The last few posts focused on Joseph Smith and why he was a deceiver, an occultist, and his “first vision” was a lie that grew over time. Now I will take a look at the Book Mormon missionaries will tell you is comparable to the Bible.
ASSESSING THE BOOK OF MORMON
After God supposedly commissioned Joseph Smith, he was visited by the angel Moroni and told about some golden plates. These plates were the recorded history of the plight of the Jewish people as they came to North America and were visited by Jesus Christ. The golden plates were then translated by Joseph Smith as he peered into a hat with the sides drawn around his head and using two stones, Urim and Thummim. This work today is known as the Book of Mormon.
The Book of Mormon is the history of two people groups who came to the Americas. The first group left just after the tower of Babel in Genesis 11. They were called the Jaredites. They became a powerful nation in America. However, after many centuries’ of wickedness they annihilated themselves.
Hundreds of years later, a second group of people of Hebrew decent arrived in the Americas led by Lehi. God had told him to flee Jerusalem just prior to the Babylonian captivity (around 600 BC). After Lehi’s death two of his sons, Nephi and Laman, took over. Some people gave their allegiance to Nephi, others to Laman. The Book of Mormon describes these two Hebrew people groups as the Nephites and the Lamanites. After many battles between the two groups, by the 5th century A.D., the Laminates finally destroyed the Nephites at the battle of the Hill Cumorah. According to Mormon belief, the descendants of the Lamanites are the Native Americans.
Moroni, who was the son of Mormon, was the last living Nephite. He recorded the events of this time period and buried the record of his people in the Hill Cumorah, which is located near present-day Palmyra in upstate New York. This record was written on golden plates and was later discovered and translated into the Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith.
Is the Book of Mormon a true account of an ancient group of Hebrews who inhabited North America and were visited by Jesus Christ? If a Mormon was asked this question the standard answer is for you to pray over the Book of Mormon to see if it is true. Maybe you’ve been asked to do that by a Mormon. They believe God will give confirmation of its truthfulness by a burning in the bosom.
Is this how we should test the accuracy and the truthfulness of the Book or Mormon? Actually the Bible says differently. In 1 Thess. 5:21(NIV) the Apostle Paul writes, “Test everything. Hold on to the good.” To test something is to look for verification or evidence for whether something is true or false. Paul says when we find something is true and good, we are to hold onto it. Essentially, the Bible says instead of praying over the Book of Mormon, we need to look for evidence. So what is the proof the Book of Mormon is from God? My next series of posts will deal with this question.
 McKeever & Johnson, “Mormonism 101,” Baker Books, Michigan, 2002, pg. 106
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