There are 2 thoughts on “The Book of Mormon Versus the Consensus of Scholars: Surprises from the Disputed Longer Ending of Mark, Part 2”.

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  2. I don’t know if you plan on doing additional parts to this but it seems to me that the doctrinal implications are quite profound and possibly even might create a bias in the views of some scholars and students of scripture.

    This is because the longer ending of Mark is the ONLY place (I am aware of) where Christ himself declares that only those that believe AND are baptized will be saved.

    “..preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved..”

    Modern Christianity is divided on whether the physical ordinance of baptism is a mandatory requirement of the Gospel for salvation because the NT does not seem to emphasize it with the same clarity as the Book of Mormon or modern revelation.

    Although there are a few instances where the apostles perform it, they are not considered by many to have the same level of doctrinal credibility as Christ.

    With that in mind, the validity of the long ending of Mark as part of the original commission given by Christ becomes hugely significant .

    When it is established that the long ending is credible, the additional testimony and clarity given about the importance of baptism as an integral aspect of the true doctrine of Christ as documented in the Book of Mormon and D&C emerges as another testimony of the truthfulness of the LDS restoration movement and the importance of the ministry of Joseph Smith.

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