Chapter I: perspectives on the authority of the Holy Bible
An analysis of the commonality of errors between Roman Catholicism and Mormonism would be ill-approached without a setup of each system’s view of Holy Scripture.
1. The preservation and authority of Scripture according to Scripture itself
The preservation of Holy Writ through the centuries is a complex and detailed historical topic. But for those who claim to be Christians, any examination of the Bible’s integrity should begin and end with the promises that Scripture makes about itself.
(Matthew 24:35) “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my [Jesus’] words will not pass away.”
(John 10:35) “Scripture cannot be broken.”
(I Timothy 1:15) “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
(Isaiah 40:8) “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”
(II Timothy 3:16-17) “All Scripture is breathed out by God [Greek theopneustos: God-breathed, inspired] and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
(Psalm 12:6-7) “The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. You, O LORD, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever.”
(Psalm 119:89, 160) “Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens … The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.”
(Revelation 21:5) “He [God] said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.'”
(Revelation 14:6) “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting [Greek aionios: perpetual, everlasting, forever, at all times unceasing, continuous] gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.”
(II Peter 1:19-21) “We have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”