The Book of Mormon vs Mormonism

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Many Mormon converts are told to read the book of Mormon in order to know about the Latter-day Saints’ church. This is actually a bait-and-switch tactic. Many doctrines taught within the book of Mormon have been ignored and replaced with other ones by the Mormon church.

While the book of Mormon is a false scripture, some teachings in it appear to be closer to the Bible than the ones concocted later by Joseph Smith and his successors. Therefore, Mormonism is not only a departure from biblical, historical Christianity, it’s also fraught with internal inconsistencies and incoherence.

Here, I’ll point out some key LDS doctrines that directly contradict the book of Mormon and cannot be supported by it.

Abbreviations:
B of M = Book of Mormon
D & C = Doctrine and Covenants
PGP = Pearl of Great Price
J of D = Journal of Discourses

1. Monotheism

In the B of M we read: “And Amulek said: Yea, there is a true and living God. Now Zeezrom said: Is there more than one God? And he answered, No” (Alma 11:27-29).

“… and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged…” (Alma 11:44)

“…And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God without end. Amen” (2 Nephi 31:21).

At the time the book of Mormon was published (1830), Smith adhered to monotheism and even tried to emulate the doctrine of the Trinity. But decades later, his theology changed into polytheism:

And the Gods organized the earth to bring forth the beasts after their kind, and cattle after their kind … and the Gods saw they would obey” (PGP, Abraham 4:25)

The head one of the Gods brought forth the Gods, that is the true meaning of the words [in Genesis 1:1] … Thus the head God brought forth the Gods in the grand council” (Joseph Smith’s King Follet Discourses, 614).

Gods exist, and we had better strive to be prepared to be one of them” (Brigham Young, The J of D 7:238)

2. Immutability of God

For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity” (Moroni 8:18).

For we do not read that God is the same yesterday, today and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing? And now, if ye have imagined up unto yourselves a god who doth vary, and in whom there is a shadow of changing, then have ye imagined up unto yourselves a god who is not a God of miracles” (Mormon 9:9-10).

And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I may speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure…” (2 Nephi 29:9)

But the LDS religion adheres to what Joseph Smith taught:

“...I am going to tell you how God came to be God. 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 … I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form – like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as man” (King Follet’s Discourses, edited by B. H. Roberts, 1963, 5)

We were begotten by our Father in heaven, the person of our Father in Heaven was begotten on a previous heavenly world by His Father, and again. He was begotten by a still more ancient Father, and so on, from generation to generation” (Apostle Orson Pratt, The Seer, 1853, 132).

One supposedly inspired source says God never changes while another says God was a man who evolved into deity or was born by another God on another planet. Interestingly, Smith says elsewhere “There is a God in heaven, who is infinite and eternal, from everlasting to everlasting the same unchangeable God” (D & C, 20:17). This is confusion par excellence.

3. God’s Omnipotence and Omniscience

“... the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men…” (Mosiah 7:2)

For behold, God knoweth all things, being from everlasting to everlasting, behold he sent angels to minister unto the children of men…” (Moroni 7:22)

But Mormonism teaches that: “God himself is increasing and progressing in knowledge, power and dominion, and will do so, worlds without end” (Wilford Woodruff, J of D, 1857, 6:120)

“We are now, or may be, as perfect in our sphere as God and Angels are in theirs, but the greatest intelligence in existence (God) can continually ascend to greater heights of perfection” (Brigham Young, J of D, 1852, 1:93).

4. God is a Spirit

And then Ammon said: Believeth thou that there is a Great Spirit? And he said, Yea. And Ammon said: This is God. And Ammon said unto him again: Believest thou that this Great Spirit, who is God, created all things which are in heaven and in the earth” (Alma 18:26-28). (cf. John 4:24; 1 Tim. 1:17)

But Joseph Smith taught that:

If the vail was rent to-day, and the great God, who holds this world in its orbit, and upholds all things by his power; if you were to see him to-day, you would see him in all the person, image and very form as a man…” (Times and Seasons 1844, vol. 5: 613-14).

5. Christ’s virgin birth

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 conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God” (Alma 7:10).

But this was smoothly denied by Smith’s successor:

When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus the Father had begotten him in his own likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost. And who is the Father? He is the first of the human family … Now, remember from this time forth, and forever, that Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost” (Brigham Young, J of D, 1:50-51).

