A Very Simple Question About the Nature and Character of God in the Book of Mormon
Should We Trust the Book of Mormon or the Mormon Missionaries?
Every line, every word, every reference and every footnote below this paragraph has been taken directly out of the Book of Mormon as posted on the Official Website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (lds.org).
My question is this: How can the Book of Mormon so clearly describe God the Eternal Father as a single Great Spirit being, that comes to earth to take on “flesh and blood” in the form of a man, yet is also the Father and the Son “they are one God”. In his 1838 First Vision account, one of nine, Joseph Smith (see below) claims that God and Jesus are “two personages.” This proclamation is directly contradicting the teaching of the Book of Mormon. Which is right?
What follows is a clear demonstration through Book of Mormon Scriptures and Book of Mormon Footnotes, that the God of the Book of Mormon is NOT the God of Mormon Doctrine. Shown here in precise clarity, without interpretation and in total context to the Book of Mormon narrative, the God of the Book of Mormon is representative of the God of Christian Doctrine and not the God of Mormon Doctrine.
No words have been added or altered in anyway, except for the Bold Blue highlight to represent the relationship between the key words from the Mormon “Scriptures” selected for the related Footnote, by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints itself.
Remembering that the Footnotes used here by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are used to emphasize and reinforce the clarity, intent or application of the selected “Scripture”, the chain of Footnotes provided explain the Nature and Character of the God of the Book of Mormon, NOT the God of Mormonism.
Although the claim that the Book of Mormon is “the most correct of any book on earth”, it has undergone several significant changes at the hands of the Mormon Church. Significant among these Mormon corrections to the Book of Mormon and specific to the subject of God’s nature and character, consider the enormous impact of the following changes made by the Mormon Church to their most important set of “Scriptures”:
1830 Book of Mormon, page 25, 1 Nephi 11:21 “And the angel said unto me, behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Eternal Father!”
1981 Book of Mormon, page 20, 1Nephi 11:21 “And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father!”
1830 Book of Mormon, page 32, 1 Nephi 13:40 “that the Lamb of God is the Eternal Father and the Saviour of the world;”
1981 Book of Mormon, page 26, 1 Nephi 13:40 “that the Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father and the Savior of the world:”
1830 Book of Mormon, page 531, Mormon 7:7 “the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Ghost, which is one God.”
1981 Book of Mormon, page 480, Mormon 7:7 “the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Ghost, which are one God.”
I question why these changes were needed to the Book of Mormon, as they actually add Jesus, where he was never mentioned prior. There have been dozens of major changes and hundreds of minor changes by the Mormon Church to the Book of Mormon. The Mormon Church has Officially issued seven versions to the Book of Mormon, the most recent was in 2013.
Introduction to the Book of Mormon – 1830
“Concerning this record the Prophet Joseph Smith said: “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”
“We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true.” The following is a review of the Nature and Character of God found within the Book of Mormon, which is not consistent with current Mormon Doctrine.
Amazingly, the Book of Mormon Scripture references below, actually describe the classic Christian understanding of how God Himself took on flesh, dwelt on earth and was called Jesus. This is not at all the Mormon concept of a totally separate being of flesh and bones. The point here, is that the core Book of Mormon, even without the Chain of Footnotes, obviously contradicts current Mormon doctrine.
Additionally, it should be clearly understood that the associated “Chain of Footnotes” actually and clearly supports, sustains and clarifies the Book of Mormon doctrine that God, the Eternal Father, His Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are One God. This is unmistakably NOT Mormon doctrine but it is a teaching of the Book of Mormon. Why is that?
A consistent and logical Chain of Footnotes from the Book of Mormon for: GOD
The Book of Mosiah One God Chapter 15 – Introduction
How Christ is both the Father and the Son—He will make intercession and bear the transgressions of His people—
1 And now Abinadi said unto them: I would that ye should understand that God * himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people. 2 And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son— 3 The Father, because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and Son— 4 And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth.
* Footnote 1a (God) – Mosiah 13: 33-34
33 For behold, did not Moses prophesy unto them concerning the coming of the Messiah, and that God should redeem his people? Yea, and even all the prophets who have prophesied ever since the world began—have they not spoken more or less concerning these things? 34 Have they not said that God * himself should come down among the children of men, and take upon him the form of man, and go forth in mighty power upon the face of the earth?
* Footnote 34a (God) – Mosiah 7:27
27 And because he said unto them that Christ was the God * , the Father of all things, and said that he should take upon him the image of man, and it should be the image after which man was created in the beginning; or in other words, he said that man was created after the image of God, and that God should come down among the children of men, and take upon him flesh and blood, and go forth upon the face of the earth.
* Footnote 27a (God) – Mosiah 27:30-31
30 I rejected my Redeemer, and denied that which had been spoken of by our fathers; but now that they may foresee that he will come, and that he remembereth every creature of his creating, he will make himself manifest unto all. 31 Yea, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess before him. Yea, even at the last day, when all men shall stand to be judged of him, then shall they confess that he is God *; then shall they confess, who live without God in the world, that the judgment of an everlasting punishment is just upon them; and they shall quake, and tremble, and shrink beneath the glance of his all-searching eye.
