Truth is not only
violated by falsehood;
it may be equally
outraged by silence.
Joseph Smith’s excuse for LDS doctrines contradicting those of the Bible was twofold: He said that the Bible had been incorrectly translated and that sections containing Mormon teachings had been removed.
“Ignorant translators, careless transcribers, or
designing and corrupt priests have committed many
errors.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph
Smith, page 327).
“Many important points touching the salvation of men, had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled.” (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Volume 1, page 245)
By convincing his followers that the Bible had been corrupted, Joseph Smith ensured that they no longer had a standard of truth to protect them against spiritual deception. This gave him the leeway he needed to create an unbiblical religion that suited his purposes.
The LDS has never been able to provide any proof to back up his serious allegations. Although the Bible has been under scrutiny for longer than any other book in the world, nothing within its pages has ever been disproved. On the contrary (unlike the Book of Mormon) it records the deeds of persons who have been proved to have actually lived, and mentions towns and places that really existed. Ancient documents and archeological evidence have consistently verified both its accuracy and its reliability.
No record has ever been found of any Mormon teachings prior to when Joseph Smith came on the scene. They are not mentioned in ancient documents. Nor has archeology provided any evidence that they had existed prior to the establishment of the LDS church in 1830. So his claim that Mormonism was originally featured in the Bible has no foundation.
In order to promote his teachings, Joseph Smith consistently used biblical terminology. But he assigned different meanings to these terms. His versions of deity, the gospel, atonement, salvation, eternal life and so on, all contradict the teachings of the Bible. They are based on his exclusive doctrine of eternal progression, which opposes everything the Bible stands for. (To access articles on LDS doctrines, click on the Home button provided at the bottom of this page).
God gave us the Bible as our standard of truth against which to judge all spiritual teachings. It is part of the spiritual armour that He provided for our protection. (Paul refers to the Bible as our spiritual sword.)
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. … And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:11-17, KJV) [Emphasis by Editor]
Christ Himself used the Bible as His standard of truth (c/f Matthew 4:1-11). However, instead of emulating Christ, Mormons are instructed to use their own literature and teachings as the standard of truth.
“The most reliable way to measure the accuracy of any biblical passage is not by comparing different texts, but by comparison with the Book of Mormon and modern-day revelations.” (Church News, June 20, 1992, page 3, quoting a letter from the First Presidency [Presidents Benson, Hinckley and Monson] dated May 22, 1992, to all of the Church.)
But the Bible sternly warns us against this type of practice:
“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. But
there were false prophets also among the people, even as
there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall
bring in damnable heresies … ” (2 Peter
“For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89, KJV)
“ Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:17, KJV)
“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, KJV)
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