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Changed LDS Scripture – Part 1
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Mormonism has four books of scripture, but the only one they express reservations about is the Bible. The eighth LDS Article of Faith says, “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.” Mormons believe poor translation is just one problem that makes the Bible less reliable.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 2
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Most Bible believing Christians would be very reluctant to make changes in the Bible because of warnings in texts like Deuteronomy 4:2. But there are a few people, like Joseph Smith, who think they can improve the Bible.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 3
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Mormonism’s founder, Joseph Smith, declared, “From sundry revelations which had been received (by him), it was apparent that many important points touching the salvation of men, had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled.” That is a serious charge but Smith and other LDS leaders use it to try to prove there is a need for the new LDS “scriptures.” They also claim that the Bible has been corrupted by errors in translation and by deliberate changes made by careless, unscrupulous scribes who also deleted or lost at least 20 books from it.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 4
By: Marvin W. Cowan

The King James Version or KJV Bible is the official LDS Bible even though Joseph Smith “translated” the Joseph Smith Translation Bible between 1830 and 1833. In a previous article we quoted Genesis 1:1-3 from the KJV and from the Joseph Smith Translation to show that they are very different. The KJV translation of the Bible was made in 1611 and was translated from ancient Hebrew manuscripts of the Bible that are still available. But upon what are the changes in the Joseph Smith Translation based?

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 5
By: Marvin W. Cowan

The Bible warns readers in Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:6 and Revelation 22:18-19 not to add to or delete from what God has revealed, and those who believe the Bible have obeyed it. But Joseph Smith added, deleted and changed many parts of the Bible in his Joseph Smith Translation or JST (also called the Inspired Version), which shows how he viewed the Bible.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 6
By: Marvin W. Cowan

All true translations of Genesis 1-3 in the Bible speak of God in the third person singular: “God said…,” or “God did….” But the Joseph Smith “Translation” (JST) of Genesis 1-3 says, “I, God…” 33 times, and “I, the Lord God…” 32 times, and “I…” 11 times. So, God personally told the creation story in the JST, but no Old Testament manuscript supports that reading.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 7
By: Marvin W. Cowan

In 1979 the LDS Church published an edition of the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible that has parts of the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) in the margins and appendix and which is now their official Bible. Smith’s complete “translation” is called the Inspired Version of the Holy Scriptures and was published by the RLDS Church.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 8
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Joseph Smith claimed he “translated” his Joseph Smith Translation (JST) of the Bible by “revelation” from God, without any ancient manuscripts or anything other than a copy of the King James Version of the Bible. By definition that is really a revision of the KJV rather than a translation or revelation.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 9
By: Marvin W. Cowan

The Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible is one of four LDS books of scripture that LDS have in addition to the King James Version of the Bible. But no one had ever heard of the special Mormon scriptures until Joseph Smith introduced them.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 10
By: Marvin W. Cowan

In this series about the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) of the Bible we have discussed only a few of the changes in the first seven chapters of Genesis. Yet, God’s “Only Begotten” Son, the Holy Ghost, and some LDS doctrines have been mentioned several times. Such things are out of place in these early chapters of Genesis.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 11
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Mormons often boast that the LDS Church has “so much more than other Christians.” LDS do have more laws, ordinances, commandments and even scripture. But having “more” doesn’t mean it is better. People who want to know how to have eternal life can easily find the way in the New Testament. But Mormonism says the Bible is not enough without the content of four other LDS books of scripture, counting the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) Bible.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 12
By: Marvin W. Cowan

LDS historical records show that Mormonism’s founder, Joseph Smith compiled the Joseph Smith Translation [JST] of the Bible between June 1830 and July 2, 1833. Previous articles in this series have shown that the JST version of Genesis contains several LDS doctrines. It also contains the LDS view of when children are accountable and when they should be baptized.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 13
By: Marvin W. Cowan

