Are Discrepancies in Joseph Smith’s First Vision Like Differences in Gospel Accounts?

Are New Testament Reports of Christ’s Resurrection Like Discrepancies Found in Joseph Smith’s First Vision?

Skeptics and Jewish rabbis like the ones at Jews for Judaism attack Christianity by drawing false comparisons between the differences found in the Gospel Resurrection accounts and discrepancies in Joseph Smith’s First Vision accounts in Mormonism. While both Christianity and Mormonism base their religious claims upon the reality of their historical events, the New Testament’s historical account of Jesus Christ’s resurrection is the only event that is supported by both internal and external sources.  While the New Testament claims about the life of Christ fit a first century context and are verified by many eyewitness accounts, Joseph Smith’s First Vision event was not attested to by any eyewitness accounts, nor are his claims supported by any historical findings. While the Gospel accounts can be reconciled by comparing the accounts in a way that allows them to fit together to form a cohesive testimony, discrepancies in Joseph Smith’s first vision accounts are significant enough to lend question as to the viability of his claims.

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Is Joseph Smith’s first vision a solid historical fact?

Is Joseph Smith’s first vision a solid historical fact?

Jesus’ Resurrection and Joseph’s Visions: Examining the Foundations of Christianity and Mormonism – Book by Robert M. Bowman available on Amazon.  of Faith Thinkers – Just as the resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of Christianity, the visions of Joseph Smith are the foundation of Mormonism. In Jesus’ Resurrection and Joseph’s Visions, Robert Bowman compares the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection with the evidence for Joseph’s visions, showing how the historical data confirm the truth of Jesus’ resurrection, and that the accounts of Joseph Smith’s visions are historically unreliable. For Mormons who have doubts about their religion, this study will help them find a more reliable basis for faith in Christ. For Christians, this study provides a fresh angle on the historical evidence for the truth of Christianity.

 

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