Tuesday, 15 June 2010

The Book of Abraham is not central to the restored gospel of Christ

"So if what is most important needs to be defended, what are some of the things that need to be defended?" he asked.

He suggested six: God exists; Jesus Christ is His Son; God talked and still talks with men through the power of the Holy Ghost; Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of the world; the Atonement is available to those who trust Jesus, turn from sin, make and keep sacred covenants, and follow the course throughout their lives; and the Book of Mormon is true, an authentic record of God's interactions with actual ancient people.

"Now, we may be called upon to defend smaller points than these, but if these six things are not true, there is no point in the rest," Brother Gee said.

"Now where is the Book of Abraham in this?" he asked. "It isn't. The Book of Abraham is not central to the restored gospel of Christ."

-- John Gee, an associate research professor of Egyptology at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at BYU.

the funny thing is that the book of abraham is a part of the canonized lds scriptures and is the source of major lds doctrines like:
* polygamy
* plurality of gods
* the priesthood ban on blacks
* the pre-existence

and if the church is indirectly admitting that joseph smiths "translation" of the papyri isnt "correct", then they are also indirectly putting the book of mormon in danger.

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