How are we supposed to react to the Mormon position on the Song of Solomon in the Holy Bible?
When I ask my Old Testament students at BYU what they know about the biblical book Song of Solomon, they respond almost in unison, “It’s not inspired!”Reading the Song of Solomon as a Latter-day Saint — Dana M. Pike
“How do you know that?” I ask them.
“Joseph Smith said so,” they reply. My students accept the Prophet’s assessment, as indicated in the Joseph Smith Translation. And so do I. …
That might be an opinion of art or literature to say that some writing or other is “not inspired.” But this is worse. It is widespread religious doctrine.
There are three and only three articles of Christian faith in the Apostles’ Creed.
The Mormons are in denial of the third article, of Sanctification, when they refuse to consider the holy writings of King Solomon to be inspired.
The Song of Solomon is inspired because it spiritually describes the love between Jesus Christ and His church, namely the congregation of all true believers. When the Mormons deny the inspiration of this Holy Scripture, they are in denial of the second article of the Creed, of Redemption.
The Song of Solomon has a natural meaning, of love, between one man and one woman. When the Mormons deny this, they are in denial of the first article of faith, of Creation, as it was God who first created man in His own image, male and female, saw that it was not good that the man should be alone, and put the woman together with the man in the Garden of Eden.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.Matthew 5:17–20
If the law was the five books of Moses, then in any case Solomon was a prophet, and the law and the prophets included all the canonical books now known as the Old Testament, including the Song of Solomon.
But not one of the three articles of Christian faith is left for the Mormons when they exclude that book from the Holy and inspired Scriptures. The Mormons remain in unbelief. It would not bother me so much, if they didn’t have a religion, or if they didn’t peddle it from door to door and thump that Bible everywhere they go so much, but they make an entire religion out of their unbelief and denialism of the holy writings of the very Bible they preach over.
In a practical sense, Mormons have too many “wives” — not lawfully married — and there is altogether too much prostitution, vice, and corruption ruling in every land where that is the dominant religion, and as a consequence they cannot believe in the love or faithfulness between one man and one woman as it is written in that book, let alone appreciate its literary beauty in an artistic sense.