Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2011, April 20

“Don’t Pray about the Devil’s Book of Mormon Or Else…!!” by grego

Don’t Pray about the Devil’s Book of Mormon Or Else…!!

grego
(c)2011

I’ve heard a few comments like that, especially from Christian ministers. Don’t know why, eh.

Here’s an example:
http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/book-of-mormon.htm

He’s actually got a few interesting points. But for someone who has never done the experience… I wonder how much he can help others understand.

You know what’s interesting to me? I figured for sure this guy would get a burning in the bosom after having read and prayed about the Book of Mormon—I mean, really, if Satan can give you that feeling, why would Satan pass on this great opportunity to lead someone astray? ;) Whoops, he didn’t get a burning in the bosom. :( Well, perhaps he shared how he knew the Bible was true? Nope, no help there, either.

If you want to know if something’s true—the Bible, the Book of Mormon, or whatever—read it, study it, pray for help and guidance (which is what many Christians teach their congregation and converts from other religions about finding the truth about/ in the Bible—in fact, I was reading an example of this last night), etc.

How do you know the Bible is true/ from God? What heavenly manifestation have you received? If you haven’t gotten one, you need one. Read the Bible, study it, pray for help and guidance to understand it, and stay with it until you get an answer.

Then, use that answer as a standard for judging other things.

Chances are, you’re not going to get an answer the first time; but if you continue, it will likely come, for yes or no.

Answers to prayers are not always easy to get or understand, even for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/ Mormons (check the latest General Conference for talks by apostles on this very subject). But as you show your sincerity, your faith, your reading and studying and effort, etc., answers do come, and you learn more about answers with each experience.

If an answer truly comes from God by the power of the Holy Ghost, you will probably at least understand that it’s not from Satan.

What about this? “Again the Mormons, like many others, are wrong. Yes, the devil can duplicate peace. That is what he does in transcendental meditation (TM) and also in Catholicism after one receives the Eucharist. The devil uses these and other experiences to deceive. Please remember this: Any experience, testimony, dream, vision, prophecy, teaching, etc. that is supposed to be from God but doesn’t align itself with the Bible is not from God at all. The devil can and has used all of the above.”

OK, so… Seriously, where is all *that* in the Bible, that the devil can duplicate God’s peace?
I wonder, is this man really aligned with the Bible in *his* teaching??
How about this instead:
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

or this:
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

It is true that a man might believe he has the Holy Ghost when in fact he has the spirit of the devil; but this peace of God cannot be perfectly counterfeited, not even close; it is impossible for Satan/ the devil to give peace like the peace of God.

I disagree with him on this part, too:
“Burning In The Bosom
Sometimes the Mormons will also misuse Bible passages for confirmation about praying to see if you get that special burning in the bosom:
“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he [Jesus] explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, ‘Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?'” (Luke 24:27-32)
As one Mormon wrote regarding that passage: ‘Are you familiar with Luke 24:27-32? As Christ expounds the scriptures concerning himself, the Holy Spirit testifies of the truths He is speaking.’
Did you notice the differences between what the Mormon suggested about the BOM from that passage and what the disciples experienced, as cited in Luke 24:27-32? Please note the following: (1) They were already in the true faith before getting that burning; (2) The disciples didn’t pray about anything before getting that burning, not one thing, (3) What happened came after Jesus taught about himself from the Old Testament (Moses and all the Prophets .) Hence, there can justly be no connection between Lk. 24:27-32 and praying about a spurious book…”

Um, what differences do any of those points make, or what do they prove? I’m missing it. Jesus and a whole lot of others added to the scriptures (it’s called the New Testament, in case anyone has forgotten); somehow, though, this adding to scriptures is “biblical”, but the Book of Mormon has to be from the devil. Quite a few prophets added to what would become the Old Testament, too. Somehow, I’m missing the logic of all this “you can’t have more scripture” slant?

Here, let me show you what’s in the Bible:
1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
*Try the spirits*. How? Pray and ask God for guidance and help to distinguish between His things and the things of man and the things of the devil. It might not be easy, or come all at once, but it will come.

NOW: Do you know what? If you’re not going to read it, you don’t care, you don’t want to believe it, you’re not willing to change, and you aren’t going to follow an answer to a prayer anyway, do you think God will grant you and your dog that “burning in the bosom” that the Book of Mormon is true? Millions of people have experienced the Holy Ghost, especially after praying about the Book of Mormon. Many don’t follow those promptings, which only makes it worse for them for now…

However, if you truly desire to know God, I encourage you to onward…

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