Mormon Scripture vs. The Protestant Bible

One of the prime assertions of much of Protestantism is the errorlessness of inspiration. God overrules the freedom to err in the prophetic voice. That purity existed in the biblical “autographs” whatever that may mean. Mormon scripture seems to convey just the reverse. Error, opinion, lack of full form, may invade even the pristine texts of Mormonism (most of which we no longer possess). While Joseph Smith may be interpreted to say the genuine prophetic voice is without error, the same assertion reveals an epistemology carrying an uncertainty subtext. The Book of Mormon contains the internal premise of error. Not that God is in error, but that the prophetic voice of the book may fail to be errorless. And Mormons don’t like that anymore than their Protestant brethren. [Sorry, just thinking out loud for a book.]

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4 Responses to Mormon Scripture vs. The Protestant Bible

  1. ricke says:

    It’s interesting though that we are just fine with the Bible not being inerrant. In fact we relish it. But let’s not discuss errors in the modern stuff, including General Conference.

  2. Joe R. says:

    Yeah, we are fine with the Bible and, to a lesser extent, the Book of Mormon having errors. But our modern prophets are considered infallible in the same way that the Protestant Bible is.

  3. WVS says:

    Actually, I think we’ve moved to a more Calvinist position in regard to Scripture during the 20th century.

    • Steve14 says:

      Over the years I have felt that we LDS are becoming more Calvinistic in our views of grace and works. I’ve also wondered if it is simply what happens with age as we come to know how dependent we are on the Lord and his goodness. Often we would hear that Christ makes up the difference in our efforts to improve and be forgiven know it seems we hear that Christ makes all the difference. We rely wholly upon the merit of him who is mighty to save!

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