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12/25/2007 2:21 AM
Robbie Sims
How can one believe the Book of Mormon to be scripture when the Bible says we shouldn't add to the Bible (Revelation 22:18-19)?<br /><br />The phrases "the prophecy of this book," "the book of this prophecy,"<br />and "this book" refer only to the book of Revelation. At the time<br />John recorded those words, the Bible did not exist; there were only separate scrolls<br />for each book. The first bound Bibles do not appear until the fourth century A.D.<br />Some of the earliest Bible manuscripts do not end with the book of Revelation<br />and, in fact, some of them don't even include that book and omit other New<br />Testament books as well.<br /><br />Moreover, similar warnings are found in earlier Bible books. For example, in<br />Deuteronomy 4:2, we read, "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command<br />you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments<br />of the Lord your God which I command you" (see also Deuteronomy 12:12).<br />While mortals are forbidden to add to the divine word, the Lord himself is not<br />bound by such restrictions. God's word is revealed through prophets, and<br />it is through prophets that he has always added to his own word. Thus, we read<br />that, when the king had burned the words written by Jeremiah (Jeremiah 36:1-4,<br />23), the Lord commanded him to restore these words (Jeremiah 36:27-28). "Then<br />took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah;<br />who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which<br />Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides<br />unto them many like words" (Jeremiah 36:32).<br /><br />

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