Monday, July 16, 2012

What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Eight

But the prophet, who shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?
When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.  
Deuteronomy 18:20-22

Since Joseph Smith feared not to make bold in regarding himself a prophet, it naturally followed that he issued prophesies to bolster his masquerade.   These are recorded in The Doctrines and Covenants, one of the sacred Mormon texts, which was largely dictation of his ‘revelations’ by Joseph Smith. 

Some of the prophesies did come to pass, and others did not; and some were ambiguously worded.  This has led to their being used by both his supporters and detractors: his supporters cite the prophecies that came to pass, or yet may still, as evidence verifying that Smith was divinely inspired, while his detractors cite the failed prophesies in their denunciations. 

But since every last one of Christ’s prophesies have fulfilled with uncanny accuracy, and since Smith claimed to be the chosen prophet to establish the one true church of Christ on earth, which had been astray for eighteen centuries, since the death of the last of the apostles, we ought to expect the same from Smith; for if that were the truth then so would have been every word out of his mouth, and it is fair to hold him to a standard of perfection.

For anyone interested in exploring it, there is a Wikipedia page which details many of Smith’s prophesies and their outcomes.  I am just going to present three here which corroborate my understanding that Smith was a false prophet.

1)   “Yea, the word of the Lord concerning his church, established in the last days for the restoration of his people, as he has spoken by the mouth of his prophets, and for the gathering of his saints to stand upon Mount Zion, which shall be the city of New Jerusalem.  Which city shall be built, beginning at the temple lot, which is appointed by the finger of the Lord, in the western boundaries of the State of Missouri, and dedicated by the hand of Joseph Smith, and others with whom the Lord was well pleased.”  From a revelation through Joseph Smith, received in Kirtland, Ohio, September 22nd and 23rd, 1832, as it appears in Doctrines and Covenants 84:2-3. 

That never came to pass, and the Mormons were driven out of Missouri in the late 1830’s.

2) “Verily, thus saith the Lord concerning the wars that will shortly come to pass, beginning at the rebellion of South Carolina, which will eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls; And the time will come that the war will be poured out upon all nations, beginning at this place.  For behold, the Southern States shall be divided against the Northern States, and the Southern States will call on other nations, even the nation of Great Britain, as it is called, and they shall also call upon other nations, in order to defend themselves against other nations; and then war shall be poured out upon all nations.”  From a revelation received by Joseph Smith on December 25th, 1832, as it appears in Doctrines and Covenants 87:1-3.  

This is another clearly false prophesy.  Mormons point to the Civil War as the fulfillment of this prophesy, but the Civil War started in Virginia, and did not escalate to involve other nations and eventually all nations.

3)  “I was once praying very earnestly to know the time of the coming of the Son of Man, when I heard a voice repeat the following: Joseph, my son, if thou livest until thou art eighty five years old, thou shalt see the face of the Son of Man; therefore let this suffice, and trouble me no more on this matter.”  April 2, 1843, as it appears in Doctrines and Covenants 130:14-15  

Joseph Smith died at age 39 in a gunfight with authorities while incarcerated in Illinois in 1844.  The Mormons deny this being a failed prophecy as Smith did not live to be 85, but I say that his death was like the fulfillment of the following biblical prophesy, in that the LORD made the same example of Smith as He did of Hananiah.

Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.  Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD.  Jeremiah 28: 15-16.

What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part One
What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Two
What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Three
What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Four
What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Five
What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Six
What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Seven

What The Bible Says About Mormons -- Part Eight

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