Can the Word of God Pass Away?

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I see a conflict with the Book of Mormon I’d like to discuss.

“And assuredly, as the Lord liveth, for the Lord God hath spoken it, and it is his eternal word, which cannot pass away that they who are righteous shall be righteous still, and they who are filthy shall be filthy still; wherefore, they who are filthy are the devil and his angels; and they shall go away into everlasting fire, prepared for them; and their torment is a lake of fire and brimstone, whose flame ascendeth up forever and ever and has no end.”

2 Nephi 9:16

Did you notice the conflict in that passage?

The verse says God’s “eternal word, which cannot pass away.”

Let’s read 1 Nephi 13:26 to see if you can notice the apparent conflict or contradiction to what we just read in 2 Nephi.

“And after they go forth by the hand of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, from the Jews unto the Gentiles, thou seest the formation of that great and abominable church, which is most abominable above all other churches; for behold, 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.”

1 Nephi 13:26

The Book of Mormon teaches on the one hand “plain and precious” truths were “taken away”, but then it also says God’s “eternal word cannot pass away”

So, my question is – which passage do you believe, 1 Nephi or 2 Nephi? Obviously, you cannot believe both to be true. BUT both are found in the Book of Mormon.

Unfortunately, most Latter-day Saints do not see the contradiction.
This is just one of the many contradictions I’ve come across in my reading of the Book of Mormon. I hope we can discuss more of them in, the near future.

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