John’s Warning in Revelation, and Why the Book of Mormon is A.O.K (1 Nephi 14)

Okay…so if you are reading this and you’re a Mormon, I’m sure that you’ve been made aware of the warning given in Revelation. If you’re reading this, and you’re not a mormon, you may have recited the warning in Revelation to your Mormon friends…

” 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:” – Revelation 22:18

Often times, Mormons are told that this scripture proves that the Book of Mormon is not true, or is uninspired.

I’ve heard this before. My “defense” has always been:

  1. John wrote the book of Revelation before he wrote the Book of John, so he is going against his own warning.
  2. A similar warning is given in Deuteronomy 4:2 – Does this mean that the entire bible isn’t true?

Those “defenses” seem to be fine enough. I mean, I don’t really put much stock into the argument because I have actually read the Book of Mormon, and I’ve received witness that it is good, and it is true. I love the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I love learning about the Savior and His gospel. Simple enough.

Anyways – I was reading the Book of Mormon recently in 1 nephi 14. In this chapter, Nephi is receiving a revelation – about the scattering and gathering of Israel and about the latter-days. Towards the end of the chapter, we read:

” 18 And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, saying: Look!

19 And I looked and beheld a man, and he was dressed in a white robe.

20 And the angel said unto me: Behold one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

21 Behold, he shall see and write the remainder of these things; yea, and also many things which have been.

22 And he shall also write concerning the end of the world.

23 Wherefore, the things which he shall write are just and true; and behold they are written in the book which thou beheld proceeding out of the mouth of the Jew; and at the time they proceeded out of the mouth of the Jew, or, at the time the book proceeded out of the mouth of the Jew, the things which were written were plain and pure, and most precious and easy to the understanding of all men.

24 And behold, the things which this apostle of the Lamb shall write are many things which thou hast seen; and behold, the remainder shalt thou see.

25 But the things which thou shalt see hereafter thou shalt not write; for the Lord God hath ordained the apostle of the Lamb of God that he should write them.” – 1 Nephi 14:18-25

So – Nephi sees one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ. The angel explains that this apostle has seen the vision that Nephi is seeing (the end of the world), and that he (John) will write the contents of that vision. The angel testifies that what John will write will be just and true. He also teaches that John will write many of the things that Nephi has seen. John will also write the rest of the prophecy. Nephi is commanded to stop recording the contents of this vision because John was ordained to write it. So, the Book of Mormon is revealed scripture, but it does not add to the book of Revelation. Nephi was commanded not to write this revelation. Nephi saw the revelation, but he was taught that another apostle (John) was foreordained to write it for the world to know. The Book of Mormon, therefore, does not go against John’s charge left in Revelation.

I’m not supposing that Nephi and John saw the exact same revelation in the exact same way. But I know that Nephi saw the end of the world, and he was commanded to keep it to himself. John would be the apostle to give this revelation to the world. The Book of Mormon abides John’s warning.

So – if you’re reading this, and you’re a Mormon, you can now with confidence explain that the Book of Mormon does not defy John’s warning given in revelation. If you are NOT a Mormon, and you are reading this, then I urge you to read the Book of Mormon and receive another true witness of the Savior.

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  1. Oh thank you for taking the time to look into this and put it up, very helpful.

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  2. I do believe that Nephi and John were given the same vision. That was the point the angel made to Nephi, and it’s the very reason why Nephi makes a point of sharing that tidbit with us. It’s what I call “The One Story.” I believe that every prophet is shown this vision at some point in their career. It’s true of all the prophetic visions recorded in the Bible: Ezekiel, Daniel, Isaiah, Joel, Hosea, Habakkuk … and John as well. There are distinct similarities that most of us don’t pick up on because we’ve not been trained in cosmology and the symbolism that derives from it: The four “beasts” are nearly identical; the “stone” imagery, the “heaven-spanning giant” and several more. And Joseph Smith was very familiar with these “types,” as he called them. He incorporated many rituals in our temple endowment that are traditional in several ancient cultures. There are differences in their accounts due to their effort to tailor their imagery to the understanding of those they spoke or wrote to in their era or epoch. But those variations are still identifiable if one is familiar with the cosmic archetypes on which prophetic imagery is based. Visit my site and blog. There is much about these questions there.

