Friday, December 7, 2007

Accusation: "The Holy Bible is very specific about adding to or taking way."

:Accusation: “The Holy Bible is very specific about adding to or taking way.”

-Don’t worry; this is a commonly misquoted passage. You are referring to Rev. 22:18-19:
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of THIS book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in THIS book:
‘And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of THIS prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in THIS book.”
To interpret this as saying the Book of Mormon is adding to the Bible and hence going against the Bible is incorrect for many reasons. I will only mention three:
1. The word Bible comes from “Biblio,” which means library. There are 66 –books- in the Bible. The first Christian Bible was not put together until the 4th century AD. You will notice that I emphasized “THIS book” in the quoted passage above. -Meaning the book, Revelation. The Book of Mormon does not add to “the prophecy of THIS book.”
2. Chronology – You may look at any reputable encyclopedia or Bible commentary (if you care to) and find that most Bible scholars place the writing of the Book of Revelation about 20-25 years before the Gospel of John was written. If we interpret Rev. 22:18-19 in the context you put forth, then we have to toss John’s own gospel out of the Bible because he wrote that –book- after Revelation. Personally, I like the gospel of John and wouldn’t want to see it removed.
3. Also, in the –book- of Deuteronomy, the Lord commands “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” –Deut 4:2
Again, if we interpret that the way you suggest we should interpret Rev 22:18-19, we would have to throw 61 (of 66) –books- out of the Bible. Let us not be hasty.

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