What Are The True Beliefs of Biblical Christianity?

Mormon Church - Denomination, Cult, or World Religion?

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The Church of Jesus Christ The Latter Day Saints or “LDS” or “Mormons” claim that they are not only Christian, but according to Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and a score of other LDS writings, they are the only “true” church.

When someone attempts to inform others of the FULL belief system of Mormonism i.e. the doctrine that missionaries won’t share with people at their doorstep, they are typically branded as “anti” Mormon but really, if this were the case, then anytime a missionary seeks to share what they hold to be the truth and diminish what another believes - are they then “anti” everything else?

No, they are attempting to share what they (the missionaries) hold to be true and attempt to give good reasons for this “truth” and, so are those of us who attempt to share insights for the full belief system of the LDS faith. Which perception of truth holds up to scrutiny?

Since this site is dedicated to “truth for saints” I thought it prudent to examine these “truth” claims for the LDS church to see if this belief system is indeed:

  • A. Christian (in the Biblical sense)
  • B. The “True” Church (as they claim to be)
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  1. THE CANON - LDS apologists contend that several of the books of the Bible were not accepted as Scripture until the 'councils'. However, the method by which a scroll or parchment was accepted as "Scripture" was in truth, determined by the following process:

    1. AUTHENTICITY: Self – authenticating quality

      1. All books of the Old Testament are quoted by Jesus

      2. New Testament authors quote each other’s writings as authoritative

    2. ACCEPTANCE: Commonly received as Scripture by the people of its time in both the OT and the NT

      1. Commonly used in Christian worship (Col 4:16 commonly circulated) c.f. Athanasius “Festal Letter” 367 A.D.


    3. APOSTOLIC: Apostolic authority – direct ties to an Apostle or a close associate of an Apostle i.e. Mark, Luke

    4. ANTIQUITY: Books/writings had to be verifiably proven to date to a time consistent with its author.

      1. This is one of the reasons why the “Gospel of Thomas” was rejected along with the fact that it did not agree with the rest of revealed Scripture, primarily because it was written by Gnostics who were opposed to Christianity

      2. The Old Testament is taken directly from the Hebrew Canon which was in existence, in its entirety, 400+ years prior to Jesus coming to earth

    5. AGREEMENT: Internal consistency – 66 books, over 40 authors in 3 languages on 3 continents yet none of which contradict one another

      1. This fact remains despite atheists’ feeble and failing attempts to prove otherwise

      2. This same principle is not, however, adhered to or demonstrated by Mormon or Muslim scriptures


  2. RELIABILITY: LDS claims that 'wicked priests' changed the Bible and removed "precious truths" (Book of Mormon — 1 Nephi 13:26-29; Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 3, pp. 190-191) However, the following facts still remain need to be accounted for:

    1. CONSISTENCY: Internal with itself (no contradictions) and externally with science and history

      1. The Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, and Doctrine and Covenants do not share this characteristic as I demonstrate below

    2. ARCHAEOLOGICAL SUPPORT: Voluminous evidence verifying every monetary unit, culture, city, people  etc.

      1. Smithsonian Institute: famous for its antagonism of Christianity and suppression of evidence that is contrary to evolution, clearly states that many of the lands, cultures, cities, towns, objects, monetary units, mentioned in the Bible have been proven to exist by way of archaeological findings

      2. The Smithsonian Institute also declares that no archaeological evidence exists whatsoever for the claims of the Book of Mormon

      3. The evidence shows no indication that a Semitic language was written or spoken in North America prior to the arrival of Jews in modern times which is contrary to the claims of Joseph Smith in the Book of Mormon.

    3. MANUSCRIPT SUPPORT: 24,633 manuscripts dating back to the Ryland Fragment circa 150AD!

    4. PROPHETIC SUPPORT: 61 major prophecies fulfilled to a tee in Jesus

    5. Outside of citing the claims of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young in the early to mid 19th century, not a single Mormon “scholar” or apologist has ever demonstrated an exact or even an approximate time in history where these “lost truths” existed and then were supposedly, suddenly removed from all Christian Scripture, liturgy and doctrine.

      1. Not a single Apostle or Church Father ever made mention of the supposed “precious truth” that God was once a man and grew into God and that man will grow into a god himself etc.

