Sunday, September 18, 2011
Why Do You Believe?
These are questions many may ask. They might site scholarly studies and historical research for reasons why the Book of Mormon can't possibly be true. They will likely use the Bible as evidence that the Book of Mormon can't be true. I have come to find this especially ironic.
Anyone questioning the Book of Mormon by using the Bible should ask themselves a few questions.
Why do you believe in the Bible?
Do you accept the Bible as scripture because it is really old?
Do you believe the Bible because so many other people accept it?
Do you believe that the Bible is true because of scholarly research?
Do you believe because the places are labeled on a map?
Hopefully the answer to each of these questions is "no".
Your answer should be "I have read the Bible. I have exercised my faith by applying the teachings found in the Bible and I have been blessed. My faith has grown as I studied those sacred words. The Holy Ghost has born witness to me that the things I have read and studied are true. I know it is the word of God, not because of worldly evidence, but because of spiritual manifestations that can not be denied."
If this is true (and I hope it is) why is it so difficult to accept that a belief in the Book of Mormon comes the same way? Why make arguments against it by using the worldly excuses that can't possibly persuade you to deny the Bible?
Maybe you have read an article or heard a sermon pointing to "proof" that the Book of Mormon is a lie. But have you read the Book of Mormon for yourself? Have you found the "flaws" for yourself? Most importantly, have you asked God to show you the truth?
Several months ago I read something that caused me great concern. It was allegedly a personal story about a young woman who was raised LDS but converted to "true Christianity" after "careful study and comparison of the Bible and Book of Mormon." This account deeply disturbed me. The conclusions of the author were bizarre, certainly not in line with anything I have ever read in the Book of Mormon. I realized that the whole story was a fabrication, a lie to prevent the curious from finding out about the Book of Mormon.
It's sad, even heartbreaking, that so many people in this world fight so hard to keep others from growing closer to their Heavenly Father. What is their reason for such passionate hatred? Wickedness? Arrogance? Pride? Simply misguided ignorance?
We each are responsible for finding truth for ourselves. We can't blame others for our actions...or inactions. We must make our own personal choices to return to our Heavenly Father.
I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God, just as the Bible is the word of God. I know that these two volumes give us a fuller picture of God's plan. They compliment one another. They both testify of Jesus Christ. I know because I have read and studied both. I know because the Holy Ghost has testified the truth to my heart. I know that every person who seeks to know this for themselves will recieve answers.