Mormons will quickly point out that it’s NOT their bible. They believe in the bible as other Christian Churches do. But they also believe that the Book of Mormon is scripture and is ANOTHER testament of Jesus Christ.
The Book of Mormon claims to be writings of prophets in the western hemisphere, just like the bible is a collection of writings of prophets in the eastern hemisphere.
The #1 reason Christians think that the Book of Mormon is not valid is that they have been taught that THERE CAN BE NO OTHER SCRIPTURE. It is a prominent belief in Christian circles that what is canonized in the current Bible is ALL there will ever be, and there cannot be anything else. What’s interesting is that if that were true, wouldn’t Jesus or the Apostles have taught such a doctrine?
There is 1 scripture that is used to try to prove this limitation to the current Bible. It is Revelations 22:18-19, which says “18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Or in todays terms, “do not add unto the word”.
Sounds interesting, and since it’s in the last verses of the Bible maybe that’s correct, huh? There are 2 problems with this teaching:
1) First, any religious professor or minister knows that this teaching is misleading. This is because the book of Revelations was NOT the last book written of the books of the New Testament. It was placed at the end of the canon by the Catholic Church after the Nicene Council.
2) Secondly, and MOST important and VERY CLEAR, is that if you want to know what “book” John the Revelator is talking about, here it is from the Mouth of Jesus Himself.
Revelations 1:11: This is the Lord Jesus talking to John the Revelator – “11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.“
Now I ask you, what “book” did he send to the seven Churches in Asia? The Bible? No. Clearly he was speaking about the Book of Revelations. And that’s the book he’s talking about throughout the book of Revelations.
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So to teach that there can be no other valid scripture is not only misleading, but think about this. If the majority of the Christian world has this view that God CANNOT speak any more scripture (because they believe it has to be in the current bible or it cannot be valid), then what if God DID want to speak to other people through the years and tell them to write what he teaches them. Well, it would be impossible for Him to reach most of Christianity, because they would never even look at those writings because they believe they CANNOT be valid “words of God”. Wow. What a victory for the enemy of God.
Here’s a question for you. I have in my hand “the Epistle of Paul to the Laodiceans”. You may recognize this from reading Colossians 4:16, where Paul tells the Colossians that they should read his epistle to the Laodiceans, and the Laodiceans should read his epistle to the Colossians, proving their equal value. The problem is that only one of those epistles is in the canonized bible. Does that mean the epistle I hold in my hand (to the Laodiceans) is invalid, as far as being scripture? Who says? The Catholic Church took it out of the canon. Do you believe in the other Catholic teaching of what’s valid scripture or not? If you’re Protestant Christian you don’t, because Catholics believe there IS scripture that is NOT in the bible. Paul said it was valid. But just because it’s not in the bible canon it’s invalid to most of Christianity? Hopefully you can see the error of this way of thinking.
See more of what the Book of Mormon is here.
And the official LDS website on the Book of Mormon here.