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Anti-Mormon rant #10
Divine Truths in the Book of Mormon
Anyone ˙visited ˙by ˙a ˙Mormon Missionary has ˙heard ˙the ˙Elder's
testimony ˙concerning the Book of Mormon: ˙That he knows this book is
the ˙Word ˙of God and that the founder of the Mormon ˙Church, ˙˙Joseph
Smith, ˙Jr., translated it by the gift and power of God. Further, the
prospect is encouraged sincerely to study the Book of Mormon and ˙"The
divine truths it contains."
The Book of Mormon indeed does contain a number of "divine truths",
first set forth in the Bible, the most important of which are:
1. GOD IS SPIRIT
Alma 18:28 (p. 242) - "Believest, thou that this Great Spirit, who
is God, created all things".
2. TRINITARIAN VIEW OF GOD
3 ˙Nephi 11:27 (p. 422) - "Verily I say unto you, that the Father
and ˙the Son and the Holy Ghost are one." ˙In addition, ˙three ˙close
associates ˙of Joseph Smith who gave testimony of the authenticity ˙of
the Book of Mormon, close with words: "And the honor be to the Father,
and ˙to ˙the ˙Son and to the Holy Ghost, ˙WHICH IS ˙ONE ˙GOD. ˙˙Amen."
(emphasis added) This endorsement is found in the front of every Book
of ˙Mormon and further documents the Book of Mormon's ˙acknowledgement
of the triune nature of God.
3. GOD IS UNCHANGEABLE
Moroni 8:18 (p. 517) - ˙"For I know that God is not a partial God,
neither a changeable being; ˙but he is unchangeable from all ˙eternity
to all eternity."
4. NO SALVATION AFTER DEATH
Mosiah 3:25 ˙(p. 141) - "And if they be evil they are consigned to
an ˙awful view of their own guilt and abominations, ˙which doth ˙cause
them ˙to ˙shrink from the presence of the Lord into a state of ˙misery
and endless torment, ˙from whence they can no more return; ˙˙therefore
they have drunk damnation to their own souls."
5. ONLY TWO DESTINATIONS AFTER DEATH
Mosiah 16:11 ˙(p. 166) - "If they be good, ˙to the resurrection of
endless life and happiness; ˙and if they be evil, ˙to the resurrection
of endless damnation."
6. SALVATION BY CHRIST"S WORK - NOT MAN'S
Helaman 5:9 (p. 369) - "...remember that there is no other way nor
means ˙whereby ˙men can be saved, ˙only through the atoning ˙blood ˙of
Jesus Christ, ˙who shall come, yea, ˙remember that he cometh to redeem
The Book of Mormon also emphasizes the need for spiritual rebirth.
For ˙example ˙Alma 5:14 ˙states "And now behold, ˙I ˙ask of ˙you, ˙˙my
brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye
received ˙his image in your countenances? ˙Have ye ˙experienced ˙this
mighty change in your hearts?"
Much ˙of ˙the ˙major theology set forth in the Book of ˙Mormon ˙is
indeed in harmony with orthodox Christianity. ˙However, ˙many who are
visited by the LDS Missionaries are unaware that the present ˙theology
of ˙the Mormon Church is very different from their own Book of Mormon.
Further, ˙not only are today's major doctrines different, ˙they are in
total ˙opposition with this work of Joseph Smith, ˙Jr., ˙for which ˙he
claimed divine inspiration.
Mormon ˙theology is not contained in, ˙but rather contradicted ˙by
the ˙Book ˙of ˙Mormon. ˙The members of the Mormon Church now turn ˙to
newer ˙publications ˙and ˙revelations for their ˙beliefs. ˙˙A ˙˙brief
examination of some of these will document the contradictions.
1. ˙˙Mormonism today teaches "The Father has a body of flesh and bones
as tangible as man's" (Doctrine & Covenants 130:22).
2. ˙Joseph Smith, later in his life, flatly denied the Trinity: ˙"Many
men say there is one God, ˙the Father, ˙the Son and the Holy Ghost are
one God! ˙I saw that is a strange God anyhow - three in one, ˙and one
in ˙three!" ˙He further concludes that the Father, ˙Son and the ˙Holy
Ghost ˙are not one God, ˙but rather three Gods (History of the ˙Church
3. The LDS Church no longer adheres to the unchangeable nature of God,
but ˙rather ˙states: ˙"God himself was once as we are now and ˙is ˙an
exalted man... We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all
eternity. I will refute that idea and take away the veil, so that you
may see". (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 345).
