Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Bible: Proof of Prophecy

Great Videos on the Bible. 
Grab some Popcorn a drink and enjoy!

The Bible: Proof of Prophecy - Part 1

The Bible: Proof of Prophecy - Part 2

The Bible: Proof of Prophecy - Part 3

The Bible: Proof of Prophecy - Part 4 

The Bible: Proof of Prophecy - Part 5 

 The Bible: Proof of Prophecy - Part 6



Thursday, October 25, 2012

Now, let's be honest.

So.. who actually took the time to "read" the previous blog post? Who simply skimmed over it? Who read it but glossed over the Bible scriptures because you honestly believe they can't be taken for face value? Who honestly read it and truly wanted to understand it?

I can tell which people fit into which categories by the PM's and Emails I've received from certain individuals. 

The messages that were sent saying they are happy we have found the peace and joy we needed read it and truly understand why we're here. Not saying they agree fully, but are being nice and keeping what they really want to say inside, but understand.

The messages saying "You have been deceived", "You'll be back", "We are SHOCKED." "We can't believe you could turn your back on your Temple Endowments like this!"...etc . Glossed or skimmed over it. If you find yourself in these categories, you will reread it if you really want to understand. If you're good where you are then we will pray for you daily.

"Deceived" The word keeps running through my head. As I stated in the previous blog. "How easy it is to lead a people a stray after convincing them Gods Word (Bible) is not reliable. What better way to cause division, confusion and contention. After convincing a people Gods Word is not reliable he can then get them to believe anything he wants." Ohh how true it is. For my Dear Sweet LDS friends and Family to tell us we have been deceived by the Word of God (The Bible) I have to tell you, you have been fed a lie. 

Who here believes the Bible we now have is corrupt? Don't be shy. We know who you are. Are you aware the only two "Religions" who believe it's corrupt and can't be trusted is Mormonism and Muslim. The Muslims have come up with their own version but the the LDS hang onto the King James Version but aren't sure which parts they can take for face value. It's a blanket statement saying "It's been corrupt"and gives no direction. Why not use Joseph Smiths Inspired Version? 

 "In 1832, Joseph Smith claimed that he had been instructed by God to make a revision of the Bible:

"Now, verily I say unto you my servants, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, saith the Lord, it is expedient to translate again; And, inasmuch as it is practicable, to preach in the regions round about until conference; and after that it is expedient to continue the work of translation until it be finished" (Doctrine and Covenants, 73:3-4).

Smith began to labor on the new translation and wrote that he had completed the work: "I completed the translation and review of the New Testament, on the 2nd of July, 1833, and sealed it up; no more to be opened till it arrived in Zion" (History of the Church, vol. 1, p.324). In a letter dated July 2, 1833, signed by Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and F. G. Williams, the following statement is found: "We this day finished the translation of the Scriptures, for which we return gratitude to our Heavenly Father ..." (History of the Church, vol. 1, p.368)."

"The LDS Church has never published the manuscript despite being commanded to several times: “... I have commanded you to organize yourselves, even to shinelah [print] my words, the fulness of my scriptures ...” (Doctrine and Covenants, 104:58) “.... the second lot ... shall be dedicated unto me for the building of a house unto me, for the work of the printing of the translation of my scriptures ... “ (94:10) “.... let him [William Law] from henceforth hearken to the counsel of my servant Joseph,... and publish the new translation of my holy word unto the inhabitants of the earth” (124:89)."

Do you, or do you not trust in your Prophet. The very Prophet that set the very foundation of your Church? You'll have to answer that for yourselves.

Who here knows how the Bible came to be with us in our day? Was it by those blasted Monks? Those evil conspiring Monks that changed it! Are you sure? Have to ever searched it out? Or was it easier to just go with who ever said whatever because you are to busy with church and family life? Anyone hear of the Dead Sea Scrolls? The full Isiah Scroll? Every single book of the Bible, with the exception of Esther, have been found. If you take the scrolls and compare them to our bibles today, you will find they are complete. 