The Joseph Smith Translation of Genesis 50 added 12 verses that are not in any authentic ancient manuscripts of the Bible. In those 12 verses it says “the Lord” told Joseph (the son of Jacob in Genesis) about the coming of both Moses and Joseph Smith. But those “prophecies” were unheard of until Smith put them in his Joseph Smith Translation after 1830 AD.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 14
By: Marvin W. Cowan

The first chapter of Isaiah in the Joseph Smith Translation [JST] is exactly the same as the King James Version of the Bible, including all 17 italicized words found in the King James Version [KJV]. But those words are not italicized in the JST. Most people know that the italicized words in the KJV version of the Bible were supplied by the KJV translators to smooth out the reading in English. So, how did the words supplied by the KJV translators in 1611 AD get into Smith’s JST?

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 15
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Joseph Smith said His Inspired Version of the Bible, which LDS call the Joseph Smith Translation, and the Book of Mormon were translated or inspired by the Lord. Our last article compared Isaiah 2:1-10 in the Joseph Smith Translation with II Nephi 12:1-10 in the Book of Mormon. This article continues our discussion of Isaiah 2 to give more insight into the kind of changes Smith made in just one chapter of Isaiah.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 16
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Mormons claim that the Joseph Smith Translation was inspired or revealed by the Lord, yet some changes add words that don’t clarify the text and sometimes even distort it. There are other significant changes in the Joseph Smith Translation that add new material that is not in any other translation or in the original Bible documents.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 17
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Mormons believe Isaiah 29 contains two prophecies about the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. Our last article discussed the first ten verses of Isaiah 29 where the first “prophecy” is located. LDS believe the second prophecy about the Book of Mormon is found in Isaiah 29:11-14 of the King James Version.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 18
By: Marvin W. Cowan

The Book of Mormon, written even before the LDS Church began, says in I Nephi 13:24-26, “the great and abominable church” has “taken away from the gospel of the lamb many parts which are plain and most precious and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away” (from the Bible). But, did the Joseph Smith Translation restore those “important points touching the salvation of men” or any of the gospel or the covenants of the Lord that II Nephi 13:24-26 said were missing from the Bible?

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 19
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Joseph Smith made changes in the King James Version of the Bible and copied some of them into his original 1830 Book of Mormon. He later copied some of those same texts from the Book of Mormon into his Joseph Smith Translation. But sometimes he missed words while copying the KJV into the Book of Mormon, as he did when he copied Isaiah 50:10 onto page 76 of the 1830 Book of Mormon (II Nephi 7:10).

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 20
By: Marvin W. Cowan

The New Testament of the Joseph Smith Translation [JST] got a little more recognition in the official LDS Bible than the [JST] Old Testament did. But did God reveal all of the JST’s “inspired translation” of the New Testament to Smith? If He did, why doesn’t the LDS leadership publish all of it instead of just “selected parts?”

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 21
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Does the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) of the Bible really clarify scripture and restore the “many important points touching the salvation of men” that Smith said had been “taken from the Bible or lost before it was compiled” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 10-11)? In this article, changes to the account of Jesus’ temptation and to The Beatitudes.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 22
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Even though Joseph Smith claims that his translation was revealed by God, the content he added to the text usually does nothing to clarify it. LDS claim the Bible was so badly “corrupted” before Smith wrote the Joseph Smith Translation that it needed to be re-translated. But one would expect “revelation from God” to clarify the content.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 23
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Our last article discussed the Sermon on the Mount through Matthew 5:28 in all Bibles with the exception of the Joseph Smith Translation where the same text ended with Matthew 5:31. We will now compare Matthew 5:40-41 in the Bible with the same text in the Joseph Smith Translation where it is Matthew 5:42-43.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 24
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Joseph Smith claimed that all Bible translations including the King James Version (KJV) were not fully reliable because of translation errors and because “many important points touching the salvation of men” had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled. LDS claim Smith translated the Joseph Smith Translation [JST] by the gift and power of God since he said it was “revealed” or “inspired” by God. Smith said the JST was given to correct errors in the Bible and restore important doctrines like salvation that were missing or corrupted. But does it actually do that?