      2. Not a single Apostle or Church Father ever made mention of the supposed “precious truth” that Jesus was making widespread appearances on a continent across the earth

      3. Not a single Apostle or Church Father ever made mention of the supposed “precious truth” that Jesus was the spirit-brother of Lucifer (as opposed to Lucifer’s Creator as Scripture says)

      4. Not a single Apostle or Church Father ever made mention of the supposed “precious truth” that the universe is full of gods that came from other gods back into eternity without beginning.

      5. These heresies which were first mentioned by Joseph Smith and Brigham Young were never even alluded to by a single one of the 12 Apostles, nor any of their close associates: John-Mark, Luke, Timothy, Titus, nor a single church father or apologist like Clement of Rome, Polycarp, Irenaeus, Ignatius, Clement of Alexandria, Chrysostom, Tertullian, Origen, Jerome, Augustine, Eusebius, nor Gregory the Great - All of whom trace a direct doctrinal and liturgical line from 30 AD to 600 AD without breaking.


  3. GREAT APOSTASY: LDS prophets beginning with Joseph Smith, claim there was a 'great apostasy'. (Gospel Principles, pp. 105-106; Mormon Doctrine, p. 44). However, there doesn't seem to be an answer to a simple question: When did this happen? Again, here are some facts that Joseph Smith failed to take into account prior to making his claim, or better termed, accusation:

    1. As I mention above, there is an unbroken line of teaching and teachers:

      1. 30-33 AD (the time of Jesus Himself)

      2. 33-95 AD Apostles

      3. 95-165 Polycarp, Justin Martyr, Clement of Rome

      4. 165-284 Iraneus, Origen

      5. 328-430 Athanasius, Chrysostom, St. Jerome, Augustine

    2. The early church fathers passed the consistent teaching of Scripture to the reformers

      1. 16th century - Wycliff, Hus, 14th cent. ; Martin Luther, Jean Calvin

      2. 17th century - John Bunyan

      3. 18th century - John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards (contemporaries of Joseph Smith)

      4. 19th century - C.H. Spurgeon, D.L. Moody

      5. 20th century - C.S Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, F.F. Bruce


  4. DENOMINATIONS: LDS claims that all other denominations are an abomination to God.
        (v19 “I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me
    said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt - Joseph Smith, History lds.org
    )

    1. Lutherans, Methodists, Church of England (Anglican), Presbyterians, Anabaptists, Baptists, Evangelical Independent Denominations

      1. All of which comprise the vast majority of historical Christian orthodoxy.

    2. The above list (though not exhaustive) are all agreed on the basic essentials of the faith:

      1. God is triune: One God in Three Persons which is consistent with Scripture as opposed to Mormon theology which believes in 3 gods - one in purpose according to Brigham Young

      2. Jesus is God the Son, Creator of everything which is consistent with Scripture as opposed to Mormon theology which teaches that Jesus was the spirit brother of Lucifer (satan) according to Joseph Smith

      3. The Holy Spirit is God in keeping with the Bible as opposed to Mormon theology which teaches that He is either a “god” or an “impersonal force” c.f. Jehovah’s Witness “divine spark”

    3. The orthodox denominations might differ is on the non-essentials i.e. method of worship, methods of edification of the church i.e ways of applying the gifts of the Spirit, free will v. God's will emphasis...etc. but they still hold to the following Biblical historical Christian essentials:

      1. Triune God without beginning or end, Deity of Jesus co-eternal co-creator with the Father and the Holy Spirit, Salvation by Grace through Faith in the person and finished work of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary, bodily resurrection of Jesus.

      2. Conversely, LDS doctrine rejects the above essentials outright. It is primarily for this reason that Bible-believing Christians of orthodoxy, on the whole, rejects Mormonism as a cult that formed around the misguided charisma of a man named Joseph Smith even though, the LDS faith attempts to portray itself as just another "Christian" denomination


  5. HISTORY: Mormon History according to Mormon and other external historical records tend to paint a very dark picture of the foundations of Mormonism:

    1. Prior to starting his own church, Joseph Smith was a treasure seeker and a member of the Masons (an anti-Biblical mystical fraternity)

    2. Smith claimed to go into the forest to find the true church and, like Mohammad, was overwhelmed by a strange frightening ‘power’ and ‘presence’ and thereafter received a vision of God and Jesus

    3. In this vision god told him to join no church for they are all an abomination to god. So how can Mormons just be “one of us” denominations when we are supposedly all bad!? They aren’t. We aren’t.

