© Spotlight Ministries, Vincent McCann, 2001
- Question 1 - If latter day revelation is to be accepted today, then why is this limited to the Mormon Church? Why not also accept the latter day revelations of Sun Myung Moon, the leader of the Moonies, and his book The Divine Principle? Or what about the revelations of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, and her writings, such as Science and Health?
- Question 2 - The biblical prophets had their words written down and received as Scripture. Mormons believe that they have a prophet at the head of their Church today. When was the last time any Mormon prophet said anything which was canonized into Mormon Scripture?
- Question 3 - Does any of the latter day revelations (BOM, PofGP, and D&C) actually add anything significant and substantial to what we already have in the Bible?
- Question 4 - If, as the LDS Church asserts, the Bible is an incomplete record with many "lost books", then why were these books not restored by Joseph Smith when he completed his own version of the Bible, The Inspired Version(sometimes also called The Joseph Smith Translation)?* Additionally, rather than restore any of the so called lost books, Smith omitted the book The Song of Solomon as being "uninspired" from his version. So in the end, rather than solve the problem of missing books, Smith actually added to the problem!
- Question 5 - Similarly, if the the Bible has so many lost books missing from its pages, then why doesn't the current LDS prophet simply have these books restored through his prophetic gifting?
- Question 6 - If the Church truly believes Joseph Smith to have been a prophet, then why don't LDS missionaries use his version of the Bible, The Inspired Version, rather than take the King James Version to people's doors, a version which they feel is incomplete and contains errors?
* Most Mormons believe that the reason the Utah Mormon Church (the main and largest Mormon church) does not use Smith's own version of the Bible (other than endnotes in their King James Version) is because Smith died before his work on it was completed. However, the evidence strongly suggests that Smith did indeed complete his work
(e.g. see: D&C: 73:3, 4; 94:10; 124:89 and many historical statements e.g. see: letter by Smith and Sidney Rigdon dated 2nd July, 1833: "We this day finished the
translation of the Scriptures, for which we return gratitude to our Heavenly Father..." (History of the Church vol., 1, 368). The splinter group, The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints felt that the version was completed and publish it to this day. Additionally, it is also worth bearing in mind that the changes that Smith made began in Genesis and end in Revelation.
To see a response to this article from a Mormon apologist and my counter response follow this link: Questions for Mormons on Latter Day Revelation: Some Answers, Some Responses.
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