Saturday, June 4, 2011

We Believe: The Word of God

"We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." (Articles of Faith 1:8)

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I know the Bible is a record of Christ's life and ministry.  It contains His teachings which constitute His gospel.
   However, through the translations and revisions of uninspired men, errors have entered the Bible.  Some of the doctrines contained in the Bible are unclear.  Other doctrinal truths have been removed altogether.  In a way it is a miracle that we have the Bible at all today.  But we do have it, and it is a wonderful blessing in the lives of millions around the world.

Today we have the wonderful gift of a second witness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  The Book of Mormon is a testimony of the ancient people of the Americas proclaiming the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The Book of Mormon clarifies the doctrines taught in the Bible.  It testifies of and supports the Bible. (see 1 Nephi 13:21-23)
   Anyone can come to know the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.  As the introduction to the Book of Mormon states:

   "We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10:3–5.)
   "Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is his revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah."

I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God, as is the Holy Bible.  I know that they testify of Christ and that He lives!