Questions to Ask Momons Pt 1: What is the Origin of the Book of Mormon?
As a the story goes, Joe Smith was a young boy searching for truth, but alas there were so many religions that he didn’t know which one was true,so he prayed asking God to tell him which church he should join. In one of about either 9 or 11 versions depending on who you talk to in Mormon circle, an angel named Moroni told Joseph that none were correct and he should join none of them.
There are variations to the story Joseph shared in regards to who appeared and their identity. However if Joseph was looking for truth in the Methodist faith, he should have had access to a Bible at some point. Joseph was eventually given Gold Plates that were a History of the people of those who lived in the Americas. Mormon Chapter 8:2-9
For a better History on this check out the videos DNA vs the Book of Mor mon and The Bible Vs The Book of Mormon.
After all, 16 Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. 2 Timothy 3:16 (MSG)
If Joseph was looking for truth, this would have been a great place to start. There is one passage that stops Mormonism in its tracks and even if some would say that Joseph Smith didn’t know the Bible, which I would agree, there is no reasonable excuse for those seeking truth to miss this today. Bibles are easy to get today and although Joe could have used the reasoning that he did not have a copy to refer to, we cannot.
Here it is in three different versions,… the King James which the Mormons do use, the New Living Translation which is a modern translation and the Message, which in not a translation but a paraphrase. You will notice that they go from a more literal to what is called “Dynamic Equivalence” and paraphrase to make the reading a but more understandable.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any manpreach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8-9 (KJV)
8 Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. 9 I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed. Galatians 1:8-9 (NLT)
8 Let me be blunt: If one of us—even if an angel from heaven!—were to preach something other than what we preached originally, let him be cursed. 9 I said it once; I’ll say it again: If anyone, regardless of reputation or credentials, preaches something other than what you received originally, let him be cursed. Galatians 1:8-9 (MSG)
This should settle it.
As I make future posts, I want to make something clear, Mormons are not bad people, they are family oriented and would be great to have as your neighbor and in your circle of friends, that being said, Mormonism simply has too many unasnswered questions. Paul said it best, and I hope that this will get some to consider what they believe.
“For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.” Romans 2:10
Next Question: Do you have Maps in your Bible? or Have you been to Jershon?