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The book of Mormon?

Joseph Smith said, "If the Book of Mormon is the Word of God, then it is to be accepted with equal authority, yea with greater authority, (than the Bible, dp), since it purports to be not only the Word of God, but translated into English by the power of God" (A Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel, p. 273).

^^How do you feel about this?

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:01 AM on Oct. 9, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • The Book of Mormon has been shown to be a loose plagiarism from the KJV. Even the punctuation mistakes are the same----I think that says it all.


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:39 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • Anonymous....How can it be a plagarism from the bible when it tells a completly different story?? The bible starts out with Adam and Eve , The BOM starts out with A family in Jerusalem. Where did you see these punctuation mistakes??)

    I agree with the statement the OP posted. The bible is the word of God, but it has been translated many times by men. The BOM has only been translated once and was done so with God helping Joseph Smith to translate. Therefore it would be The Word of God directly and not translated over and over.

    Mormons still use the bible and study it and live by it just as much as the BOM by the way.

    Answer by Nika75 at 1:27 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • Here's the thing. If what the Mormons believe is true....(That God and Jesus appeared to Joseph, later lead him to Golden Plates and then instructed him to translate these plates and helped him to do so)...then yes, that statement is true.

    We all know that the Bible has been translated over and over. That each translater changed things or possibly even left things out. If the Book of Mormon is true and was only translated once by the power of God that would make it true.

    It just all depends on whether you believe what the Mormons do. It is either the truth or one of the Craziest stories and ideas ever.


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:11 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • Here is what I was talking about-----

    There are other problems with the Book of Mormon. For example, critics of Mormonism have shown convincing proof that the Book of Mormon is a synthesis of earlier works (written by other men), of the vivid imaginings of Joseph Smith, and of simple plagiarisms of the King James Bible.

    The only Bible that Joseph Smith relied on was the King James Version. This translation was based on a good but imperfect set of Greek and Hebrew manuscripts of the Bible.

    Scholars now know the Textus Receptus contains errors, which means the King James Version contains errors. The problem for Mormons is that these exact same errors show up in the Book of Mormon.


    Answer by Anonymous at 5:22 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • cont--
    It seems reasonable to assume that since Smith was a prophet of God and was translating the Book of Mormon under divine inspiration, he would have known about the errors found in the King James Version and would have corrected them for when passages from the King James Version appeared in the Book of Mormon. But the errors went in.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:22 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • The Book of Mormon fails on three main counts. First, it utterly lacks historical or archaeological support, and there is an overwhelming body of empirical evidence that refutes it. Second, the Book of Mormon contains none of the key Mormon doctrines. This is important to note because the Latter-Day Saints make such a ballyhoo about it containing the "fullness of the everlasting gospel." (It would be more accurate to say it contains almost none of their "everlasting gospel" at all.) Third, the Book of Mormon abounds in textual errors, factual errors, and outright plagiarisms from other works.

    If you’re asked by Mormon missionaries to point out examples of such errors, here are two you can use.

    We read that Jesus "shall be born of Mary at Jerusalem, which is in the land of our forefathers" (Alma 7:10). But Jesus was born in Bethlehem, not Jerusalem (Matt. 2:1).


    Answer by Anonymous at 5:25 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • cont--

    If you mention this to a Mormon missionary, he might say Jerusalem and Bethlehem are only a few miles apart and that Alma could have been referring to the general area around Jerusalem. But Bethany is even closer to Jerusalem than is Bethlehem, yet the Gospels make frequent reference to Bethany as a separate town.

    Another problem: Scientists have demonstrated that honey bees were first brought to the New World by Spanish explorers in the fifteenth century, but the Book of Mormon, in Ether 2:3, claims they were introduced around 2000 B.C.

    The problem was that Joseph Smith wasn’t a naturalist; he didn’t know anything about bees and where and when they might be found. He saw bees in America and threw them in the Book of Mormon as a little local color. He didn’t realize he’d get stung by them.


    Answer by Anonymous at 5:28 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • I dont believe in the book of mormon. Revelation speaks pretty clearly about adding or subtracting to the word of God and the book of mormon is definitely adding

    Answer by humaniterian87 at 9:55 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • The book of Mormon was written by a MAN who felt like making his own cultish religion. He contradicted revelations in the bible by adding on to it!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:11 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • humaniterian87 - if god warns of adding or subracting to the word of God then what is the King James version and why are there so many versions of the bible. There are many books, words, and chapters that were subtracted as time went on.

    Anon - wasn't the bible writen by many MEN! Specifically the new testament.

    Just curious.


    Answer by jcsscfam5 at 12:34 AM on Oct. 10, 2008

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