Revelation through Prophets and Apostles
As can be inferred from the writings of biblical prophets and apostles cited above, there is substantial biblical support for the Mormon concept of God’s plan, including the pre-mortal existence, the purpose of this life, and man’s potential for eternal progression. A few important points, however, are worth mentioning.
- First, while most of the Bible is beautiful in its simplicity, Mormons are not alone in believing that the holy text nevertheless contains many apparent contradictions, difficult-to-understand passages, and ambiguous teachings that afford multiple interpretations. Contrary to the opinions of some, it is often impossible to know the correct meaning of some biblical passages by appealing to the Bible alone. Mormons recognize that often multiple views have biblical support, depending on how the words of ancient prophets and apostles are interpreted.
- Second, while biblical prophets and apostles explicitly support the Mormon view of God’s plan in many instances and strongly imply its accuracy in others, many of the details of the Mormon view cannot be found in the Bible.
But if the writings of biblical prophets and apostles afford multiple interpretations, how can we know that the “Mormon interpretation” is correct? If some of the details of the plan are not contained in the Bible, where did they come from? Mormons believe that the answer to both of these questions is “modern revelation through modern prophets and apostles
(Scriptures: Prophets and Apostles)
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