My favourite New Testament story is the one told in John 8:1-12 of the woman taken in adultery. The Pharisees and religious leaders dragged the woman before Jesus in an attempt to trap him. They asked if she should be stoned to death in accordance with the Law of Moses. The way Jesus handled the situation has always served as a great inspiration to me as a leader in His Church.
Satan does not like stories like this and has become quite successful in convincing many that this particular account is not authentic. Many Bibles including the one used by Jehovah’s Witnesses no longer include it. You see, according to many so-called reputable scholars this story was not originally part of the book of John. Scholars claim to have no doubt about this saying that the account is not found in our oldest and best manuscripts of the gospel of John. It was added by a scribe at a much later date.
This is why I am thankful for the restored gospel and modern day prophets, for they add clarity where there is darkness and confusion. As Latter-day Saints we have irrefutable evidence that this story is in fact authentic. I have in my possession the full Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible (as opposed to the partial version found in our standard works) and Joseph as a prophet of God felt inspired to make several important changes to the above mentioned verses. I can provide all of the changes if asked but as a sample verse 11 in our Bible says (and this is the woman responding to Jesus) “11: She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” In the Joseph Smith Translation these inspiring words are added to the verse “And the woman glorified God from that hour, and believed on his name”
Now let me ask you this – would a true prophet of God make an addition or correction to the Bible on a fabricated story that does not belong there? No. Of course he wouldn’t!
The only logical conclusion therefore is that this story which is spoken of in LDS chapels throughout the world belongs right where it is, in the Bible.
Examples like this show that even though many very intelligent people may agree on something, that doesn’t necessarily make it true.
Brothers and Sisters let us not allow scholarship to negatively impact our discipleship.