Saturday, December 10, 2011

Is the Mormon Jesus of Christmas the same Jesus of Christianity?





     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.
by Rocky Hulse

www.MormonOutreach.org


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Saturday, June 18, 2011

MORMON SPLINTER GROUPS

- Sects that broke away from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Proponents of the Salt Lake City based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as LDS or Mormons) boast of the alleged “unity” of their 12 million membership. Pointing to multiple denominations of Christian churches, Mormons attribute their "unity" (i.e., uniform church structure and belief) to latter-day revelation and to additional books they regard as Scripture.

They challenge the potential convert to read and pray about the Book of Mormon in order to gain a “testimony” of the truthfulness of the book. This “testimony” (consisting of a “burning in the bosom” sensation) is alleged to be the main test for determining whether the potential convert should become a member of the LDS Church. Given the fact that over 100 splinter groups have developed on the foundation of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, we question the validity of the Mormon “testimony” in solidifying the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the sole possessor of the "restored gospel." Since all of these movements base their authority on the Book of Mormon and the Prophet Joseph Smith, how can a "testimony" gained through praying about the Book of Mormon be sufficient to prove which church of all of these movements one should join? The following list of dissident groups is taken from the book Divergent Paths of Restoration:

FOUNDED BETWEEN 1830 AND 1844

Pure Church of Christ, Wycam Clark, 1831
The Independent Church, Hoton, 1832
Church of Christ, Ezra Booth, 1836
Church of Christ, Warren Parrish, 1837
The Church of Jesus Christ, the Bride, The Lamb's Wife, George M. Hinkle, 1840
Church of Christ, Hyrum Page, 1842
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, F. Gladden Bishop
True Church of Jessu Christ of Latter Day Saints, Law, Foster, Higbee, 1844
Church of Christ, William Chubby
NON-EXTANT MOVEMENTS FOUNDED 1844-1860

Church of Christ / Church of Jesus Christ of the Children of Zion, Sidney Rigdon, 1844
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, James Emmett, 1844
Church of Christ, S. B. Stoddard, Leonard Rich, James Bump, 1845
Indian Mormon, 1846
Church of Christ, William McLellin, David Whitmer, 1847
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, William Smith, 1847
Congregation of Jehovah's Presbytery of Zion, Charles B. Thompson, 1848
Church of Christ, James C. Brewster, 1848
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Lyman Wight, 1849
The Bride, The Lamb's Wife or Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Jacob Syfritt, 1850
Church of Christ, Hazen Aldrich, 1851
EXTANT MOVEMENTS

Splinter Groups and Sub-movements of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, James J. Strang, 1844

Church of Christ, Aaron Smith, 1846
Church of the Messiah, George J. Adams, 1861
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strangite)
Holy Church of Jesus Christ, Alexandre R. Caffiaux
House of Ephraim and House of Manasseh of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Jerry Sheppard
The True Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, David L. Roberts
Marriage Counseling Group
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, John J. Hajicek
Strangite Believers in Pennsylvania
Splinter Groups and Sub-movements of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young, 1847

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or Church of the First Born, Joseph Morris, 1861
The Prophet Cainan or Church of Jesus Christ of the Saints of the Most High God, George Williams, 1862
Morrisite Group, John Livingston, 1864
Church of Zion, William S. Godbe, 1868
Church of the First Born, George S. Dove, 1874
Priesthood Groups (Fundamentalists), 1890
United Order of Equality, Ephraim Peterson, 1909
The Church of Jesus Christ of Israel, J. H. Sherwood
Order of Aaron, Maurice L. Glendenning
Church of Freedom of Latter Day Saints, 1950s
Zion's Order of the Sons of Levi, Marl V. Kilgore, 1951
The Church of the Firstborn of the Fulness of Times, Joel F. LeBaron
The Church of the Firstborn, Ross W. LeBaron, 1955
Perfected Church of Jesus Christ of Immaculate Latter Day Saints, William C. Conway, 1958
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, John Forsgren, 1960
Church of Jesus Christ, William Goldman, 1960
LDS Scripture Researchers/Believe God Society, Sherman Russell Lloyd, 1965
The Church of the Body and of the Spirit of Jessu Christ, Max Powers, 1965
United Order of the Saints of Guadeloupe, Michel Gamiette, 1966
United Order of the Family of Christ, David E. Desmond, 1966
Split from Zion's Order of the Sons of Levi, Eldon Taylor, 1969
Homosexual Church of Jesus Christ, Denver, Colorado, 1972
Latter Day Saints Church, N.S. Park, 1972
The Church of the Lamb of God, Ervil M. LeBaron, 1972
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Mikhail Krupenia, 1972
The New Jerusalem Group, Kathryn Carter, 1972
The Watchmen on the Towers of Latter Day Israel, Miltenberg, Braun, 1973
Church of Jesus Christ in Solemn Assembly, Alexnader Joseph, 1974
Evangelical Church of Christ, Church of the New Covenant in Christ, John W. Bryant, 1974
Split form Zion's Order of the Sons of Levi, Barton Kilgore, 1975
Affirmation, 1975
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Robert Simons, 1975
Church of the Firstborn of the Fulness of Times, Bruce Wakeham, 1975
Aaronic Order Break-off, 1977
Christ's Church, Inc., Gerald Peterson, 1978
Church of Jesus Christ, Art Bulla, 1978
The Restorers or School of the Prophets, Robert C. Crossfield, 1979
Zion's First International Church, LeeAnn Walker, 1980
The Free Will Mormon Church, Franklin Lee Coleman, 1980
Church of Jesus Christ, Jorge Mora, 1981
Sons Ahman Israel, Davied Israel, 1981
Samoan LDS Church, New Zealand, 1981
The Millennial Church of Jesus Christ, Leo P. Evoniuk, 1981
Peyote Way Church of God, Immanuel P. Trujillo, 1981
The Chruch of Jesus Christ of the Saints in Zion, Ken Asay, 1984
Break from the Church of Jesus Christ in Solemn Assembly, 1984
Church of Jesus Christ of All Latter-day Saints or Restoration Church of Jesus Christ, Antonio A. Feliz, 1985
Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints, Robert P. Madison, 1985
Church of Christ the Firstborn of the Fulness of Times, Siegfried J. Widmar, 1985
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Fundamentalists, Wight Family, 1985
Mormon Fundamentalists, England, Alan and Marian Munn, 1986
Churchof Jesus Christ Omnipotent, 1987
Community of Zion, Central Utah Division
Church of the First Born, General Assembly
Splinter Groups and Sub-movements of The Church of Jesus Christ, Alpheus Cutler, 1853

