What Does the Book of Mormon Refute?

This is the third of six posts answering a series of questions raised by President Russell M. Nelson in the October 2017 general conference. So far, I have discussed what the Book of Mormon is and what it affirms. Today, I am listing some of the fallacies it refutes.

  1. It refutes the concept of original sin, including the need for infant baptism (Moroni 8).
  2. It refutes the notion of biblical inerrancy and completeness (1 Nephi 13, 2 Nephi 29).
  3. It refutes the idea of a changeable God, who revealed truth and worked miracles in the past but no longer does today (2 Nephi 27:23, 2 Nephi 28:3-6, Mormon 9:7-11, 15-20, Moroni 7:27-29, 35-37).
  4. It refutes the idea that “little sins” are excusable because they are unimportant (2 Nephi 28:8-10, Alma 45:16).
  5. It refutes the notion that it’s okay to commit a sin if other people are doing or have done the same thing (1 Nephi 19:6, Jacob 2:23, Alma 39:4).
  6. It refutes the idea that worldly wealth is representative of intrinsic worth and that wealthy people are justified in ignoring the needs of those who have less (2 Nephi 9:30, 2 Nephi 13:14-15, 2 Nephi 28:13, Mosiah 4:16-25, Mormon 8:36-41).

Today, I will remember these fallacies which the Book of Mormon refutes. In particular, I will strive to avoid all sins, however small. I will also recognize that God has blessed me so that I can serve others.

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