We got our new district this week. Now everyone except for me and Elder Ward (Washington State) are from Utah. They’re taking over…
The two new elders in our ward are Elder Warner and Elder Lawrence. The latter is fresh from the MTC, just like I was 🙂 Bowmanville seems to always get the newbies.
Again, not too much happened this week. We’ve been trying to find more people to teach, and I’ve decided that I’m going to be the best door knocker you ever done saw. It’s a work in progress, but I’m getting there 😉
We always run out of food/money by the end of the month, and this month was especially bad. However, at church yesterday four members came up to us throughout the course of our meetings and said something to the effect of “We made way too much ham/turkey/stew, and can’t possibly finish it all. Would you happen to like the copious amounts of leftovers we have?” The Lord provides, man. The Lord provides.
I’ve been slacking on the spiritual thoughts lately, so here’s mine for today!
My favourite opposition to our faith is when people quote Revelations 22:18-19 which says
“18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall aadd unto these things, God shall add unto him the bplagues that are written in this book:
19 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 abook of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
First of all, that scripture only refers to the book of Revelations. He was warning future translators and transcribers to not take away from or add to his words. He certainly wasn’t saying that the scriptures are complete.
A similar scripture is given in Deuteronomy 4:2 “Ye shall not aadd 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.” That scripture was given in the Old Testament, so if that means that there should be no more scripture, then that means that all of the New Testament is an abomination too.
Also, the Bible wasn’t even compiled until about 400 years after Christ’s death. Revelations was written long before that, and the accepted books in the Bible changed a ton before the Bible as we know it was decided upon, so how could John have been referring to a book that hadn’t even been decided upon yet?
Also, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John were all very likely written after Revelations, so those would have to be discredited too.
This critique has come up at least five times this week, so I thought it fitting to write about today. The history of the Bible is actually quite fascinating, and I’d encourage everyone to do a little research into it. The Bible Dictionary entry under “Canon” explains it quite well. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bd/canon?lang=eng&letter=c
The 9th Article of Faith states: “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.”
As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we believe that the Heaven’s aren’t closed. We believe in continuing revelation through the apostles and prophets, and that we are also entitled to receive our own personal revelation for ourselves.
We found this awesome, ancient, pamphlet in our apartment that talks about our church’s stance on the Bible. Basically it said something like “It is not uncommon to hear an informed persons say, ‘if all men believed the Bible, all men would be Mormon.’ Bible doctrine is Mormon doctrine, and Mormon doctrine is Bible doctrine.” I have never heard an “informed persons” or anyone else for that matter say that ever, but maybe that’s why they stopped producing that pamphlet 😛 But regardless, the statement is true. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly.
Anyways, I love you all! Have a good week 🙂