Prayer To Get A Feeling
If you have ever had a Bible study with the Mormons, then you undoubtedly have been encouraged to pray and ask God if the Book Of Mormon is true . Yes, they’re hoping that you’ll get that “burning in the bosom” that they have received. There are major problems with this proposition however. As we all know, even if you did sincerely pray about it but got the answer that, no, it’s not true, then of course your prayer was not sincere; otherwise you would have gotten that feeling. Lets talk about feelings. Are feelings the way to determine truth? In a word, no. The Bible says that the “heart is deceitful above all things” , and that he who trusts his heart is a fool ; so you really can’t trust or rely on it for determining truth.
We must remind our Mormon friends -that Biblically speaking- we are to try/test that which we are presented, to see if it is of God. 1John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. The word for “try” in this passage (dokimazō) means to “examine, prove, scrutinise (to see whether a thing is genuine or not)” . We are told in Acts that the Bereans “searched the scriptures” to see if what they were being told, was true . I always make it a habit to tell Mormons (and other such groups) that I would like to examine the claims, history, writings etc of their organization to get a proper analysis of who they are. Many don’t like this -even though in the beginning they may say it’s not a problem, in time that tune will change- but when the court needs a verdict, all evidence needs to be examined. Otherwise, it’s not a fair trial of truth.
1. This is a passage that they are likely referencing: Moroni 10:4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
2. (King James Version) Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
3. (King James Version) Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
4. Thayer (eSword)
5. (King James Version) Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.