Do Mormons really believe the Book of Mormon is more correct than the Bible? How rude!

Oh, it’s even worse than that! Joseph Smith said “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.”

Critics of Joseph Smith, Mormonism, and the Book of Mormon use this to set up a false scenario, saying at least implying that Mormons are disparaging the Bible. This has led to people thinking that Mormons don’t even use or believe in the Bible. This is simply not true. Mormons revere the Bible every bit as much as they do the Book of Mormon. What Mormons believe is that the Bible, having passed through who knows how many hands of how many translators and writers over the past 2,000 years, inevitably has been changed, modified, mistranslated, and therefore isn’t exactly what was written down by the prophets and apostles. Mormons aren’t saying the Bible’s a pack of lies, we’re saying that it contains a some errors and there are a few things missing. A primary purpose of the Book of Mormon is to corroborate the Bible as a second witness and clarify things that may be confusing. Mormons use the Bible and Book of Mormon together. They’re even printed by the LDS Church as a single book with all sorts of cross-references. The LDS Church has official curriculum to accompany the Bible that every member studies. It would be hard to say that Mormons don’t use the Bible or revere it every bit as much as members of any other Christian religion.

So why did Joseph Smith say the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion and not the Bible? Because the Book of Mormon is the primary means of proving the LDS Church is true. Every other Christian church already has the Bible, and proving the Bible is true doesn’t help you decide whether to join the Catholic church or the Baptist church. But if you can find out for yourself that the Book of Mormon is true, then there’s only one option.

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Comments

  1. "Mormons revere the Bible every bit as much as they do the Book of Mormon. What Mormons believe is that the Bible, having passed through who knows how many hands of how many translators and writers over the past 2,000 years, inevitably has been changed, modified, mistranslated, and therefore isn’t exactly what was written down by the prophets and apostles. Mormons aren’t saying the Bible’s a pack of lies, we’re saying that it contains a some errors and there are a few things missing. A primary purpose of the Book of Mormon is to corroborate the Bible as a second witness and clarify things that may be confusing. Mormons use the Bible and Book of Mormon together."

    Does this mean that what is said about the Bible being "true as far as it is translated correctly" apply to all religious books including the Book of Mormon?

    If a book is translated from one language to another wouldn't that mean a book is translated one too many times?

    If a book is reprinted in its original language over a period of 100 years does that mean the book is translated too many times?

    I've spoken too several people in many different religions, yet none have been able to show where the errors are in the Bible. Do you know of the specific errors?

    Wouldn't going back to the writings in a book's original language help clarify things?

    How can the Bible be used as a witness of the Book of Mormon when the Book of Mormon is supposed to be a history of aborigine Americans?

    "So why did Joseph Smith say the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion and not the Bible? Because the Book of Mormon is the primary means of proving the LDS Church is true. Every other Christian church already has the Bible, and proving the Bible is true doesn’t help you decide whether to join the Catholic church or the Baptist church."

    Good point on the BOM being the cornerstone of the LDS relgion. I have heard missionaries say the same thing about Joseph Smith.

    The church that Jesus started has Him as the cornerstone. The Bible reveals this truth to us from the Book of Beginings (a.k.a. Genesis) to the Revelation of John. In other words, Jesus Christ is the Foundation and the Cornerstone the Bible tells us how it was accomplished (a.k.a. proves it). What helps a person to decide which church to join has everything to do with the message.

  2. Does this mean that what is said about the Bible being “true as far as it is translated correctly” apply to all religious books including the Book of Mormon?

    I don't see why not. I'm not convinced Joseph Smith's translation of the Book of Mormon is 100% perfect, and I'm not sure any translation can be, because language itself is not perfect at communicating ideas, and the matter is further complicated when there aren't words in one language to accurately communicate a word in another. But the point is that the Book of Mormon is a superior translation to that of the Bible, because it was from the original source material, went through fewer hands, and God was directly involved in it, whereas with the Bible we have no translations directly from source material, it has passed through who knows how many hands, and the translators were not prophets of God.