6. Men becoming Gods

The book of Mormon presents God as one and eternal negating the idea of men becoming gods. But Joseph Smith taught that: “… you have got to learn how to be gods yourselves and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all gods have done before you … to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power” (B. H. Roberts, History of the Church, 1844, VI, 306).

Mormon prophet, Lorenz Snow also declared: “As man is, God once was, As God is, man may become” (Millennial Star, vol. 54).

7. Pre-mortal existence of humans

The LDS religion officially teaches that “all men lived in a premortal estate before they were born into this world; all were born in this premortal existence as the spirit children of the Father” (What Mormons Think of Christ? Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, 1976, 25).

Nowhere in the book of Mormon is this idea of human pre-existence taught. Similarly, the Bible teaches that human souls were created at the point of physical conception (Is. 44:2, 24; 49:5).

But Smith taught: “And that it might be filled with the measure of man according to his creation before the world was made” (D & C, 49:17)

Ye were also in the beginning with the Father; that which is Spirit, even the Spirit of truth … Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth was not created nor made, neither indeed can be” (93:23, 29).

8. Three levels of heaven

Smith taught that there are 3 levels of heaven: the telestial (for those who don’t believe the gospel), the terrestrial and the highest called the celestial:

And again, we saw the glory of the terrestrial, which glory is of the latter … And the terrestrial through the ministration of the celestial … And those we saw, in the heavenly vision, the glory of the telestial, which surpasses all understanding” (D & C, 76:81-90).

Nowhere is this taught in the book of Mormon. Apparently, Smith adopted the 3 degrees of Masonry (which he was involved in) into his imaginary heaven. Now, if Smith was really inspired, why did he contradict the book that he presented to the world 14 years earlier as God’s final revelation?

9. Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthood

The B of M says that “the Lord God ordained priests, after his holy order, which was after the order of his Son… high priesthood of the holy order of God” (Alma 13:1, 6).

But in D & C (107:1), we read: “There are, in the church, two priesthoods, namely, the Melchizedek and Aaronic including the Levitical Priesthood.

It also says: “For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which I have spoken, and then magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies. They become the sons of Moses and Aaron and the seed of Abraham, and the church and kingdom, and the elect of the Lord” (D & C, 84:33-34).

The Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods were evidently made up later by Smith.

10. Baptism for the dead

This rite is based on Smith’s revelations:

For a baptismal font there is not upon the earth, that they, my saints, may be baptized for those who are dead – For this ordinance belongeth to my house...” (D & C, 124:29-30)

You may think this order of things to be particular; but let me tell you that it is only to answer the will of God, by conforming to the ordinance and preparation that the Lord ordained and prepared before the foundation of the world, for the salvation of the dead who should die without a knowledge of the gospel” (D&C 128:5)

But the B of M says the opposite, that there’s no hope for sinners after death:

And, in fine, we unto all those who die in their sins; for they shall return to God, and behold his face, and remain in their sins” (2 Nephi 9:38)

Therefore if that man repenteth not, and remaineth and dieth an enemy to God, the demands of divine justice do awaken his immortal soul to a lively sense of all guilt, which doth cause him to shrink from the presence of the Lord … which is like unquenchable fire whose flame ascendeth up forever and ever” (Mosiah 2:38)

11. The Word of Wisdom code

Smith laid down this code forbidding Mormons to take wine, strong drinks, tobacco, and hot drinks (tea, coffee etc). He said:

Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days. I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation” (D & C, 89:4-9).

But nowhere is this code given in the book of Mormon.

12. Polygamy

The B of M says that “the people of Nephi, under the reign of the second king, began to grow hard in their hearts, and indulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices, such as like unto David of old desiring many wives and concubines, and also Solomon his son” (Jacob 1:15).

Behold David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord” (Jacob 2:24).

But D & C says: “David also received many wives and concubines, and also Solomon and Moses my servants, as also many others of my servants … and in nothing did they sin save things which they received not from me” (132:38).

It wasn’t only Smith’s doctrines that changed between 1830 and 1850, his morals also declined as well.

After the book of Mormon was published, he had dozens of wives and concubines (including minors) so he needed to justify his sins with another “revelation” forgetting that his earlier one already condemns him.

