So far, we’ve asked a lot of uncomfortable questions, and demonstrated that the god of Mormonism is not the God of the Bible, nor the Jesus of Mormonism the Jesus of the Bible.
I’ve also demonstrated that the gospel according to the Book of Mormon is not the Gospel of the Bible.
I’ve raised many questions about the First appearance, about the Three Witnessses, and the Golden plates. Now, I haven’t discussed the Tinderhook plates, because I think we’ve already dealt with it when we dealt with “Reformed Egyptian”. They should have written in Hebrew, or in a native American language such as a Seneca nation language, as those were the tribes in the area of Joseph Smith’s childhood home.
Now, there is ONE unfair criticism of Smith’s theories, which I’m actually going to shatter.
One apologist asks why there’s no trace of Hebrew in any Native American language. to that I reply, “There are a few Hebrew words in Tsalagi, the Cherokee language.”
Before you get excited about that, there’s traces of Hebrew in almost every language, as you’d expect if Hebrew was the original language before the confusion at Babel. I can cite examples of words that are similar in English and French to Hebrew, although I’m sure that would offend every French person around! So, i’m not bringing that up, because not only is it a straw man argument, it’s also inaccurate.
What the Apologist should have said was, “Why is there no trace of Egyptian in any Native American language?” That’s a more accurate argument. Especially since Smith claims the Golden plates were in Egyptian (well, in a variation of Egyptian that doesn’t exist). So, we should expect to find in the Iriquois language some words, phrases and tenses of Egyptian.
No dice. There isn’t.
One question I raised last time is, why would God write the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, and Doctrines and Covenants if they contradict what God wrote in the Bible?
The Mormon dodge to that is, “we believe in the Bible as the inspired word of God insofar as it is correctly translated.”
That’s not gonna cut it. When are the LDS “church” going to produce their translation of the Bible, along with an interlinear, to show how it does agree with Joseph Smith and Brigham Young when correctly translated? We need the interlinear too, to verify your claims! My copy of the LDS software shows they are still using the King James Bible, which is good! But it most definitely contradicts the Book of Mormon.
My recommendation is forego your other “holy books” and rely entirely upon the King James Bible, and see how long you remain a Mormon? I guarantee it’ll be less than a year, if you decide to read it through on a every three months reading schedule. You’ll realize quickly that the LDS says one thing, and the Bible something else.
Also, there’s a difference you can feel as you read it. The Bible is the word of God and you can tell it. Authority and power simply leaps off the pages! But pseudopigrapha and other writings all sound… weird.
now that’s where it gets odd. The parts that are copied from the King James sound authoritative! Because they are… but the rest of the Book of Mormon sounds, well, incoherent.
20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:20 (KJV)
It’s well established that the word of God contradicts the book of Mormon. That’s why the LDS has the official position stated above… “We believe the Holy Bible insofar as it has been correctly translated.”
So basically, when Bible believing Christians point out the conflicts and inconsistancies, the LDS position is to stick their fingers in their ears and shout “la la la la…. I am not listetning!!!”
The Birthplace of Jesus Christ…
The Book of Mormon
10 And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God. (Alma 7:10)
2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Micah 5:2 (KJV)
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) Luke 2:4 (KJV)
When were they first called Christians?
The Book of Mormon
15 And those who did belong to the church were faithful; yea, all those who were true believers in Christ took upon them, gladly, the name of Christ, or Christians as they were called, because of their belief in Christ who should come. (Alma 46:15) (around 73 BC)
26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. Acts 11:26 (KJV) (around 40 AD)
Who was selected to be priests before God?
The Book of Mormon
3 And Aminadi was a descendant of Nephi, who was the son of Lehi, who came out of the land of Jerusalem, who was a descendant of Manasseh, who was the son of Joseph who was sold into Egypt by the hands of his brethren. (Alma 10:3)
26 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did consecrate Jacob and Joseph, that they should be priests and teachers over the land of my people. (2 Nephi 5:26)
5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 6 Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him. 7 And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle. 8 And they shall keep all the instruments of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the children of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle. 9 And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel. 10 And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest’s office: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death. Numbers 3:5-10 (KJV)
It may seem like small things but the issue is this – Mormonism has additional holy books, written 1,735 years after the sealing of the Canon. If Baptists were to adopt another Gospel today, claiming divine visions and inspiration, i’m wondering if Mormon apologists would cry foul?
In many ways, I would think its harder to be a Mormon than a Christian. We have one book, the Bible, divinely inspired. When we read and study that book with the purpose of trying to understand the will of God, God assists us in the person of the Holy Spirit.
The Mormons have the Bible, D&C, POGP and the BOM. So, they’ve really got it bad in trying to study their books to determine what the will of Elohim is. Plus the LDS View program is really clunky, and hard to navigate! It’s like one step forward, two steps back…
There are five questions that were asked of Mormons, which LDS researcher Brigham H. Roberts was unable to answer. Now, one was poorly researched and worded, so I reworded it in the beginning of this article.
- Why is there no trace of Egyptian in any Native American language?
- Why does the Book of Mormon say that Lehi found horses when he arrived in America? The horse did not exist in the Americas until the Spaniards brought them over in the sixteenth century.
- Why was Nephi stated to have a bow of steel? Jews did not have steel at that time, and no iron was smelted in the Americas until the Spanish colonization.
- Why does the Book of Mormon mention “swords and cimeters” when scimitars (the current spelling) did not come about until the rise of Islam after 500 A.D.?
- Why does the Book of Mormon mention silk, when silk did not exist in the Americas at that time?
These questions were asked almost a century ago, and still remain unanswered – because they can’t be answered. In addition, Contender Ministries raises two more questions:
- If the Book of Mormon is “The most perfect book”, why has it undergone thousands of corrections?
- If the Native Americans are former Israelites, why can the Levitical/Kohenic gene marker not be found in them?
With some apologies to Contender ministries, I reworded the second question to reflect what the tests are. The Native American tribes genetically are more similar to Asiatics than to Semitics.
At this point, we’ve got to conclude the Book of Mormon is not the most perfect book – it contradicts the Bible. Not just in the places I’ve listed, but in MANY places. We’ll get into more soon.