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  3. shrimpwagon

     /  July 7, 2012

    If the Book of Mormon is as profound as it claims then why is it not part of the Bible. Why would God, the maker and ruler of all things, have His book incomplete? If the BM is surely God’s word then why is it not unquestionably part of it. No true Christians or Mormons that I know of deny that any books of the Holy Bible shouldn’t be in there. I’ve never ever heard, “Oh…Malachi shouldn’t be in there.” Please help. Thank you.

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    • Thanks for commenting.

      I suppose that when I think of the question you ask, I have a few thoughts. (This is a little long, but I’m trying to honestly answer your question).

      I believe, the Bible to be the word of God, as long as it is translated correctly. There are so many versions of the Bible. Over the centuries books have been deleted and added. Phrases have changed. Mormons read the King James Version of the Bible because we believe that this is the most inspired version.

      The Bible is interesting. It didn’t come to us as a record of commandments handed down from prophet to prophet. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the New in Greek. It kind of went through an evolution before it became what we know now. (You most likely know this already, but bear with me for a second). And even now, you could go to a bookstore and find many versions of the Bible. I believe that many good Christians have questions about it, why else would there be so many varieties?

      The old testament is made up of original manuscripts written by the hands of the prophets and also various manuscripts and translations. There are many records that are not included in most Bibles now, and there is a large gap of time between the Old and New Testaments.

      The contemporaries of Jesus had a difficult time accepting Christ and his higher gospel. They thought that the Mosaic law was it. They were frustrated with Christ because they didn’t understand that He was fulfilling the Mosaic law and bringing them the higher law that they were looking forward to. They had a hard time accepting truth.

      The New testament, as you probably already realize, is a collection of gospels, or testimonies of the apostles. It is also a collection of letters – mostly of Pauline epistles. There is also a major Revelation – the revelation of John. Revelation was not commonly included until the 10th century!…long after there had been working Bibles. The gospels, Pauline epistles, and other manuscripts were not canonized in the days that they were written. In fact, they were not canonized, for the most part, until mid-third century. Even then, there were disputations on which texts should and should not be included. The Gospel of Thomas, for example, was not included. There are many apocryphal works not included in the canon of the Bible. I’m not suggesting that they ought to be there, but I’m just trying to show that The Bible, His Book went through a metamorphosis over the years. It wasn’t as simple as Him writing it on tablets or dictating it to the prophets.

      Over the years, many debated on the books of the Bible. In 553, several books were taken out of the official bible: including James, 2nd Peter, and the 2nd and 3rd Epistles of John. Obviously, they were later added back to the Bible – which is good because I have a few favorites in those! During that time, the Bible also had included Shepherd of Hermas, Book of Baruch and also took out Esther.

      Martin Luther tried to have Herbrews, James, Jude, and Revelation removed. You can read more about the evolution of the Bible on your own.

      The point is, the Bible has looked different over the years. In Christ’s time, there was only an “Old Testament.” And it may have looked quite different. The Bible, has evolved over the years, but God’s Word and His Gospel has not. They are two distinctly different things. I don’t think that this takes away from its truth. I think it is up to us to go to the Bible, study it, and learn for ourselves if it is true. I know that the Lord will give us that witness.

      Understanding the fluid nature that the Bible has had over the years may make it easier, then, to accept another testament. Just as the New Testament did not compete with the Old Testament, the Book of Mormon does not compete with the Bible. It testifies of Christ. It teaches us of the covenants that God made with Israel. It teaches us how to return to Heaven. It helps us understand the purpose of life. It gives us examples of people who obeyed and were blessed. Conversely, we see examples of people who disobeyed and were cursed.

