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



Alma 18:28 (p. 242) - "Believest, thou that this Great Spirit,

who is God, created all things".


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.


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."


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."


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."


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 world."


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

6:474, 476).

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

correctly translated."

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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