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 25
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Mormons believe that the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible (JST) was given to Smith by revelation because no other translation of the Bible was completely reliable. But does the JST really clarify the text or does it just add superfluous words or content that is out of context?

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 26
By: Marvin W. Cowan

According to Mormon sources, Joseph Smith was “translating” the JST when he said he had received revelations that made it apparent that many important points about salvation were missing from the Bible. Smith’s claimed his JST was “translated” by revelation, so where are those missing points about salvation found in his JST Bible?

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 27
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Most of the changes in the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible are additions of superfluous words that do little or nothing to explain the text where they appear. But there are some changes that have a profound effect on their text and biblical history and/or doctrine. The Joseph Smith Translation of the Gospel of John in the New Testament has several important doctrinal changes in it.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 28
By: Marvin W. Cowan

The Joseph Smith Translation is basically just the King James Version with Joseph Smith’s additions and/or deletions in various places. Smith began by making lots of changes in the first few chapters of Genesis, but later chapters have very few changes. The same is true in the New Testament where the first twelve chapters of Matthew have the most changes, while fewer changes are made in later chapters. It looks like Smith’s intent was to make a lot of changes but he ran out of time or interest in the project.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 29
By: Marvin W. Cowan

The Joseph Smith Translation says the Pharisees sought to kill Jesus because He and His disciples baptized more disciples than John the Baptist. But that is absurd! The Jews had no laws about baptism and never spoke against it in the Bible. Not only that, this incident, recorded in John 4 took place early in Jesus’ ministry before the Jews began to look for ways to kill Him.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 30
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Smith and other LDS claim deliberate changes corrupted the Bible, but they can’t prove that claim. Rather, evidence from thousands of manuscripts and from the Greek language suggest it is a far more likely that Smith changed his JST to try to support his claim that the Bible had been corrupted.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 31
By: Marvin W. Cowan

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans is his most detailed discussion of justification by faith. By contrast, Mormonism teaches that man is saved and justified “by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel” (3rd LDS Article of Faith). But, the Joseph Smith Translation of Romans left many of the texts about justification by faith exactly the same as the King James Version of the Bible.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 32
By: Marvin W. Cowan

The changes Joseph Smith made in Romans 7 indicate how one can serve God without sinning. But by comparing the Joseph Smith Translation with the KJV or any other good translation, one can see that Smith has corrupted the text instead of correcting it.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 33
By: Marvin W. Cowan

The Mormon apologists who defend the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) claim that it clarifies the biblical message. But Bible scholars disagree and point out that Smith often misses the message that is in the context and replaces it with a different subject.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 34
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Mormons say their God is all-knowing or omniscient. But if He is, why did He inspire some biblical texts in the “Joseph Smith Translation” so that they contradict other texts?

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 35
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Mormons say their God is all-knowing or omniscient. But if He is, why did He inspire some biblical texts in the “Joseph Smith Translation” (JST) so that they contradict other texts? There are many minor changes in 1 Corinthians 7, but we will discuss only those that change the meaning.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 36
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Mormons believe in three heavens because Joseph Smith claimed God revealed that to him and he recorded it as Doctrine and Covenants Section 76. But LDS also claim that 1 Corinthians 15:40 taught three heavens until that text was corrupted during the “great apostasy” when the telestial heaven was deleted.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 37
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Historically, Christians have gotten their beliefs from the Bible, but no honest Christian begins with his beliefs first and then tries to make the Bible support them. But in the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible so many texts that were changed support LDS beliefs that it looks like Smith was trying to make the Bible say what he already believed.

Changed LDS Scripture – Part 38
By: Marvin W. Cowan

Mormonism’s founder, Joseph Smith, and his successors claimed the Bible was unreliable because: 1. it was mistranslated; 2. It was corrupted by copyists; 3. Whole books of the Bible were lost or deliberately deleted; 4.The plan of salvation had been changed. Did the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) of the Bible correct those problems?

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