13. Secret rites

Mormons who intend to become “temple workers” undergo secret rites in Mormon temples which include blood oaths, receiving secret names, learning secret passwords, endowment initiation and “sealing” marriage. But the B of M condemns these practices:

And it shall come in a day when the blood of saints shall cry unto the Lord because of secret combinations and the works of darkness” (Mormon 8:27)

And there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old, according to the combinations of the devil, for he is the founder of these things…” (2 Nephi 26:22)

But behold, Satan did stir up the hearts of the more parts of the Nephites … And it came to pass that they did not have their signs, yea, their secret signs, and their secret words; that they may distinguish a brother who had entered into the covenant...” (Helaman 6:21-22).

Indeed, these temple rites have links with Masonry and witchcraft. Now, if the LDS religion truly believes that the B of M is “the most correct of any book on earth,” the “fulness of the everlasting gospel” which reveals “all things unto the children of men,” then it’s illogical and inconsistent for their other “sacred” books to contradict it at any point. Such contradictions must never be minimized or rationalized as “mysteries,” they are proofs of a diabolic deception.

The “Jesus” of the Latter Day Saints

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Many people think the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is just another “Christian denomination” because they teach about Christ and the Bible. On their website, they state:

“We believe Jesus is the Son of God, the Begotten Son in the flesh … We accept the prophetic declarations in the Old Testament that refers directly and powerfully to the coming of the Messiah, the Savior of all humankind. We believe that Jesus of Nazareth was and is the fulfillment of those prophecies.”

Hardly would a Christian disagree with the above (though as we proceed, you will understand what is packed beneath the first line).

Most pseudo-Christian religions gain converts by first teaching what most Christians will readily agree with. Their heresies are usually introduced little by little until the convert is so indoctrinated that he is ready to defend these lies.

But a major way to identify a cult is to check their Christology. Once it is defective, what they have is a false gospel and behind it is a false spirit.

In previous articles, I have shown how Roman Catholicism, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists fail this major litmus test, here, I will be examining Mormonism.

My quotes will be mainly from their scripture, the book of Mormon, as well as teachings of their prophets (both early and modern) which are equally authoritative.

Joseph Smith says “And whatsoever they shall speak when moved by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the mind of God … the Word of God and the power of God unto salvation” (Doctrine and Covenants 68:4).

1. Quasi-Sabellianism

“Now Zeezrom saith again unto him: Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father? And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth…” (Alma 11:38-39).

“…Behold, I am Jesus Christ. I am the Father and the Son.” (Ether 3:14)

The Christological heresy espoused here was known in the early church as modalism or sabellianism. It taught that God was one God who variously manifested Himself in three modes of existence, as the Father, later as the Son and then the Holy Spirit.

It totally did away with the distinction of persons within the Godhead. This was the initial Christological error Joseph Smith held to.

The Bible however, distinguishes between the Father and the Son (Mt. 5:16; 11:25; Jn. 10:29; 20:17 etc) and between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Jn. 14:16; 16:5-15; Jn. 7:39, Acts 8:5-25 etc).

This is where the Mormon misconception of the Christian Trinity stems from.

2. Pre-mortal Godhood

“[A]ll men lived in a premortal estate before they were born into this world; all were born in the premortal existence as the spirit children of the Father. Christ was the firstborn spirit child … Christ, the Word, the Firstborn, had, of course, attained unto the status of Godhood while yet in premortal existence” (What Mormons Think of Christ, 1976, p. 25).

Christ was not created and didn’t have to attain the status of Godhood. He is and has always been God. He is eternal, “the first and the last” just as the Father is (Rev. 1:17-18; Is. 48:12).

The creation of man by God negates pre-mortal existence. Mormon theology seems to be closer to Greek paganism than to the Bible.

3. A Firstborn of gods

In modern times he has said: ‘I was in the beginning with the Father, and am the Firstborn. And all those who are begotten through me are partakers of the glory of the same and are the church of the Firstborn. Ye were also in the beginning with the Father” (Doctrines and Covenants 93:21-23).

This is a gross misunderstanding of the Biblical concept of Jesus as the firstborn.

Colossians 1:15-19 is offered as proof but this actually presents Jesus as the Creator. The Greek word for “firstborn” is prototokos which means “preeminence” and “eternal preexistence.”

Also, humans do not share in God’s glory nor become gods at any time (Isa. 42:8). Such a teaching is a lie of the serpent.