Church of Jesus Christ, Clyde Fletcher, 1953
The Restored Church of Jesus Christ, Eugene O. Walton, 1979
Splinter Groups and Sub-movements of The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1851-1860

Church of the Christian Brotherhood, Richard C. Evans, 1917
The Church of Christ, the Order of Zion, John Zahnd, 1918
The Church of Jesus Christ, Thomas W. Williams, 1925
Church of Jesus Christ Restored, Stanley M. King, 1970
New Jerusalem Church of Jesus Christ, Barney Fuller, 1975
Church of Christ Restored, Paul Fishel, 1976
True Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Forrest Toney, 1980
Church of the Restoration or Churches of Christ in Zion, Robert Chambers, 1981
Lamanite Ministries for Christ or New Covenant Ministries for Christ, 1984
Restoration Branches Movement, 1984
Church of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, A. Lee Abramson, 1985
Church of Jesus Christ, Zion's Branch, John Cato, 1986
Church of Christ, David Clark, 1986
Independent Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Christopher C. Warren, 1986
Native Indian Church
Splinter Groups and Sub-movements of The Church of Jesus Christ, William Bickerton, 1862

Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ, Allen Wright, 1907
Primitive Church of Jesus Christ, James Caldwell, 1914
Splinter Groups and Sub-movements of Church of Christ (Temple Lot), Granville Hedrick, 1863

Church of Christ, Independent, Informal, Frank F. Wipper, 1927
The Church of Christ, Otto Fetting, 1929
Church of Christ, P.A. Ely, 1929
Church of Christ, C.W. Humphrey, 1929
Church of Christ, Samuel Wood, E.J. Trapp, 1930
Church of Christ (Restored), A.C. DeWolf, 1936
Church of Christ, E. E. Long, Thomas Nerren, 1936
Church of Christ, Paul Hilgendorf, 1942
The Church of Christ With the Elijah Message, W. A. D. Draves, 1943
Church of Christ, Pauline Hancock, 1946
Antarctica Development Interests or the New American's Mount Zion, John Leabo, 1955
Church of Christ at Zion's Retreat, Gerald Hall, 1973
The Church of Israel, Dan Gayman, 1973
Break from the Church of Christ (Hancock), Davison, Michigan, 1973
The Church of Christ, Restored Gospel 1929, 1985




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Sunday, May 15, 2011

If you knew that Joseph Smith and Jesus Christ disagreed, which one of them would you believe?


I posed this question to a couple of young LDS men attending the Mormon Miracle Pageant this last summer. To my delight, they both unhesitatingly answered "Jesus!" But, I don't usually get that response; many other Mormons believe that such a thing is impossible. Having received nothing but good (but fanciful) report of their founding prophet, they believe Joseph an extraordinary man - God's chosen vessel to restore His true gospel in these latter-days.

This article was written to introduce the fact the teachings of Joseph Smith oppose those of Jesus Christ. Though it is not an exhaustive comparison, I hope you find it helpful.

10 Disagreements

1. Joseph Smith said that there is more than one god. His religion teaches that men can become gods; that god was a man who progressed to godhood, just like all the gods before him. In the Bible, Jesus said:

"...this is life eternal, that they might know thee THE ONLY TRUE GOD, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent" (John 17:3), and

"...The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord... the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he..." (Mark 12:29-32)

2. Joseph Smith said that couples need to be sealed to one another in temples, that their marriage might continue for all eternity. In the Bible, Jesus said:

"...in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven." (Mat 22:30, 12:25; Luke 17:27, 20:34-35)

3. Joseph Smith said that Jesus is our and Satan's spirit brother, that we were all begotten of the god "Elohim" by his goddess wives, and that we all lived together as spirits in our "pre-earth life." Jesus' apostle Paul said:

