Originally Posted by ἀλήθεια
How did God give His word to the Jews and how did they canonize the books that we refer to as the Old Testament? Could it be that God was involved in that process? If not, why did He leave it up to men?
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Tim. 3:16)
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:11)
If men were allowed to tamper with God's word, it would not be profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. And with God's lack of protection over it, the Bible might cause people to be under Satan's power rather than God's. You see the Bible is scripture and is God-breathed, but LDS are doubting God's protection of scripture. In Christ's time, it was obvious that He taught the reliabilty of scripture. He said to Satan, "It is written..." Mormonism teaches that God allows men to incorrectly canonize scripture and even to delete portions of it.
The Book of Mormon says:
"...because of these things which are taken away out of the gospel of the Lamb, an exceedingly great many do stumble, yea, insomuch that Satan hath great power over them." (1 Nephi 13:29)
I think I understand your argument. It doesn't really convince me though. Where we don't see eye to eye is on the question of whether the Bible, the canonized words of God, are fallible or not. I don't think Christ is showing the infallibility of written word when he says "It is written..." He certainly gives it credibility. But I think it is a jump in logic to say that proves the infallibility of scripture. But I guess it's up for debate. Here is a scenario to think about. As you have stated, you believe that the Mormons have incorrectly canonized scripture outside of the Bible. That's fine. But suppose a thousand years from now, the Book of Mormon is accepted by most. Or even by just a few. What distinguishes the Book of Mormon from the Bible? What gives the Bible more right to being true than the Book of Mormon? And why should it be either/or? The Book of Mormon does not tear down the Bible, it builds it up. It gives strength to its testimony. If the Book of Mormon is true, then the Bible must
be true. If the Bible is true then, in my opinion, there is a good chance that the Book of Mormon is true. It certainly doesn't preclude its being true.