* Footnote 31c (God) – Mosiah 7:27 (see above), Alma 11:38-39
A consistent and logical Chain of Footnotes from the Book of Mormon for: Eternal Father
38 Now Zeezrom saith again unto him: Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father? 39 And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Eternal Father * of heaven and of earth, and all things which in them are; he is the beginning and the end, the first and the last; 40 And he shall come into the world to redeem his people; and he shall take upon him the transgressions of those who believe on his name; and these are they that shall have eternal life, and salvation cometh to none else.
* Footnote 39a (Eternal Father) – Mosiah 15:4
* Footnote 4b (Eternal Father) – Alma 11:39
39 And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Eternal Father * of heaven and of earth, and all things which in them are; he is the beginning and the end, the first and the last;
Moroni 8:18 (unchangeable God)
18 For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but * he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity.
A consistent and logical Chain of Footnotes from the Book of Mormon for: Great Spirit
26 And then Ammon said: Believest thou that there is a Great Spirit ? 27 And he said, Yea. 28 And Ammon said: This is God. And Ammon said unto him again: Believest thou that this Great Spirit, who is God, created all things which are in heaven and in the earth?
*Footnote 26a (Great Spirit) – Alma 22:8-11
8 And now when Aaron heard this, his heart began to rejoice, and he said: Behold, assuredly as thou livest, O king, there is a God. 9 And the king said: Is God that Great Spirit that brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem? 10 And Aaron said unto him: Yea, he is that Great Spirit, and he created all things both in heaven and in earth. Believest thou this? 11 And he said: Yea, I believe that the Great Spirit created all things, and I desire that ye should tell me concerning all these things, and I will believe thy words.
The Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith – 1838 (First Vision 1820)
“It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”
A consistent and logical Chain of Footnotes from the Book of Mormon for: One God
2 Nephi 31
21 And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end.
26 And Zeezrom said unto him: Thou sayest there is a true and living God? 27 And Amulek said: Yea, there is a true and living God. 28 Now Zeezrom said: Is there more than one God? 29 And he answered, No.
30 Now Zeezrom said unto him again: How knowest thou these things?
31 And he said: An angel hath made them known unto me.
32 And Zeezrom said again: Who is he that shall come? Is it the Son of God? 33 And he said unto him, Yea.
34 And Zeezrom said again: Shall he save his people in their sins? And Amulek answered and said unto him: I say unto you he shall not, for it is impossible for him to deny his word.
35 Now Zeezrom said unto the people: See that ye remember these things; for he said there is but one God; yet he saith that the Son of God shall come, but he shall not save his people—as though he had authority to command God.
36 Now Amulek saith again unto him: Behold thou hast lied, for thou sayest that I spake as though I had authority to command God because I said he shall not save his people in their sins.
37 And I say unto you again that he cannot save them in their sins; for I cannot deny his word, and he hath said that no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore, how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven? Therefore, ye cannot be saved in your sins.
38 Now Zeezrom saith again unto him: Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father?
39 And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth, and all things which in them are; he is the beginning and the end, the first and the last;
40 And he shall come into the world to redeem his people; and he shall take upon him the transgressions of those who believe on his name; and these are they that shall have eternal life, and salvation cometh to none else.
41 Therefore the wicked remain as though there had been no redemption made, except it be the loosing of the bands of death; for behold, the day cometh that all shall rise from the dead and stand before God, and be judged according to their works.
42 Now, there is a death which is called a temporal death; and the death of Christ shall loose the bands of this temporal death, that all shall be raised from this temporal death.
43 The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time; and we shall be brought to stand before God, knowing even as we know now, and have a bright recollection of all our guilt.
44 Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.
And he hath brought to pass the redemption of the world, whereby he that is found guiltless before him at the judgment day hath it given unto him to dwell in the presence of God in his kingdom, to sing ceaseless praises with the choirs above, unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Ghost, which are one God, in a state of happiness which hath no end.
Behold, I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem my people. Behold, I am Jesus Christ. I am the Father and the Son. In me shall all mankind have life, and that eternally, even they who shall believe on my name; and they shall become my sons and my daughters.
Special Note – Trust the Book of Mormon or the Missionaries?
Mormon Missionaries have been instructed to reply that: God, Jesus and the Spirit are One in Purpose. It should be noted that neither the words nor the concept of One in Purpose can be found in the Book of Mormon. And remember, the Introduction to the Book of Mormon sets a very high standard:
Statement of Book of Mormon – Correct and Keystone
Concerning this record the Prophet Joseph Smith said: “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”
So, specific to the very, very simple question concerning the true Nature and Character of God, should we Trust the Book of Mormon or Trust the Mormon Missionaries, they both cannot be right.
Book of Mormon or Mormon Missionaries
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