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Mormons believe that the Bible has not been translated correctly, yet insist that it supports Mormonism. But does it actually teach Mormon beliefs, or are they being imposed on the Bible? Let’s take a look.
Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. Amos 3:7
Mormons take this verse to mean that there must always be a living prophet of God for continuing revelation. But is that what that said?
Let‘s read it again with the preceding verse for context. “If there is calamity in a city, will not the Lord have done it? Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” Its not saying that God literally will not do anything without a prophet, but rather that God does not bring down judgment without first giving warning through a prophet. This is exactly what Amos and many other books do, including Revelation, which has already given warning of the final judgment.
Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead? 1 Cor 15:29
Mormons think this single reference confirms their practice of baptism for the dead. Does it? First, there‘s no details to indicate Paul‘s even talking about the same thing that Mormons do. Second, not only is this not given as an instruction for the church to practice, it says its something ’they’ do, not ’we’.
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago….was caught up to the third heaven. 2 Cor 12:2
Mormons think this confirms their system of earning one of three levels of heaven. The Bible never mentions anything like that, but it does talk about a heaven where birds fly, where the stars are, and where God is. Three heavens, no Mormonism. But then they might bring up this one…
There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 1 Cor 15:40
But the context of this passage is not degrees of heaven, its answering the question how does a resurrected body compare to an earthly one.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
Mormons take this to mean that the only way to know if the Book of Mormon is true is to read it and pray for confirmation.
Setting aside that the context of this verse is not talking about testing religions at all, it very clearly says ‘if’ you lack wisdom. But the Bible contains specific instructions about how to test prophets and identify false teachings. So the wisdom isn’t lacking, but since Mormonism fails those tests, they prefer you to second guess the Bible in favor a ‘burning in the bosom‘.
So we’re already seeing a pattern of ignoring a verse’s plain meaning within its own context in order to stretch it into referencing or supporting Mormonism. Continued in part 2.