    4. Smith claims to have received some ancient plates with Egyptian Hieroglyphics and the Urim and Thummim

    5. From these he translated the Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, and Doctrine and Covenants.

    6. Mormons taught and practiced polygamy and were subsequently chased out of Pennsylvania, Ohio (where Smith was killed in a gunfight)

    7. Brigham Young took over the movement and they migrated west along the Oregon Trail

    8. They came into the Salt Lake Valley and Brigham said his famous, "This is the place"

    9. The church settled there with Brigham at the helm

    10. The presidency passed to chosen men from the "12 Mormon apostles"

    11. The Mormons settled into Idaho, Nevada, and Utah - all 3 states heavily LDS in population today.

    12. Mormonism, although claiming 501c3 status as a recipient of members’ tithes, owns profitable multi-billion dollar businesses like ZCMIs, Banks, etc all tax-free

    13. This Mormon foundational history stands in stark contrast to the beautiful and pure foundations of Biblical Christianity but is quite comparable to Roman Catholicism and Islam in its non-Biblical hierarchy and antagonism toward Bible-based doctrine (i.e. The teachings of Jesus Himself, The Holy Spirit inspiration of the Apostolic fathers and their writings, their martyrdom and the martyrdom of other believing saints, etc.)
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VI. DOCTRINES of Mormonism - What do Mormons believe?
  • Because LDS churches have the name “Church of Jesus Christ” on the front of the building it does not necessarily mean that the Jesus mentioned is the Jesus Christ of the Bible (which we shall see).
  • People can believe what they want to believe and no one can or should “force” or “coerce” someone to believe a particular belief. However, it is disingenuous to make the claim that the LDS faith is the “same faith” as Biblical Christianity, or even “one of the denominations” of Christianity at all.
  • The doctrines below, outline the major differences of the Mormon god, the Mormon Jesus, and Mormon doctrine versus the Biblical God, The Biblical Jesus, and Biblical doctrine of the historical Christian church.

  1. Who is god, according to Mormon writings?

    1. God came from a planet near a star named Kolob which is “nigh unto” him.

      1. LDS Source: Pearl of Great Price: Abraham 3:1-9)

      2. CONTRARY TO THE BIBLE which says:

        1. The Lord said to David, “The heaven and earth cannot hold Me, what house shall you build for me?

        2. God created all things seen and unseen (even a star named Kolob and surrounding planets if such existed)


    2. God came here to Earth as a baby and grew into God

      1. LDS Source: Teachings of the Prophet  Joseph Smith, J.F. Smith pp345-346

      2. LDS Source: Life of Lorenzo Snow, Dr. Thomas Romney p46

      3. LDS Source: Articles of Faith, James Talmage p430

      4. CONTRARY TO THE BIBLE which says:

        1. God is Eternal: God is without beginning and end (Alpha and Omega)

        2. God is Immutable: There is no change in God whatsoever

        3. God is not a man (i.e. baby) that He should lie

        4. God created the heavens and earth with a word from His mouth (he didn’t come as a baby to something He created)


    3. There are many gods and goddesses in the heavens

      1. LDS Source: Pearl of Great Price: Abraham 4:1-31

      2. CONTRARY TO THE BIBLE which says:

        1. Isaiah 43:11 - “There is no other God besides me, I know not one” says the Lord

        2. If there were other supposed gods which are not gods but rather demons.


    4. Mormons deny the Biblical Christian concept of One God in Three persons and teach/believe instead in three gods with one purpose

      1. LDS Source: Mormon Doctrine, Bruce Mckonkie p576-577

      2. LDS Source: Teaching of the Prophet Joeseph Smith, JF Smith p370

      3. CONTRARY TO THE BIBLE which says:

        1. Isaiah 43:11 - There is no other God besides Me, I know not one” says the Lord

        2. If there were other supposed gods which are not gods but rather demons.

        3. Hear O Israel the Lord your God is One.

        4. Jesus is God: “If you have seen Me you have seen the Father” “The Father and I are One”; Colossians 1:15,16

        5. The Holy Spirit is God: You have not lied to man but to God



  2. Who is Jesus, according to Mormon books?

    1. Jesus is one of many 'spirit sons' of God

      1. LDS Source: Mormon Doctrine, Bruce McConkie p192,590

      2. LDS Source: Gospel Principles, pp. 17-18

      3. CONTRARY TO THE BIBLE which says:

        1. Jesus is God John 14:9 - “If you have seen Me you have seen the Father” John 10:30 - “The Father and I are One”; Colossians 2:9 - “In Jesus, the FULLNESS of the Godhead dwells BODILY”

