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Is the Book of Mormon the most correct book on planet earth in your estimation?

Latter-day Saints,” along with their founder, affirm that The Book of Mormon is the most correct book on earth—that it contains no contradictions, and that it is a divinely inspired addendum to the Holy Scriptures, the Bible. They claim there is no discord between their inspired document and the bible

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Yes, there are many contradictions:

    Similar to the insecure person who hangs around the rich and famous for the sole reason of establishing himself, the Book of Mormon has attempted to make a name for itself by “cozying up to” the Bible. The very first line in the “Introduction” to the Mormons’ revered text states: “The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible.” Even the Book of Mormon’s subtitle (“Another Testament of Jesus Christ”—emp. added) lends credibility to the Bible. Obviously, the Mormons have attempted to give credence to their scripture by comparing it to the Bible. Furthermore, a crucial element of the Mormon religion found in their Article of Faith #8 says: “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” (emp. added). If both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are inspired by God, then reason demands that they must never contradict one another. No book from God’s hand will contain factual mistakes because He does not make mistakes. By definition, He is omniscient and perfect in all His ways (cf. Psalm 139:1-6; 1 John 3:20). The truth is, however, they do contradict one another.

    The Book of Mormon contains numerous passages that contradict what the Bible says. The following examples are conspicuous instances of such contradictions.

    The Book of Mormon contends that at the tower of Babel, a group of people known as the Jaredites had their separate language (Ether 1:34-35, emp. added). As most Bible students know, however, until God confused the languages at Babel (Genesis 11:7-9), “the whole earth was of one language” (Genesis 11:1, emp. added). It seems Joseph Smith mistakenly thought there were many different languages at Babel and that God confounded them while sparing the language of the Jaredites. The fact is, there was only one language and God confounded the people by creating different languages.

    Contrary to the Bible prophecy concerning the Lord’s birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), and the fulfillment of that prophecy in Matthew 2:1, the Book of Mormon reads: “And behold, he (Jesus) shall be born of Mary at Jerusalem” (Alma 7:10, parenthetical comment and emp. added). The writer of the Book of Mormon was simply wrong.

    The Bible tells us that at the crucifixion of Jesus, darkness covered the land for three hours (Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44). However, the Book of Mormon states three different times that there was darkness “for the space of three days” (Helaman 14:20,27; 3 Nephi 8:3, emp. added). Of course, this is a big difference.

    Finally, whereas the Book of Mormon has people wearing the name Christian in about 73 B.C. (Alma 46:13, 15), the Bible clearly reveals that the disciples of Christ “were called Christians first in Antioch” (Acts 11:26, emp. added). This was in approximately A.D. 40, and thus represents a difference of over 100 years. Which account are people to believe? After all, according to Mormons, both books are inspired.

    The fact that there are numerous disagreements between the Bible and the Book of Mormon does not disparage the Bible in any way. In fact, a Bible believer would expect there to be contradictions between the two, since the Bible never gives any legitimacy to the Book of Mormon, but actually condemns it (cf. Galatians 1:6-9, Revelation 22:18-19, 2 Peter 1:3, and Jude 3). On the other hand, the Book of Mormon easily is exposed as fiction when compared to and contrasted with the Bible, which Mormons claim is “the word of God.”

    Simply put, if both the Bible and the Book of Mormon were inspired by God, then they never would contradict each other. However, since they do disagree with one another (in a number of places), the Book of Mormon is obviously a fraud, written by con men, not inspired men.

    This is found on http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/1777

  • 6 years ago

    The so-called most correct book on earth being the Book of Mormon has been changed over 4000 times from the original 1930 Edition to the 1964 Edition the 1981 edition of The Book of Mormon as an additional 200 plus changes the 2005 edition of The Book of Mormon was changed eliminate racial statements from the Book of Mormon that were mainstream at the time of Joseph Smith but are not so acceptable in todays society.

    Source(s): Utah lighthouse ministry, 4000 Changes in The Book of Mormon by Jerald and Sandra Tanner
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I don't see any discord and have read both books many times. Have you read both of them?

    Also, the doctrine is correct as it testifies of Jesus Christ.

    I'm not seeing any examples of contradictions in your post, is there any particular point you're confused on that I can help you with?

    Edit: the comment just above mine is typical of these so called contradictions. It foolishly asserts that the second verse listed means that there was no precious ore, while it only says that there wasn't as much, not that there is none.

    I've never seen a worthwhile contradiction.

    In any case, google contradictions in the book of mormon and you'll come up with a fraction of the results that the same search yields for the bible.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, I believe the Book of Mormon is the most correct book on the planet. I believe it is the perfect companion to the bible. The bible itself prophesies of the Book of Mormon in two separate places, and refers to the people of the Book of Mormon in at least three places. The Book of Mormon also prophecies about the bible, and how people would honor it in the last days. I know of no contradictions between the two, and find both to be of worth.

