2A. Do the Mormons believe the Bible to be the infallible word of God?
No, Article of Faith #8 teaches:
"We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly;.."
As Translated Correctly Peterson, p. 4
"But the Bible as we know it is a different volume from what it was—and would have been—had it not been changed so much by those with selfish interest."
2B. What did Joseph Smith do to overcome the great number of discrepancies between the teachings of the Bible and those of his own?
He rewrote the Bible: In the fly-leaf of his "version" appear these words: "The Holy Scriptures, translated and corrected by the spirit of revelation by Joseph Smith, Jr. the seer," 1927 Edition. "The Revision of the Bible which was done by Joseph Smith at the command of the Lord was not a complete revision of the Bible. There are many parts of the Bible in which the Prophet did not change the meaning where it is incorrect. He revised as far as the Lord permitted him at the time, and it was his intention to do more, but because of persecution this was not accomplished. However, all that he did is very helpful for the major errors have been corrected."
Doctrine of Salvation Vol.3:191
Joseph Fielding Smith
2C. Was the Bible Completed by Joseph Smith?
Yes, in 1833 The official Church Historian, Andrew Jenson wrote: "Joseph Smith the Prophet finished the translation of the Bible."
Church Chronology, 1899, p. 9.
Joseph Smith also published the same information in History of the Church, Vol 1, p. 368.
2D. Did Joseph Smith add to the Bible?
Yes, seventeen extra verses were added to Genesis chapter 15. A total of 2,427 verses were added or changed by Joseph Smith.
2E. Did Joseph Smith change the Bible to fit his own doctrine?
Yes, Joseph wrote himself into Genesis 50.
"And that seer will I bless, and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded; for this promise I give unto you, for I will remember you from generation to generation; and his name shall be called Joseph, and it shall be like unto you, for the thing which the Lord shall bring forth by His hand shall bring my people unto salvation."
He changed the meaning of John 1:1 to eliminate the doctrine of the Trinity.
"In the beginning was the gospel preached through the Son. And the gospel was the word; and the word was with the Son, and the Son was with God, and the Son was of God."
The correct translation is:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
2F. What does the Bible say about adding or subtracting to the Scriptures?
"Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish [ought] from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you."
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."
2G. What Does the Bible say about itself?
"All scripture 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, throughly furnished unto all good works."
II Timothy 3:16-17
"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
II Peter 1:20-21
"The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple."
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue."
II Peter 1:3
2H. How long will the word of God stand?
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever."
"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."
God's word has remained true. It was written over a period of 1500 years, by many different men and from many different backgrounds. Yet, there is no place in the canon of Scripture that contradicts any other portion.
The God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament. The truth of one book is the same as the truth of any other book within the Bible.
In it God's judgment, forgiveness, and righteousness are displayed. Our Savior is revealed in all His glory both before His incarnation and after. The Holy Bible is the witness of the Son; and He said:
"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."
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