Saturday, June 23, 2012

What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part One


Read What The Bible Says About Mormons revised and in its entirety here.  

And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  Matthew 24:11


Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.  Jeremiah 14:14


The Mormon church was founded in 1830 by Joseph Smith, who the Mormons regard as their Great Prophet.  He lived in America from 1805-1844.  Smith claimed to have had numerous visions, to have been visited by an angel named Moroni, and to have been guided by Moroni to the location of the text of the Book of Mormon, which was engraved in hieroglyphs on golden plates hidden under a rock in a hillside.  The Book of Mormon claims to be another testament of Jesus Christ, but it reads like bad fiction, and there is absolutely zero archeological evidence to support any of the history it purports.  Since many points of Mormon doctrine directly contradict the Bible’s authority, and since Mitt Romney believes this grand lie, I thought it meet in this election year to dissect the false religion and compare it to true Christianity.


For full disclosure, my sources, thus far, are the 2007 PBS documentary The Mormons, which you can view online here; and a couple of library books:  THE MORMON EXPERIENCE: A HISTORY OF THE LATTER DAY SAINTS, by Leonard Arrington and David Bitton; and JOSEPH SMITH AND THE BEGINNINGS OF MORMONISM, by Richard Bushman (a Mormon himself).  I have also utilized the Latter Day Saints’ website.


When Joseph Smith was fourteen, he claimed to have been plagued by the question of which of the many Christian sects was the true church of Christ.  He went into a grove of trees near where his family lived in Palmyra, New York, where he prayed aloud for God to answer him. There are numerous versions of the event--the story evolved over the years as required to support the evolution of the Mormon church.    (Read one of the accounts of the vision in Smith’s own words here.)  The essence of the event was thus: Brilliant light flooded the trees, and the forms of two men appeared hovering before Smith.  One was God and the other Jesus Christ.  God looked at Smith, pointed to Jesus, and said:  “This is my Beloved Son.  Hear Him!”


This is in direct contradiction to Jesus Christ, who said: No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared Him.  John 1:18


Did Jesus Christ really contradict Himself by appearing with God before Joseph Smith?  Read on and decide for yourself. 


Smith maintained the presence of mind to ask which sect was the true one that he should join.  The answer he received from God and Jesus was that he should join none of them, as they were all abominations, and their adherents corrupt.  God and Jesus went on to tell young Joseph that he would later be used as an instrument in restoring the true church to the earth.


How monumentally arrogant, to claim that after Jesus was crucified, every church and all its congregants founded in His name were abomination in the sight of the LORD—for EIGHTEEN CENTURIES!  Smith’s claim renders Christ irrelevant for the billions who lived and died during those eighteen hundred years.  And that Smith was the chosen one to bring clarity back to the world--would a precocious prophet truly be so shamelessly bold?


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