Re: Ch. 9: Book of Mormon Problems
I must insert a quick mea culpa
I have been remiss in my role as discussion leader, but it was not intentional. I finished the book some time ago, but got sidetracked with other projects. I will try and make up for this by finishing my personal views on the remaining chapters.
The first question I have is probably the most common one: why was the Book of Mormon written in (or translated into) King James English? I know the 'official' position of the LDS church, but have my own thought. At this time (early 19th century), if you were Anglican, Puritan, or other Protestant denomination, you probably read the King James Version of the Bible. While Smith was a cunning con man, he was no genius. To me, one of the curiosities of modern Christianity, is the apparent belief that God cannot understand us if we speak in normal modern English; thus we srinkle our prayers with these, thous, thine, hast, wouldst, etc. etc.
Another issue is of course, the Lamanites (Native Americans). According to the BOM they started out white, then sinned, etc. and became a "dark and loathsome" people; but if they reepened of their sin, they woud become "white and delightsome" again. So... why don't modern Native Americans who embrace Christianity (or Mormonism) turn white?????
Finally, we have this conundrum. If the Book of Mormon was the perfect and final word of God, why was it necessary for continuing 'revelations' and additional books? The LDS church recognized four sacred texts; the Bible, the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. Why were the latter two volumes necessary?