I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; Galatians 1:6.
The Book of Mormon:
This particular book is the main book of study in the Mormon cult. This is the book that was supposedly translated by Joseph Smith, Jr. from the two golden plates as shown to him by the Angel Moroni. This book is held by Mormons to be equal to the Bible, or greater if needed. The original language is one of "Reformed Egyptian" and there are no original or early manuscripts to study. The book is a writing of two early civilizations located on the American continent.The first civilization, the Jaredites, left the town of Babel (2,250 BC according to the Mormons) and came to Central America where they were destroyed due to corruption's. The second group, the Nephites, came to South America about (600 BC). This group was the righteous Jews. This group divided into two warring groups, the Nephites and Lamanites, which were eventually destroyed also. The Lamanites were given a curse for their evil deeds, the curse took the form of dark skins. The Lamanites defeated the Nephites in Palmyra, New York.
Quotes: “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” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 194).
Referring to the witnesses of the Book of Mormon, a Mormon apostle said: “...the voice of the Lord told them it had been translated correctly, commanding them to send forth their testimonies to all nations” (Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, vol. II, p. 293).
“If we compare the historical, prophetical, and doctrinal parts of the Book of Mormon with the great truths of science and nature, we find no contradictions — no absurdities — nothing unreasonable” (Orson Pratt, Talmage’s Articles of Faith, p. 505).
But it’s not the most correct book on earth. There have been over 4000 spelling and grammatical changes, not to mention many doctrinal ones. The original 1830 edition contained rambling and incomprehensible sentences nearly 400 words long. Joseph Smith and his friends who acted as scribes in “translating” the Book of Mormon were poorly educated. They couldn’t spell, and their grammar was bad. Although Joseph claimed to translate by the “gift and power of God,” the result was very human, as evidenced by these examples:
“... These our dearly beloved brethren, who have so dearly beloved us” (Alma 26:9; 1830 edition, p. 296).
“... Yea, if my days could have been in them days... But, behold, I am consigned that these are my days” (Helaman 7:8-9; 1830 edition, p. 427).
“... Even until we had arriven to the land of Middoni” (Alma 20:30; 1830 edition, p. 282).
In contrast, Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount includes eighteen complete, meaningful sentences in the first 340 words. The most complex sentence in the New Testament does not reach 100 words and is clear and readable. Compare the clarity and beauty of the Bible with these sentences from the early Book of Mormon:
“... There were no robbers, nor murderers, neither were there Lamanites, nor any manner of ites; but they were one, the children of Christ” (4 Nephi 1:17; 1830 edition p. 515).
“... He went forth among the people, waving the rent of his garment in the air, that all might see the writing which he had wrote upon the rent” (This one was fixed up in recent editions as Alma 46:12-19; 1830 edition p. 351).
Not only were grammatical errors corrected (in the most correct book on earth), but many doctrinal changes have been made: But more about these as we go through the book chapter by chapter. [Also See Joseph Smith Didn't Believe in the Book of Mormon....So Why Should Anyone Else?
I Nephi (Chapter 1)... Notice how many times "I" and "my" are used in the first three verses here. It is so different from the Bible. It is hard to find the author of many of the Old Testament books. Half of the Old Testament never even gives us a clue about the authorship. Also notice how Nephi brags about being highly favored of the Lord, having great knowledge, and of his high birth. So different from the biblical writers.
I Nephi 1:2... Lehi was a Jew who allegedly lived in Jerusalem all his life, but whose language was somehow Egyptian. The Jews hated the Egyptians and would never have written their sacred records in Egyptian. It would have been an affront to God. The principle language of the Jews was Hebrew. .
I Nephi 1:6... The "pillar of fire" sounds like right out of Exodus. These expressions from the Bible are too numerous to mention all of them.
I Nephi 1:7,12... The "overcome with the Spirit" What spirit? Note the date at the bottom of the page and then look up John 7:39.
I Nephi 2:5... The name "Sam" is not a Hebrew name. It sounds more like a Yankee name.
