Romney, Islam and Mormonism
Below is the link to Dr. Youssef’s article and the response by Daniel Petersen who is a professor on Islamic Studies at BYU.
I was wondering that if the American people pitched a huge fit about Jeremiah Wright then where is the uproar about voting for Romney?
Daniel Petersen who is a professor on Islam wrote the article for the Mormon Times and he thinks Dr. Youssef is cherry picking the similarities and believes their common bonds are more of a coincidence than anything.
Actually I don’t see how Peterson could come to this conclusion. After the pastor wrote that the Mormons don’t hold the Bible to be God’s authoritative word, Mr. Peterson came back saying;
“Offering an example, he observes that “They both have their own book of ‘sacred scripture.’ ”Which is true, of course. In fact, Mormonism has four such books. And while those Mormon books don’t include the Qur’an, they do include the Bible — a fact that Youssef somehow omits. Islam doesn’t accept the Bible as authoritative scripture, but Mormonism emphatically does. “While both tip their hats to the Bible,” Dr. Youssef asserts, “each see(s) God’s Word as insufficient by itself.”
Note the sleight-of-hand by which Dr. Youssef equates “the Bible” with “God’s Word,” thus privileging his own Protestant view of scripture over the views of Muslims and Mormons, who would never, ever agree that they regard “God’s Word” as “insufficient.” (This is yet another illustration of the “fallacy of equivocation,” about which I’ve recently written. Muslims believe God’s Word to be found in the Qur’an and the teachings of Muhammad. Latter-day Saints find it in their three unique books of scripture, in the inspired words of modern prophets, and, again, in the Bible.”
The pastor’s comments are spot on. The Mormon Church does not regard the Bible to be the authoritative word of God as the Christians do so why is Peterson upset about such a statement?
Their 8th Article of Faith is clear when it says;
“We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.”
Their prophets have made it abundantly clear they don’t believe the Bible holds all the truth, for if they did they wouldn’t have the extra-biblical writings. Here are some other examples of how they feel about the Bible;
Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice, pg. 15; “Of the four great standard works of the Church—the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price—I would particularly urge you to read again and again the Book of Mormon and ponder and apply its teachings. The Book of Mormon was referred to by the Prophet Joseph Smith as “the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man [and woman] would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”” – Ezra Taft Benson
Answers to Gospel Questions 2:161; “”No Man Hath Seen God at Any Time”—a Mistranslation. No Bible student today believes that the Bible has come down to us in its perfect and original appearance in the manuscripts. Scribes left out words and phrases, just as we do at times in typing, missing one whole line and thus changing the meaning. Moreover, the scribes added or interpreted according to their own opinions at times. These things are quite generally understood. Therefore we find errors and contradictions in the Bible. There are too many passages which declare very definitely that God did appear, “face to face,” with his ancient servants. Therefore, passages which declare that no man has seen him, must be in error.” – Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr.
I posted a response to Dr. Youssef’s insightful article thanking him for telling the truth. I pray those who read the articles on both sites will voice their opinions as well. When we don’t stand up for our beliefs then we are in danger of losing what we have. For me, voting for Romney is a vote for Mormonism.
If Romney gets into the White House you can be sure his not so outspoken stance on his belief will surely change and with that would come the converts to this false religion. If you wouldn’t join Mormonism as a Christian, please, think twice before voting for one.
You can read more about the similarities in our articles here;
With Love in Christ; Michelle Grim