Sacred Scriptures

18 Aug

The book of Matthew in The Bible began as just one written text, a record of the experiences and testimony of a disciple of Jesus Christ. That testimony was copied, to share with others. A facsimile of that testimony was then included in an anthology of religious writings. That anthology was copied over and over, and came to be known as The Bible. So it is with each of the books in The Bible, though some have traveled longer and further than the testimony of Matthew.

The written copies of The Bible were treasured and studied, but could not reach far enough. The Lord inspired a man named Johannes Gutenburg, in 1452, to create a system of moveable type with which to print The Bible in greater quantities. That technology progressed, and The Bible became more widely available. Still, that was not enough. The Lord is continuing to inspire great minds today; the internet, cell phones, and technology today now make it possible to access The Bible anytime, anywhere.

The Bible is not meant to be mysterious or incomprehensible. It is the word of God given to man. We are meant to understand what is written therein. With diligent study and the Spirit of the Lord, we can understand, and apply it to our lives. This is what God wants for us.

 

I testify of the power of the scriptures. The Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, The Pearl of Great Price, and the words of living prophets are treasures. I’m so grateful to have them!

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One Response to “Sacred Scriptures”

  1. zo-ma-rah September 4, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    The history of scriptures is really fascinating. It is so important to use them and the Spirit to guide us. The scriptures were given to us to act as a measuring stick. We can measure what we are doing in our lives by the scriptures.

    Personally I include many other writings as part of my scriptrues.

    The Apocrypha:

    Doctrine and Covenants 91:3-6

    3 Verily, I say unto you, that it is not needful that the Apocrypha should be translated.
    4 Therefore, whoso readeth it, let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth;
    5 And whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom;
    6 And whoso receiveth not by the Spirit, cannot be benefited. Therefore it is not needful that it should be translated. Amen.

    Here God tells us that if we have the Spirit we will be able to get a lot of benefit from the Apocrypha.

    But I’ll admit I haven’t read the whole thing yet.

    The Book of Enoch:

    The Book of Enoch is quoted by an Apostle in the New Testament. So it is clear it was used in teh early Church, It is still used in teh Ethiopian Orthodox. I haven’t read all of this yet either, but what I have read is simply amazing!

    The Book of Jasher:

    I’m not sure how many people accept this as geniune. It was supposedly translated in the 1800s. But it bears amazing similarity to many of the things spoken of in Joseph SMith’s translation of Genesis. There is many interesting things in that book as well, but I don’t quite hold it in the same regard.

    There’s so many other amazing books that contain God’s Word. There are many books that didn’t make it into the New Testament because it disagreed with what Constantine ordered the Catholic leaders to agree on.

    Also there’s the Dead Sea Scrolls, so much amazing stuff there.

    Also the scriptrues that we will receive in the future are fascinating.

    There’s the “greater things” contained on the large Plates of Nephi; the brass plates; the records that will come from all the nations God has spoken to; the records of the lost ten tribes; and the pièce de résistance, the sealed Portion of the golden plates. The Sealed Portion is said to contain a prophecy that spans from the beginning of the world to the end. We will only receive that when we have faith like the Brother of Jared, that is faith to see God.

    God’s Word contained in the scriptures is just AMAZING!

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