Friday, December 7, 2007

Why do Mormons have another book?

Why do Mormons have another book? Doesn't the Bible say there is "no other gospel?"

-Though it is true that there is only one true gospel, the scripture referred to, that is often misunderstood, doesn’t say there is no other gospel. What Paul said to the fledgling Galation church was,
“As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” –Galations 1:8
Now, I assume that by you stating that we have “another gospel” you are referring to the Book of Mormon and/or our other scripture.
First off, gospel doesn’t mean book. It means good news. I would also say that “gospel” encompasses true doctrines and principles.
We teach the same good news, doctrines, and principles that Paul did. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that God would never give additional light and knowledge to the world.
In fact, it says many times that revelation would continue (see Joel 2:28, Rev 14:6-7).

Best Wishes,


Anonymous said...

How are you supposed to know what is a true doctrine handed down by God and what isn't? Is it solely faith based?

Rusty Curtis said...

Great Questions Meg.

Christ said
"If any man will do his [God's] will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." -John 7:17

One of the most beautiful and clarifying discourses on this subject was given by Alma the Younger, a prophet in the Book of Mormon (I'm not sure if you already have one. If not, let me know).

He compares this knowledge of and faith in a doctrine, teaching, principle, etc... to a seed. He writes a beautiful analogy. It's short (only 17 verses). Read it here: Alma 32:26-43

Hope this helped Meg!

Best Wishes,

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