"... by him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him. And he is before all things, and by him all things consist." - (Colossians 1:16-17)

and Jesus' apostle, John the Beloved, said:

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1:12-13)

4. Joseph Smith said Jesus' could not hold a church together, that the true gospel had to be brought back to the earth by Joseph Smith. In the Bible, Jesus said:

"...I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matt 16:18), and

"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matt 24:35)

5. Joseph Smith instituted the use of "the Melchisedec Priesthood" by the "worthy" men of his church. In the Bible, Jesus is the ONLY ONE who is a priest "after the order of Melchisedec" (note: not a Melchisedec Priesthood holder, but a Melchisedec PRIEST) because He is:

"... made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life" (Hebrews 7:16), and "because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood" (Hebrews 7:24) and because He is "holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens" (Hebrews 7:26) and "consecrated for evermore." (Hebrews 7:28)

6. Joseph Smith instituted a religion in which the family is of central focus and importance. Jesus said:

"For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me." (Matthew 10:35-37)

7. Joseph Smith said that repentance (the forsaking of your sin, in Mormonism) is a prerequisite for baptism, baptism for confirmation, and confirmation by the "laying on of hands" of LDS priesthood holders for receiving the Holy Ghost. All of these are primary steps toward becoming good enough to go to heaven. Smith's religion rejects the cross as a symbol of Jesus' death for our sins. Jesus' apostle Paul said:

"I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius... For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:14-18)

The New Testament believers received the Holy Spirit without "laying on of hands" (i.e. Acts 2:1-4), and/or before water baptism (i.e. Acts 9:3-17). And Jesus, speaking of natural birth and spiritual birth, said:

"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." (John 3:5-6)

8. Joseph Smith said that Heavenly Father has a physical body, that he is a separate person and a separate god from Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul said:

"...Who (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God..." (Colossians 1:15)

Jesus Himself said:

"If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." Philip said: "Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us." and "Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?" (John 14:7-9), and
"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." (John 4:24)

9. Joseph Smith said that proxy work must be done (by the Mormon faithful) for those who didn't accept the "true" gospel of Jesus in this life, so they can repent and become righteous in the afterlife. Jesus said:

"Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead." (Matt 8:22, Luke 9:60)

10. Joseph Smith said that baptism and confirmation (and membership in the LDS church), repentance, keeping the commandments and covenants of the LDS church, including but not limited to temple marriage and knowing the secret handshakes, signs and tokens, are required to get into heaven. He said that eternal life is free to everyone, because of Jesus' atonement, but all the other is necessary to live with God in the highest level of heaven. John the Baptist said:

"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36)
Jesus said:

"...as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:15-17)

and to the thief dying on the cross next to Him, who had just confessed "... we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom," Jesus said:

"Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:41-43)


No you know that Joseph Smith and Jesus Christ disagree. Whom will you believe?

"Jesus answered... To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice." - John 18:37

by Staci Lee 






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Friday, April 8, 2011

Only One God

Using the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS), the Septuagint(LXX), and King James Version(KJV) translations, I did small comparison-study on some of the ONLY ONE GOD verses in the book of Isaiah. I did this for two reasons. The first – to put on display just a few of the many instances in the Bible where God says that He is the ONLY (real/non-idol) god. The second – because under the heading “Bible: Preservation of the Text of the O.T” in the Bible Dictionary of the LDS Standard Works, the claim is made that the Septuagint and Dead Sea Scrolls prove how corrupt current Bible translations (like the KJV) of the Old Testament are.

The following side-by-side comparison will reveal the correctness of these particular, crucial, pieces of scripture.

Remember: in the KJV, the all-capital-letters word “LORD” is used in place of the Hebrew word from which we get the English “Jehovah.” The Tetragrammaton, “YHWH,” represents the same Hebrew word.


Comparison of the Isaiah Verses:


Isaiah 42:5-8
(DSS): "Thus says The God (ha-el) and God (elohiym), the creator of the heavens, (and stretched them out in the firmament) and the earth, and that which comes out of it; the Giver of breath (neshamah) to the people upon it, and spirit to those walking in it:... I am YHWH that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to idols."
(KJV): "Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein... I am the LORD; that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images."
(LXX): "Thus saith the Lord God, who made the heaven, and established it; who settled the earth, and the things in it, and gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to them that tread on it... I am the Lord God: that is my name: I will not give my glory to another, nor my praises to graven images."

Isaiah 43:10-11
(DSS): "You are my witnesses, says YHWH, and my servant whom I have chosen: so that you may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, nor after me will there be. I, even I, am YHWH; and beside me there is no savior."
(KJV): "Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior."
(LXX): "Be ye my witnesses, and I too am a witness, saith the Lord God, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know, and believe, and understand that I am he: before me there was no other God, and after me there shall be none. I am God; and beside me there is no Savior."

Isaiah 44:6
(DSS): "Thus says YHWH the King of Israel, and his Redeemer YHWH of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God."
(KJV): "Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts, I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God."
(LXX): " Thus saith God the King of Israel, and the God of Hosts that delivered him (Israel); I am the first, and I am hereafter: beside me there is no God."