4. Lucifer’s brother

And the Lord God, spake unto Moses saying: “That Satan, whom thou has commanded … came before me, saying – Behold, here I am, send me. I will be honor. But behold, my Beloved Son which was my beloved and Chosen from the beginning, said unto me – Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever.” (Pearl of Great Price, Moses, 4:1-2)

Mormons believe Jesus and Lucifer were among the spirit children born by God, but Lucifer rebelled when God accepted Jesus’ salvation plan and rejected his.

However, the Bible says of Christ: “For by him all things were created” (Col. 1:16). Lucifer was one of the angels created by Christ and is not on equal footing with Him let alone be His “spirit brother” as LDS teach.

Jesus Christ, who is the exact image of the Father, has received an excellent name above angels.

5. The Polygamist Christ

“Jesus Christ was married at Cana at Galilee, that Mary, Martha, and others were his wives, and that he begat children.” (Journal of Discourses 2:210)

The Scriptures says that He, the Lord, came walking in the Temple, with His train; I do not know who they were unless His wives and children.” (J of D, 13:309)

The plan of God has been that the Saviour should become man, not to have physical children, but to produce godly seeds – sons of God – on earth by new birth and sanctification (Heb. 2:10-12).

But the Christ of Mormonism couldn’t even be Lord unless he was married! That’s not the Jesus of the Bible but an attempt to tailor Jesus in the image of Joseph Smith who was a polygamist.

Jesus is spiritually married to His church – His people. “I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him” (2 Cor. 11:2).

He illustrated this with a parable in Matthew 25:1-10 and there is the “wedding Supper of the Lamb” at His second coming (Rev. 19:6).

6. Atonement in Gethsemane

And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it to be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people” (Mosiah 3:7)

“[Jesus] took his apostles into a garden called Gethsemane where he subsequently began to pray, and being in great agony he bled at every pore. Thus did he assume the burden of men’s sins” (The Life and Teachings of Jesus and His Apostles, 1979, 170-76).

In other words, the Mormon Jesus paid the price for the sins of mankind by suffering at the garden of Gethsemane and not by His death at the cross. This is a defective view of the atonement that ignores and rejects several plain passages of Scripture.

One, the wages of sin is death, not “great agony” or “anguish” (Ezk. 18:20; Rom. 3:23).

Two, one of the Messianic prophecies is that Christ will be “pierced” hands and feet (Ps. 22:16) and “cut off from the land of the living” (Is. 53:8). The events culminating in Christ’s crucifixion are fulfillment of Bible prophecy.

Note this carefully the next time a LDS claims they “believe that Jesus of Nazareth … is the fulfillment of those prophecies.” By denying His sacrifice at the cross, they have embraced a false gospel.

Christ was made sin for us and bore it in His body on the cross and died there (2 Cor. 5:21; 1Pet. 2:24). Just as the spotless lamb was killed during the Jewish Passover, He is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world (Jn. 1:30).

Through His death on the cross, redemption – purchase from the marketplace of sin and death – was made possible (1 Cor. 6:20). Through it, reconciliation and propitiation for man’s sins was achieved.

Without the cross of Christ there is no redemption, no forgiveness and no salvation. Consequently, Mormonism is a doomed ship taking millions to a Christless eternity.

7. A Rejection of the Blood of Jesus

It is true that the blood of the Son of God was shed for sins through the fall and those committed by men, yet men can commit sins which it [the blood of Christ] can never remit.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 4:54)

“…We may talk of men being redeemed by the efficacy of his [Christ’s] blood, but the truth is that that blood has no efficacy to wash away our sins. That must depend upon our own action” (Apostle Amasa Lyman, J of D 7:299).

This is simply the next logical step from a defective atonement.

If “the blood of Jesus…purifies us from all sin” and Jesus has “provided purification for sins,” there is no reason to claim that we can somehow add to its efficacy (1 Jn. 1:7; Heb. 1:3).

There is no amount of human action that can purge man from his sins. Conclusively, the “Jesus” of the LDS is not the Jesus revealed in the Bible.

 

Another Testament of Jesus Christ?

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints adheres to 4 sacred books – the Bible, the Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price and Doctrines and Covenants. Though they play lip service to the Bible, they revere their other “holy books” far more than it.

The Pearl of Great Price and Doctrines and Covenants are collections of the revelations of Joseph Smith and are doctrinal in nature (the latter includes the teachings of Smith’s successors, with dates and summary of the messages).

