gods written word"?

Perhaps a better question is: how can anyone say any of the collection of myths came from god, or even if there is a god. They are likely a collection of man's superstitions, myths and dreams. If you study them you will learn most of them have their roots in man made story telling that pre-dates the Bible or BOM or Judisim by thousands of years. Something to think about, or perhaps take the easy road and let others do your thinking for you. Why not. Are all the different religions and churchs just different flavors, or are they different in substance.

seansto
South Jordan, UT

It's great to read about the Book of Mormon and the Bible's team effort in testifying of Jesus Christ, two witnesses of God's word.

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