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What the Book of Mormon Brings to the Spiritual Table
Do you believe the Book of Mormon is scripture?
When I talk about The Book of Mormon, I am excited! I could CAPITALIZE all of my words, but that can just be annoying and take away from my purpose here.
I have written articles about The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ as it is formally called, that have pushed for its reading but this one will be different.
If you were singing a song... say you were singing the song Happy by Pharrell Williams. That song has a hook that is so catchy you cannot help but bounce along to it as if you had sugar for days!
The hook for Happy is:
Because I'm Happy! Come along if you feel like happines...
...and then some more words.
I know I could have actually looked up the lyrics; but, seriously... You have heard the words I bet! I put the video of it above if you MUST hear the song. I don't blame you for that.
Think how catchy that hook is.
Now consider the hook of The Book of Mormon which is the first ten verses of the 11th chapter of The Third Book of Nephi, which follows hereafter; but let me set it up.
What is the Book of Mormon?
Before I get into all the great and cool details of why you should read this book, maybe I should briefly describe what it is, right? It is 1000 years of history of an ancient people from the Americas who had prophets of God that wrote down His revelations to them.
The book was written in an African dialect called Reformed Egyptian on golden plates by a man named Mormon (hence the name of the book). It was translated and published by Joseph Smith Jr. in English in 1829 and presented to the world as a companion to the Holy Bible.
The short answer is: it is the word of God.
God revealed His word to men who wrote it down by heavenly command for these modern days.
After the death of Jesus Christ, a great destruction occurred in the lands associated with The Book of Mormon. Cities burned, people died, earthquakes happened, and the list goes on. The entire face of the land was changed!
At the end of the year 34 a.d, about nine(9) months after the destruction is when the following verses take place:
And now it came to pass that there were a great multitude gathered together, of the people of Nephi, round about the temple which was in the land Bountiful; and they were marveling and wondering one with another, and were showing one to another the great and marvelous change which had taken place.
And they were also conversing about this Jesus Christ, of whom the sign had been given concerning his death.
And it came to pass that while they were thus conversing one with another, they heard a voice as if it came out of heaven; and they cast their eyes round about, for they understood not the voice which they heard; and it was not a harsh voice, neither was it a loud voice; nevertheless, and notwithstanding it being a small voice it did pierce them that did hear to the center, insomuch that there was no part of their frame that it did not cause to quake; yea, it did pierce them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn.
And it came to pass that again they heard the voice, and they understood it not. And again the third time they did hear the voice, and did open their ears to hear it; and their eyes were towards the sound thereof; and they did look steadfastly towards heaven, from whence the sound came.
And behold, the third time they did understand the voice which they heard; and it said unto them: Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.
And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the whole multitude were turned upon him, and they durst not open their mouths, even one to another, and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them.
And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying: "Behold, I am Jesu
The hook for this song of happiness in The Book of Mormon is that it testifies that Jesus Christ IS truly the Savior of all mankind and not just a man who led a small cult of people away from traditional Judaism in a tributary nation to Rome!
What do YOU say?
How Well do YOU know the Holy Bible?
It Asserts Itself as a Testament of Jesus Christ!
Intellectuals have claimed for years the Holy Bible is not meant to be taken seriously.
They claim that the miracles and stories are exaggerations, mythology.
They claim there is no God and no Christ, as in a savior of humankind from death and hell, and there is no devil because Jesus could not have been born from divinity!
The claim that Jesus was just a man who taught guiding principles that if followed can bring a measure of peace and satisfaction in life.
In a college freshman English class at Valdosta State University in South Georgia, the professor, a former clergyman asked, "How many of you in here believe in the Bible?" Most in the class raised their hands, timid as some of those hands were.
He then demanded "Tell me about this passage in Isaiah..." as he proceeded to quote the verse from memory. "Or this verse in Ecclesiastes..." further showing his superiority in verse-knowledge.
When no one could match him or explain the obscure doctrines and references he mentioned, he asks, "How can you believe in a book that you don't know?" A valid point, at least in his estimation.
After more ridicule of the class for being ignorant about a book it claimed to believe he revealed his objective saying, "By the end of this class most of you will no longer believe in the Bible!" His intention was to destroy the faith of people because he lacked faith and had no way of verifying or denying the validity of the scriptures. So, in true agnostic form, he would discredit it, How do I know? I was in his class!