I Nephi 2:8... It says a "river...emptied into the Red Sea." Investigation shows there are no rivers in all of Arabia now or in recorded history, and no river empties into the Red Sea! Also this was quite a trip, from Jerusalem to the Red Sea, to make in just three days by foot.
I Nephi 2:14... Again they are being "filled with the Spirit." See John 7:39 and the date at the bottom of the page.
I Nephi 3:10... There was no such place as the “Land of Jerusalem”. A land of Judea, yes.
I Nephi 3:19... "Language of our father." These folks were Jews... not Egyptians, remember.
I Nephi 4:19,21... Here he cuts off another man's head and puts on the dead man's garments and no one seems to notice anything amiss. Did the man not bleed?
I Nephi 4:26... The word "Church" is not found until the New Testament. See the date at the bottom of the page. The word is Greek as well and Joseph Smith staunchly claimed there was no Greek on the plates. (See Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 299)
I Nephi 5:16-Nephi "did discover the genealogy of his fathers." Why did he not know? He supposedly had lived in Jerusalem all his life and genealogy was public record. Every Jew knew who his fathers were.
I Nephi 11: 21,32... The words "even the Son" and "the Son of God" have been added since the 1830 version of The Book of Mormon.
I Nephi 12:9... There are countless number of these examples. "Behold they are they who shall judge the twelve tribes of Israel" is an Old Testament time period prophecy given in New Testament wording as in Luke 22:30.
I Nephi 13:26... The phrase "have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb" is odd when you note the date at the bottom of the page.
I Nephi 13:39... Here the author seems to think the Bible is translated correctly. Why do the LDS question it today? The words "the Son of" have been added since the original 1830 edition.
I Nephi 14:23... This scene is indeed strange. God never showed visions to one prophet and then expected another prophet to record it for the Bible.
I Nephi 17:2... I wonder about the "raw meat." Jews were forbidden to eat raw meat. See Exodus 12:9. Why in the world would they want to eat it raw anyway?
I Nephi 17:35... This verse seems to contradict the Bible. The "he that is righteous is favored of God" does not agree with Romans 3:10.
I Nephi 19:2... This Nephi is some smart fellow. he did not know that the Lord would later command him to make these plates. But luckily for him he had been making them. Notice "more part" which is sprinkled throughout the whole Book of Mormon. That is very poor English.
I Nephi 19:10... It says here there would be three DAYS of darkness at the time of Jesus' death. This is a false prophesy for in the Bible it says there were only three HOURS of darkness. See Luke 23:44
I Nephi 20:1... Chapter is copied from Isaiah 48. "Out of the waters of baptism" has been added since the original 1830 edition. (People do read the book closely enough to notice these significant changes)
I Nephi 22:15... The words "stubble" and "the day cometh that they must be burned." This is quoting Malachi 4:1. Note the date at the bottom of the page. This date is about 100 years before Malachi was born.
II Nephi 2:25... "Adam fell that man might be..." See the LDS Articles of Faith. Number 2 says Adam transgressed.
II Nephi 3:3... "for thy seed shall not utterly be destroyed." is a false prophecy. These were the Nephites who were annihilated according to the tale.
II Nephi 3... The prophesy in this chapter telling of Joseph Smith is most enlightening. Joseph must have been a wicked black-skinned Lamanite because the white and delightsome righteous Nephites were all killed off.
II Nephi 3:14... History bears out that this was a false prophesy. The men who did destroy this so-called "prophet" were not confounded. It also states that Joseph’s enemies were to be confounded when they sought to destroy him, but Smith was shot and killed in Carthage, Illinois while in jail on June 27, 1844.