        2. John 1:1 - Jesus is God and Creator of all.

        3. 1 John 4:9 - Jesus is the ONLY begotten Son (not one of many)

        4. John 8:24 - Jesus says that believing in the wrong Jesus results in eternal separation from God i.e. dying in one’s sins (hell)


    2. Jesus and Lucifer (satan) are spirit brothers

      1. LDS Source: Mormon Doctrine, Bruce McConkie p192,590

      2. CONTRARY TO THE BIBLE which says:

        1. John 1:3 - All things were made through Jesus and nothing was made outside of Him.

        2. Colossians 1:15,16 In Jesus and by Jesus, ALL things in heaven and earth, seen and unseen were made (including satan/devil/Lucifer)


    3. Both ’brothers’ offered plans, Lucifer's was rejected, and he then rebelled taking a third of heaven’s angels with him

      1. LDS Source: Gospel Through The Ages, Milton Hunter p15

      2. LDS Source: ”Pearl of Great Price", Book of Moses  4:1-3

      3. CONTRARY TO THE BIBLE which says:

        1. Rom 13:8 Whom He slain before the world’s foundation (only one plan and it was long before anything was created)

        2. Isaiah 14:12-14 - Lucifer’s only “plan” was (as Mormons plan) that he could be as God - it was THIS pride that caused him to be cast down.


    4. Jesus' plan was accepted and he came to Earth ()

      1. LDS Source: ”Pearl of Great Price", Book of Moses  4:1-3

      2. CONTRARY TO THE BIBLE which says:

        1. Rom 13:8 Whom He slain before the world’s foundation (only one plan and it was long before anything was created)

        2. No “separate plan” at all - Jesus thinks and says what the Father thinks and says John 10:30 - “I and My Father are ONE”


    5. god’ cannot create man because man's spirit has always existed

      1. LDS Source: Doctrines and Covenants 93:29

      2. LDS Source: Book of Abraham 3:22-23

      3. LDS Source: Teachings of the prophet Joseph Smith, JF Smith p354

      4. CONTRARY TO THE BIBLE which says:

        1. Genesis 2:7 - God created man from the dust of the earth and breathed air into his nostrils

        2. Isaiah 45:12 - God says clearly: “It is I who MADE the earth and CREATED man upon it - I stretched out the heavens with My hands and I ordained their host.” All heavens and earth created by God - including man as it is recorded in Genesis above.


    6. Man has no beginning but grows from man into God – (see above references plus the following:)

      1. LDS Source: Mormon Doctrine p321

      2. LDS Source: Doctrines & Covenants 132:20-21

      3. LDS Source: Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p347, 374

      4. LDS Source: Articles of Faith, p530

      5. CONTRARY TO THE BIBLE which says:

        1. Genesis 2:7 - God created man from the dust of the earth and breathed air into his nostrils

        2. Job 33:4 - It is the SPIRIT of God who has made me and the Almighty GIVES ME LIFE.


    7. The "true" Gospel was supposedly “lost” from the Earth and was “restored” by Joseph Smith.

      1. LDS Source: Doctrines of Salvation vol 3 pp 265-326

      2. LDS Source: Doctrine & Covenants 112:23


    8. Salvation is automatically applied for Adamic sin; the rest of the Mormon’s day-to-day sin requires works

      1. LDS Source: Articles of Faith, James E. Talmage p85, 91, 92

      2. for a definition/explanation of ’works' see references below


    9. Accepting the doctrines and ordinances of Mormonism results in true salvation

      1. LDS Source: Gospel Principles, p. 303-304

      2. LDS Source: Pearl of Great Price  - Third Article of Faith

      3. LDS Source: Mormon Doctrine, pp. 339, 671

      4. LDS Source: Book of Mormon — 2 Nephi 25:23


    10. Those who died without hearing the Mormon "gospel" have an opportunity to hear
              after dying

      1. LDS Source: Mormon Doctrine, pp. 686-687

      2. LDS Source: D. & C. 76:73-74

      3. Misquoted Bible References: I Peter 3:18-21, 4:6


    11. Baptism for the dead is necessary for salvation: Living LDS members are baptized on behalf of the dead

      1. Doctrine & Covenants 128:15

      2. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Joseph Fielding Smith p193

