Friday, January 16, 2009

Article of Faith 8

8 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.

Many people, who know that we accept the Book of Mormon as scripture, refer to it as the, "Mormon Bible". This statement is incorrect because in fact, we believe in the Holy Bible, as well as the Book of Mormon. We do recognize, as many other Christians do, that the Bible contains some translation errors. In addition, some "plain and precious truths" have been lost from the Bible throughout the ages. But we still believe it is the word of God. We treasure it, we study it, we love it. We believe the Bible to be the "Stick of Judah" spoken of in Ezekiel 37:16, 19:
"16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand."

We believe the Book of Mormon is the "Stick of Joseph" spoken of in this scripture. It does not supplant the Bible, but acts with the bible to testify as a second witness that Jesus is the Christ. "This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." 2 Corinthians 13:1.

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