      The Book of Mormon, unlike the Bible, was a set of records handed down – from one prophet to the next. Unlike the Bible – which was a mass of collected writings – The Book of Mormon was actually written in a more complete and structured way. The Book of Mormon was given to Joseph Smith in the modern day to be translated. He did not choose which writings to include or exclude. He had no say in the matter. It was God’s Book.

      One thing that I really love about the Book of Mormon is how it helps me to understand the Bible. For example, I took a Bible as Literature class when I was in college. During the class, there were many arguments on the seeming inconsistency between Jehovah – the mighty God of the Old Testament, and Jesus Christ – the Messiah and God of the New Testament. With the Book of Mormon, there is not a space of time between the Old and New Testaments. There were prophets recording the history and receiving revelation throughout the time, uninterrupted. They lived the Law of Moses anciently, then received the higher law from Christ when he appeared to them as a resurrected being after his Mortal Ministry in Jerusalem. It is very easy and plain to see that Jehovah and Christ truly are the same God – not two different Gods at odds with one another. I did not feel the frustration that so many kids in my class felt. In fact, the Book of Mormon bolstered my testimony and understanding of the Bible.

      In the Book of Ezekiel, it says, “Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.” – Ezekiel 37:19. I believe that this prophecy has come true with the Book of Mormon. That the stick of Judah is the Bible – as it had been written by the Jews. The stick of Joseph is the Book of Mormon – as the authors of the Book of Mormon were from the tribes of Ephraim and Menasseh (Joseph’s sons). And, these two testaments have grown together. In fact, I have a set of scriptures that is all contained in one book: consisting of the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other revealed doctrine.

      Finally, in the Book of Mormon, we learn: “And the angel spake unto me, saying: These last records, which thou hast seen among the Gentiles, shall establish the truth of the first, which are of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, and shall make known the plain and precious things which have been taken away from them; and shall make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people, that the Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father, and the Savior of the world; and that all men must come unto him, or they cannot be saved.” – 1 Nephi 13:40. This comes from the prophet Nephi, who had seen an amazing vision – of many things that would happen during the history of the world. He saw the Europeans coming to the Americas with a Bible. He saw that it had been given, anciently, from the mouths of the prophets purely, but that, over time, it had been defiled by wicked people. Overall, it was still a good book, though, and it was the word of God, but was missing some of its most plain and precious parts. God, as you mention, didn’t want his Word to be incomplete, so He prepared a way for us to have the fullness of His truth: other prophets made records, and they came to us in these modern days. The Book of Mormon is the way that God prepared for the restoration of the lost truths of the Bible. The Book of Mormon helps us to know the plain and precious parts of God’s word. It testifies of Christ. It establishes the truth of the Bible.

      Anyways. I hope that this helped. Thanks again for asking the question. If you want to learn more about what Mormons think of the Bible, you can read more here. Also, if you have more questions, I’d be happy to answer at any time. Of course, I have limited knowledge of so many things, and I believe that if you really want to know anything, you can find out for yourself if the Book of Mormon is true or false. You are entitled to know for yourself, and I know that God will reveal to you the truth if you ask Him sincerely. So, check it out. 🙂 You can read The Book of Mormon here, you can also request a free copy. I encourage you to go to the source and see for yourself whether or not this is a Good Book, and, like the Bible, the Word of God.

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      • Thank you so much for the response. I read every word. I am a Christian and I have read most of the Bible. I’ve read all of the New Testament and over half of the Old Testament.

        I like to understand other “religions” or religions. As Christians we are taught by fellow Christians not to entertain other religions. However, in the Bible we are allowed to correct other believers through the word of God. So, I have done some research in Mormonism. I have a few issues with it. I find that some fundamental Mormon beliefs are either contradictory to scripture or just not found at all. And please correct me if I’m wrong on any of my understanding.