      3. Articles of Faith, p152


  3. Mormon doctrine authority

    1. What are the Mormon ’scriptures'?

      1. Book of Mormon – Comprised of supposed accounts of Jesus visit to the "Indians" of North America. However, not a single artefact has been found to support a single story.

      2. Pearl of Great Price – Contains Abraham in Egypt; Articles of Faith; History etc.

      3. Doctrines and Covenants – compilation of ecclesiastical constitution for LDS church

      4. Bible –  King James Version or Joseph Smith Translation are the only accepted versions.

        1. The Bible is only used in so far as it supports what the founder’s writings declare - just like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Scientists, Bahai Faith, Islam, etc.

        2. Because, like most cults, Mormons believe the Bible to corrupt, it is the least of all LDS scripture.


    2. Who are and who were the Mormon ‘prophets’?

      1. The Mormons, like most cults, begin from the endeavour of a powerful/charismatic personality who controlled the scope of investigation and questioning considered “allowed” by the cult.

      2. Prophet is the same as the 'President' with similar authority as Catholic Pope

        1. Joseph Smith received his revelation and interpreted them privately by peeking into a hat so no one else could see what he was “seeing”

          1. LDS Source: David Whitmer, An Address to All Believers in Christ, Richmond, Mo.: n.p., 1887, p. 12. - “Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light; and in the darkness the spiritual light would shine. A piece of something resembling parchment would appear, and on that appeared the writing. One character at a time would appear, and under it was the interpretation in English. Brother Joseph would read off the English to Oliver Cowdery, who was his principal scribe, and when it was written down and repeated to Brother Joseph to see if it was correct, then it would disappear, and another character with the interpretation would appear. ”

          2. LDS Source: The Saints' Herald, May 19, 1888, p. 310 - Emma Smith, Joseph Smith's wife, related the following to her son: "In writing for your father I frequently wrote day after day, after sitting by the table close by him, he sitting with his face buried in his hat, with the stone in it, and dictating hour after hour with nothing between us"


        2. CONTRARY TO THE BIBLE WHICH SAYS: 2Pet 1:20 'No scripture came by private interpretation...but men spoke by God...'

        3. Many prophecies of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young failed and did not come to pass

          1. Inhabitants on the Moon Prophecy

            1. Oliver B. Huntington, a devout LDS contemporary of Joseph Smith, stated that Smith
                          taught,"The inhabitants of  the moon are more of a uniform size than the inhabitants
                          of the earth, being six feet in height. They dress very much like the Quaker style and
                          are quite general in style or fashion of dress. They live to be very old; coming generally;
                          near a thousand years. This is the description of them as given by Joseph (Smith)
                          the Seer, and he could see whatever he asked the Father in the name of Jesus to see"
                         
              (Journal of Oliver B. Huntington, Vol. II, p. 166).

            2. In over 60 years of close observation of the moon and its surface, no inhabitants found.


          2. Inhabitants of the Sun

            1. Brigham Young, second LDS Prophet, said, "Who can tell us of the inhabitants of this
                          little planet that shines on an evening, called the Moon?... When you inquire about the
                          inhabitants of that sphere you find that the most learned are as ignorant in regard to
                          them as the most ignorant of their fellows. So it is with regard to the inhabitants of the
                          Sun. Do you think it is inhabited? I rather think it is. Do you think there is any life
                          there? No question about it; it was not made in vain"

                          (Journal of Discourses Vol. XIII, p. 271).

            2. This is a Prophet speaking here. His word is supposedly the word of the LDS god and
                          The Prophet is as infallible as the LDS god (c.f. Roman Catholic Pope) see below:
                          • Brigham Young, "I have never yet preached a sermon and sent it out to the children
                              of men, that they may not call Scripture"
              (Ibid., p. 95).
                          • This "Scripture" about men on the moon as well as the Sun by Brigham Young
                              ought to raise eyebrows about Brigham Young's inspired messages.


