Today I’d like to talk about scriptures that Mormons just ignore. This is sort of a continuation of my post about “Back to the Cafeteria” that Mormons of all levels of belief pick and choose what they will believe/follow.

We could talk about all the crazy rules/commandments in the Old Testament,  like the rule in Leviticus 20:18 where if a couple has sex while the women has her period, they both shall be cut off from the people.  Or we could talk about Deuteronomy 23:1, that says if a man’s junk has been crushed or cut off, they can’t come to church [1]. But these are easily dismissed as “Law of Moses” rules, and Christ did away with that law. The one exception is any of the rules against homosexual behavior (Leviticus 20:13) in the Old Testament, for some reason these are still valid, but I’ll leave that discussion for another day.

Then we have the New Testament. I’ll ignore all the crazy stuff Paul said, as that can be dismissed as just the writings of Paul (or an impostor) for the people in his time. That leaves us with the things Jesus said in the four Gospels. But even those could be dismissed by the most strident TBM with the “as far as it is translated correctly” caveat.  So I’ll talk about a couple of scriptures in the New testament that have modern prophetic endorsement.

Matthew 22:30, Mark 12:25, and Luke 20:35 are all the words of Jesus, and he says that after the resurrection, there is no marriage, but they remain single. A direct contradiction for our current doctrine of LDS Temple sealing. It also goes against the counsel given to single women in the church they will have a chance to marry after the resurrection. While this may also be dismissed as a mistranslation, it is a little harder to dismiss as it is in the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) of the Bible, with Joseph’s own stamp of approval. But again, this can be dismissed as not part of our scriptures, even though none other than Bruce R McConkie said “”the Joseph Smith Translation, or Inspired Version, is a thousand times over the best Bible now existing on earth,” [2]

I’ve saved my best for last. From the KJV of the Bible, in Jesus own words:

But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornacation, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

Matthew 5:32

This is pretty straight forward. The only reason for divorce is fornication/adultery. Further, if you marry a woman who is divorced and was not divorced for fornication, you commit adultery! I think the Catholic church following this verse pretty well. [3]

But how do we know that this verse is translated correctly? How about we look at the most correct of any book on earth! [4] From the Book of Mormon:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultrey; and whoso shall marry her who is divorced committeth adultery.

3rd Nephi 12:32

The above verse is obviously translated correctly, was directly from the mouth of Jesus, and was spoken by him twice in his lifetime, so it must have been important! Yet we ignore it completely.

What other scriptures do we ignore in a Sunday School lesson, or just outright don’t follow at all?

[1] I’m not sure how they would enforce this rule. Maybe it was easer back then as they just lifted their toga? I know this would have made being an usher in Sacrament meeting when I was a teacher much more interesting!

[2] BYU Speeches 11/3/1984; “Joseph Smith Translation: The Doctrinal Restoration” 38 minute mark.

[3] From my original “Cafeteria” post a few years ago I would recommend the comment by Steve Marsh on the underlying Hebrew of these verses, and how the affects the interpretation of it.

[4] History of the Church, 4:461