Why are there different books in the Bible today? Like Genesis, Isaiah, Luke.
Why not just one single book? Why the independent books?
Who was in charge of its evolution from the Book of Genesis, to the Book of Revelation?
Did it just grow, one book at a time? Or were some of these done simultaneously?
Anciently, nobody had a Bible.
It’s a modern thing. Printing press. Publishing.
Ancient writings on scrolls or sticks or plates were rare.
These sacred writings were kept by the prophets and handed down, generation to generation, much like the Book of Mormon records were also handed down generation to generation, by the prophets that would write and add to them from time to time.
This is the PATTERN of God.
To continually reveal His will to prophets that he chooses.
Who made up the idea that the Bible contains all of God’s revelations to prophets?
It certainly doesn’t teach that in the Bible.
When the a Bible book says, don’t add to the words of this book, it means that prophet who wrote the book said that. He was not talking about the Bible as a whole, because, when those phrases were written some 3500 years ago, there was NO SUCH THING as a BIBLE.
Moses didn’t have a Bible. He had some tablets, and may have written on some scrolls, but he did not have a Bible.
The Bible we have was compiled by scholars and kings 1000’s of years later.
BOOK did not mean BIBLE.
It meant merely BOOK, and there are 66 books in the standard Bible today used in most churches.
Is the Bible the complete set of prophetical writings that God ever gave to His prophets?
I submit that it cannot possibly be the complete set. It only contains writings from prophets on one small area of the earth.
What about other continents?
Did God ever speak to those people too?
Or did He ignore them?
Actually Jesus said to His Jewish Apostles that
He had OTHER SHEEP, not of the fold of Jerusalem. He said He will visit them also, and they shall hear His voice.
The Nephites were one of these folds of sheep He spoke of.
There were other writings besides those in the current Bible.
The Book of Mormon is a record of part of this.
It aslso contains the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Consider how the Bible came together anciently.
Here’s how the Bible came together as scripture CANON in today’s world.
Let’s rewind to the Council of Rome in 382 AD.
The Catholic Church leaders met with their scholars in 382 AD, the Council of Rome, and decided to pick and choose which books would be in their official Canon of Scripture. So they made a list and ratified that list. It closely resembles what is actually in the Bible today but had more books that are not in the Bible now. The Vatican Removed 14 Books From the Bible In 1684 With No Real Explanation.
Did God do this? Or did men do this without any authority from God, based merely on their opinions? Did they have authority? Not if there was an Apostasy they didn’t.
There was an Apostasy at the murderous deaths of the 12 Apostles.
Apostolic authority was lost from the earth about a century after the death of Jesus Christ.
The Dark Ages began.
Men took authority into their own hands, against the teachings of the New Testament apostles.
If you believe that God can do anything, anything He wants, then you believe that He actually CAN communicate with mankind today.
If He wanted to, He could call a Prophet, and command that he speak for God.
This has been the pattern for over 5000 years.
With an open mind, the idea that the Book of Mormon can also come to us in the last days is plausible, if God decides through a prophet of God to bring it forth.
The Book of Mormon is actually a wonderful gift to the world.
It was literally saved by God specially for the last days.
It testifies of Christ and His continuous involvement with an ancient civilization on the American Continent.
The Book of Mormon has such great detail as to how those people worshipped, who they worshipped, and the way their prophets and apostles ministered and taught the gospel of Christ to the people.
It is very detailed and wonderful.
It speaks of Christ again and again and again, over 2000 references to Christ.
It is a work inspired by Jesus Christ who literally spoke to and taught ancient prophets on the American Continent.
The resurrected Christ even made a personal correction to their scripture canon, and they immediately complied. Jesus was involved in their scripture.
God anticipated that many would say that the Bible was the lone record of God’s words.
But really, the earth is far bigger than tiny Jerusalem or the middle east.
God had prophets all over the earth, among many different civilizations.
Most of these populations had no idea who the Jews were.
Here is what God revealed to the ancient America prophet Nephi about the Book of Mormon in the last days,
3 And because my words shall hiss forth—many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible.
4 But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have a Bible; and it shall proceed forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them? Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? Do they remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles?
5 O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people? Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought to recover them. But behold, I will return all these things upon your own heads; for I the Lord have not forgotten my people.
6 Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews?
It would not make sense that those portions of the House of Israel who left Jerusalem anciently to escape Babylonian captivity, some crossed lands, some crossed oceans, and some came to new continents, it would not make sense that they would be forgotten by the Lord their God, given the many promises that God gave to Abraham and his seed, which the House of Israel is a part.