          3. Second Coming Predictions

            1. Wilford Woodruff, fourth LDS Prophet said on June 27, 1875, "I believe there are many
                          children now living in the mountains of Israel (Utah) who will never taste death, that is,
                          they will dwell on the earth at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ"
                         
              (J. of D., Vol.18, p. 37).

            2. On June 6, 1880, Woodruff again said, "We live in the generation itself when Jesus
                          Christ will come in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory"
                         
              (J. of D., Vol. 21, p. 124).

            3. Woodruff died on Sept. 2, 1898, and all the children he spoke of in 1875 are now dead.
                          Therefore, Woodruff's predictions are false. 

            4. Compare this "prophecy" with the clear teaching given in 1Thessalonians 5:1-3
                          concerning the truth that no date will ever be given concerning the Second Coming
                          because of the obvious fact that Jesus will come like a thief in the night.


        4. CONTRARY TO THE BIBLE WHICH SAYS: If a thing is said that does not come to pass do not be afraid of that prophet for I did not send him


      3. The Historic line of LDS Men Who Claimed to be or were declared the Mormon 'Prophet'

        1. Joseph Smith 1830-1844

        2. Brigham Young 1844-1877

        3. John Taylor 1877-1887

        4. Wilford Woodruff 1887-1898

        5. Lorenzo Snow 1898-1901

        6. Joseph F. Smith 1901-1918

        7. Heber J. Grant 1918-1945

        8. George Albert Smith 1945-1951

        9. David O. McKay 1951-1970

        10. Joseph Fielding Smith 1970-1972

        11. Harold B. Lee 1972-1973

        12. Spencer W. Kimball 1973-1985

        13. Ezra Taft Benson 1985-1994

        14. Howard W. Hunter 1994-1995

        15. Gordon B. Hinckley 1995-present


        
VI. ISSUES and INCONSISTENCIES of Mormonism: Serious problems that should be considered.      

  1. Internal issues of Mormon Authority

    1. Conflict within what the LDS Prophet says and LDS scriptures say. 

      1. LDS Prophet:
                LDS Scriptures: Alma 34:33-35
        – No chance for salvation after death
               
                                    2 Nephi 28:21-22; Mosiah 2:39; 3:25 – The devil teaches 'no hell'

      2. LDS Prophet:
                LDS Scriptures: Mosiah 7:27; D&C 38:1-3
        – Christ was the God, the Father of all things
                                        Alma 18:26-28; 22:9-11 – God is a spirit

      3. LDS Prophet:
                LDS Scriptures: Moses 2:26a
        – God MADE man in His own image
                                        Mormon 9:9-11, 19; Moroni 7:22 – God has ALWAYS been God

      4. LDS Prophet:
                LDS Scriptures: D&C 20:19,28; 2 Nephi 31:21; 3Nephi 11:36
        – There is only ONE God


  2. External issues of Mormon Authority:

    1. Though many archaeologists LDS and secular have tried and tried, still not one monetary
              unit or civilization, city, people etc has been found in any of the sites mentioned in
              the Book of Mormon

    2. Smithsonian Institute states in publicly distributed statements that there is no connection
              between the Book of Mormon and Central and South American archeology
              (where the events supposedly took place) SIL - 76 Rev. May 1980

    3. Changes to LDS Scripture – about 4000 changes to the Book of Mormon
              since the 1830 edition appeared. This is a curious bit of information, considering that all
              of the odd, extra-biblical teachings of Mormon are predicated on Joe Smith's claim that the
              Bible can't be trusted because it had been "changed" by wicked priests.

      1. 1830 Book of Mormon "And he said unto me,  Behold, the virgin which thou seest,
                                is the mother of God
         ....first book of Nephi, P. 25
                Current Book of Mormon: "And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is
                                the mother of the Son of God...
        I Nephi 11:18-21)

      2. 1830 Book of Mormon "And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me again, saying,
                                    look! And I looked and beheld the Lamb of God, that he was taken by the
                                    people; yea, the Everlasting God..."
        First Book of Nephi, p.26.
                Current Book of Mormon: "...that he was taken by the people; yea, the Son of the
                                everlasting God."
        INephi 11:32

      3. 1830 Book of Mormon "And now limhi was again filled with joy, on learning from the
                                mouth of ammon that King Benjamin had a gift from God..."

