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.
- It refutes the concept of original sin, including the need for infant baptism (Moroni 8).
- It refutes the notion of biblical inerrancy and completeness (1 Nephi 13, 2 Nephi 29).
- 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).
- It refutes the idea that “little sins” are excusable because they are unimportant (2 Nephi 28:8-10, Alma 45:16).
- 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).
- 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.