What the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ Brings
The Book of Mormon has a hook, the chorus part of a song that you always remember no matter what! The hook of the Book of Mormon is that Jesus Christ appeared to the people in ancient American and let them feel the prints of the nails in His hands just like He did for Thomas, recorded in the New Testament, who doubted His resurrection. That is a big deal!
It's a Testament of Jesus Christ!
Listed below are some claims intellectuals have made in opposition to the divinity of Jesus Christ that the Book of Mormon calls into question by its very existence as a record. This list is not exhaustive:
- The Holy Bible is not meant to be taken seriously.
- Miracles and histories in the Bible are exaggerations, mythology, inspired allegory.
- There is no God and no Christ, as in a savior of humankind from death and hell.
- There is no devil.
- Jesus could not have been born from divinity since there is no God!
- Jesus was just a man who taught guiding principles that if followed can bring a measure of peace and satisfaction in life, inspired allegory.
The above lists of proofs against God and the Holy Bible are refuted through The Book of Mormon!
- It claims the Holy Bible is a true record of the Jews and the history of that people.
- It claims that the events in the Bible happened as the writers claim, like The Flood, Moses' parting of the Red Seas, etc.
- It testifies from the beginning until the end that God and Jesus Christ are real and provide personal salvation to all who seek it.
- It declares there are a devil and numberless demons as does the Bible.
- It declares that a virgin conceived and bore a child called Jesus Christ.
- It testifies that Jesus was no ordinary man, but a Savior. The God of creation.
The book helps to corroborate stories if it is a true record--and it is! Read it and find out if the words ring true. No, I did not provide references. Read the book and gain understanding. A man translated it as did men write the books of the Bible. The only way to know of the truth of their accounts is to seek the God of whom the books testify exists. The books even provide a guideline for speaking to Him and gaining answers.
How Well do You Know the Bible?
"By the end of this class, most of you will no longer believe in the Bible!"
A college freshman English class at Valdosta State University in South Georgia professor and 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 verses 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/is 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 found on the web 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 one book, the Holy Bible, which comes from an obscure tribe of Hebrews, these well-intentioned intellectuals 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, 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? How can we really believe the things inside the Holy Bible if we do not read it, study it, ponder it, and pray about 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!
He provided one piece of evidence in the form of The Book of Mormon!
Back to the Second Witness of Christ's Divinity
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.
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
Nephi, an ancient American prophet gives his take on people who balk at receiving more of the word of God just because they already have some of His word:
Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews?
Know ye not that there are more nations than one? 2 Nephi 29:6-7
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.
Modern Apostle's Witness of The Book of Mormon
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.
Evidence in Support of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon has been a hot topic for a long time. Unlike most articles that seem to manifest so quickly, I intend to discuss evidence in support of this book's claims. By Alexander James Guckenberger
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