Isaiah 44:24
(DSS): "Thus says YHWH, your redeemer, and he who formed you from the womb, I am YHWH maker of all things; stretching out the heavens alone; spreading abroad the earth by myself"
(KJV): "Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself"
(LXX): "Thus saith the Lord that redeems thee, and who formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that performs all things: I stretched out the heaven alone, and established the earth."

Isaiah 45:5-7
(DSS): " I am YHWH, and there is no one else, and beside me there is no God I girded you, and you did not know me: So that they will know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am YHWH, and there is no one else. I am the former of the light, and creator of darkness: making good, and creating evil: I YHWH am doing all these things."
(KJV): "I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: that they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me, I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil. I the LORD do all these things."
(LXX): "For I am the Lord God, and there is no other God beside me; I strengthened thee, and thou hast not known me. That they that come from the east and they that come from the west may know that there is no God but me. I am the Lord God, and there is none beside. I am he that prepared light, and formed darkness; who make peace, and create evil; I am the Lord God, that does all these things."

Isaiah 45:18-22
(DSS): "For thus says YHWH creator of the heavens; He is the God and He formed the earth and made it; and he prepared it, He did not create it void, he formed it to be inhabited: I am YHWH; and there is no one else.... there is no other God beside me; a righteous God and a Savior; there is none beside me. Turn to me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth: because I am God, and there is no other."
(KJV): "For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else... there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Savior; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else."
(LXX): "Thus saith the Lord that made the heaven, this God that created the earth, and made it; he marked it out, he made it not in vain, but formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord, and there is none beside. ... I am God, and there is not another beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none but me. Turn ye to me, and ye shall be saved, ye that come from the end of the earth: I am God, and there is none other."

I think it's significant that the book of Isaiah was the best preserved of all the Biblical texts in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Perhaps God wanted to make sure there was no doubt?

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Mormon God "Elohim" - Part Two

In my previous post, I began to discuss why, if the Mormon "Elohim" is a real god, humankind's Heavenly Father, and the god we are to worship, are there no verses about him in the Old Testament? In this post, let's look at a few Hebrew words, and undo the mess Joseph Smith got Mormons into when he found out in 1835-6, during his attempt to learn Hebrew, that "elohim" was a plural word.

אֵל - el. Occuring 245 times in the Old Testament, this word is most often translated "God" (the capital-G designates the "one true God" of Israel) in our King James Version bibles. However, it is also translated "god" (the lowercase-g is used for any "god" other than Israel's God), "power," "mighty," "goodly," "great," "idols," "Immanuel," "might" and "strong." A couple of example verses for "el" are:

Genesis 14:22, "And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God(el), the possessor of heaven and earth" and
Jonah 4:2 "And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD... for I knew that thou art a gracious God(el), and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil."

אֱלוֹהַּ - eloah. With the root "el," this Hebrew word is also translated "God" and "god" in the KJV. A couple of example verses for "eloah" are:

Psalms 18:31, "For who is God (eloah) save the LORD?" and
Proverbs 30:5, "Every word of God (eloah) is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him."

אֱלֹהִים - elohim. This word occurs 2606 times in the Old Testament, and is the word most often used for the God of Israel. It is also translated "god(s)," "judge," "goddess," "great," "mighty," "angels," "exceeding," "God-ward," and "godly." In a moment, I will give several example verses for "elohim."

יהוה - Jehovah. In our King James Bibles, we are usually reading this word when we read the all-caps word "LORD." יהוה means "the existing One." Unlike "el," "eloah," and "elohim," the word LORD and/or the name "Jehovah" is never used for any god other than Israel's God. Unlike "el," "eloah," and "elohim," יהוה is never used for idols or false gods. Unlike "el," "eloah," and "elohim," Jehovah is a proper name, a specific designation. (Note: Transliterated, the word is "YHWH" and it is currently thought that the pronunciation for this word is actually "Yahweh" rather than "Jehovah.")

And now, a few of the many example verses for elohim (and also Jehovah).

Exodus 6:2 "And God (elohim) spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD (Jehovah)" (also see here #)

Exodus 20:1-3 "And God (elohim) spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD (Jehovah) thy God (elohim), which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods (elohim) before me." (#)

Deut 4:35 "Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD (Jehovah), he is God (elohim); there is none else beside him." (#)

Deut 10:17 "For the LORD (Jehovah) your God (elohim); is God(elohim); of gods (elohim); , and Lord of lords, a great God (el); , a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward"

Joshua 24:15 "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD (Jehovah), choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods (elohim) which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods (elohim) of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD (Jehovah)." (#)

1 Kings 8:54-60 "And... when Solomon had made an end of praying ... he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying... the LORD (Jehovah) our God (elohim) be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us...That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD (Jehovah) is God (elohim), and that there is none else." (#)

1 Kings 18:24-39 "...call ye on the name of your gods (elohim), and I will call on the name of the LORD (Jehovah): and the God (elohim) that answereth by fire, let him be God (elohim). And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken... And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, the LORD (Jehovah), he is the God (elohim); the LORD (Jehovah), he is the God (elohim)." (#)

Isaiah 44:6 "Thus saith the LORD (Jehovah) the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD (Jehovah) of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God (elohim)." (#)

Also see Exodus 18:11 (#), Deut 4:39 (#), Deut 5:6-7 (#,#), 2 Kings 19:19 (#), Isaiah 45:5-6 (#,#), and many others.