    I have looked at the changes made to the Book of Mormon - they are mostly spelling changes, since Webster's dictionary had yet to be published. Sometimes minor corrections were made when a better wording was found to convey the original idea. Sometimes, short explanitory statements were added to clarify obscure references, like when "waters of Judah" was changed to "waters of Judah, or waters of baptism". This is perfectly acceptable in any translation, and examples can be found throughout the bible as well. Some of the errors were transcription errors, as the Book of Mormon was dictated. One example is "Geru salem" was combined into "Jerusalem". This is actually an evidence that the Book of Mormon came in the fashion that was suggested.

    As far as errors, or contradictions with the bible, they are mostly imagined. For example, some point to the verse that describes Jesus being born in the land of Jerusalem, and say that is obviously an error. The error is on the part of the reader, for the city of Bethlehem is located in the land of Jerusalem, and this was a common designation in the time of Lehi. As far as the three days of darkness, this is not a contradiction either. The darkness was caused by a volcanic eruption that happened in the Mayan highlands. This has been cooborated by modern geologists. It is perfectly natural that they would have three days of darkness. Whether the three hours of darkness in Jerusalem were caused by the same event, is an item of conjecture. The Book of Mormon talks about Jared and his family, and his brother, and his family who prayed that their language would not be confounded at the Tower of Babel. They were directed to leave the area, and journey to the American continent. There is no reason why the bible would record their journey, or even be aware of it. Mayan tradition, as explained in the Popol Vuh and other records, also talks about the great flood, and the tower that they were building as a refuge from future flooding. It explains how the languages were confounded, and how their descendents came across the ocean and settled there. They built towers, or pyramids, throughout the land based on the construction of the tower of babel. These towers or pyramids were discovered after the advent of the Book of Mormon, and can be found throughout Mesoamerica.

    Some of those disagreements by "Christian Race" are a real stretch. Christ is greek for messiah, and Christian is a follower of the messiah. There is no reason at all why people on two separate continents would have to start calling themselves Christians on the same day. Each is obviously talking about their own history; only through revelation or visions would either know anything about the other.

    P.S. - Arthur is no expert on Solomons temple, or he would know there were many things besides metals that were precious. It is also apparent that a small group of people are not going to be able to mine as much Gold and Silver and Copper as a much larger population. Nephi didn't say he couldn't build it, only that he couldn't build it as big.

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  • 1 decade ago

    What is humorous is a number of the witnesses of the book of Mormon were later aposticized from the faith and descibed as being people of bad character.. These were individuals who signed at the beginning attesting to the truthfulness of it and how it came into being. The original book of Mormon contained many mistakes as Joseph Smith's wasn't very literate and he not being a student of history made a number of historical blunders. These are well documented and the Mormon apologists require considerable mental gymnastics to hurdle these obstacles. e-mail me if you need more info.

  • 1 decade ago

    Most correct does not say without flaws or mistakes. In fact, it says that if there are mistakes, they are the mistakes of men, not God.

    Smith's complete statement says that one can get closer to God by abiding its precepts than any other book.

    It is another testament to the divinity of Jesus as the Christ, the savior of the world. Only those who do not want to accept it, reject what it says and many have likely never read it.

    It does not support many of the man-made dogmas of Traditional Christianity, which is why so many Christians reject it.

    Edit: Proof - what more do you want than both Cortez and Cook running into natives (in Mexico for Cortez and Hawaii for Cook) who saw them as the returning "bearded white God." This is history folks!

    2nd Edit: I'm not sure what timing with the Book of Mormon has to do with the history of Cortez and Cook. The events were when Cortez first encountered Montezuma and when Cook first visited the Hawaiian Islands. They were the first white men (bearded, at that) to visit either place. Both were astonished at the reception they received and could not explain it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The most correct book in the world is the Bible.

  • Silver
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    In the Mormon gospel we see belief + repentance + baptism + laying on of hands + temple work + mission work + church ministry + tithing + ceasing from sin + abstaining from the use of intoxicants and strong drinks and tobacco and caffeine + confessing Joseph Smith as Prophet + temple marriage + baptism for the dead + genealogy research . . . the list could go on and on and on. Only upon completion of all these things may Mormons attain to the third and highest level of heaven thus achieving the ultimate goal of the Mormon gospel - godhood.

    Doesn't sound so correct to me.

  • 1 decade ago

    I've read it. It is incredibly badly written by a man who grew up telling his family stories of local tribes that he made up. It mimics the American Revolutionary War, which had just happened. He uses the same language as several popular books published at the time.

    Mormons read it over and over, sort of like Muslims read the Koran, until they have it so ingrained that they think it is wonderful. Yikes.

  • 1 decade ago

    Really!! The two tribes that supposedly inhabited North America and Jesus came to preach to them have never been identified by any archaeological, anthropological evidence. Also no tribal lore has any stories of a visit from Jesus in North America.

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