        – God became a deity?
        On the contrary, many verses point to God as eternal and existing before the beginning of the universe and time itself.
        “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” Genesis 1:1 (KJV)

        – Jesus had 3 wives?
        To my knowledge, the Bible is silent on the love affairs of Jesus. However, the Bible clearly defines marriage as one woman and one man.
        “The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?” Matthew 19:3-7 (KJV)
        Surely, Jesus would not have more than one wife as this would be a sin and He was sinless.

        – Satan is Jesus’ brother?
        “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (KJV)
        God sent His only son, Jesus Christ. Also, I want to note that further understanding of Mormonism states that we are all direct sons and daughters of God (see D&C 93:21). Again, this is quite the contradiction. In Genesis it states we came from the ground. We were made of the dust of the earth. He breathed life into man.

        Are these questions not part of the Mormon beliefs?

        Are Mormons waiting for the books to become part of the Bible one day?

        If Joseph Smith is correct, therefore, all other followers of the Bible were wrong up until he started his church?

        Am I going to hell if I don’t believe in the writings of Joseph Smith and accept his doctrine?

        If the discrepancies of Biblical verses against the Book of Mormon can be chalked up to translational problems, then what good is the Bible – KJV for that matter? How can we even rely on it as being absolute truth and the inerrant word of the almighty God himself if we can use it as an authoritative answer to salvation and history? No doubt our current Bible had been assembled over the many eras. But I can still raise the question, if God inspired the writers of the Bible to pen the words (see II Timothy 3:16) then surely God could instruct certain men to assemble the different books. It is not like the books of Mormon came out a year ago. They have been around for a while. Surely God would get those books part of His word if they were so paramount to His complete word to man.

        Thank you for your reply in advance. I appreciate it very much.

      • Again, thanks for commenting, and thanks for your openness, kindness, and respect in asking questions.

        1. Concerning God becoming a deity… I have to admit to you that I don’t know the answer to this question, but I have heard it asked before. There are people who like to speculate, but as far as I know, the Church has made no official statement on the matter. We believe that He is God. We believe, as you have said: He created the Heavens and the Earth. We believe that time is known only to man, and that God does not have the burden of such a construct. He created it for us as we live in this mortal world. These are seemingly deep doctrines. I, myself, don’t spend much time thinking about things that don’t have direct scriptural reference or salvational importance. I don’t know the “history” of God. And I think that if it was something absolutely pertinent to know, then we’d know it without a doubt.

        You can find out more about what Mormons believe about God here.

        2. The Question on Jesus’ wives…I have to smile/laugh. I’ve been a member of the church my entire life, and I’ve never heard that! 🙂 I agree with you wholeheartedly. Again, there may be people who like to speculate, and I think that there are people who like to spread rumors about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There has never been a mention of a single wife of Christ in the Bible or elsewhere, let alone three. I’m stumped as to why/where you heard this. Mormons don’t hold this in their beliefs. I think that you just heard a strange rumor meant to hurt the Church. In any case, you can find out more of what we believe about Jesus Christ here.

        3. Honestly, this is the question I feel most comfortable answering. I know that a lot of people have a problem with this concept, but I think that it is because they are missing one piece of the equation.

        First of all, we believe that Jesus Christ is the only Begotten Son – in the flesh. Here are two particularly beautiful scriptures:
        “I say unto you, that I know of myself that whatsoever I shall say unto you, concerning that which is to come, is true; and I say unto you, that I know that Jesus Christ shall come, yea, the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, and mercy, and truth. And behold, it is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world, yea, the sins of every man who steadfastly believeth on his name.” – Alma 5:48

        “And not many days hence the Son of God shall come in his glory; and his glory shall be the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, equity, and truth, full of patience, mercy, and long-suffering, quick to hear the cries of his people and to answer their prayers.” – Alma 9:26.

        And another scripture that perfectly illustrates what both you and I believe – that Christ was the literal, physical Son of God: “And he [an angel] said unto me [Nephi, an ancient prophet]: Knowest thou the condescension of God?