I will be focusing on the Book of Mormon here. The reason is because, it’s said to be the most accurate book.

Joseph Smith is quoted in its introduction saying it is “the most correct book on earth and the keystone of our religion … a man would get closer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book.”

If this gnomic claim is true, then it means the Bible is not a divine revelation. But if it’s false, then the book of Mormon must be exposed for what it is – a diabolic fraud.

The book of Mormon, said to be ‘Another Testament of Jesus’ and it is integral to the Latter Day Saints (LDS): “Take away The Book of Mormon and the revelations and where is our religion? We have none” (Mormon Doctrine, 1966, p. 99).

Since the New Testament proves its authenticity by its harmony with the Old Testament, and being a reliable record of eye-witnesses, this alleged “testament of Jesus” must also be judged by the same criteria.

Therefore, where it contradicts the Bible’s messages are false. These are the 3 criteria:

1. The book must be a record of eye witnesses.
2. It must be accurate historically, scientifically and logically.
3. It must be consistent with the Bible.

The book of Mormon contains the story of two great civilizations that lived in the Americas before Christopher Columbus’ discovery in 1492.

It talks about some ancient Jeredite people who originally lived around the tower of Babel. A prophet among them was told by God to build barges to travel across the ocean to the new world. After its completion, the people complained to the Lord that He had forgotten to put holes/windows in the barges, so He commanded them to be included.

The Jeredites left the Old World and landed in the place now called Central America and became a great civilization. But these people exterminated themselves and their civilization collapsed.

Then in 600 BC, a prophet Lehi was told by God to leave Jerusalem and come to the New World. He led the people and also landed in Central America where they built a large civilization.

Lehi had two sons: Laman and Nephi. Laman was wicked and was cursed by God with a black skin while the Nephites retained their white skin. As time went on, the descendants of Laman (the Lamanites) and Nephi (the Nephites) grew but constantly warred with each other.

The book also claims that Jesus came to the Nephites after His resurrection, preached the gospel to them and instituted baptism and other church ordinances.

The white-skinned Nephites were later wiped out by the black skinned Lamanites. But the last surviving Nephite, a man named Mormon, was said to have collected the history of his people and wrote them on golden plates which he buried in a hill in Palmyra, New York, before he was killed (Mormon 8:13-14).

It was these golden plates that Joseph Smith claimed he dug up as led by angel Moroni (allegedly Mormon in his past life) and translate from Reformed Egyptian into English using a pair of magical spectacles.

His translation of these golden plates is the present-day Book of Mormon (also called “the golden bible”). This is stated in the book itself:

And now behold, we have written this record according to our knowledge, in the characters which are called among us the reformed Egyptian…” (Mormon 9:32).

1. The book fails the criteria of witnesses.

Who was an eye witness to the events described in the book? Even more to the point, who saw these golden plates and witnessed their translation other than Joseph Smith?

The Book of Mormon Introduction includes two statements. The first is called “the testimony of the three witnesses” with their names, and the second, “the testimony of the eight witnesses” with their names – all claiming to have seen these golden plates.

The problem is, these first three witnesses were later excommunicated by Mormons who accused them of lying, stealing, cheating and counterfeiting, defrauding and persecuting Mormons (David Whitmer, An Address to All Believers in Christ, 1887, 27).

We can’t accept their testimonies. All of the second 8 witnesses – with the exception of Joseph’s father and two brothers – later left the Mormon church too. Thus, their witnesses are not tenable either.

The “Reformed Egyptian” language Smith claimed he translated the book from does not exist.

Even when he managed to obtain an Egyptian manuscript which he translated as “the book of Abraham,” he translated the name of an Egyptian moon god 107 different ways in different places in the text, none correctly. This heavily militates against his claims (Jerald and Sandra Tanner, Mormonism, Shadow or Reality? Utah Lighthouse Ministry, 1963, p. 321).

2. The book of Mormon – hailed as “the most accurate book on earth” – has undergone over 4,000 spelling, grammatical and textual corrections by Mormon leaders since it was produced.

Some of its texts also changed as Joseph Smith changed his theology. For example:

(a) In the 1830 version, the words in 1Nephi 11:8 were “the virgin thou seest is the mother of God” (Catholics would have loved this version) but the present versions now read: “the virgin thou seest is the mother of the Son of God.”

