I suppose I'll take this nodeshell
on. The question that really needs to be asked is: Does the Bible not
allow for additional scripture? Most verses of the Bible in reference to this say that you shouldn't change, remove or add to the Bible; something that has already been done
. The Catholic Church
has a large selection of canonized
works that actually introduce new theological concepts like the Trinity
. Mormon Scriptures like the Book of Mormon
and Doctrine and Covenants
are not additions to the Bible. They are completely seperate works. I'm pretty sure you can make the argument that there should be no scripture beyound the Old Testament
based on verses found in it that are very similar to ones in the New Testament
. A good question to ask yourself is: Why would God
leave us with only the Bible
, especially in it's current badly translated and incomplete state. I'll need to do some research to come up with a better explanation...
Baron: Actually Mormon Scripture does not "supercede" any other scripture.
anotherone: It's not quite
so definite. As, I think, aozilla points out, that verse pertains to the Book of Revelations. Heh, we won't know what really happened to Brother Joseph
until we die. I don't think being martyred is a sign that God didn't like you.
aozilla: The LDS
Church actually goes around asking people to do just what you are saying. Read the Book of Mormon
, then think about it and pray about it. I'm not sure why being written after "the time of the apostles" is a problem actually. The Church refers to the period after they died to the Restoration of the Church as the Apostasy. The LDS
Church has Apostles and Prophets and believe that authority was given to Joseph Smith to reestablish this. ::shrug::
More on the book: Well, the real answer to "What book is being talked about?" is that it's very much a matter of interpretation. It does appear right at the end of the Bible, and makes a nice ending to the whole thing. Or the "book" in question could be the "book of life" that is mentioned earlier in the Book of Revelations. Remember, the one with the seven seals or whatever. I'm not sure what the consensus is on the issue, but it's definitely not a definite disallowal of modern scripture.
Hmm, look at the next verse (22:19): "And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of THIS prophecy..." That seems to indicate the Book of Revelations which includes said prophecy. I'm sure this is debatable, but the "added scriptures" attack isn't even really used by anti-mormons anymore so it can't be that strong of an argument.