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Many moons ago, in the comment thread of the first part of the Shack Up, an LDS (or “Mormon”) commenter showed up and we had a little back-and-forth. In the post, I claimed that no other world religion has writings that claim “to actually be written by God by means of people who were writing on behalf of, and empowered and guided by, the Spirit of God himself.” The commenter suggested that the book of Mormon did indeed claim to be inspired, as according to the above definition. I asked for citation, and he gave a series of references that I challenged as insufficient. He also gave a smooth-sounding argument for additional scripture, which I’ll summarize:
1. The people recorded in the Bible added to the Bible without violating the commands of the Bible.
2. Men chose which books to include in the Canon of Scripture, but they learned which books were inspired because they prayed about it.
3. You too can pray about it and discover whether other books (i.e. the Book of Mormon) are also inspired.
4. Therefore, pray about the book of Mormon so that God can tell you whether or not it’s inspired.
If you’ve had any interaction with LDS folks, the you’re likely encountered some form of the first three arguments but you’ve certainly encountered the fourth. Conversations with LDS people often close in an exhortation to simply read the book of Mormon and pray that God would convict you, one way or the other, regarding the truth of the book of Mormon.
Seeing that this question comes up from time to time in my life and I’ve never taken the time to actually write out a response to it, I’m going to do that for the benefit of both myself and you, the Cripplegate readers. Continue Reading…