Bible Contradict Book Of Mormon


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Does the Book of Mormon Contradict the Bible?

Critics of the Book of Mormon often try to say that it contradicts the Bible.  They do this by taking one passage from the Book of Mormon out of its context and placing it next to a biblical verse and saying, “See, look, they’re different.”  This sort of trickery is dishonest and, as many Mormons can testify, nowhere does the Book of Mormon contradict the Bible.  Instead, it confirms and validates the meanings and doctrines of the Bible.  Some biblical doctrines are examined and explained in the Book of Mormon, making them easier to comprehend.

Bible and Book of MormonOne of the most common claims is that the Book of Mormon contradicts the Bible by teaching that Jesus was born in Jerusalem, not Bethlehem.  However, these critics do not quote that verse in its full context.  The passage reads:

For behold, the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and the Son of God cometh upon the face of the earth.  And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem, which is the land of our forefathers … (Alma 7:9-10, pg 224).

The people that this prophet, whose name was Alma, was addressing lived in America and, though they were descended from Israelites, knew nothing about the land of Israel.  They knew the name Jerusalem, but Bethlehem, which was a very small village near Jerusalem, was meaningless to them, so the prophet referred to the one place they did know.  Imagine you were from a small town just outside of New York City.  Would you tell people you were from that small town or just say New York City.  Since they wouldn’t know where your town was, it makes sense to refer to a place they would recognize.  Alma also makes it clear that he was referring to the land of Jerusalem, or the land around Jerusalem.  The city of Bethlehem is only a few miles south of Jerusalem and so could easily be described as in the “land of Jerusalem” to someone who had never been there and did know anything about it.

Most of the supposed contradictions that critics charge the Book of Mormon with are similarly taken out of context, or presented in an unfavorable light to make their position seem stronger.  All honest persons who desire to know the truth about Mormonism and the Book of Mormon are invited to read it for themselves.

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4 Responses to “Bible Contradict Book Of Mormon”
  1. rameumptom says:

    Chuck,
    We believe in continuing revelation. We believe that the prophet receives revelation for the entire Church and mankind, but it is usually given over general issues.
    We are to also seek personal revelation to guide our own lives. The Church does not have a set of mandatory creeds that everyone must follow to be in good standing. We are encouraged to keep the commandments and do good things, but our actual core doctrine is rather few among the many teachings.

    The prophets are not the only ones to interpret the Bible. In fact, their responsibility is to only help guide us in understanding what is in it. We have to find our own interpretations through personal revelation. This is also how we gain a knowledge that Thomas S. Monson is a real prophet of God.

    Paul taught of 3 levels of heaven in 2 Corinthians 12:1-4. And there are many early Jewish and Christian writings that show multiple levels of heaven were believed by them. Jesus even mentioned that in “my Father’s house, there are many mansions.”

    The Bible contains just some of the inspired words of God. Not all of them. Even the Dead Sea Scrolls contains dozens of books not found in the Old Testament, but were considered holy and sacred by early Jews. The New Testament quotes the Book of Enoch 39 times, but it isn’t in our Bible today. Clearly, there are many inspired books of God outside the Bible. And with living prophets, we gain the advantage of those who receive direct revelation to guide us today, just as Moses guided ancient Israel.

  2. james akrin says:

    if the book of mormon doesn’t contradict the bible then can u explain why mormon doctrine teaches to save up and store their goods for bad times, but in Matthew 6:19-21, jesus teaches to not save up, and to put your trust in him

    • Gale says:

      The Book of Mormon says nothing about storing food, except when the Book of Mormon peoples were laying up stores in the event they were attacked by their enemies, but also gives the same spiritual guidance, that the Lord will take care of us and knows all about us. The Bible does talk about laying aside stores of food, in the story of Joseph who was sold into Egypt. Remember the seven good years and the seven years of famine? Our modern prophets have taught us likewise how to be self reliant, and many Latter-day Saints have lived off their food storage during times of unemployment or disaster.

    • karenrose says:

      Jesus’ teaching is more about trusting in Him to provide as we go from day to day and exercise our faith and capacity to work than it is about whether or not to store up. His point is that we need not ‘give thought’ in the sense of worry needlessly about His ability to provide. He does speak to us much about providing and being wise, and using common sense in preparing for our futures. Additionally, modern prophets speaking the Savior’s will, affirm our need to save and store for emergencies. To know whether they speak of themselves or are sent by God, we invite you to read The Book of Mormon and ask God for yourself, if He has sent prophets and apostles in our day to restore His Church. I testify that He has. Kindest,

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