II Nephi 5:15,16... Here is one of many anachronisms. The "steel" is a dead give away. There was no steel in this period of history. Note the date at the bottom of the page. No trace of anything of steel has ever been found from this date on the American or any other continent. (The Book of Mormon mentions iron mining, which leaves permanent geological scars on the land; no such traces have ever been found in the Americas before the time of Columbus. Nor did any of the following exist in America before this time, contrary to what the Book of Mormon claims: steel, scimitars, breastplates, gold and silver coins, shipbuilding, wheeled vehicles, wheat, barley, flax, vineyards, domesticated animals (dogs, cows, goats, oxen, swine, etc.). Anthropologists unanimously agree that all these came to America after the time of Columbus, and no archaeological traces remain to substantiate a pre-Columbian civilization as we find in the Book of Mormon.)
II Nephi In 600 B.C. Lehi and his family allegedly came to America, less than 20 people. But the Book of Mormon reports that they divided into two nations in less than 30 years, even though only a few dozen people could have been born in that time, at best. II Nephi 5:16 says that one of those nations built a temple like Solomon’s less than 19 years after their arrival in America (I Nephi 18:23, II Nephi 5:28). By contrast, Solomon’s temple took 7½ years to build (I Kings 6:1,38) with 30,000 levied Israelites and 150,000 hewers of stone and carriers (I Kings 5:13-15). A total of 550 chiefs and 3300 subordinates supervised the work (I Kings 5:16 and 9:23). A difficult job for a few dozen people.
II Nephi 5:26... Jacob and Joseph had been born while their folks were in the wilderness less than thirty years past, (see verse 28), and here they are being made priests. The Jewish law forbade a man from being a priest until he reached the age of thirty. These men were from the wrong tribe to be priests as well.
II Nephi 6:17... Again God is promising to deliver his "covenant people" here-but read on. This is a false prophesy.
II Nephi 8... This whole chapter is copied from Isaiah 51. Even the italicized words that were added later to the King James Version for clarification, are found here.
II Nephi 9:8, 9... Here it tells us that the "devil" can "transformeth himself nigh unto an angel of light." Joseph Smith wrote in his first Doctrine and Covenants, that an "angel of light" was who gave him the golden plates. Of course this has been deleted in later editions.
II Nephi 9:38... The words "those who die in their sins; for they shall return to God, and behold his face and remain in their sins" seems to contradict the LDS' practice of baptism for the dead. See Hebrews 9:27 as well.
II Nephi 10:3... "Christ...should be his name" is incorrect. Christ is a title-not a name. His name is Jesus.
II Nephi 10:7... “When the day cometh that they [Jews] shall believe in me, that I am Christ, then have I covenanted with their fathers that they shall be restored in the flesh, upon this earth, unto the lands of their inheritance.” The Jews are back in their land, but do not believe that Jesus is the Christ. This is a false prophecy.
II Nephi 13-22... These chapters are copied straight from Isaiah 3-12.
II Nephi 22:2... JEHOVAH is the Mormon Jesus, but her it speaks of God.
II Nephi 23... This is chapter 13 of Isaiah. It was this chapter that I marked all the italicized words from the KJV Bible. As you know, these words were not in the original text, but added for clearer understanding when the Bible was translated into English. So it would have been impossible for these italicized words to have been on the golden plates.
II Nephi 25:1... "Isaiah spake many things which were hard for many of my people to understand." Why in the world then did the writer quote over fifteen chapters of Isaiah, up to this point (he quotes more later), if he thought it was too hard for the people to understand?
II Nephi 25:23... The "after all we can do" is not what the Bible states in Ephesians 2:8,9. Besides, are any of us really doing all we can do??
II Nephi 26:32, 33--Here it tells us "God hath commanded that men should not murder" and also that "none of these iniquities come of the Lord." Look back at I Nephi 4:10. Who's spirit was telling them to kill Laban?
At the end of verse 33 is says "ye denieth none...black and white." Why did the Mormons deny the Blacks the priesthood until a new revelation was given in 1978??
II Nephi 27:12... It says that only three witnesses would see the gold plates. Why did eight more say they did?
II Nephi 27:23... "I am the same yesterday, today, and forever" is copied right from Hebrews 13:8, and certainly challenges the LDS doctrine that God was once a man.
II Nephi 28:14... The "followers of Christ" does not square with the date at the bottom of the page.