    If a book is translated from one language to another wouldn’t that mean a book is translated one too many times?

    No, but with every translation the accuracy is challenged. But a slightly imperfect translation is better than no translation at all.

    If a book is reprinted in its original language over a period of 100 years does that mean the book is translated too many times?

    I'm not sure what this question means, since a reprinting is quite different than a translation.

    I’ve spoken too several people in many different religions, yet none have been able to show where the errors are in the Bible. Do you know of the specific errors?

    I don't know if it's so much about errors or internal inconsistencies as it is things that are missing or things that have been changed. Go grab a copy of Joseph Smith's translation of the Bible and compare it to a standard version of the Bible you'll see the parts we believe are missing and how things have been changed such that the meaning of the scriptures was changed from their original intent.

    Wouldn’t going back to the writings in a book’s original language help clarify things?

    Generally yes, for those blessed to understand that language.

    How can the Bible be used as a witness of the Book of Mormon when the Book of Mormon is supposed to be a history of aborigine Americans?

    The doctrines and historical facts in each book corroborate each other, although of course that depends on your interpretation.

    Good point on the BOM being the cornerstone of the LDS relgion. I have heard missionaries say the same thing about Joseph Smith.

    I never said the BOM was the cornerstone, but the keystone, although I think it's kind of ridiculous to argue that a religion is or isn't true based on the analogies used to describe it's religious texts…but I'll do it anyway. A keystone is the middle/top stone in an arch. An arch is formed with many stones, but it is the keystone that holds everything in place. Remove it, and the arch falls apart. The cornerstone is part of the foundation of a building. The point of the arch analogy is that based on the modern-day situation, the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion because we're the only church that has it, and we claim that the veracity of our religion is tied inextricably to the book. If the book is false, our entire religion is false. If the book is true, then Joseph Smith was a prophet, and the LDS Church is Christ's church. It wouldn't be logical to say the Bible is the keystone of our religion, because we're not the only religion that claims the Bible as its own. The same goes for Christ, God, etc. The analogy only works because there is no other religion claiming the Book of Mormon (other than some small Mormon splinter groups). As for cornerstones, we would claim Christ as being the cornerstone of the LDS Church just as it states in the Bible that Christ's church was set upon a foundation of the prophets and apostles, with Christ being the chief cornerstone.

  3. I wish it were true, but the truth is Mormons do not revere the Holy Bible. They view it as unreliable and untrustworthy. You claim its been corrupted. How we treat God's holy Word is ho we treat God.

  4. @craig – Can it be proven that the Bible has not been corrupted?

    I suppose it depends on what your definition of the word "revere" is, but we Mormons believe that we can claim the Bible has been corrupted and yet still revere it. While we believe the Bible has been corrupted in places, we do not believe it is a corrupt book. When I eat a bunch of grapes, there are always a few grapes in every bunch that are shriveled and sour, but I don't throw away the entire bunch of grapes because two or three are bad. I eat the good ones and toss the bad ones.

    We believe most of the Bible is correct, but that there are many parts that have been deleted, mistranslated, purposely changed, etc. We revere the truth that is found in the Bible, and the book as a whole, but we admit that due to man's fallibility, and in perhaps in some cases bad intentions, that there are some things in the Bible that have been changes since the books were originally written by the prophets and apostles. If the Bible contained exactly what was written by the prophets and apostles, and had been translated to English under the inspiration of God rather than through the intelligence of men, then we would find no fault in it and consider it a perfect book.

  5. The choice is:

    What Chiristianity believes, Romans 11:5-6: ”So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”

    OR

    What Mormonism believes, 2 Nephi 25:23: “for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.”

    I choose to believe what the Bible says and not what the Book of Mormon says because according to the Bible if it is after all we can do (works), it cancels out grace as it is no longer grace.

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