Mormons: Is the Book of Mormon the most correct book on earth?

2 Questions based on the Introduction to the Book of Mormon, where it says, "Concerning this record the Prophet Joseph Smith said: “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book."

If this is true, why are some major Mormon teachings missing from the Book (plurality of gods, baptism for the dead, Temples - which are necessary to get exaltation and live in the Celestial Kingdom)? Doesn't that mean following Doctrine and Covenants will get you closer to God?

And why have there been so many changes in the Book of Mormon since it was published in the 1830's? For example, in Mosiah 21 in the original edition it was King Benjamin who "had a gift from God, whereby he could interpret such engravings; yea, and Ammon also did rejoice." In today's it's King Mosiah. Presumably the book is now more correct, or why make such (or any) changes? Doesn't that mean the Book was not the most correct on earth when Joseph Smith claimed it was?

Update:

Several people have said that the Bible has been edited. Anyone got a "before and after" to back that up? Just curious...

Update 2:

@John - I have a page on my blog called "gay & Christian?". It goes some way towards answering your question. If you've any other questions please feel free to email me.

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  • John
    Lv 5
    8 years ago
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    Mormons are a cult. Just like any alleged "christian" group who promotes some idea contrary to the bible (homosexuality is one).

    Just a quick question: How would you feel if someone on YA was really super nice, and answered questions to people as a Christian...BUT...they had a username such as: "Pedophile Christian," or "Porno Christian," and then had some random blog where they talked about their experience of realizing that they can be both a pedophile and a Christian without having to change.

    I'm curious to how you'd respond to that.

  • j p
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    The introduction says it is the "most correct book" not that it is perfect, or that we should ignore other books, or (heaven forbid) revelations from Jesus Christ. In fact to believe the book to be perfect would be to ignore many of the authors who plead with readers to forgive their weaknesses.

    Some major Mormon teachings are not missing from the book. You will find excessive references to baptism, temples, the character of God, etc.

    Changes to the Book are mostly grammatical and unlike the bible the original transcript (1830's printing) is still available for comparison.

    As far as the bible being edited, go to a Christian book store look at the excessive number of study bibles and tell me which bible hasn't been edited? The King James Version isn't the original, the Tyndale isn't the original, the Vulgate isn't the original, the Hebrew and Greek while being the oldest available to the Christian world are not contemporary with their original authors.

  • 8 years ago

    I don't think the Doctrine and Covenants was around when Joseph made that quote. Any book whose translation comes straight from God is going to be more reliable than those handled and rewritten by men. No work of man is perfect. There were even some mistakes in the original Book of Mormon. "Geru salem" was changed to "Jerusalem". If there is a way for men to screw up, they will find it.

  • 8 years ago

    yes valid points son.... i think when joseph smith said this he was pointing out that it was even more correct than the bible.... this because the bible has been reprocessed lots... like passed down and chops and changes have been made by some uninspired people which twist the truth that God originally intended...... whereas the book of mormon stories were writen directly on plates, like a diary entry, burried, found many years later and then translated. see what i mean here? just that the bom had less room to be messed around with than the bible. however, the book of mormon and the bible are like a 2 peices of a puzzle... together the message of the gospel becomes clear.. most importantly they both testify of Christ!

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  • 8 years ago

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva_Bible#Sample

    Here is a link to the Geneva Bible. Read it about halfway through and there is a comparison with a verse from the Geneva Bible to the KJV. Geneva Bible is older than KJV, so by "Christian" STandards, the Geneva Bible should have more authority.

    Source(s): LDS
  • Tlyna
    Lv 5
    8 years ago

    First of the New Testament was written after the time of Christ by no one who could have known him. If you read it carefully there are loads of contradictions even to who was there at the Resurrection. It was originally written in Aramaic, translated to Greek then Latin, then other European languages. Some of the early Catholic popes removed some books that they didn't like so between mistranslations and lost books no one has the whole story and Smith less than any of them.

  • 8 years ago

    O the answers are all in this passage:

    And when they shall have received this, which is expedient that they should have first, to try their faith, and if it shall so be that they shall believe these things then shall the greater things be made manifest unto them.

    And if it so be that they will not believe these things, then shall the greater things be withheld from them, unto their condemnation.

    http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/3-ne/26.9-10?la...

    Without believing in the Book of Mormon nobody is ready to understand these greater things, and anybody who try nevertheless twist the truth with or without intent.

  • 8 years ago

    You act like that's only religious text that has been edited in the last 2,000 years.

    *cough cough* BIBLE *cough cough*

    EVERY religion thinks it is right, don't be a hypocrite. It's fun to watch Christian sects bicker with each other. Makes my job easier.

    Source(s): Atheist
  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    It made me vomit in disgust when I read it. So much evil in your bible and in the book of Moron er. Mormon. I'm glad I'm a Spiritual Satanist where we don't hide the truth, where you don't twist bible verses to say being gay is okay, when according to your bible, it is not. Gay Christians are hypocritical.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Mormons don't get the option of free choice. They get indoctrinated to believe their bogus religion.

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