Did you know that Mormons believe that the Bible that Christians read today is not accurate? The Mormon Church’s 8th Article of Faith states, “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly.” So convinced was Joseph Smith that the Bible had been incorrectly “translated,” that he created his own translation of the Bible called the “Inspired Version” or “Joseph Smith Translation” where he added and revised whole sections of the Bible without any support from the ancient manuscripts.
One change Joseph Smith made to his version of the Bible is at Genesis chapter 17 where God makes a covenant with Abraham, requiring circumcision at “eight days” old. Although this covenant was performed for centuries by all Biblical prophets up through the time of Christ, Joseph Smith changed it from “eight days” to “eight years” and this change forms the basis of the Mormon practice of baptism at “eight years,” even though the context of the passage speaks of circumcision, and not baptism.
Does this make any sense to you? Would God really wait over 3,000 years of His Prophets and His Son performing the first covenant wrong until Joseph Smith comes along and corrects it in his Bible? This is not the only serious change Joseph Smith made to his version of the Bible, he also added a whole series of verses to the last chapter of Genesis prophesying about himself in an attempt to solidify his calling as a prophet. At Deuteronomy 4:2, God warns against those who would add or take away from His Word. If a church removes, restricts or rewrites the Word of God, then that church can and will teach, preach and practice anything in the name of God. By misrepresenting and distorting God’s Word in this way, Mormonism falls under God’s condemnation and cannot be considered Christian.