The Bible and the Book of Mormon

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What is the Revelation? Surely is the manifestations of the divine will to the men. How it happens? Many people sustain that the scriptures reveal the will of the Lord and this is partially true, but what are in reality the scriptures? The scriptures are revelations received from inspired people like Peter was teaching in II Peter 1:20-21

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

so it is logical to think that in the beginning there were not scriptures and that everything begun trough a different channel, by which we continue to receive.

We will try to show this insight by the Bible.

Genesis 4:26

And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

This is the point in which the Bible declare that the men started to call upon the name of the LORD. I'd say they begun to pray. It is interesting to note, like before of this the Lord was spending time to teach the man in his material necessity, for example  Genesis 4:1

Adam [1] lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. [2] She said, "With the help of the LORD I have brought forth [3] a man."

It is clear for me that "with the help of the Lord" it means that God taught her the technique of the delivery. After that surely He taught Cain and surely Adam and Abel  regarding the sacrifices in the likeness of the coming of the Messiah, like we saw in the previous chapter, this is clearly revelation and it is not by chance that the next veers to Genesis 4:26 that is Genesis  5:1 declare:

This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

we have the first book in the mankind and if the Bible mentions it , clearly it means was a good book , in fact the Bible contains several verses of it until the flood, it is easy to think that it was longer than what we have now in the Bible otherwise it couldn't be named a book, anyway what it is important here is the fact that after the men were beginning to pray they received revelation from God and they were writing a book, by the way who taught them to write? and who taught them to build a book or something like that if not God Himself? Seeing the familiarity , by which God was discussing with Cain it wouldn't be strange at all that this same familiarity would be used with Adam o Seth, right? So we could affirm that the first men received direct revelation by God, by which they were instructed first on the principles of the Atonement (sacrifices) because they are the  pivot of the salvation and also because the first principle,e of the Gospel is the faith in  the Lord Jesus or Jehovah, but soon after this they were taught to pray and soon after we started to have the scriptures or the first book, hey hey it is not my fault the Bible is saying this, nobody can say different  it is so clear, so now we know that the scriptures came out by revelation, therefore who is thinking that the scriptures are more important than direct revelation from God is making a big mistake, because the work can't be greater than the Maker. let's go to analyze how we can receive revelation by the prayer, and it has to go according to the promise in the Book of Mormon, do you remember it? desire, having faith in Christ.

I King 9:1-3

And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all Solomon's desire which he was pleased to do,
That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon.
And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

See I don't need to make any comments here.

II Chronicles 15:15

And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.

The same for this.

Psalms 21:2

Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah


Daniel 2:18-19

"That they would desire mercies of the God of Heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of Heaven."

Pretty clear isn't it?

The Book of Mormon declares this feeling very well, the second ingredient quoted in the promise is the faith in the Lord Jesus, I will quote very few verses about the faith because I'd like to discuss this topic in another page.

Surely the best scripture to be post near Moroni 10 is James 1:5-6

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
Matthew 9:28-29
And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

Look the faith is a power, a real power, in this case the question of Jesus teach us something, compare this verse to this one .

Matthew 13:58

And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

See in this case the powerful power of Jesus had nothing to do, when we will discuss about the faith, there will be another important topic to discuss:"The free agency"

let's see another interesting scripture related to this topic.

Matthew 14:28-31

And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
Also in this case was the faith of Peter to cause the problem. Once I was praying to solve a big problem and while I was doing so the voice of the Lord came on my mind: More faith you have more power you give me!.
so at this point I want to conclude this topic. I'd say that the promise contained in the book of Mormon satisfy completely what is contained in the Bible. Also I firmly believe in this scripture D&A 82:10
"I, The Lord, am bound when ye do what I say: but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise"
This promise gives to me the power to tell you my friend member or not member, that by your faith and sincere desire praying the Father in the name of Jesus Christ you will receive the Holy Ghost like promised from Jesus Himself to teach you the whole truth, this is what the Bible teaches and the Book of Mormon supports.
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