by Rocky Hulse
I truly enjoy the Christmas Season and all that it entails. I love singing the traditional hymns and carols of Christmas. So many of the old traditional hymns tell of the various aspects of that most significant event, the birth of our Savior. In all of its simplicity, no greater contrast exists between Christianity and Mormonism, than the first verse of Silent Night:
Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace; sleep in heavenly peace.
I am quite sure that during this past holiday season the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was seen on many prominent TV shows and you probably heard them sing this song. Of a surety, Mormon Chapels across the world sang this song also. WHY? Why do the Mormons sing this song when their doctrine, espoused by their Prophets and Apostles, directly contradicts and denies the virgin birth of our Lord and Savior!
Here are 6 quotes from Mormon Prophets and Apostles that clearly show that the Mormon Church does not believe in the Christian Foundational belief of the Virgin Birth:
BEGOTTEN LIKE MAN
(1) Brigham Young explained the birth of Christ in the following manner: “The birth of the Saviour was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood—was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol 8, page 115)
NOT BEGOTTEN BY THE HOLY GHOST
(2) In a sermon delivered in the Tabernacle on April 19, 1852, Brigham Young made the following statements: “I have given you a few leading items upon this subject, but a great deal more remains to be told. Now remember from this time forth, and for ever, that JESUS CHRIST WAS NOT BEGOTTEN BY THE HOLY GHOST.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol 1, page 51
NOT A MIRACULOUS BIRTH
(3) Heber C. Kimball, who was the First Counselor to Brigham Young, making him the second highest leader in the Mormon Church made this statement: “In relation to the way in which I look upon the works of God and his creatures, I will say that I was naturally begotten; so was my father, and also MY SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. According to the Scriptures, he is the first begotten of his father in the flesh, and there was NOTHING UNNATURAL ABOUT IT. (Journal of Discourses, Vol 8, page 211)
GOD IS A MAN AND FATHERED HIM
(4) President Joseph Fielding Smith, the 10th Prophet of the Mormon Church, made this statement: “Christ was begotten of God. HE WAS NOT BORN WITHOUT THE AID OF MAN, AND THAT MAN WAS GOD!” (Doctrines of Salvation, Vol 1, page 18)
GOD THE HOLY MAN FATHERED JESUS NATURALLY
(5) Mormon Apostle Bruce R. McConkie makes the following statements: “These name-titles all signify that our Lord is the only Son of the Father in flesh. Each of the words is to be understood literally. Only means only; Begotten means begotten; and Son means son. Christ was begotten by an Immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers.” (Mormon Doctrine, 1966, pp. 546-547) “And Christ was born into the world as the literal son of this Holy Being; he was born in the same personal, real, and literal sense that any mortal son is born to a mortal father. There is nothing figurative about his paternity; he was begotten, conceived and born in the normal and natural course of events,…Christ is the Son of Man, meaning that his Father (the Eternal God!) is a Holy Man.” (Mormon Doctrine, 1966, page 742)
NEITHER THE BIBLE OR BOOK OF MORMON TEACH THE VIRGIN BIRTH
(6) Joseph Fielding Smith, the 10th Prophet of the Mormon Church, stated: “They tell us the Book of Mormon states that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost. I CHALLENGE THAT STATEMENT. The Book of Mormon teaches NO SUCH THING! NEITHER DOES THE BIBLE.” (Doctrines of Salvation, Vol 1, page 19)
The beautiful Christmas story given to us in Matthew and Luke’s gospels most assuredly tell of the virgin birth, and that Joseph was to have no fear in taking Mary to be his wife as the child within her was of the Holy Ghost. Quote number (6) above states that neither the Bible nor Book of Mormon teaches the virgin birth. As I’ve already said in this paragraph, reading the Christmas Story in Matthew and Luke will quickly show that Joseph Fielding Smith was in error in reference to the Bible. Well, he was also in error in reference to the Book of Mormon. 1 Nephi chapter 11 verses 18 through 21 clearly contradict quote (6):
18. And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin, whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh.
19. And it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the Spirit; and after she had been carried away in the Spirit for the space of a time the angel spake unto me, saying: Look!
20. And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.
21. And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father!…
THE BOOK OF MORMON DENIES JESUS’ BIRTH AT BETHLEHEM
The Book of Mormon states that Jesus was born “at Jerusalem.”
Alma 7:10 “And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem…”
Matthew, Luke and John all tell of Jesus being born in Bethlehem and Micah 5:2 is one of the Messianic Prophecies:
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
The Mormons will argue that Alma 7:10 is referring to “The Land of Jerusalem,” which includes Bethlehem. Look at any map of Israel and you’ll find that area referred to as Judea. I did a word search on Bible software and not one time can you find the words “Land of Jerusalem.” Only one time is Jerusalem called by any other name than being referred to itself singularly: in Luke 24:49, Jerusalem is referred to as the “city of Jerusalem.”
The words “at Jerusalem” are used 87 times in the Bible. Each and every time they mean what they say—at Jerusalem. So, for the Mormon apologists to try to explain away the absolute mistake of the Mormon Prophet Alma in the Book of Mormon—Well folks, that dog don’t hunt! The Book of Mormon, “The most correct book on the face of the earth,” gets it wrong when it comes to the birthplace of the Savior. OOPS!!
JESUS MARRIED AT THE WEDDING IN CANA AND FATHERED CHILDREN
“Jesus was the bridegroom at the marriage of Cana of Galilee, and told them what to do. Now there was actually a marriage; and if Jesus was not the bridegroom on that occasion, please tell who was. If any man can show this, and prove that it was not the Savior of the world, then I will acknowledge I am in error. We say it was Jesus Christ who was married, to be brought into the relation whereby he could see his seed, before he was crucified…I shall say here, that before our Savior died, he looked upon his own natural children, as we look upon ours;…” (A Lecture by Mormon Apostle Orson Hyde, delivered at the General Conference, in the Tabernacle, Great Salt Lake City, October 6, 1854, Journal of Discourses, Vol 2, page 82)
JESUS AND GOD ARE POLYGAMISTS
“…the Son followed the example of his Father, and became the great Bridegroom to whom kings daughters and many honorable Wives were to be married. We have also proved that both God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ inherit their wives in eternity as well as in time;…” (Mormon Apostle Orson Pratt, The Seer, page 172)
JESUS PERSECUTED AND CRUCIFIED BECAUSE HE WAS A POLYGAMIST
“The grand reason of the burst of public sentiment in anathemas upon Christ and his disciples, causing his crucifixion, was evidently based upon polygamy, according to the testimony of the philosophers who rose in that age. A belief in the doctrine of a plurality of wives caused the persecution of Jesus and his followers. We might almost think they were “Mormons.” (Jedediah M. Grant, Second Counselor to Brigham Young, the 3rd highest position in the Mormon Church, Journal of Discourses, Vol 1, page 346)
In conclusion, the above quotes show that the Doctrines of the Mormon Church concerning the birth of Jesus and who He was are as far apart as the east is from the west, when compared to the foundational teachings of Christianity! The above quotes show:
1. Jesus was not born of a virgin
2. Jesus’ birth was not a miracle
3. Jesus was not born in Bethlehem
4. Jesus was married at the wedding in Cana
5. Jesus was a polygamist and fathered children
6. Jesus was persecuted and crucified because he was a polygamist.
ARE THE ABOVE TWO PAGES OF QUOTES THE BIBLICAL JESUS OF CHRISTIANITY, WHOSE BIRTH WE CELEBRATE DURING THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON; OR ARE THE ABOVE QUOTES THE FANTASY OF A FALSE RELIGION?
The emphasis in the above quotes are mine.