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QUESTION: Doesn't the fact that her writings are truth-filled and inspiring prove her to be a true prophet?

ANSWER: [Brother Anderson] The same could be said of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. Look at what he wrote:

"If ye have known of His goodness and have tasted of His love, and have received a remission of your sins, which causeth such exceeding great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, and His goodness and longsuffering towards you...and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith..." Mosiah 4:11

How beautiful, truth-filled, and inspiring!

How about the wonderful practical advice penned by the prophet Muhammad in the Koran regarding dealing with human weakness?

It is part of the mercy of Allah that thou dost deal gently with them. Wert thou severe or harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about thee: so pass over [their faults], and ask for forgiveness for them; and consult them in affairs. Then, when thou hast taken a decision, put thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust [in Him].

Fantastic! The writings of many modern prophets, such as Smith and Christian Science founder Mary Eddy Baker, are inspirational and contain some measure of truth. However, just because there is truth in someone's writings does not prove that person to be a prophet. Just because someone writes a book or an article that is inspirational does not prove that person to be a prophet. If so, there would be tens of thousands of prophets because many people have written inspirational material. The real issue is: does this prophet pass the Biblical tests of a prophet?

 

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