Let's summarize:



  1. There are no verses about a Heavenly Father named "Elohim" in the Old Testament, but instead, the verses that are supposed to be about him, according to the LDS leadership, are really about "Jehovah."



  2. Jehovah is a proper name, while elohim, like el and eloah, are labels used to describe something powerful.



  3. Though the Bible acknowledges that many things are worshipped as though they were God, it also says Jehovah is the only true God.

The Biblical facts are these: 1) There is only ONE GOD, 2) The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God, 3) The Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Spirit, and the Spirit is not the Father. God's triune nature is hard for our little brains, and Joseph Smith is not the first or last to try to get around it. Joseph ignored Biblical fact number one, because he failed to bow his knee to YHWH, but wanted power and glory to himself. Please pray for the Mormons who are still sincerely trapped in his lies.


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Mormon God "Elohim" - Part One



In the Mormon religion, "Elohim" is the name of the god who is the father of our spirits. More commonly referred to as "Heavenly Father," Elohim is the literal father of all "spirits" - ours, Jesus', Satan's, etc. - by union with his many goddess wives. Since the religion teaches that God was once a man and righteous LDS men can become gods, Elohim is the highest god of all the gods being grown on this planet - the LDS Most High God.

The LDS leadership has collected the scripture passages specifically about their Heavenly Father and put them in their Topical Guide, under the heading "God the Father - Elohim." Please take a moment to open the link, and look at the verses. Notice that the first three (four) scriptures on the list are from the Old Testament. (Do you also find it odd that there are only four?) I intend to show that these selections to not lend any support to their belief.

Now let's take a look at three of the Old Testament selections for "God the Father - Elohim." I'll first give the reference as it is found in the Topical Guide, and then I will put each reference back into its Old Testament context.

TG selection 1: "Blessed be Abram of the most high God, Gen. 14:19."

OT Context: Genesis 14:18-22 "And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth..."

The Most High God, possessor of heaven and earth, is "the LORD." In the KJV, the all-caps word "LORD" shows up often. But who is the LORD? We'll look at that in a moment.

TG selections 2 and 3: "God of the spirits of all flesh, Num. 16:22 (Num. 27:16)."

In Context: Numbers 16:20-23 "And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation? And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying..."

Numbers 27:16: "Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation..."

The God of the spirits of all flesh is also "the LORD." Let's talk about who "the LORD" is then.

Of the 7,970 times the all-caps word "LORD" occurs in the entire KJV Bible, 6510 times it has been translated from the Hebrew word יְהֹוָה. This Hebrew word can be transliterated "YHWH" and is thought to be pronounced "Yahweh." It is the very same Hebrew word from which we get the name with which many of us are already familiar: Jehovah.

But who is Jehovah, in Mormonism? Let's go back to the Topical Guide. Click on this link and scroll down a bit, to see that in Mormonism, there are two "God the Father"s: Elohim and Jehovah. Notice that one of the subheadings of "God the Father - Jehovah" is "Jesus Christ--Jehovah." Also click here to see the LDS Bible Dictionary definition for Jehovah (notice particularly the second paragraph).

By putting each reference back into its context, we've seen that the few in the Old Testament which have been designated by the LDS leadership as being about their god “Elohim,” who is Jesus’ supposed spiritual and earthly father, known to us as Heavenly Father, are, in actuality, about Jehovah, whom Mormons believe is Jesus himself. Confused?

Joseph Smith published his "Book of Mormon," began his "Doctrine and Covenants" and started his church in 1830. His view in 1830, as can be seen by what he was writing, was that there was just one (modal) God. In 1832, Joseph began to tell people that he had seen "the Lord" in a "First Vision," back in 1820. It wasn't until 1835-6, when Joseph began trying to study Hebrew, that he began to tell people he had seen two gods in that "First Vision." This was also when he wrote his "Book of Abraham," which contradicts his earlier attempt at rewriting Genesis (his "Book of Moses") by giving credit to many gods for the creation of the earth. And it wasn't until after 1835-6, that he first came up with the idea that Heavenly Father's name was "Elohim."

In part two of this post, which is coming shortly, I'll revisit the Hebrew words that divided Joseph from his previous thinking and teachings, and members of his earliest congregation from being able to follow him any longer.


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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Zeus, Allah and Jesus, in Mormonism, They’re One and the Same!




By Rocky Hulse                                                                                           

     I picked up the Sunday, January 29, 2011 issue of Mormon Times and noticed the regular column, “Defending the Faith,” by Daniel C. Peterson [Daniel C. Peterson is a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at BYU, where he also serves as editor in chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative and as director of outreach for the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship (formerly Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) BYU’s Mormon Apologetic arm). He is founder of MormonScholarsTestify.org.] The article was titled: “His sheep recognize his voice.”