II Nephi 29:3... "Bible" is a Greek word that wasn't even used at this time period. Again, remember that Joseph Smith said denied that there were any Greek words on the plates he translated.
II Nephi 29:6... Here the author calls anyone who believes the Bible, the perfect complete revelation from God, a fool. See Hebrews 1:1,2; Revelation 22:18,19; I Peter 1:23-25; and II Peter 1:21.
II Nephi 30:6... "White" was in the original, but has recently been changed to read "pure." During the same 19 years before they built the temple Laman and Lemuel (two of Lehi’s sons) along with their descendants and followers turned dark-skinned because of disobedience (II Nephi 5:21). This phenomenal change of skin color is seen throughout the Book of Mormon. In III Nephi 2:11-16 we see that the dark-skinned Lamanites (Indians) turned white within one year as a result of accepting the true gospel. But in the 1981 edition of the Book of Mormon, II Nephi 30:6 has been changed so that converted Lamanites become “pure” instead of “white.” (Also, it should be noted that there is never any indication that changes have been made. )Perhaps after 150 years the LDS leaders have noticed that Indians don’t become white when they become Mormons! Yet they should turn white (and apostates turn dark) if Mormon 9:9-10,19 is true. Maybe the 1978 (new) revelation allowing blacks into the priesthood may have had something to do with it.
II Nephi 31:3... I underlined "he speaketh unto men according to their language." Why then were they to write in reformed Egyptian. They probably did not understand it and surely the ones who would receive the plates would not understand it either.
II Nephi 31:6... At the bottom of the page it says it was between 559 and 545 before Christ, and in verse 6 it says Christ was baptized. Six centuries before His birth.
II Nephi 31:7-10... Notice all the words in the past tense and the date at the bottom of the page. "he was, he showeth, he humbleth, after he was, descended, showeth, having set," and "he said."
II Nephi 33:6... Here Jesus is supposed to have redeemed Nephi from Hell between 559 and 545 B.C.
Enos 1:8... Here is an exceptionally questionable statement. This fellow is allegedly saved, "Because of thy faith in Christ, whom thou hast never before heard nor seen."
Enos 1:20... Here only a generation from being raised in "Christian" families, these people have become "wild, and ferocious, and a blood-thirsty people." Is this really feasible.
Enos 1:27... I have underlined Paul's words, "mortal shall put on immortality" from I Corinthians 15:53. There are hundreds of these borrowed phrases in the Book of Mormon.
WORDS OF MORMON
Words Of Mormon vs. 4... "as many things as have been prophesied concerning us down to this day have been fulfilled," is simply not true. A number of prophesies have failed to occur.
Words Of Mormon vs. 7... Mormon said, "I do not know all things; but the Lord knoweth all things." He is correct. Why then does Moroni 10:3-5 teach that man can know all things?
Words Of Mormon vs. 18... The word "faculty" is much too modern to have been used in 130 B.C.
Mosiah 1:2 and 1:4... Again notice the "language of his fathers" and the language of the Egyptians." The language of the Jews was mostly Hebrew and the Egyptians were their enemies. Lehi would not have been taught Egyptian.
Mosiah 2:3... Says that they followed the law of Moses in taking the firstlings of flocks and offering them for burnt offerings. But firstlings were never used for burnt offerings in the Mosiac law (Deut. 15:19-20). Exodus 13:2, 12 and 22
Mosiah 3:5... The "Lord Omnipotent who reigneth" could have been copied from Revelation 19:6. The "who was, and is from eternity to all eternity" does not square with the LDS teaching that God was once a man.
Also, the "healing the sick, raising the dead," "causing the lame to walk," "blind to receive their sight" and "all manner of diseases" sound amazingly like Matthew 10:8, 11:5 and 10:1.
Mosiah 3:8... Here about 124 B.C. they give Mary's name. She was only referred to as "a virgin" in the Old Testament of the Bible.