In 1946 3 shepherds spotted the caves. There, they found 7 scrolls in one of the caves housed in clay pots. There are a total of 12 caves where they were found. The sight is called Qumran.  More can be read here.
You can see digital copies of the scrolls here. 
You have to look at Isiah. I'm not going to even pretend to know how to read Hebrew but many scholars do and have translated them. The digital copy has the translations. Lets look at Isiah 29 10-14

10     כִּֽי־נָסַ֨ךְ עֲלֵיכֶ֤ם יְהוָה֙ ר֣וּחַ תַּרְדֵּמָ֔ה וַיְעַצֵּ֖ם אֶת־עֵֽינֵיכֶ֑ם אֶת־הַנְּבִיאִ֛ים וְאֶת־רָאשֵׁיכֶ֥ם הַחֹזִ֖ים כִּסָּֽה׃
11     וַתְּהִ֨י לָכֶ֜ם חָז֣וּת הַכֹּ֗ל כְּדִבְרֵי֮ הַסֵּ֣פֶר הֶֽחָתוּם֒ אֲשֶֽׁר־יִתְּנ֣וּ אֹת֗וֹ אֶל־יוֹדֵ֥עַ הסֵ֛֯פֶר לֵאמֹ֖ר קְרָ֣א נָא־זֶ֑ה וְאָמַר֙ לֹ֣א אוּכַ֔ל כִּ֥י חָת֖וּם הֽוּא׃
12     וְנִתַּ֣ן הַסֵּ֗פֶר עַל֩ אֲשֶׁ֨ר לֹֽא־יָדַ֥ע סֵ֛פֶר לֵאמֹ֖ר קְרָ֣א נָא־זֶ֑ה וְאָמַ֕ר לֹ֥א יָדַ֖עְתִּי סֵֽפֶר׃ ס
13     וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֲדֹנָ֗י יַ֚עַן כִּ֤י נִגַּשׁ֙ הָעָ֣ם הַזֶּ֔ה בְּפִ֤יו וּבִשְׂפָתָיו֙ כִּבְּד֔וּנִי וְלִבּ֖וֹ רִחַ֣ק מִמֶּ֑נִּי וַתְּהִ֤י יִרְאָתָם֙ אֹתִ֔י מִצְוַ֥ת אֲנָשִׁ֖ים מְלֻמָּדָֽה׃
14     לָכֵ֗ן הִנְנִ֥י יוֹסִ֛ף לְהַפְלִ֥יא אֶת־הָֽעָם־הַזֶּ֖ה הַפְלֵ֣א וָפֶ֑לֶא וְאָֽבְדָה֙ חָכְמַ֣ת חֲכָמָ֔יו וּבִינַ֥ת נְבֹנָ֖יו תִּסְתַּתָּֽר׃ ס
 Saying in the King James Version as:

King James Version Isiah 29:10-14
10 For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, And hath closed your eyes: The prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.

11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, Which men deliver to one that is learned, Saying, Read this, I pray thee: And he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, Saying, Read this, I pray thee: And he saith, I am not learned.

13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, And with their lips do honour me, But have removed their heart far from me, And their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, Even a marvellous work and a wonder: For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

What this means taken in context considering the Jews of the day and time.
 The people’s willful blindness had brought judicial blindness upon them, and they stagger as if drunk. God’s word is unintelligible to them. To some it is a sealed…book, to others illegible. Everyone has an excuse.
Because their religion is purely external and their only fear of God is a matter of memorized creeds, God will perform a supernatural work of judgment, stripping the keenest minds of wisdom and discernment. He has done this with many, as they are blind to the truth of the Bible and change the meaning to mean something else as Joseph Smith did with his revised translated version.
The “marvelous work” in verse 14 refers to the invasion of Sennacherib.
Today the “marvelous work” is accomplished in the gospel found in the word of God His Holy Bible:

1 Corinthians 1:18-25
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

 Let's read Joseph Smith's translation. It definitely, doesn't mean the same thing.

Joseph Smith Translation (JST) Isiah 29:10..... 26?

10 For, behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep. For, behold, ye have closed your eyes, and ye have rejected the prophets, and your rulers; and the seers hath he covered because of your iniquities.

11 And it shall come to pass, that the Lord God shall bring forth unto you the words of a book; and they shall be the words of them which have slumbered.

12 And behold, the book shall be sealed; and in the book shall be a revelation from God, from the beginning of the world to the ending thereof.

13 Wherefore because of the things which are sealed up, the things which are sealed shall not be delivered in the day of the wickedness and abominations of the people. Wherefore, the book shall be kept from them.

14 But the book shall be delivered unto a man, and he shall deliver the words of the book, which are the words of those who have slumbered in the dust; and he shall deliver these words unto another, but the words that are sealed he shall not deliver, neither shall he deliver the book.

