Why Mormons are obsessed with revelation.

If you’ve ever argued with a Mormon over their church’s doctrines then you’ve probably come up against the Mormon concept of “modern-day revelation.” The word revelation simply means that something has been revealed, although when used in the context of the gospel it refers to having something been revealed to man by God. Mormons believe that God revealed his word or gave revelations to ancient prophets like Moses, Ezekiel, and Christ’s apostles, and that’s where the Bible came from. They also believe that God gave revelations to other people on the American continents and that this resulted in the Book of Mormon. In addition, Mormons believe there are prophets today, and that Joseph Smith was the first of these in modern times.

But aside from prophets receiving revelations, Mormons believe individuals, whether members of the LDS Church or not, can receive communication directly from God, although they believe in strict limits as to what that revelation can contain. For example, they believe that there is only one Prophet with a capital “P” upon the earth, that this Prophet is the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and that nobody else can receive revelation for the entire LDS Church. They believe people can receive revelation for those whom they have responsibility for. For example, a Mormon bishop (in charge of a local congregation) can receive revelation regarding his “ward” (Mormon term for a congregation), a Stake president (in charge of several wards and bishops) can receive revelation for his stake, fathers can receive revelation for their families, and individuals can receive revelation for themselves.

This communication with God is central to Mormon beliefs, and everything they believe in is based on revelation. They believe the Book of Mormon was translated through revelation. They believe Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet through revelation. They believe that their church today is guided by revelation. They believe that people join the church because they receive a personal revelation that the church is true. If you take away revelation, then there would be no Mormon church, and that’s why the principle of revelation is so important to Mormons.

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  1. All scipture is given by inspiration of God,and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,for correction, for instruction in righteousness:that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2Timothy3:16,17 And since God knew man he had Paul write 2 verses later;for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and be turned unto fables. The correct principle of revelation should be that it was completed sometime in the first century given that John ended his last letter with a curse on "adding or taking away"from the writing of the Book. If anything pops up after this then we should at least be like the noble Bereans and search the Scriptures daily to see whether those thing are so.

  2. The thing is that when John wrote the Book of Revelation, there was no Bible, so what he said can only have referred to the Book of Revelation itself.

    As for searching the scriptures to see whether things are so or not, that's all well and good as long as you have the correct interpretation of the scriptures. As we can see by the very existence of many different Christian churches, not everyone agrees on what the words of the Bible mean. Thus the need to have direct communication with God in order to get the correct interpretation.

  3. If not for a RULE to go by, then anything goes.It's not in man to direct his own steps.A Law was given to bring man back to GOD.Don't tell me God still directs each man as through Patriarchy&Moses is no longer in charge.Now we are to listen to God's Son.The only Rule for man is the Bible.If we're not satisfied with that ,that's our fault.Cain left the sin offering at the door and his offering wasn't acceptable.If I interpret the Bible wrong it's not God's fault.

    • Every man and woman had the privilege of receiving revelation to guide them within their sphere of authority.

      The Bible is an additional guide, but only direct communication with God can be the ultimate guide. Nothing else can be 100% trustworthy because scripture is open to interpretation. Without clarification from God, scripture can be twisted to justify all sorts of evil, including slavery and murder.

      While it may not be God's fault if men misinterpret what he says, he nevertheless does give us means by which we can know the true interpretation.

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