How Does the LDS Church View the Bible?
By Sandra Tanner
While Christians view the Bible as the final authority on
doctrinal matters, the LDS Church holds that their other books of scripture and their
prophets are more reliable than the Bible.
View of the Bible
View of the Bible
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
(2 Tim. 3:17)
"We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is
translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." (8th
article of faith)
"These things have I written unto you that believe on the
name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may
believe on the name of the Son of God." (1 John 5:13)
Joseph Smith taught that "many important points touching the
salvation of men, had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled "
(History of the Church, v. 1, p. 245)
"But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other
gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."
"We believe all that God has revealed, all that he does now
reveal, and we believe that he will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining
to the kingdom of God" (9th article of faith)
"If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let
him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the
Lord." (1 Cor. 14:37)
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"In addition to these four books of scripture, the inspired
words of our living prophets become scripture to us. Their words come to us through
conferences, Church publications, and instructions to local priesthood leaders."
(Gospel Principles, p. 51-52)
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