        17 And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.

        18 And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh.

        19 And it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the Spirit; and after she had been carried away in the Spirit for the space of a time the angel spake unto me, saying: Look!

        20 And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.

        21 And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw?

        22 And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.” – 1 Nephi 11:16-22.

        Mormons unequivocally believe that Jesus Christ is the Only Literal Begotten Son of God. We believe that He was more than a man, prophet, or Rabbi. There is absolutely no doubt about this.

        Mormons also believe that man was created of the dust. The Lord created Adam and Eve of the dust. In fact, a Prophet/King from the Book of Mormon declared, “And now I ask, can ye say aught of yourselves? I answer you, Nay. Ye cannot say that ye are even as much as the dust of the earth; yet ye were created of the dust of the earth; but behold, it belongeth to him who created you.” – Mosiah 2:25.

        God created Adam and Eve’s physical body from the dust, yet we believe that we are children of God. We believe that God is the father of our Spirits. There are numerous references to this fact in the Bible:
        “Ye are the children of the Lord your God…” (Deuteronomy 14:1).

        “…Ye are the sons of the living God.” – (Hosea 1:10).

        “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

        29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.” – (Acts 17:28-29. It should be noted – I believe that Paul means we are the spiritual offspring of God.)

        “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” – Romans 8:16.

        It is in this sense that we believe that Lucifer was also a son of God – a spiritual son of God. We believe that he rebelled against God, and that this is the reference Isaiah makes when Isaiah says, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

        13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

        14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” – Isaiah 14:12-14.

        Moses was taught how Lucifer became the devil. He rebelled against God, tried to usurp God’s power, and tried to take the place of Christ as the Only Begotten Son. I know that this belief is not widely held in Christianity, yet I think that it is an important one to know. I mean, if there was anything that Satan could get us to misunderstand, wouldn’t it be him? If we didn’t understand how he came to be and what he was up to, then it would be easier to be deceived by him.

        If you truly wish to understand more about this concept, This chapter – 2 Nephi 2 is one of the best chapters to treat this subject. We believe that Satan exists and that he existed before this mortal life – just as we did.

        To be sure that you understand, Mormons do not believe that God created evil. We don’t think that God created Lucifer, to be rebellious, or to fall and become Satan, the father of Lies. We believe that when God created the Spirits of men, they were good – just as everything God created is Good. Yet, God, a loving Father, has always granted us the freedom to choose – even if that meant we chose against His will.

        Satan, because he freely exercised his will in an open rebellion against God, because he sought to take away God’s Power, and because he wanted to take away our free will was thrust out of heaven. He was punished because of his choice.

        I hope that this helps you understand the true nature of our belief of who satan is. We don’t think that he was “begotten” of God in the way that Christ was. Again, let me emphasize, Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten of the Father. There is no one else who bears that distinction.

        Your other questions:
        Are these questions not part of the Mormon beliefs?
        – As you can see, I think that there may have been a few misunderstandings on what we believe.

        Are Mormons waiting for the books to become part of the Bible one day?
        – No. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the Word of God.

        If Joseph Smith is correct, therefore, all other followers of the Bible were wrong up until he started his church?
        – Not necessarily. I believe that many Christians follow true principles that have been set forth by the Bible. I love the Bible, and I know that it is full of truth. I think that people who love truth love truth. And I think that God loves all of us, and wants to bless us.

        I think that the distinction is that we believe that the Bible doesn’t have a fulness of truth. It once had the fulness of truth – just as Christ’s true church once existed in it’s fulness. We believe that the authority of God fell from the face of the earth for a time – after the apostles were killed and martyred. We also think that some of the Bible had been altered because there were people that had wicked motives. We believe that Joseph Smith helped to usher in a Restoration of the fulness of the Gospel under the direction of God. You can learn more about our beliefs on the restoration here.

