Last week I responded to a post online from someone who said that the Bible is the only valid scripture we can have because in Revelation 22:18-19 it says anyone who adds to or takes from the scriptures will come under the judgments of God. This was my response.
“You’re right that if anyone adds or takes away from the Word of God they will incur God’s wrath. However, the book of Revelation reference here is speaking about the Book of Revelation, not the Bible. The book of Revelation was written hundreds of years before the Bible was even compiled as a collection of books, and before some of the other books of the Bible were written. If you want to take this passage literally, then you have to take the very similar reference in Deuteronomy 4:2 that Moses made as literal as well and discard everything after that book. The fact is, these prophets were talking about changing the word of God, adding to or taking away from the meaning. It doesn’t discard any other writings. The Bible mentions several other books that were written by prophets and seers such as the book of Jasher, book of Nathan the prophet, Shemaiah the prophet, Iddo the prophet, Jehu, Gad, Enoch, , etc… We don’t have those books in the Bible, but if God suddenly provided these to us, we wouldn’t just cast them away. As someone once told me, Mormons just believe God has more words in his mouth than others. The Book of Mormon is a record of a different set of prophets in the Americas that God communicated with and they wrote it down as scripture. The two records compliment each other. If you haven’t read the Book of Mormon, it’s an amazing book testifying of the divinity of Christ. Together with the Bible it provides a 2nd witness that Jesus is the Christ. I encourage you to not take my word for it, find out for yourself. Here’s one example. It’s a chapter in the Book of Mormon. I encourage you to see if there isn’t something here to consider.