Is the Bible a Standard of Truth?

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The famous evangelist, D. L. Moody, once said:

“The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it, but to lay a straight stick along, side it.”

For Christians, the Bible is a “straight stick”.  In the Mormon 8th Article of Faith it says, “the Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly.”

By that, the Latter-day Saint means the Bible has been tampered with by man and many “plain and precious things” have been altered or removed from it.  So, they don’t believe the Bible is a reliable measure of truth. (1 Nephi 13:26-28)

Then why do the LDS still use the Kings James Version of the Bible while believing that it has been compromised?  After all, the Latter-day Saints do have another choice.

The Joseph Smith “New Translation” also known as the “Inspired Version of the Bible.”

In the “Preface To The First Edition of the JST” it says:

“As concerning the manner of translation and correction, it is evident, from the manuscripts and the testimony of those who were conversant with the facts, that it was done by direct revelation from God.  It was begun in June,1830, and was finished July 3, 1833.”

So, if it was “finished” through “direct revelation” – why would the Latter-day Saints use a supposedly polluted and defiled version of the Bible over it?

I believe that God is more than capable of keeping His written word intact and has foreseen that there would be such criticism of His Word from others.

Let’s read from the Kings James Version

Psalm 12:6 and 7?

“The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.  Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.”

Now, let’s look at 1 Peter 1:24-25.

“For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.  The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:  But the word of the Lord endureth forever.  And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

Those are promises from God that He has kept.

The fact that our current Bibles are reliable and accurate come from many other sources, such as archaeology, fulfilled prophecies, the Dead Sea scrolls, and other historical evidence.  Some however, would rather believe in a “crooked stick” rather than research it for themselves.

One last point!  Did you know that even the Book of Mormon itself contradicts the Mormon belief in an untrustworthy Bible?

In the “Introduction” to the 1981 printing of the Book of Mormon states:

“The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible.  It is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fullness of the everlasting gospel.”

In the 2013 printing it leaves out “as does the Bible” and says that only the Book of Mormon has the fulness of the everlasting gospel.

Why did they make that change in the Book of Mormon?

The Bible is a weapon that Satan has no defense for.  Obviously, it is Satan who would like to cast a suspicious and unfavorable light upon it in order to keep people from the truth – the truth that could set them free.

The writer of Hebrews put it this way, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (don’t say chapter 4:12)

So, Like a two-edge sword, the Word of God IS a “straight stick”.

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Apparent Bible Contradictions

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What about all the contradictions in the Bible?  How do you explain those?

The first one that Latter-day Saints often use are the accounts of Paul’s road-side conversion.  In Acts 9:7, it says that the men who were with Saul heard a “voice but seeing no man.”  In the second account found in Acts 22:9, it says “they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.”

A contradiction occurs when one statement makes another statement impossible.

It’s important to check the original language of those two passages which were both written in Greek.  The Greek word “akuno” is translated “hear” AND “understand” in both verses.

In, other words the men with Saul “heard” the sound, but they did not “understand” what they were hearing.  Therefore, there is no contradiction in those two passages.

Another apparent contradiction – whether Judas in Matthew 27:5 died by hanging or by falling head-first in Acts 1:18?

Those two graphic accounts are not contradictory, but mutually complementary.  Judas hung himself exactly as Matthew affirms he did.  The account in Acts simply adds that Judas fell headlong, and his intestines gushed out.

Here’s one more.  In Matthew 28:5, why does it say there was only one angel at the garden tomb when in John 20:12, it says there were two angels there?

Think about it – John says there were two angels – right?   He referred to how many angels they SAW.

Matthew doesn’t say there was ONLY one angel.  Matthew just focuses on the one angel who spoke to the woman.

Here’s another – In Exodus 33:20, God declared to Moses, “Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.”  Yet in Deuteronomy 5:4, it says that the Lord spoke with Moses “face to face.”  How could he speak to God face to face without seeing His face?

That sounds like a contradiction, Right?

Let me ask you, is it possible for a blind person to speak face to face with someone without actually seeing their face?  The phrase “face to face” in this text means personally, directly, or intimately.  Moses had that kind of relationship with God.  But he, like all other mortals, never saw the “face” (or essence) of God directly.

If you take the time to examine the passages and not read too much into them, you find that different accounts of the same event are actually supportive of each other.

And as you read the Bible you will come across, many more seemingly apparent Bible contradictions.

For many people, the belief that the Bible contains contradictions and  inaccuracies is an excuse for not believing.  Many such people have not actually read the Bible for themselves.  It has been my experience that, after a little research, all the alleged contradictions and inaccuracies are totally explainable.

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