Friday, August 6, 2010

Is the Bible "missing" books?



The following was taken directly from www.lds.org, which had this to say about the Bible:

The Bible is not God’s final revelation to humanity, however, and neither is this collection of sacred writings complete. The Bible itself speaks of other authoritative books of scripture including books of Nathan the prophet and of Jehu and Enoch, the prophecy of Ahijah, the visions of Iddo the seer, and even missing epistles of Paul (see 2 Chronicles 9:29; 13:22; 20:34; 1 Corinthians 5:9; Jude 1:14). Other books of Latter-day Saint scripture—the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price—clarify the gospel as taught in the Bible and corroborate the truthfulness of the Biblical witness of Jesus Christ.

Is it true that these books were in fact supposed to be in the Bible, and yet are not?

These books mentioned as, "authoritative" books, while perhaps mentioned in passing in the Bible, (which not all of them are) are not missing, and were never intended to be in the Bible. For instance, in Acts 17, during his sermon at Mars Hill, Paul quotes a secular poet. Does this somehow make this poet "authoritative" or inspired?

The next question I would have is, if the Book of Mormon truly contains as it claims, "the fullness of the gospel", then why is it that not even one of these supposed missing books is found in all of the mormon doctrine? If the gospel was restored, and these books were authoritative, and divinely inspired, as is claimed, why is it then that they were never given to Joseph Smith?

The answer? They were not included in the Bible for the same reason other books were not. They were not missing, they were not supposed to be in the Bible! Not every ancient text is scripture, nor is it supposed to be in the Bible.

Something to think about!

In His service ...

Jamie Pellew

1 comments:

This is in regards to the Book of Mormon containing the fullness of the gospel.

The gospel in its fulness is not a collection of books. The fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is as follows...

3 Nephi 27:19-21

19And ano unclean thing can enter into his kingdom; therefore nothing entereth into his brest save it be those who have cwashed their garments in my blood, because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end.

20Now this is the commandment: aRepent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be bbaptized in my name, that ye may be csanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand dspotless before me at the last day.

21Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my agospel; and ye know the things that ye must bdo in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do;

That basically sums it all up. Everything else is just an appendage to those truths or explanitory. One book can contain those basic truths. Those truths can also be contained in many books. Just because a book does not contain all the books ever written containing these truths does not mean it does not contain the fullness of the truth.