4. ˙˙Bruce ˙R. ˙McConkie announces on page 73 ˙of his ˙work, ˙˙'Mormon
Doctrine': ˙˙"The Lord has ordained baptism for the dead as the means
whereby ˙all ˙his ˙worthy children of all ages ˙can ˙become ˙heirs ˙of
salvation in his kingdom."
5. ˙˙Mormonism today informs its members that all mankind will ˙occupy
one of three heavenly kingdoms. ˙The highest is the Celestial Kingdom
(which itself contains various levels). ˙This kingdom is reserved for
all ˙faithful Mormons and could lead to Godhood for the ˙male ˙members
there. ˙The middle Kingdom, the Terrestrial Kingdom, is for those who
did ˙not ˙accept the gospel according to Mormonism, ˙but who lived ˙an
honorable ˙life. ˙˙The ˙lowest or Telestial ˙Kingdom ˙still ˙contains
murderers, ˙˙adulterers, ˙liars and thieves. ˙(Doctrine ˙& ˙Covenants
section ˙76). ˙˙Hell ˙in Mormonism is usually thought to ˙be ˙only ˙a
temporary ˙state of suffering, ˙which can be terminated through ˙self-
atonement. ˙˙In ˙summary, ˙all will be resurrected and ˙receive ˙some
degree of glory, according to Mormonism.
6. Mormons believe not in the infinite atonement of Christ, but rather
that ˙"redemption ˙from ˙personal sins can only ˙be ˙obtained ˙through
obedience ˙to ˙the ˙requirements of the Gospel, ˙AND A ˙LIFE ˙OF ˙GOOD
WORKS." (emphasis added) (Talmage, Articles of Faith pgs. 478-479)
These ˙changes ˙and contradictions contained within ˙these ˙easily
available ˙LDS ˙Scriptures leave no doubt as to the human, ˙˙man ˙made
origin of Mormonism.
While ˙Mormons regard the Bible as the Word of God, ˙the Bible ˙is
actually placed lower and superseded by their other Scriptures, ˙which
in addition to the Book of Mormon include the Doctrine & Covenants and
the ˙Pearl ˙of Great Price. ˙This devaluation of the Bible ˙is ˙found
within the LDS Articles of Faith, ˙in the Pearl of Great Price, ˙where
it ˙is ˙stated ˙that Mormons "believe the Bible in so ˙far ˙as ˙it ˙is
God's ˙word, ˙˙the Bible, ˙has definitely stood the test of ˙time,
whereas in its short existence the Book of Mormon has not. The Bible,
has been used by and confirmed by archeology, - the Book of Mormon has
not. ˙The Bible, ˙has through recent ancient manuscript ˙discoveries,
been ˙demonstrated to have been transmitted and translated accurately,
where the Book of Mormon contains nearly 4000 textual changes from the
first ˙edition ˙in 1830 ˙to the present editions used today, ˙and ˙has
received further changes in the new 1981 "Triple Combination" edition.
The ˙presence ˙of ˙"Divine Truths" ˙within the Book of ˙Mormon ˙is
merely a result of Joseph Smith, ˙Jr. ˙incorporating much of the Bible
into his work. (see 'The use of the Bible in the Book of Mormon by H.
Michael ˙Marquardt). ˙˙Thus, ˙the Book of Mormon must be regarded ˙as
fiction, not as inspired Scripture.
Changes within Mormonism and the Book of Mormon make it clear that
Mormonism is not from God. ˙God's word does not change. Jesus Christ
is the same yesterday, ˙today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) ˙and His Word
shall never pass away (Psalm 119:89; Matthew 24:35). The Jesus Christ
who ˙shed his blood on Calvary's cross to save you is not the Jesus of
present-day ˙Mormonism. ˙˙Jesus ˙invites all people to ˙experience ˙a
spiritual ˙rebirth ˙and to receive the free gift of ˙eternal ˙life ˙by
trusting in him alone for salvation.
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