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Published: Saturday, Jan. 4 2014 5:00 a.m. MST

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Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Without the OT, we fail to understand the NT.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

Mark Twain on the Old Testament: "It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies."

'Nuff said.

Northern Lights
Arco, ID

In the New Testament, Jesus quoted scripture from the Old Testament. In the Book of Mormon, Jesus endorsed the Old Testament. He would not have done either had this scripture been a lie or a fable.

Mark Twain may have been a good fiction writer, but that doesn't make him right about the Old Testament.

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: Northern Lights The Book of Mormon endorsed the O.T. True, 2 Nephi 26:16 "familiar spirit" the B of M refers to Isaiah 29:4.

Compare the KJV translation to the (Latin vulgate, Is 29:4), and thy speech shall whisper out of the ‘dust’. and thy voice shall be from the earth like that of the “*pythonis=(familiar spirit)”, and out of the earth thy speech shall mutter.

(Latin Vulgate 1 Sam 28:7) And Saul said to his servants: Seek me a woman that hath a divining spirit=( *pythonem/familiar spirit), and I will go to her, and enquire by her. And his servants said to him: There is a woman that hath a divining spirit=(*pythonem)[witch]at Endor.

Acts 16:16 And it came to pass , as we went to prayer a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination=(*python/Grk,= #4436) met us which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying.

In Greek mythology, Pythian a serpent dwelt in the region of Pytho at Parnassus in Phocis,. 2. a spirit of divination.

Northern Lights
Arco, ID

Sharrona,

In my opinion, you continue to misinterpret 2 Nephi. Nephi is using the term "familiar" as an adjective, not as a noun. Nephi is stating that the language of the Book of Mormon will resemble the language of the Bible.

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: Northern Lights, In my opinion, you continue to misinterpret 2 Nephi. Nephi is using the term "familiar" as an adjective, not as a noun.

(Is 29:4 JST)“And thou *she shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy= (her) speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy=(her) voice shall be, as of one that hath a *familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy=(her) speech shall whisper out of the dust”.

The inspired version makes only minor changes. *ghost conjured up from the grave,(NLT).

Northern Lights
Arco, ID

Sharonna,

"Her" is Ariel, symbolic of Judah and also parallel to the Nephite nation. Both were destroyed. Their people returned to the dust of the earth as a natural consequence of death. Those departed, who Christians generally believe are ghosts, spirits, or angles, speak to us today, and warn us, through their records and writings. This is one of many reasons why both the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon are of great worth to mankind today.

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: Northern Lights, There are 15 O. T. references to "familiar spirits," and every one of them refer to mediums in witchcraft, including Is. 29:4, the text is really talking about the destruction of Ariel or Jerusalem, not about the B. of M...

LeGrand Richards makes the remarkable claim: “Truly it [Book of Mormon] has a familiar spirit…As will be seen in this study, claiming “The Book of Mormon” has a “familiar spirit” is truly bizarre and yet, I believe this claim is actually true. Yes, it is true, “The Book of Mormon” really does have a “familiar spirit” and those with wisdom should stay far way from it.

Northern Lights
Arco, ID

Sharrona,

The problem with copying and pasting material from anti-LDS authors, including Jack Kettler, is that they don't always tell you where an LDS author's quote ends and the anti-LDS author's opinion beings. That is especially true regarding the quote in your last post. Anyone can twist meaning with a few well-placed... period marks. Even worse, this type of material normally only detracts from the subject at hand.

I believe that LeGrand Richards never said "those with wisdom should stay far away from it [The Book of Mormon]." I simply cannot locate that quote in any of LeGrand Richards' works. Nor do I believe he said it in the manner or context of the quote presented in this "remarkable claim".

With that said, I sadly no longer have a desire to contribute to this particular discussion. I hope everyone understands.

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: Northern Lights, Moroni 10: A testimony of the Book of Mormon comes by the power of the Holy Ghost—The gifts of the Spirit are dispensed to the faithful—Spiritual gifts always accompany faith, Moroni’s words speak from the ‘dust’.’

Is 29:4 JST) “ And thou(she) shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy(her) speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy(her) voice shall be, as of one that hath a “familiar spirit”, out of the ground, and thy(her) speech shall whisper out of the “dust”.

(Deut 18: 10-11) There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with “familiar spirits”, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

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