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Mormonism and Eternal Truth

Truth is not only
violated by falsehood;
it may be equally
outraged by silence.
(Henri-Frederic Amiel)

CONTRADICTIONS IN LDS SCRIPTURES

We will only deal with some, but not all, of the contradictions between the Book of Mormon and other LDS scriptures. We will not discuss the ongoing changes in major Mormon doctrines over the years, the contradictions in their doctrinal books, or the contradictions between their scriptures and the Bible. Consequently, this article exposes only the small tip of a very deep iceberg.

THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD

“Now Zeerom said: Is there more than one God? And he (Amulek the prophet) answered, No. Now Zeerom said unto him again: How knowest thou these things? And he (Amulek) said: An angel hath made them known unto me … Now Zeerum said unto the people: See that ye remember these things; for he said there is but one God.” (BOM, Alma 11:28-31, 35)
“… and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end.” (BOM 2 Nephi 31:21)

THERE IS MORE THAN ONE GOD

“According to that which was ordained in the midst of the Council of the Eternal God of all other gods before this world was …” (D&C 121:32)
“Then shall they [saved Mormons] be gods, because they have no end … Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject to them.” (D&C 132:20)
“… They [saved Mormons] have entered into their exaltation, according to the promises, and sit upon thrones, and are not angels but are gods.” (D&C 132:37)

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GOD’S DECREES UNCHANGEABLE

“Now, the decrees of God are unalterable.” (BOM Alma 41:8)

GOD’S COMMANDS CHANGEABLE

“Wherefore I, the Lord, command and revoke, as it seemeth me good … For behold, I revoke the commandment that was given unto my servants.” (D&C 56:5-6).

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POLYGAMY CONDEMNED

“… Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord.” (BOM Jacob 2:23-24)
“For behold, he did not keep the commandments of God, but he did walk after the desires of his own heart. And he had many wives and concubines. And he did cause his people to commit sin, and do that which was abominable in the sight of the Lord. Yea, and they did commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness.” (BOM Mosiah 11:2)
“And it came to pass that Riplakish did not do that which was right in the sight of the Lord, for he did have many wives and concubines.” (BOM Ether 10:5)
(Note: There are too many examples of condemnation of polygamy in the Book of Mormon to quote them all.)

POLYGAMY JUSTIFIED

“Abraham received concubines, and they bore him children; and it was accounted unto him for righteousness …” (D&C 132:37)
“David’s wives and concubines were given unto him of me, by the hand of Nathan, my servant, and others of the prophets who had the keys of power; and in none of these things did he sin against me …” (D&C 132:39)
“And again, as pertaining to the law of the priesthood — if any man espouse a virgin, and desire to espouse another, and the first give her consent, and if he spouses the second, and they are virgins, and have vowed to no other man, then is he justified; he cannot commit adultery with that that belongeth unto him and to no one else. And if he have ten virgins given unto him by this law, he cannot commit adultery, for they belong to him, and they are given to him; therefore is he justified.” (D&C 132:61, 62)

On the 12th July, 1843, Joseph Smith maintained that in a revelation, God had commanded the practice of polygamy “in a new and everlasting covenant” (c/f Doctrine & Covenants 132).

But God is not mentally unstable. He would never declare something to be sinful today, and then tomorrow command us to become involved in the very thing that He had previously declared to be sinful. His word is truth and it can be relied upon eternally.

Because polygamy is a subject all on its own, it will not be discussed any further in this article. Suffice it to say that eventually the law began to prosecute and imprison Mormon bigamists. They also confiscated their property. At that stage the LDS church reluctantly discontinued the practice. But they did not rescind their teaching commanding polygamy. Some breakaway groups still practice it.

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GOD CONDEMNS LYING

“Wo unto the liar, for he shall be thrust down to hell.” (BOM 2 Nephi 9:34)
“And he answered: Yea, Lord I know that thou speakest the truth for thou art a God of truth, and canst not lie.” (BOM Ether 3:12).

GOD COMMANDS LYING

“… The Lord said unto me: Behold, Sarai, thy wife, is a very fair woman to look upon; Therefore it shall come to pass when the Egyptians shall see her they will say — She is his wife; and they will kill you, but they will save her alive; therefore see that you do on this wise: Let her say unto the Egyptians, she is thy sister, and thy soul shall live.” (POGP Abraham 2:22-24)

Although Sarai was Abraham’s half-sister, they were a married couple. And their relationship was that of husband and wife, not sister and brother. Their lie resulted in the Egyptians being punished for something that wasn’t their fault — c/f Genesis 12:17-19.

It would not have been just for God to have punished the Egyptians, as the Bible reveals that He did, for having believed the deception that the LDS insists was instigated by God Himself. A God of goodness and holiness would never stoop that low. Yet the Book of Abraham would have us believe that God is as devious as any sinful man. And by so doing, it besmirches both His name and His integrity.

The God of the Bible is all powerful, and was quite capable of safeguarding both Abraham and Sarah without having to resort to lies and trickery. As the Bible reveals, it was Abraham who had instigated the lie, not the righteous God of truth. So why does the LDS church put the blame on God? And why does Mormon scripture portray God as being on the same low moral level as fallen man?

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MANKIND WAS CREATED

“For behold by the power of his word man came upon the face of the earth, which earth was created by the power of his word. Wherefore, if God being able to speak and the world was, and to speak and man was created …” (BOM Jacob 4:9).

MANKIND IS ETERNAL

“Ye were also in the beginning with the Father …” (D&C 93:23)
“Man was also in the beginning with God.” (D&C 93:29).

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CORRUPT CHURCHES DEMAND MONEY

“Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be churches built up that shall say: Come unto me, and for your money you shall be forgiven of your sins. O ye wicked and perverse and stiff necked people, why have ye built up churches unto yourself to get gain? …” (BOM Mormon 8:32,33)

TITHING TO THE LDS SAVES US

[Editor: Tithing is mandatory. It is one of the LDS church’s requirements for full salvation.]
“… It is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of my people; for he that is tithed shall not be burned at his coming.” (D&C 64:23)

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CONCLUSION

The existence of contradictions in their own scriptures should alert Mormons to the fact that something is wrong.

The following article has a bearing on what we have been discussing above:

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