Mormonism Is All Inclusive

     The first four paragraphs of this article set the stage of falsehood:

     “Trying to make their view seem merely a minor logical extension of my own, several atheistic acquaintances have assured me that there is little difference between us: They just happen to disbelieve in one more god than I do.
     They seem to imagine that being a Latter-day Saint entails rejecting all non-Mormon religious experiences and disbelieving every doctrine of every other faith. This, however, is not true.
     When Joseph Smith learned that the then-existing Christian churches were corrupt, that didn’t mean that they were totally wrong. To say that something is “corrupt” means that it has been damaged. We speak of “corrupted texts” or “corrupted files,” intending to say that they have been infected or tainted—not that their original content has been replaced by something completely different.
     In fact, many mainstream Christian doctrines were and are substantially correct. There is indeed a God. He has a divine Son who came to earth, atoned for our sins, rose again on the third day and now sits at the right hand of his Father. Those who taught prayer, preached of the Savior and translated the New Testament during the centuries between the early apostles and the Restoration preserved and transmitted many central gospel truths.”
  
     This attempt at revising the “First Vision” of Joseph Smith is grossly deceptive. Set in Mormon scripture is the “First Vision” of Joseph Smith which is day one, hour one, minute one, second one of Mormonism: “18. My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join.
19. 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; that: ‘they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.’” (Joseph Smith History, Ch 1:18-19)
     Here in the “First Vision,” Joseph Smith says the “Personage” who addressed him (later identified as Jesus) told him all churches were wrong and all of their creeds were an “abomination.” The Christian Creeds are Christian doctrine. The word “abomination” is defined as follows: “1: something abominable 2: extreme disgust and hatred: LOATHING.” It is quite clear from the text that, according to Joseph Smith, Jesus has “extreme disgust, hatred and loathing” of the Christian creeds and specifically defines all churches as wrong and teaching the doctrines of men. Yet, in the first four paragraphs of this article, Daniel Peterson very deceptively tries to gloss over Mormonism’s absolute attack against all churches, all Christian doctrine and all who profess Christianity.
     Lest anyone say this is out of context or not the belief of early Mormonism, let me provide a quote of Brigham Young following a discourse by John Taylor who would replace Brigham as the 3rd Mormon Prophet: “Brother Taylor has just said that the religions of the day were hatched in hell.  The eggs were laid in hell, hatched on its borders, and kicked on to the earth.”  (Journal of Discourses, Vol 6, pg 176).

Allah is God!

     Unbelievable as it may seem, this BYU professor and Mormon Apologist goes on in this article teaching that the Allah of Islam is the God of the Bible:

     “But what about non-Christians? Do they worship false gods?
     Jews certainly don’t. Believing Jews accept the Old Testament, venerating the God who brought Israel out of Egypt, spoke through the prophet Isaiah and was proclaimed by Jesus (a Palestinian Jew).
     But what of Islam? Isn’t “Allah” a false god? No. According to the Qur’an, Allah created the earth in six days, placed Adam and Eve in Eden and then inspired prophets like Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. Sound familiar?”
     To draw the conclusion that “Allah” is the God of the Bible because a fictional book of scripture, the Qur’an, plagiarizes the characters and stories of the Bible is ludicrous, however, not without precedent. Mormonism does the same thing in our time. Mormonism draws from its fictional book of scripture, the Pearl of Great Price, claiming in creation that all human beings were born into a pre-existent world, having been sired by God the Father, who has a body of flesh and bones, and that Jesus was the first offspring of this Deity and that Lucifer was the second. This being foundational Mormon doctrine, Jesus and Lucifer are brothers, and these two procreated beings are our older brothers in this non-Biblical doctrine.
    
Allah is the Eternal Father

     Daniel Peterson continues:

     “‘Allah’ is simply the Arabic equivalent of English ‘God,’ related to the Hebrew ‘Elohim.’ Moreover, Allah is the God not only of Muslims but of all Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews. ‘In the beginning, (Allah) created the heavens and the earth,’ reads Arabic Genesis. ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with (Allah), and the Word was (Allah),’ says the Arabic version of John 1:1. ‘We believe in (Allah), the Eternal Father,’ says the first Article of Faith in Arabic, ‘and in his Son, Jesus Christ.’”

     This is pure blasphemy of John 1:1. Jesus was the Word that became flesh and then “dwelt  among us” (John 1:14), not Allah! “The first Article of Faith” is a Mormon document listing 13 Articles of Faith depicting Mormon beliefs. Just because it is translated into Arabic and says Allah is God the Eternal Father, doesn’t make it so; it just makes it another falsehood of Mormonism!
     Daniel Peterson’s next point is as follows:

     “Muslims, Christians and Jews disagree about God, but that doesn’t create numerically different gods. My neighbor regards Senator Foghorn as the greatest orator since Daniel Webster; I think he’s a noxious windbag. But there is, mercifully, only one Senator Foghorn. Our different opinions don’t spawn multiple senators.”

     This argument is pure Mormonism. Trying to justify a different definition of who God is has been a trademark argument and rationalization of Mormons trying to justify their false doctrine of God from the very beginnings of Mormonism. There is only one God. Period!
     II Corinthians 11:4 “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
    15th Mormon Prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, who passed away in January 2008 said the following about Mormonism’s Jesus: "In bearing testimony of Jesus Christ, President Hinckley spoke of those outside the Church who say Latter-day Saints 'do not believe in the traditional Christ. No, I don't. The traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I speak. For the Christ of whom I speak has been revealed in this the Dispensation of the Fulness [sic] of Times'" (Church News, June 20, 1998).

