8 We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
8th Article of Faith, Joseph Smith
Kyle made me aware of a podcast done by Jared Halverson called "Unshaken Saints". It's a podcast about the Come Follow Me lessons each week. And at the end of last year's D&C lessons, Jared talked about the Articles of Faith.
These episodes are about 2 hours in duration each, so time needs to be dedicated to each one as you follow along in your lessons.
But as he talked about the 8th Article of Faith in his episode called "The Articles of Faith: 'We Believe'", I had a clear impression that came to mind.
"Translated", in this sense, does not mean just going from one language to another. It means going from the will of God to words that we, as mortals, can understand. In other words, from heaven to earth. From the mind of God to us, His mortal and weak and sinful and learning children. That's what translated means.
Now, we believe the Bible and Book of Mormon to be the word of God, "as far as it's translated correctly". Meaning, as far as we understand what God is telling us, then it is translated correctly. Then it is truth...for us...individually. That's what we believe...I believe. That's what we seek after, I seek after, diligently.
I'm not saying that Bible and the Book of Mormon are not translated correctly from ancient language to modern. I am saying that it is personal in how we understand the words in those books, how we "translate" them into our own lives, our own being. How we hear God's voice talking to us, guiding us.