“We do believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated corectly. Meaning no revised and reedeted versions. Though revelation form the prophet Joseph Smith we believe the king james version of the bible to be the most correct bible on the eath today. That dose not mean the new king james or the revised king james version. Just plan old king james version.” – From here.
Without a thorough understanding on how Bible translation works, a lay person reading the mormon.org site would not know the difference. I would encourage you to go to Wycliffe to gain an understanding of Bible translation. It’s important to understand that the Bible is free from error as God is without error and doesn’t change His mind. Understanding this is important as it directs us to Jesus whom we worship and a belief in the Trinity or Godhead. If God changes His mind and makes mistakes, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross wouldn’t be a big deal. God would be no better than the gods of mythology who acted like less-than-perfect, selfish human beings (see Answers in Genesis).
It is interesting to note their preference to the King James Version. Joseph Smith is said to have plagiarized portions of the Book of Mormon from the King James Version. Some of the Mormon sites recognize this by deferring the accusation to plagiarism by simply saying how the old and new testament writers did not reference each other when quoting pieces of it. But this goes beyond quoting to outright plagiarism. The definition of plagiarism is someone who takes credit for someone else’s work.
Joseph Smith mimicked the old language and is said to have copied 25 books from the King James Version of the Bible. They say, he liked the language that there was no trickery, but that’s like Obama saying it’s not an executive order, but a memorandum. Always consider the character of the person. Jesus never sinned. He was brought before Pilate because He claimed to be the Messiah, and the Jews considered that heresy. You can’t compare the two.
“The book of Mormon does not bear any of the marks of Divine inspiration that we find in the Old and New Testaments (except for the 25,000 words and whole chapters Joseph Smith plagiarized verbatim, word for word, out of the King James Bible).” said Jason Carlson and the late, Dr. Ron Carlson. “The Book of Mormon does not find any corroboration in history, archaeology, geography, or anthropology. Though they claim it is a real history of the western hemisphere, the Mormons refuse to produce a map of anything found in the Book of Mormon. Mormonism’s claim in the Book of Mormon, that American Indians are Jews who came from Jerusalem has absolutely been destroyed by modern DNA studies. The Book of Mormon has been shown to be an absolute fraud, a collection of fictional stories and plagiarisms written by Joseph Smith with no Divine inspiration whatsoever.”
It is important to note that what we believe determines what we worship, and who. It is also important to note that we don’t have to earn Jesus’ love. He didn’t die on the cross so we could spend the rest of our days trying to earn His love and prove our worthiness.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.– Ephesians 2:8-10
Compare this to the LDS own book:
20 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated. – Doctrine and Covenants 130:20-21
Pay special attention to, “...it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.” Predicated means, “…to base on.” Their faith is based on works. Works that earn Christ’s love like an erring child feels they must earn their human parent’s love.
My friend, Jesus has already accepted you. He died for us in spite of our behavior and choices so that we can accept Him as Lord over our lives. Because of that love for Him, we will change. My life has changed so fast in the last several years, and it wasn’t anything I ever did for Him, but what He did for me. Now I want to honor Him by simply spending time with Him, like a child in love with her Father.
Will you turn to Him now? Please consider this as we move into celebrating His birthday.