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What concrete evidence is there that the Book of Mormon is the inspired Word of

  1. Joseph O Polanco profile image38
    Joseph O Polancoposted 2 years ago

    What concrete evidence is there that the Book of Mormon is the inspired Word of God?

  2. Mihnea Andreescu profile image81
    Mihnea Andreescuposted 2 years ago

    This  is a bit irrelevant to me because you can ask just the same question about any religious book-There is no concrete evidence for any religious book to be divinely inspired-Religious knowledge is based on personal revelation not on concrete evidence.For mormons the Book of Mormon is an inspired book just as the Quran is for muslims or Talmud and Torah for Jewish people.Religion is subjective and esoterical and cannot be evaluated  in a concrete manner.We,as humans find God in different forms and under different religions having several other sub-denominations.This is why religion is so confictual we cannot equivocally state which religion is correct and which one is not with concrete facts.

    1. Joseph O Polanco profile image38
      Joseph O Polancoposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      All of the fulfilled prophecies found in the Talmud and the Christian Greek Scriptures clearly show that they are inspired of God: http://bit.ly/1Hrjzck. Does the BOM offer anything like this?

    2. Kiss andTales profile image80
      Kiss andTalesposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Also many museums hold concrete evidence of history dealing with Egyptian artifacts,  cuneiforms.that validate the same written history in our bibles,
      Also Governments that appear , Rome, Medo-Persian , Babylon,  Greece, all these are true.

  3. Au fait profile image93
    Au faitposted 2 years ago

    There is no concrete proof or even evidence, that any book on this planet is/was inspired by God.  God is about faith.  Concrete proof is by definition something you can touch or hold in your hand.  Physical evidence or proof.

    Some religions claiming to be Christian religions refer to Jesus not as the one and only Son of God, but as a mere prophet.  I realize the prophets were important guys doing important work for God, but they weren't the Son of God.  Jesus was a prophet, a teacher, and much more, but most importantly, He was the Son of God. 

    My King James version says anyone who doesn't believe Jesus was the Son of God is not of or from God.  2 John 1:10 comes to mind, but you would want to start reading at the beginning of that chapter to be sure you get the verse in correct context.

    I don't have my Bible close at hand or I would find the correct verse for you.  Check 2 John.  It's a short chapter and won't take long to read.  I recommend you find a modern English version if you don't already have one to make it easier to understand.

    Study those religions carefully that have 'holy' books that they follow other than the Bible and listen carefully to what they say.  There are some religions (IMHO) that masquerade as Christian, but because they do not accept Jesus as the Son of God, they are not Christian.  The people who subscribe to those religions are often wonderful people, but sadly, they are not Christian.

    The Bible says not to add or subtract from it, so I think adding another book to it and teaching that it is as important or possibly more important than the Bible may be disobeying that order.

    Study the Bible carefully, always praying before you begin, and ask God to guide you through it and help you to understand it.  Again, make sure it's a modern English version.  Read it along with the old English King James if you are afraid it may not be translated well.  Then you can compare the verses and judge whether they are saying the same thing.

    In the end it's up to you to learn what is correct and right, and then to do it.  You must make your own decision -- and do it carefully.

    1. Joseph O Polanco profile image38
      Joseph O Polancoposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Except that all of the fulfilled prophecies found in the Bible clearly show that it is inspired of God: http://bit.ly/1Hrjzck. Does the BOM offer anything like this?

    2. TimRBerman profile image86
      TimRBermanposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      You said the Bible says not to add to or take away. Deuteronomy says not to add or detract from the commandments. Rev. Says do not add to or take from the prophecies of this book, meaning revelation.

    3. Joseph O Polanco profile image38
      Joseph O Polancoposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      @Tim

      Your point?

    4. TimRBerman profile image86
      TimRBermanposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Joseph - point is, there is no scripture that says God can't add to or take away from His word.

    5. Levi Legion profile image59
      Levi Legionposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      The supposed "fulfilled prophecies" of the Bible is a good case of circular reasoning: A prophecy in one book is recorded as "fulfilled" in another. Only thing is, no one can prove that the "prophecy" was actually fulfilled!