(b) The 1Nephi 11:21 in the 1830 version reads: “Behold the Lamb of God, yes, even the Eternal Father.” It now reads “Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father.

(c) In Mosiah 21:28, the word there initially was “King Benjamin” but now it reads “King Mosiah.”

How can these changing words be God’s inspired word? Truth does not change. A book inspired by God doesn’t need corrections, additions or subtraction.

The book of Mormon is also plagued with historical blunders:

a) It says prophet Lehi and his family found a large valley and a river that emptied into the Red Sea where they rested and were refreshed, when they were traveling from Jerusalem.

There is no such valley in history and there was no river anywhere along the shore of the Red Sea (Gordon Fraser, What Does the Book of Mormon Teach?, Moody, 1964, p. 33).

b) The book mentions weapons of warfare, including bows and arrows being used in the Americas around 400 A.D.

The problem here is, bows and arrows were not in America until after 1000 A.D. The archaeological blunders in the book are mind-boggling.

c) It claims the people in the Old World were using steel and weapons and tools before 600BC. But steel was not invented or processed until 1856. (Wallbank and Taylor, Civilization Past and Present, Chicago, 1956, 327-328).

d) The book describes the Americas as a well-developed civilization:

“The whole face of the land had become covered with buildings and the people were as numerous… as the sand of the sea” (Mormon 1:7).

It also speaks of the people owning “silks, and of fine linen… oxen and cows, and of sheep, and of swine, and of goats… horses and asses, and there were elephants…” (Ether 9:17-19) and “ships, temples like Solomon’s synagogues, sanctuaries all built after the manner of the Jews” (Heldman 3:14, 2Nep 5:15-16).

These are fanciful creations of Joseph Smith’s fertile mind. The population of the Americas wasn’t that as high, and there were no pigs, cows, goats, horses, chariots or silk in America before 1492!

e) If the Jews were the ancestors of the American Indians, why are there are no remains or traces of Jewish temples or anything that could be identified with the civilization described in the book of Mormon?

The book claims American Indians are Jews with black skin, but Anthropology has established that the Indians are Mongoloid in origin and their skins are not black.

The old inhabitants of the Americas were the Incas, Aztecs and the Mayas. None of these are mentioned in the book of Mormon, but rather speaks of Jaredites, Lamanites and Nephites. Again, this “another testament of Jesus” is shown to be a false revelation.

The book of Mormon’s claims of having been originally written on golden tablets are legends, but most scholars have come to the conclusion that the book of Mormon was originally a romantic fiction novel written by Solomon Spaulding (1761-1816), which Joseph Smith stole and reworked by inserting some “religious” material into it.

A handwriting analysis of the original text of the book reveals that the bulk of the manuscript was from the handwriting of Spaulding, and not Smith.

The book of Mormon revealed nothing new. The idea of the Jews migrating to the New World was first mentioned by Menasseh Ben Israel, an occult Kabbalist, in his book, The Hope of Israel in 1650.

Another evidence that the book of Mormon was a late work can be seen in how it used Elizabethan English from the King James Version and even plagiarizes over 27,000 words (including its mistranslations) from it. The book of Mormon was obviously formulated by someone who lived after 1611 and had access to the KJV.

3. The book also contradicts the Bible in several places.

(a) In Numbers 21:5-9, Moses says God sent “fiery serpents” into the camp of Israel to punish them.

The book of Mormon says they were “fiery flying serpents” (1Nephi 17:41). Such ridiculous stuff.

(b) The book of Mormon glorifies the original sin by saying Adam and Eve sinned in order to have children as God commanded (2 Neph. 2:22-25). So they had no joy or peace until they sinned!

(c) It teaches that remission of sins is by baptism (3 Neph. 12:2). But the Bible says this is done by faith in the blood of Christ (Acts 10:43, 16:30).

This book teaches salvation by works which is a false gospel (Eph. 2:8, Gal. 1:8).

(d) It claims Jesus was born in Jerusalem (Alma 7:9-10). But the Bible says it’s in Bethlehem (Matt 2:1, Mic. 5:2).

(e) God said that the Jews will retain their identity till the end of time. They will not “evolve” into another people, till He brings them into their own land (Num. 23:9, Ezk. 37:21), but the book of Mormon claims the Jews evolved into American Indians, a claim that has no scientific backing.

Conclusively, the book of Mormon is not “another testament of Jesus” but a false revelation from the devil.