                                Book of Mosiah, P. 200

                Current Book of Mormon: "...filled with joy in learning from the mouth of Ammon that
                               King Mosiah had a gift from God..."


TWIN Faiths: Islam and Mormonism - Odd Similarities between a world religion and a cult

An astounding number of likenesses exist between two very unlikely spiritual bedfellows: Islam and Mormonism. I thought I had stumbled on to these similarities myself and was all ready to plant a flag for my discovery when, after minimal research, it became quite obvious that most of these striking similarities were written about as early as 1873! And of course there are scores of web sites that log even more comparisons than the ones I've found below...all the same, its still a very interesting correlation which sheds great light on the journey from the status of cult to a profoundly greater status of world religion (which I believe Mormonism is becoming in its own right).

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  1. Both faiths were founded by a single solitary young man - Muhammad for Islam and Joseph Smith for Mormonism; Each claiming to be God's "last great prophet"

  2. Both men were disgruntled with their previous religion: Mohammad with Arabian Polytheism and Smith with Episcopal Christianity. Yet both incorporated polytheist symbols and practices into their church "liturgy"

  3. Both men claimed extra-Biblical 'secret' revelation from God by way of supernatural apparition and both claimed that these revelations came as a result of receiving a visit or visits from an angel;
    Mohammed - claimed to be visited by the angel Gabriel and Smith claimed to be visited by the angel "Moroni".

  4. Both men discredited the Bible as being "changed by wicked and corrupt priests" (neither gave a date for such a change, a person who changed it, or a specific passage that was 'corrupted’)

  5. Both men wrote a book that contained their secret revelations. Muhammad wrote the Quran and Smith wrote the "Book of Mormon"

  6. Apologists for Islam claim that such a complicated work from such a young uneducated Mohammad is proof of the Quran's divine inspiration. Apologists for Mormonism claim that such a complicated work from such a young uneducated Joseph Smith is proof of the Book of Mormon's divine inspiration

  7. Christian apologists find neither work to be much of a literary accomplishment as both books borrow and/or plagiarize heavily from the Bible - the very book that both authors condemned as untrustworthy.

  8. The Christology (The person of Christ) of both faiths varies wildly from the Biblical Christology. Islam - Jesus is a prophet only not the Son of God (biblical view); Mormonism - Jesus is one of many gods (not God Almighty) and is the spirit brother of Lucifer/satan (not the creator of Satan as the Bible states)

  9. Both Islam and Mormonism had splits after the death of their founder based on disputed blood lineage of the faith's successor. Islam - Sunni/Shi'ite and Mormonism - Latter Day Saints/Reorganized Latter Day Saints

  10. Both faiths have an infamous tie to the date 9/11 - Islam - Islamic fundamentalists cowardly attacked two buildings in New York and slaughtered over 3000 unsuspecting men, women, and children on 9/11/2001 while many Muslims throughout the Middle East were photographed dancing in the streets in celebration. Mormonism - Mormon militia (under the authority of Brigham Young) cowardly attacked 140 unsuspecting men, women, and children as they passed through Southern Utah in covered wagons on 9/11/1857. The Mormon church has tried desperately over the years to revise this blood bath out of historical existence, but the historical record of the "Meadow Valley Massacre" survives to this day.

  11. Both faiths have attempted to erect a monument/memorial to themselves on or quite near the exact site of their most infamous 9/11 atrocities.

  12. Both Mohammad and Smith claimed to be "restoring true religion" to the earth because "Judaism (Islam) and Christianity (Mormonism) disagreed among themselves which was evidence that they were incorrect and illegitimate and therefore true religion was "lost from the earth" and thus both Muhammad and Smith claimed to "restore true religion" to the earth, which was nice of them.

  13. Both Mohammad and Smith were polygamists and made polygamy a major part of their newly introduced faiths.

  14. Both men made the claim that their newly "revealed" books were the most perfect ever written. Then subsequently after the prophet's death both works underwent significant changes and edits.

  15. Both leaders, Mohammad and Joseph Smith, had chief lieutenants defect from the faith while under their leadership citing “issues” around the translation process of their definitive religious writings: the Qu’ran and the Book of Mormon.