Tuesday, October 05, 2004


I am reading over the Salt Lake Tribune's coverage of last weekend's mormon General Conference, and came across this gem of a quote...

" 'We are teaching a lady who is blind and nearly deaf. She wants to know if the Book of Mormon is true. What shall we do?' asked a zone leader in England [once]. . . . I said to the zone leader, 'Have this sister hold her copy of the Book of Mormon and turn its pages very slowly. When she has done this, have her ask if it is true.' Though she could not read nor hear the words, she felt the spirit and power of the Book of Mormon, and it changed her life." Elder H. Bryan Richards Second Quorum of the Seventy

So let me get this straight. So now we don't even have to read or hear the words of the Book of Mormon to know that it is "true"? She really could be flipping through a recipe book or Maxim magazine, and never know the difference. The Bible is God's Word, but it is not the book itself or the paper or the print, it is the Living Word that is Holy. This exemplifies the inane theology of mormonism. You are asking God to tell you the truth of a book that you cannot read and have not heard. I would never ask someone to tell me the Bible is true by thumbing through it's pages. You know the Bible is true by hearing the Word and by God changing your heart. This makes the paper and binding into some sort of magic talisman, replacing the Living Word with an inanimate object. If that is not idolatry I don't know what is!

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