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, throughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy
Many anti-Mormons like to point out the fact (yes, I said fact) the Book of Mormon has been changed thousands times.
. But don't think that entire verses, chapters or books have been changed.
But wait a minute, didn't the prophet Joseph Smith say that the Book of Mormon is the most correct book on earth,
and that he translated it by the gift and power of God?
Yes, the prophet Joseph Smith did in fact make this statement. And I believe that it is true. It is the most correct
book of any on earth in its teachings. The Bible can easily be misinterpreted by almost everyone, but the Book of Mormon can
not. The Bible also has grammatical errors that do not reflect grammatics of the time it was translated or written.
But if there's been grammatical changes, wouldn't that make it not translated by the gift and power
The answer is no. Joseph Smith and the witnesses to the Book of Mormon all stated that the Book of Mormon was translated
by the gift and power of God. They never said that God laid his hand down, dipped a feather into ink and began writing, so
Joseph could see. Also, Joseph Smith did not write the Book of Mormon when he translated it. In order to make things go faster,
he had his scribe Oliver Cowdery write down what he said. It is very possible that Oliver Cowdery made thes grammatical errors
himself. Joseph Smith was and is known to have only had a 3rd grade education. It is very possible that
when Joseph Smith read over the documents, he did not notice the grammatical errors, due to his lack of knowledge
But if Joseph Smith is a prophet, doesn't that mean he is without error? Therefore, wouldn't he have noticed
That, my friend is nonesense. Joseph Smith even admitted to being imperfect. He stated:
I was left to all kinds of temptations; and, mingling with all kinds of society, I frequently fell into many foolish
errors, and displayed the weakness of youth, and the foibles of human nature; which, I am sorry to say, led me into diverse
temptations, offensive in the sight of God. In making this confession, no need suppose me guilty of any great or malignant
sins. A disposition to commit such was never in my nature. But I was guilty of Levity, and sometimes associated with jovial
company, etc., not consistent with that character which ought to be maintained by one who was called of God as I had been.
But no prophets in the Bible showed signs of sinning?
Oh, so the prophet Jonah, having done his duties like God asked him to, that was to call the people of Nineveh to repentance,
and believing that the people of Nineveh were never going to change their sinful ways he became "angry"
with God because he did not destroy them soon, and he then went to the east side of the city, "there made him a booth,
and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city."
Also, what about Moses. Wasn't he forbidden to enter the promised land because of his sin? The lord told Moses in
Numbers 20:11-29 "Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therfore
ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them."
But didn't some of the leaders of your church say that Joseph Smith made no error?
Yes they did. I believe that what they said was of their own saying, and it does not reflect the lords divine inspiration
given to them. After all, false statemens were made by men ordained of God in the Bible also. Lets take the prophet Ezekiel.
Did you know that he made a false prophecy?
Lets read Ezekiel 26:3
"I am against you, O Tyre, and I will bring many nations against you, like the sea casting up its waves. They will
scrape away her rubble and make her a bare rock. Out in the sea she will become a place to spread fishnets, for I have spoken,
declares the Sovereign LORD. She will become plunder for the nations, and her settlements on the mainland will be ravaged
by the sword. For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: From the north I am going to bring against Tyre Nebuchadnezzar king
of Babylon, king of kings, with horses and chariots, with horsemen and a great army. He will ravage your settlements on the
mainland with the sword; he will set up siege works against you, build a ramp up to your walls and raise his shields against
you. He will direct the blows of his battering rams against your walls and demolish your towers with his weapons. His horses
will be so many that they will cover you with dust. Your walls will tremble at the noise of the war horses, wagons and chariots
when he enters your gates as men enter a city whose walls have been broken through. The hoofs of his horses will trample all
your streets; he will kill your people with the sword, and your strong pillars will fall to the ground. They will plunder
your wealth and loot your merchandise; they will break down your walls and demolish your fine houses and throw your stones,
timber and rubble into the sea. I will put an end to your noisy songs, and the music of your harps will be heard no more.
I will make you a bare rock, and you will become a place to spread fishnets. You will never be rebuilt, for I YAHWEH have
spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD. "
This is a false prophecy. Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Tyre from 585-573 B.C.E. but was unable to take the city. Tyre
was conquered in 332 B.C.E. by Alexander but at no time was the city destroyed. It exists to this day. According to the false
prophecy found in Ezekiel, Nebuchadnezzar was supposed to completely destroy Tyre, it was never to be rebuilt again, but to
remain an eternal ruin, and the King was supposed to get much wealth and loot from the city, making it worth his while. Another
false prophecy follows in Ezekiel. Nebuchadnezzar did not conquer Tyre, the prophet admits, and neither did he make a thin
dime from the attempt. Therefore, the prophet proceeds to make another false prophecy, this time proclaiming destruction of
Egypt at the King's hands, as a sort of consolation prize for not looting Tyre as was prophesied previously. This looting
of Egypt at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar never happened either. The prophet stated that the King would make such a ruin of
Egypt that no one would live there for ‘forty years'. This never happened. It is another false prophesy attributed to
the prophet after the prophet had just previously made a false prophecy (one false prophecy after another). What actually
happened is that Nebuchadnezzar attacked Egypt twice, once in 588 and again in 568 and was luckless both times.
The prophet admits that Nebuchadnezzar was luckless in his campaign against
Tyre, and contrary to what was prophesied, did not loot Tyre. He then promised the ruin of Egypt and all its treasures, and
this did not happen either.
Does that mean that the Bible is false?
No, it does not. It just means that Ezekiel, Joseph Smith, Moses, and all of the other prophets are Human. Humans make
mistakes. When some humans get power, they might think more of themselves than they actually are.
Pray for the decision yourself whether or not to believe.
Correctness need not refer to the translation, the grammar, or the spelling, only to the content, notably the doctrine.
No one language can adequately express all the nuances intended by the original. Anyone who knows a foreign language can attest
that there is no one-to-one correspondence between words in two different languages. For example, the Hebrew word meaning
"to sit" also means "to dwell." Seeing this word in a Hebrew text, a translator would have to decide which of the two English
verbs to use in his English language version. In 1 Nephi 1:6, we read that "there came a pillar of fire and dwelt upon a rock
before him." In this case, Joseph Smith used the word "dwelt" where another translator might have preferred "sat."
Joseph later made corrections to the text of the Book of Mormon, on both copies of the manuscript (the original and the copy
prepared for the printer) and in later editions, it seems clear that he did not consider the book to be an infallible translation.
The Book of Mormon itself indicates that it may contain errors made by the men who wrote it (Title Page; 1 Nephi 19:6; Jacob
1:2; 7:26; Mormon 8:1, 17; 9:31-33; 3 Nephi 8:2; Ether 5:1). Since Joseph Smith must have known about these statements, his
declaration of correctness could not have meant that the book had no failings whatsoever. A closer examination of his declaration
supports this idea:
"I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the
keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book." (History
of the Church 4:461)
Since the context of the prophet's remarks was "abiding by [the] precepts" found in the Book of
Mormon, it is clear that he was speaking about its teachings rather than its language or history.