        Am I going to hell if I don’t believe in the writings of Joseph Smith and accept his doctrine?
        – I don’t think so. I can’t pretend to know you, your heart, and therefore I can’t judge. I believe that only God will judge.

        I will say that in Heaven there are many mansions. I’m guessing that the Lord will “make our mansions” according to each of us. He will bless us suitably and perfectly – according to our faith, our works, and His Mercy. I know that God is just. A lot of people think that means that God will exercise some kind of extreme judgement. I think that it also means that God takes everything into account.

        I also think that, as I mentioned before, truth loves and looks for truth. People who love the Lord, no matter how they get to that point, seek more of the Lord and His Gospel. They seek the truth. They seek His goodness. If we are living good, honest lives here and now, there will be a time when we have the chance to accept all of His truth and the best blessings that He has to offer, but it is up to us to choose it.

        “If the discrepancies of Biblical verses against the Book of Mormon can be chalked up to translational problems, then what good is the Bible – KJV for that matter? How can we even rely on it as being absolute truth and the inerrant word of the almighty God himself if we can use it as an authoritative answer to salvation and history?”
        – First of all, I’m not sure of the supposed discrepancies between the Book of Mormon and the Bible. There are discrepancies with the Bible, and people’s interpretation of it regardless of the Book of Mormon. In fact, I feel like the Book of Mormon helps to dispel the discrepancies of the Bible that have been put forth by so-called scholars and others who have decided to interpret various parts of the Bible. It isn’t like there is one Christian church and then the Mormon Church. There are Catholics, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Unitarians, Presbyterians. These are all based on the discrepancies within the Bible itself.

        God knew this would happen, and He provided a way for us to understand His Gospel. He has given continuing revelation – including The Book of Mormon. It clarifies many of the mysteries that people have stumbled over for centuries.

        However, above all, I think that we have a tool that helps us to understand truth: that is the Holy Ghost. You can learn more about the Holy Ghost here. The thing is, I know that God wants us to know Him. He wants us to know truth. The Doctrine and Covenants explains that truth is knowing things as they were, are, and are to come (Doctrine and Covenants 93:24). Don’t you love this definition of truth?! I feel like this definition of truth is indisputable. There is truth. And I mean capital T – Truth! It is the eternal knowledge of anything. Truth exists, and God wants us to know it. As he has taught, Truth will set us free.

        He has provided a way for us to receive truth: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” – John 14:26

        “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:” – John 15:26.

        We can have access to this power – Here’s the pattern to receiving a witness of truth:
        “And when ye shall (1) receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would (2) ask God, the Eternal Father, (2a) in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask (2b) with a sincere heart, with (2c) real intent, (2d) having faith in Christ, (=>)he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

        And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” – Moroni 10:4-5 (numerals were added by me to emphasize the pattern)

        The Bible and the Book of Mormon contain the word of God. They are true. But the most important element of these scriptures is the power of the Holy Ghost that converts us to the Truth of them. The Bible and Book of Mormon are true regardless if we accept them. However, we can know of their truth, and therefore receive the blessings of such knowledge, through the power and gift of the Holy Ghost. Think of the Pharisees, who knew the Old Testament so well, but without the Spirit, they didn’t recognize their Messiah. What good was the word of God if it wasn’t written on their hearts? It was no good (to them) at all. The Holy Ghost will witness the truthfulness of all things to us. That is when the Bible and Book of Mormon have real power in our lives.

        Again, I would encourage you to look to the source for yourself, as you can have any question answered to you directly. You can read the Book of Mormon online or request a free copy of The Book of Mormon. I know that the Lord will answer your humble and sincere prayers.

  4. shrimpwagon

     /  July 7, 2012

    Deuteronomy 4:2 is talking about laws (commandments) given to the Jews. Obviously not about the entire Bible itself.

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    • Yes, I agree. I feel that this same reasoning also works for Revelation. John is talking about Revelation, not the entire Bible, which makes sense since the Bible didn’t even exist as an Book when John wrote Revelation.

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