A brief discussion between my friend and I, taken from a longer discussion of various anti-Mormon ideas.
Q: One time I asked a Mormon Elder if something came up that definitely, without a doubt, showed that the BOM and/or the LDS Church was wrong, would he still remain an LDS member. His answer was YES, he would remain LDS even if it was unequivically disproved.
That is one step away from DRINK THE COOLAID status.
A: I heartily disagree with that elder. If someone could show me unequivocal evidence that the church was false I’d leave in a heartbeat. It’s way too much work to be a Mormon if it isn’t true. But of course as you’re finding out it’s hard to show me evidence that is “uniquivocal”
Q: Over 3000 changes without footnote. I’d be gone in a flash!
A: Would you if God had already told you the book was true?
Q: Thats just the point. God doesn’t make 3000 changes without footnote.
A: You got a biblical reference for that?
Q: its just common sense. you got a biblical reference for Jesus and Satan being brothers?
A: Nope, but for us the Bible isn’t the end of God’s words to man. We see the Bible as being God’s word to a select group of men in a small part of the world. But we believe God has spoken to a lot of other people. The BofM is just one other book, but for all we know there may be hundreds of others like it. Maybe there were prophets in China 2,500 years ago and someday we’ll find what God said to them and it will confirm what’s in the Bible and help us understand it better. Maybe there were prophets in Russia, Africa, India, or Greenland thousands of years ago and they’ve all written books similar to the Bible. We don’t see the Bible as containing everything God ever spoke to man, just a small part of it, although obviously it’s of tremendous importance due to the firsthand accounts of the Savior’s life. But we believe God has said more than what’s in the Bible and that he will continue to say more through his living prophets to give us further knowledge about his plan for us.
Q: I will add this. If I found out that the Bible had over 3000 changes to it without footnote, I would punt my Christian faith like it was 4th down and 20.