False Teachers Say…
SOME DISTURBING THINGS ABOUT THE BIBLE
The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans )
Below we will give a few of the attitudes displayed by some who claim belief in the Bible. When their error is exposed their true UNBELIEF can be clearly seen.
We quote excerpts from an address by the cardinals of the Catholic Church to Pope Pius III, which is preserved in the National Library of Paris, Vol. 2, pages 650, 651. "Of all the advice that we can offer your holiness, we must open your eyes well and use all possible force in the matter, namely, to permit the reading of the gospel as little as possible in all the countries under your jurisdiction. Let the very little part of the gospel which usually is read in mass, and let no one be permitted to read it more. So long as people will be content with the small amount, your interest will prosper; but as soon as the people want to read more, your interest will begin to fail. The Bible is the book which more than any other thing has raised against us the tumults and tempests by which we have almost perished. In fact, if one compares the teaching of the Bible with what takes place in our churches, he will soon find discord, and will realize that our teachings are often different from the Bible, and often still, contrary to it."
In November 1842, several Jesuit missionaries held a protracted meeting in the town of Champlain, New York. A large number of Catholics from adjoining towns and country sides attended the meeting. The meeting continued for several days, until the priests called for all Bibles to be brought to them. And on the 27th of that same month, they burned these Bibles, in front of a large crowd in the open. It was said of them, "It would be better to burn such translations of the Bible than to give it to grocers and dealers to wrap their wares in." What a sad and shameful commentary of the religious world.
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Probably one of the most vocal LDS critics of the Bible was Apostle Orson Pratt. He claimed, "... who in his right mind could for one moment suppose the Bible in its present form to be a perfect guide? Who knows that even one verse of the Bible has escaped pollution, so as to convey the same sense now that it did in the original?" (Divine Authenticity of the Book of Mormon, pg. 47.) If Pratt's assessment is true, how can a Mormon know if James 1:5, the verse which Joseph Smith used to draw him to the "sacred grove," was indeed correct? For that matter, how do they know if all of the other pet "proof-texts" Mormons so often use are accurate? It would seem reasonable that whatever test for accuracy could be applied to James 1:5 could also be applied to every other biblical verse as well.
Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matt. 24:35). The will of God that men reject, will be the standard and rule of their judgment (John 12:48; Acts 17:30‑31; Phil. 3:16; 2 Thess. 1:6‑9).