“I will go back to the beginning before the world was, to show what kind of a being God is.”

  “I will go back to the beginning before the world was, to show what kind of a being God is. What sort of a being was God in the beginning? Open your ears and hear, all ye ends of the earth, for I am going to prove it to you by the Bible, and to tell you the designs of God in relation to the human race, and why He interferes with the affairs of man.
    God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by His power, was to make himself visible,—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 a man; for Adam was created in the very fashion, image and likeness of God, and received instruction from, and walked, talked and conversed with Him, as one man talks and communes with another.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg 345)

     The above statement, made by Joseph Smith on April 7, 1844, is a complete departure from all that the Bible teaches about God, yet it is a foundational teaching of Mormonism.
     Peterson then attempts to discount a just God by saying the following:

     “But what of the non-Abrahamic religions? Are they too far wrong? It seems presumptuous to declare that mistaken but sincere devotion means nothing to our loving Father in Heaven.”

     It is obvious that Daniel Peterson has never studied the Book of Matthew, or chooses to ignore it: “7:21. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

     There is no question that this text in Matthew 7 is clearly identifying those who are declaring “sincere devotion” to the Lord; and he says “depart from me, I never knew you.”



In Acts 17:24-28, Paul is preaching God is Zeus?

     In another grand deception, Daniel Peterson attempts to make the claim that Paul is actually equating the God of Israel with the Greek god Zeus. “When the apostle Paul, preaching on Mars Hill, sought to connect with the pagan Athenians (Acts 17:24-28), he identified Zeus with Israel’s God: “For in him we live and move and have our being,” he taught, quoting the words about Zeus of a sixth-century B.C. Cretan philosopher. “As some of your own poets have said,” he continued, citing a third-century B.C. philosopher’s verse about Zeus, ‘“we are his offspring.’”

     This attempt at saying that Paul is preaching Zeus is the God of Israel is beyond the pale of deceit. Acts 17:23 clearly contradicts Peterson: “23. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.”
     There is no question that Paul is talking about the UNKNOWN GOD, not Zeus. This is truly deliberate deception and is despicable.

The “Chronicles of Narnia”- scripture?

     Peterson finishes his article thusly:

     “In the final volume of C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia,” a Calormene soldier named Emeth (=Hebrew “truth”) has been a sincere worshipper of the false god Tash all of his life. When, at the end, he meets Aslan and recognizes the true God, he expects severe punishment. But Aslan graciously reassures him that “all the service thou hast done to Tash, I accept as service done to me,” explaining that, although Emeth had been unaware of it, his honest devotion was actually to Aslan, rather than to Tash. ‘No service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him.’”

     This teaching by BYU Professor Peterson is absolute blasphemy. Trying to use the “Chronicles of Narnia” as scripture to rationalize that any worship given to any god will be accounted by the God of the Bible as valid, is the epitome of reaching for straws; it’s pathetic really. God will not be mocked. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life! There is none other and any devotion offered to false gods will not be accepted by the God of the Bible as worship to him. The Old Testament is clear that God is a jealous God and will not tolerate worship given to false gods; however, since Mormonism has incorporated polytheism (many gods) into their doctrine, the god of this world has blinded their eyes (II Cor 4:4).



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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Book of Mormon vs. The Bible