I was shocked and disturbed--disturb as in offended!
I knew the Bible was the word of God and made it my purpose in life to understand it more because of that teacher!
I mention this incident of disbelief in conjunction with other similar incidents that can be found on the web from around the world of former ministers and school professors who challenge Christians and other faithful people in a classroom setting, captive audiences, regarding their beliefs. Because most Christians have the one book, the Holy Bible, which comes from an obscure tribe of Hebrews, these well-intentioned intellects suggest that all people should think nothing of its claims beyond inspired allegory!
To those of us who believe these things, Christians, as we were so named according to the Bible by the Greeks (and by the non-believers according to the Book of Mormon, though I am getting ahead of myself) such assertions are disturbing! Meaning anything from slightly annoying to faith-crisis and apostasy!
How CAN we believe in a book that we do not know? I mean, how can we really believe the things inside if we do not read it, study it, ponder it and know it? The belief would be tentative for many, right?
Christianity is under attack! Slowly the values held for so long in society of honesty, fidelity, marriage, integrity, and divinity are eroding away! With each passing generation, the laws are twisted to include new ways of selfish behaviors!
Christians, followers of Christ believe in the Holy Bible because we have faith God will provide the evidence of the truth of the Bible in His own time as a reward for the trial of our faith!
Well, He provided one piece of evidence in the form of The Book of Mormon!
It shows God's Complexity
Rabbi Daniel Travis in the work Priceless Integrity on Torah.org expressed,
The Torah's perspective on honesty is radically different from the broadly accepted, generally impractical approach to this value.
The Jewish system of values takes into account the complexity of daily life, and does not see "truth" as a mere repetition of the facts.
At times, for example, when sensitive emotional issues are at stake, the Torah requires us to present information in a manner that will spare the feelings of others.
When issues such as humility, privacy and protecting human life are involved, it may be proper to conceal the facts, or even, occasionally, to deviate from the objective truth.
The Rabbi points out that there are times where the standard truths are not in play so directly. At first glance, this quote is a blaring warning to avoid his writings; but, with more thought, he speaks the truth.
In the Bible, God commands Abraham to tell the Pharaoh that Sarah, who is Abraham's wife that she is his sister!
What! Is God telling him to lie! No, he isn't.
Sarah was Abraham's first cousin and considered a sister in Jewish custom at the time. Or, for our Islamic brothers and sisters, Muslim custom at the time.
Okay, I will get to the point without quoting much scripture, read your Bible!
Critics may claim that the Bible is false because God instructed one of His followers to deceive someone to protect a nation. Well, in The Book of Mormon, God commands Nephi to kill someone for the same reason, so there!
Do Not Reject Evidence That God is Real
Modern Apostle's Witness of The Book of Mormon
My point is that God is the same all over the world. In another record, it shows that God's commandments were given for mankind to follow and sometimes He commands His followers to do a temporarily different thing than the standard.
To protect His people, He will command people to Kill and withhold. Does that sound bad? It does seem that way, to begin with, but after you think about it, God is the judge and knows who needs to go where and the beginning from the end. We don't!
He gave us a book from one part of the world that teaches us not to kill and a book from another part of the world that teaches the same thing.
He also teaches to obey Him when we may not understand what the outcome may be as in Abraham and Nephi's challenge.
He is consistent. He expects us to live our lives in such a manner that He can speak to us about our individual situations.
He gives us more of His word until we can receive it all. Right now we are still stuck on the first few books, though.
God had an ace in the hole all along when it came to the doubters and naysayers of the world about Jesus Christ.
What is the Book of Mormon?
What do you say?
Will you read The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ?
For more information about The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ go to www.lds.org. Please finish reading, though.
I read. I compared it to the Bible. I prayed about it. God told me it was His revealed word. God answers our prayers if we ask in faith. I know He will reveal the truthfulness of this other testament of His Son, Jesus Christ if you seek to know.
What do You Say?
Will you, after reading it, ask God if it truly is an ancient record that testifies of Jesus Christ?
Rabbi Daniel Travis/Torah.org Priceless Integrity
© 2015 Rodric Johnson