God would not forget them, many of these were already worshiping the one true God in Jerusalem. They practiced the law of Moses, and had the Gospel of Jesus Christ as part of their revelations. They knew the Law of Moses was a school of laws to point them to Christ, and they knew that their salvation was in Christ, and not the law. One of these ancient Jerusalem prophets was Lehi. He received visions seeing Jesus Christ, he saw a pillar of fire, he saw the future 12 Apostles of the Lamb following the Lord (1 Nephi 1:9-10), and was told to call the people in Jerusalem to repentance. Those Jews in 600 BC rejected him. They did not listen, but threatened and sought to kill him. He was warned by God in a dream to leave Jerusalem, with his family. God led them to the promised land, the ancient Americas. They traveled by ship, as instructed by God. All told in much detail in the first two books in the Book of Mormon.
The Bible has two parts, an old testament, and a new testament. Before Christ. After Christ. God was involved in the creation of the content within the Bible, the individual books in the Bible, because he revealed himself to prophets, and those prophets wrote down the things that they learned from God by revelation. This led to a collection of writings of ancient prophets that built up over 1000’s of years, some of which were able to be copied, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, and so those were found to correlate the writing’s and their sacred nature. However, it is this idea that the Canon is closed, which is false, because the Bible does not teach this. We need to understand HOW the Bible was assembled, Old Testament books first written in Hebrew, and then the New Testament books written in Greek during the generation of Jesus Christ. When John wrote the Book of Revelation, he was on the isle of Patmos, banished, around 100 AD when he did that. He was a prophet living after Jesus was crucified and resurrected, PROVING that the heavens were still OPEN after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We can see that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John wrote their GOSPELS as found in the New Testament, and that they all read a little differently. For instance, Matthew has the great Sermon on the Mount, three chapters worth, but it’s missing from the others, even though Luke speaks to a fraction of it. Its interesting how each Gospel author emphasized different things, but all were inspired to bring different perspectives and focus. It’s a brilliant inspired work of God and they are compatible with each other, these Gospels. Being different does not mean being in conflict. Let this be a principle to all those who would say that God speaks only once, and there can be no differences and no multiple prophets testifying of Christ in different places on the planet earth. Jesus also had 12 Apostles who also taught the gospel in their own words after He died and was resurrected, each with their own perspectives and individual experiences with the Gospel, with their relationship with God through Christ. We have these four Gospels, which differ in content and presentation, but yet EACH ONE fully testifies of the divinity of Christ, and the fulness of the Gospel of Christ.
That is the point.
Amazing how that works, isn’t it?
So, if it is done in the Bible, with multiple witnesses, and we can plainly witness that, then there should be no problem with even more witnesses and testimonies of Jesus Christ outside of the Books contained within the Bible. There is no rule in the Bible writings that says that there can be no more testimony of Christ, or that God cannot call other prophets to speak for Him. If a person were really believe that there is no more scripture to be had, and condemn those who say they have more, shouldn’t these nay-sayers be extremely thankful to the Jews then, who brought these bible words into the world, which they now use as if their own, and yet, there is no such thanks, no such recognition to the Jewish ancient people of the Lord, nor much attempt or desire to redeem them into the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Jews instead have been despised by the world, by the Nazis too, by most in the Middle East, and by the Gentiles in the Gentile nations, and even by the Christians all over the world who read the words that the Jews brought into the world. Jesus also was of Jewish descent. The Book of Mormon was written and brought forth to
"show unto the remnant of the house of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever—And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations"
The Book of Mormon prophets anticipated the negative reaction that some in our modern world would have to bringing forth of the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, thinking that it was wrong that there could be more scripture from different civilizations. People will say this without any explanation or reason to back up the bias. The Lord said:
7 Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?
8 Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.
9 And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever.
Who taught this, that there can be no more bible? It didn’t come from the Bible writings! In fact, Jesus taught His Apostles that He would personally VISIT His OTHER SHEEP and that they would HEAR His VOICE, and that did happen at a minimum among the ancient Children of Israel who were on the American Continent. The Nephite and Lamanite nations were visited of Christ, and He did bless them and call twelve Apostle-like Disciples to lead His church among them. That happened. It is recorded in the Third Book of Nephi in the Book of Mormon starting on page 426.
10 Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written.
11 For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them; for out of the books which shall be written I will judge the world, every man according to their works, according to that which is written.
12 For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it.
13 And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews.
14 And it shall come to pass that my people, which are of the house of Israel, shall be gathered home unto the lands of their possessions; and my word also shall be gathered in one. And I will show unto them that fight against my word and against my people, who are of the house of Israel, that I am God, and that I covenanted with Abraham that I would remember his seed forever.