  4. TimRBerman profile image86
    TimRBermanposted 2 years ago

    One of the two most significant evidences for the authenticity of the Book of Mormon centers on the account of 3 Nephi. This account describes a major catastrophe - a natural disaster. Many of our critics, in fact, use this account where it describes 3 days of Darkness that occurred at the time of Jesus Christ's crucifixion. They contend that the Bible says there was about 3 hours of darkness and not three days of darkness.

    The evidence - what 3 Nephi describes at the time of Christ's crucifixion fits well within the major catastrophic events surrounding a volcanic eruption. There are many articles on this where a major eruption occurs and day can turn into night, sometimes for long periods of time. For instance, June 1912, Alaska experienced 3 days of darkness from a volcanic eruption;

    "During the 3 days of the eruption, darkness and suffocating conditions caused by falling ash and sulfur dioxide gas immobilized the population of Kodiak. Sore eyes and respiratory distress were rampant, and water became undrinkable. Radio communications were totally disrupted, and with visibility near zero, ships couldn't dock. Roofs in Kodiak collapsed under the weight of more than a foot of ash, buildings were wrecked by ash avalanches that rushed down from nearby hillslopes, and other structures burned after being struck by lightning from the ash cloud." (See link: https://www.avo.alaska.edu/volcanoes/ac … tionid=494). The description detailed in 3 Nephi fits very well in all the major volcanic eruptions that has been documented throughout the ages. The most famous is Mt. Vesuvius and Pliny the Younger's account. One of the more powerful eruptions in 20th century is that of the 1883 Krakatoa Eruption (http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/describe … n-krakatau). This eruption was heard almost 3,000 miles away.

    What is more interesting is the Second Chronicle of Peru by Pedro de Leon de Cieza and his description of what the Inca's had past down of their forefathers describing a time when there was a great darkness over the land and the people (before the Inca's) were praying to their "god's" for light and suddenly a man appeared to them and preached to them, healing, teaching, and had the power to change the face of the earth (see: https://archive.org/details/secondpartchron00markgoog)

    This is definitely something Joseph Smith had no knowledge of at that time.

    1. Joseph O Polanco profile image38
      Joseph O Polancoposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Except that all of the fulfilled prophecies found in the Bible clearly show that it is inspired of God: http://bit.ly/1Hrjzck. Does the BOM offer anything like this?

    2. TimRBerman profile image86
      TimRBermanposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Joseph O Polanco - Given the fact that the Book of Mormon was written for our day and time, I see alot of what happened to the Ancient inhabitants within the Book of Mormon is playing out in the exact manner.

    3. Joseph O Polanco profile image38
      Joseph O Polancoposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I don't follow. Can you give me some specific examples?

    4. TimRBerman profile image86
      TimRBermanposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Start with the Gadianton Robbers: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/gs/gadianton-robbers

    5. Joseph O Polanco profile image38
      Joseph O Polancoposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      @Tim

      You're not making sense. How is this an example of a fulfilled prophecy?

    6. TimRBerman profile image86
      TimRBermanposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Joseph - on the contrary, the prophecy is contained within the promise that if the people of this land are to remember God, they shall be blessed and prosper. The Book of Mormon, as a whole, shows what happens to a nation forgets God. Alma 37

  5. celafoe profile image57
    celafoeposted 2 years ago

    Absolutely none.   Joseph smith was a master con man, adulterer and more.    The bible makes it clear that there is one book and one doctrine of Christ.   Anthing other is a man made fra ud.

    1. TimRBerman profile image86
      TimRBermanposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      The question was about the Book of Mormon evidence, not about Joseph Smith.

    2. celafoe profile image57
      celafoeposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      In case you do not know it the book of mormon and the mormon church is an invention of good old joe

    3. TimRBerman profile image86
      TimRBermanposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Charlie - never make an assumption of a person you do not know, or a judgment of what they may or may not understand. This shows a sense of irresponsible ignorance. I am well aware of Joseph Smith, Mormonism, and have read and studied in this area.

    4. celafoe profile image57
      celafoeposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Then you should know that you cant have one without the other.    I have also studied it and falls outside the scrptural guidelines of Christianity along with all the other "man made denominations"

    5. TimRBerman profile image86
      TimRBermanposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Charlie - the question is about evidence for the Book of Mormon. Not about the Church, not about Joseph Smith, for the Book of Mormon.

 
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