Mormon words don't mean the same thing. 
Anyone who tries to witness to a Mormon will soon find that the words they use do not always mean the same thing to Christians.  Below is a list of terms that are important for Christians to know when discussing the truth with Mormons.  It is important that you know what the Mormons mean by the same words used by Christians.
ADAM LDS - Father of physical mankind.  Adam is also known as Michael the archangel, the ancient of days, (D&C 116). Bible - the first created man by whom all of humanity descends.  He was not Michael the archangel.
ATONEMENT LDS - The sacrifice of Christ that made resurrection possible along with the possibility of our earning forgiveness of sins. Bible - The substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf. He died for our sins (1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 2:2).
AARONIC
PRIESTHOOD
LDS - A lesser priesthood in the LDS church.  It is still used in LDS church practices and is held by the very young, (D&C 107:1, 6, 10). Bible - A priesthood that is no longer necessary now that we have the full revelation of Christ.
BAPTISM LDS - A necessary ordinance for salvation in the Mormon church.  By it sins are washed away. Bible - An ordinance of the Christian church that is not necessary for salvation (Rom. 5:1).
BIBLE LDS - The Bible is correct only as far as it is correctly translated. It is basically trustworthy. It is the only one of the four standard works (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price) that is not considered infallible. The KJV is the official Bible of the LDS church. Bible - the Bible is the inspired inerrant word of God (2 Tim. 3:16).
BISHOP LDS - an office in the Melchizedek Priesthood of the LDS church.  D&C 20:67), Bible - An office held by a male member of the Church.
CELESTIAL
HEAVEN
LDS - The highest of the three levels of heaven where faithful Mormons are exalted to Godhood. Bible - There is no such thing as a celestial heaven.
CHURCH LDS - The LDS church with its organizational structure, laws, and proper name. Bible - The body of believers in the true and living God through Jesus.  It is comprised of those who are redeemed and is not limited to an earthly structure.
DAMNATION LDS - Basically, anything lesser than exaltation (becoming a God). Bible - The state of condemnation, judged by God in eternal hell (Matt. 25:46).
DEVIL LDS - See Satan. Bible - See Satan.
ELOHIM LDS - The name of God the Father. Bible - The Hebrew word for "God."  The name of God is "YHWH," which means "I AM,"  (Exodus 3:14).
ETERNAL
LIFE
LDS - Exaltation (exaltation to a Mormon means obtaining Godhood) in the Celestial Kingdom. Bible - Forgiveness of sins and life eternal with God (John 17:3; Rom. 6:23).
EXALTATION LDS - The state of becoming a god in the celestial heaven. Bible - There is no such thing as becoming a God in the Bible.
FALL OF
MANKIND
LDS - A blessing (Mosiah 3: 11-16).  A necessary step in the progression of humanity to the level of Godhood. Bible - The open rebellion of Adam and Eve against God resulting in their condemnation and the fall of mankind.
GOD LDS - One of countless gods in existence.  An exalted man from another world who created the earth who's name is "Elohim."  He became a god by following the laws and ordinances of his god on the other world.  He has a body of flesh and bones.  D&C 130: 22-23. Bible - The one and only God in all the universe, (Isaiah 44:6,8).
GODHEAD LDS - An office held by three separate Gods: the Father who is a god; Jesus who is a god; and the Holy Ghost who is a god. Bible - God Himself, not an office. Three persons in one God. A Trinity: The Father; the Son; and the Holy Spirit.
GOSPEL LDS - The laws and ordinances of the Mormon church. Bible - The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus for the forgiveness of the sins of all who would trust in Him (1 Cor. 15:1-4).
HEAVEN LDS - Divided into three Kingdoms: Celestial, Terrestrial, and Telestial. The Celestial is for perfect Mormons, the Terrestrial is for moral people and lukewarm LDS, and the Telestial Kingdom is for everyone else. Bible - The dwelling place of God (1 Kings 8:30). Christians go to heaven.
HELL LDS - The temporary abode in the spirit world between death and resurrection for those awaiting telestial glory, (D&C 76: 84-85, 106).  Hell will come to an end. Bible - the eternal dwelling place of those who rejected the atoning work of Christ.
HOLY
GHOST
LDS - "A spirit man. He can only be at one place at one time... " (Mormon Doctrine by Bruce McConkie, p. 359.) The Holy Ghost is contrasted with the Spirit of God, which is the influence of the Godhead that fills the immensity of space which enables God to know what is going on.  It is likened to electricity." D&C 130: 22-23. Bible - Third person of the Trinity. Same as Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4).
HOLY
SPIRIT
LDS - The presence of God as distinguished from the Holy Ghost who is a god in the mormon trinity. Bible - An equivalent term to Holy Ghost, third person in the Trinity.
JEHOVAH LDS - The name of Jesus in the Old Testament. Bible - The name of God is "YHWH," which means "I AM,"  (Exodus 3:14).
JESUS LDS - Literal offspring of God the father.  Spirit brother of Satan. A god in the Godhead. He is Jehovah of the O.T. compared to Elohim being the Father. He was the first spirit child to be born to the Father and Mother gods. Ordained as the Christ in the pre-existent Grand Council before coming to earth. Bible - Jesus is God, second person of the Trinity (John 1:1,14; Col. 2:9).
KINGDOM
OF GOD
LDS - Celestial heaven. The kingdom of God on earth is the LDS church. Bible - All the believers of Christ (Matt. 13:41-43).
MARRIAGE LDS - An eternal bonding of husband and wife that continues into the afterlife.  These couples will continue to have children.  (D&C 132:15-20). Bible - the holy covenant between a man and a woman that is broken at death.
MELCHIZEDEK
PRIESTHOOD
LDS - A greater priesthood in the LDS church held by elders, (D&C 107), Bible - A priesthood held by Jesus alone.
PRE-EXISTENCE LDS - We existed in heaven with God our (literal) Father and mother before we became human. Bible - We did not exist before we came to earth (1 Cor. 15:46).
SALVATION LDS - Two fold meaning:  Simple bodily resurrection of all people.  Also, forgiveness of sins. Bible - Forgiveness of sins with the result of a present new life and in the future eternal life with God (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Rom. 6:23; 10:9-10).
SATAN LDS - The opposer of God, literal son of God, brother of Jesus and all people begotten in the pre-existent spirit world. Bible - A fallen angel who rebelled against God.
SCRIPTURE LDS - Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price. Bible - Only the Bible is scripture.
TEMPLE LDS - A present day temple used to practice the ordinances and ceremonies of the gospel of the LDS church on behalf of the living as well as the dead. Bible - The Old Testament building where God dwelt, sacrifices were offered, and holy priestly rites were administered.  There is no longer a need for temples.
TRINITY LDS- Three gods:  a god called the Father; a god called the son; a god called the Holy Ghost. Bible - The one and only God in all existence who is comprised of three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  See Trinity.
Go to http://scriptures.lds.org/bd/contents for a list of Mormon words and definitions produced by the LDS church.



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