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Question 11


LDS scripture and LDS Church leaders have made many comments regarding the Bible. For example:

Joseph Smith: "Ignorant translators, careless transcribers, or designing and corrupt priests have committed many errors."

The Book of Mormon: "…they have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away."

Early LDS Apostle Orson Pratt: "…who, in his right mind, could for one moment, suppose the Bible in its present form to be a perfect guide? Who knows that even one verse of the Bible has escaped pollution?"

LDS Apostle Mark E. Peterson: "Many insertions were made, some of them 'slanted' for selfish purposes, while at times deliberate falsifications and fabrications were perpetrated."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, via television commercials, generously offers a free Bible to anyone requesting one. If the Bible has undergone such wholesale corruption, why does the LDS Church give it away? Why is there not a word of warning included with the Book?


The fact that the LDS church is not christian is staring to come to light… Packer recently addressed BYU on the subject. I correspond via email to an exMormon who has not yet had his name taken off the membership rolls, and he says people are leaving the church in record numbers and leadership is concerned. Giving away bibles serves two purposes: (1) lure in people and possibly get appointments who otherwise would not call them to receive a Book of Mormon, and (2) reinforce the "christian" image within the church itself. -D.L. (non-LDS)

Historically, lots of people believe that the Bible has been misinterpreted or altered. Isn't that why there are so many versions?

Of course I think we all understand the 'free Bible' (delivered directly to your home by two missionaries!) is all a ruse to entice people that LDS is more mainstream Christian.

I think the real question is: Why don't they give away D&C's or Pearl of Great Price???? It would seem that the LDS would offer all four books that they consider 'the scriptures.'

If I remember correctly, the missionaries 'discuss' them a bit during 'discussions,' but an investigator doesn't have real access to these until AFTER one is baptized. The BOM they give away doesn't include them. It is only after one joins and buys 'the triple' or the 'quad' that one has the opport! unity to read these in detail. -C. (LDS)

The corruption of the Bible is a well- documented fact to anyone who has an interest in finding this information. I can list several discrepencies off-hand. The first that comes to mind is the story of Abraham and Isaac. According to the Bible, Abraham was asked by God to sacrifice his "only begotten son", Isaac. Yet earlier in the Bible, we are told that Abraham was blessed with a son, Ishmail, from his wife's maid. Many years later his wife Sarah gave birth to Isaac. How could Isaac be Abraham's only son? Was God misquoted? Was Ishmail the son Abraham was to sacrifice before Isaac's birth? Or was the entire story made up? Despite this and other discrepencies, the Bible still holds many valuable lessons as well as a historical record of early civilization. The Mormon church has offered a free copy of The Book of Mormon to anyone who asks as a companion to the Bible. It has never denounced the Bible, only acknowledged its shortcomings. Anyone who wants to know the truth needs to approach the subject with an open mind, not just to Mormonism, but also to their own religion. You may be surprised by what you can learn. -A. (non-LDS)

anyone who claims the bible is in error is wrong. any error found is minor and does not affect the doctrine. they claim they find many errors yet they truly just don't understand; this is why it appears there are errors. i find it rather funny that mormons claim the bible is full of error, yet their church admits there have been almost 4,000 changes in the bom alone, not counting the corrected errors in D and C and the pearl of great price. i was blessed with getting a copy of the 1888 edition of the pearl and i read the 1888 edition side by side with the newest version and see major doctrinal changes. i can show major doctrinal changes with the bom also.

then the jst of the bible. it states right in there it is not completed and has error, yet the mormon church put out a church almanac which says the jst *was* completed. in the D and C god says j smith was to complete the translation. yet many mormons don't use it because they say it is corrupted. so we have all this confusion. the mormon church can over look all these problems, yet not the "so-called" problems with the bible. somebody please write me at "[email protected]" i would love to talk with you. -RB (non-LDS)