Is The Canon Open Or Closed?

9 Apr

I am a member of a forum which discusses all religions. The category I like to watch is the Mormonism one because my wife is a former Mormon of 10 years. One of the many current topics is one titled: “Who silenced God?”  It’s a thread which was  started by a lifetime member of the Mormon church. He wants to know where is the proof that the canon is closed. That God no longer speaks to prophets. The responses have been numerous, but no one has really answered the question. Mostly the respondents are just throwing back more trick questions or making personal jabs.


Let’s look at 3 major cults who believe we either have an open canon, or that we need prophets today. Roman Catholicism believes in an open canon. That the pope is God’s mouthpiece on earth and whatever he says, is gospel. They believe that the church Magesterium is the final word. They place tradition equal to the word of God and sometimes even above, which is why members of this church do not bring their bibles to Mass.


Islam believes there was a prophet who came after Christ, named Muhammad, and whatever he taught supersedes  previous scriptures. This why they have the Quran and reject the Holy Bible.


Then there’s Mormonism which believes in new revelations (similar to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, ‘new light’) The Mormon church teaches that the president of this church is also a prophet who hears from God and this is why their teachings are always changing. What a former prophet taught can be overruled. This is also why the LDS church has other books which they call: scriptures.


One of the things that these three religions groups have in common is is their low view of the Holy Bible and their use of other uninspired writings.


What does God’s word say about modern day prophets?  Hebrews 1:1-3 tells us: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  Has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.”


The Son of God has spoken and it is final.


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