“… And now, behold, I say unto you, it shall not be given unto you to know any further concerning this chapter, until the New Testament be translated, and in it all these things shall be made know; wherefore I give unto you that ye may now translate it, that ye may be prepared for the things to come …” – DOCTRINES AND COVENANTS 45:60-61
“ … We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly …” – Articles of Faith (#8) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
In 1830, according to Mormon sources, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon were allegedly commanded by God to study the Bible and seek revelation to obtain a more complete and true translation. Smith considered it to be “a branch of his calling” as a prophet [i].
Smith made many significant changes in Bible passages and introduced “many important points touching the salvation of men, [that] had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled [ii].”
It became known as the “Joseph Smith Translation,” abbreviated “JST.” Although the major portion of the work was completed by July 1833, Smith continued to make modifications while preparing a manuscript for the press. But in 1844 Smith was killed in a shootout and never finished his “high calling.” Smith’s translation remains unfinished and Mormons continue to use the King James Version to this very day.
We wonder why this important work of God is left undone? Why do Mormons quote the King James instead of the Joseph Smith Translation?
The Bible according to Mormonism:
- is true only as far as it does not disagree with Mormon doctrine.
- is the only book of the four LDS scriptures that is accepted with limitations.
- is filled with alleged contradictions.
- cannot be trusted by itself.
The Bible according to true Christianity:
- is the only Word of God.
- is complete.
- is reliable for all Christians throughout all generations.
- is the only Scripture fully inspired by God.
- is correctly understood by considering the context and the rest of the Bible.
- has no contradictions. Alleged “errors” are the result of man’s misinterpretation.
- is the infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture is the Scripture itself.
- can be fully trusted in all matters.
- is the supreme judge by which all controversies of religion are to be determined.
- is the only book necessary to teach us the things of God and man’s salvation.
- is the only rule of faith and life.
[ii] Joseph Smith, Jr., Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 16 February 1832, pp. 10–11.