15 For the book shall be sealed by the power of God, and the revelation which was sealed shall be kept in the book until the own due time of the Lord, that they may come forth; for behold, they reveal all things from the foundation of the world unto the end thereof.

16 And the day cometh, that the words of the book which were sealed shall be read upon the housetops; and they shall be read by the power of Christ; and all things shall be revealed unto the children of men which ever have been among the children of men, and which ever will be, even unto the end of the earth.

17 Wherefore, at that day when the book shall be delivered unto the man of whom I have spoken, the book shall be hid from the eyes of the world, that the eyes of none shall behold it, save it be that three witnesses shall behold it by the power of God, besides him to whom the book shall be delivered; and they shall testify to the truth of the book and the things therein.

18 And there is none other which shall view it, save it be a few according to the will of God, to bear testimony of his word unto the children of men; for the Lord God hath said, that the words of the faithful should speak as it were from the dead.

19 Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed to bring forth the words of the book; and in the mouth of as many witnesses as seemeth him good will he establish his word; and woe be unto him that rejecteth the word of God.

20 But, behold, it shall come to pass, that the Lord God shall say unto him to whom he shall deliver the book, Take these words which are not sealed and deliver them to another, that he may show them unto the learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee.

21 And the learned shall say, Bring hither the book and I will read them; and now because of the glory of the world, and to get gain will they say this, and not for the glory of God. And the man shall say, I cannot bring the book for it is sealed. Then shall the learned say, I cannot read it.

22 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that the Lord God will deliver again the book and the words thereof to him that is not learned; and the man that is not learned shall say, I am not learned. Then shall the Lord God say unto him, The learned shall not read them, for they have rejected them, and I am able to do mine own work; wherefore thou shalt read the words which I shall give unto thee.

23 Touch not the things which are sealed, for I will bring them forth in mine own due time; for I will show unto the children of men that I am able to do mine own work.

24 Wherefore, when thou hast read the words which I have commanded thee, and obtained the witnesses which I have promised unto thee, then shalt thou seal up the book again, and hide it up unto me, that I may preserve the words which thou hast not read until I shall see fit in mine own wisdom to reveal all things unto the children of men.

25 For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men, save it be according to their faith.

26 And again it shall come to pass, that the Lord shall say unto him that shall read the words that shall be delivered him, Forasmuch as this people draw near unto me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their hearts far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precepts of men, therefore I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people; yea, a marvelous work and a wonder; for the wisdom of their wise and learned shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent shall be hid.

  I could go on, but I will stop there. From the original Hebrew Text above and the 2 translations shown after it, which translation would most accurately fit?  There are many other changes he made to his Bible that change the meaning and substance of the message. 

He even changed it and added his own name in Genesis 50:33 of Joseph Smith's translation it reads:

33 And that seer will I bless, and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded; for this promise I give unto you; for I will remember you from generation to generation; and his name shall be called Joseph, and it shall be after the name of his father; and he shall be like unto you; for the thing which the Lord shall bring forth in his hand by his hand shall bring my people unto salvation."

This, and the other changes he made to the Bible he changed AFTER "translating" the Book of Mormon so it had already come to pass. What? Was he trying to allude to the fact that it was to come to pass after he already did it?

Lets read what we are told about adding and taking away things from the Bible.

Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Proverbs 30:6. "Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar"
Revelation 22:18-19."For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this Book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this Book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the Book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this Book" 

Psalms 119: 160 “The entirety of Your word is truth”. 

Proverbs 30:5-6: “Every word of God is pure; he is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.” 

If we look at the context it saying “Every word of God.” God is stating for MAN not to add to his words. Adding does not only mean additional words, but can also mean changing them to mean what they do not. When you add new words as equal to Scripture you are really taking away from Scripture.

Is this, or is this not what Joseph did to the Bible? Where then does it put him? If God was going to tell someone to retranslate "His Word" in the future, why then would he say in the past to NOT add or remove words to his "Book"? That would then make God a liar, would it not? My God is not a liar. My God is Perfect and would not put a stumbling block, like this, in the path of those who truly want to come  to him for salvation.

Hugs and Prayers! If anyone is questioning About their own church history, go to Desert Book, purchase Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Bushman. All LDS apologist agree that this book is an accurate history.