So many people think the Bible is the word of God. For that matter, many people consider the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price to be the word of God. Are they really?
First, we need to ask what the phrase ?¢‚Ç¨?ìword of God?¢‚Ç¨¬ù means. Does it mean that the book was written by God? Does it mean the things within are spoken by God? Does it mean the things within are statements by prophets saying what God would say if He were there? Is ?¢‚Ç¨?ìword?¢‚Ç¨¬ù more figurative, referring?¢‚Ç¨‚Äùas John did in the first chapter of his gospel?¢‚Ç¨‚Äùto Jesus?
Second, if we are to assume that ?¢‚Ç¨?ìword of God?¢‚Ç¨¬ù refers to the words in the scriptures to be words spoken of God or His prophets, then I think a semantics problem arises.
Take for example, Nephi?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s words in 1 Ne 2:15.
And my father dwelt in a tent.
If we were to take the common claim that ?¢‚Ç¨?ìthe Book of Mormon is the word of God?¢‚Ç¨¬ù to be true, then how do we classify such a statement? Was it God saying Nephi?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s father dwelt in a tent? Is it a prophetic statement spoken by Nephi?
Frankly, the Book of Mormon and other scriptures are filled with language that does nothing more than provide historical or situational information. Various passages contain no literal doctrinal exposition. Granted many passages taken as a whole?¢‚Ç¨‚Äùlike the last dozen chapters in Alma for example?¢‚Ç¨‚Äùcould be representative of spiritual advice. The point is though, that to say the Book of Mormon or any other scripture is the word of God is a literary fallacy.
Certainly, the Book of Mormon and other scriptures contain the word of God. I do not argue that point at all.