Mosiah 3:11... This statement directly contradicts the LDS' Articles of Faith that says men will be punished for their own sins and not for Adam's transgression. Here we find "his blood atoneth for the sins of those who have fallen by the transgression of Adam."
Mosiah 3:12... Here is a beautiful and true statement. "Salvation cometh to none such except it be through repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ." No word of law, ordinances or other requirements found here.
Mosiah 5:15... "steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works" is from 1 Corinthians 15:58. "created all things in heaven and in earth" (Colossians 1:16) which disagrees with the temple ceremony. In the temple it is portrayed that Jesus (a.k.a. Jehovah) and Michael perform the job of creation.
Mosiah 7:27... The words "Christ was the God, the Father of all things," "take upon him the image of man" and "God should come down among the children of men and take upon him flesh" really does not agree with present Mormon theology. The question of gods with bodies again arises.
Mosiah 11:2... This verse really makes problems for explaining how God one day would reverse Himself and command polygamy.
Mosiah 11:11... The "seats" for the "high priests" disturbs me. They are talking about inside the temples (plural). There was only one high priest at a time. Also one temple. And the temple at Jerusalem never had seats for the high priests. The priest did his work standing, Only when Christ became the perfect sacrifice did he ascent to the Father and sit down. The task was done. Once for all.
Mosiah 13:34... The words "God himself should come down among the children of men, and take upon him the form of a man" makes me wonder how he would take upon himself something he already had, if he was a man?
Mosiah 15:10... Note the word "soul" which they are saying was an offering for sin. The Bible teaches it was the BODY and the BLOOD.
Mosiah 15:15-18... Here the author is borrowing from Isaiah 52:7, but repeats himself and slightly changes the wording.
Mosiah 15:29-31... These verses are from Isaiah 52:8-10. Even though Isaiah was so hard to understand, it seems the writer borrows liberally from him anyway as well as from many other Biblical writers.
Mosiah 16:11--Notice the "endless damnation" which most Mormons do not believe to be so.
Mosiah 18:20-This is an interesting verse. It is not done by the Mormons and note the date at the bottom of the page which makes the "had redeemed" in the wrong tense. I can't recall the topics in this verse ever being preached at church when I have gone with you.
Mosiah 18:26... Note the "priest were not to depend on the people for their support" disagrees with the Old Testament priestly system. See also 1 Corinthians 9:13-and then look up D & C 42:71-73.
Mosiah 21:28... Here is one of the most difficult mistakes to deal with in the Book of Mormon. The name "Mosiah" was "Benjamin" in the original 1830 edition (look it up if you don't believe me). But a few chapters back (Chapter 6:5) Benjamin had died. Apparently before the next edition was printed someone noticed the blunder and corrected it.
Mosiah 23:16... Here is a verse that the LDS Missionaries simply could not even attempt to explain. It states "Alma" was "being the founder of their church." In Matthew 16:18 Christ said He would build His Church. If Christ's Church was already founded why would He say He was going to found it? So the church that Alma founded could not have been one and the same as Christ's church. Besides, it is between 145 and 121 B.C. when Alma instituted his church. Church was not even a concept until Christ got here.
Mosiah 24:4... This situation is strange. Here these people who are cousins, from the same roots, in just a few years, and without God confounding their language, did not speak the same language.
Mosiah 27... Take note of the similarities between the conversion of Alma (found in this chapter) and that of the Apostle Paul (Acts chapter 9).
Mosiah 27:13... I found the "This is my church" and "I will establish it" rather confusing as well as contradicting. In addition, if you believe Mosiah 23:16 Alma had already established it.
The words "save it is the transgression of my people" is adding to the Word of God, as is recorded in Matthew 16:18.
Mosiah 27:31... Before Paul was born, his words are being quoted from Philippians 2:10, 11, "every knee shall bow and every tongue confess before him."
Mosiah 29:14... Modern words, like "faculties," really argue against the fact that this is an ancient manuscript.
Mosiah 29:39... Here it says "according to the law" and yet it speaks of the "liberty which had been granted to them." The writer did not understand that Christ fulfilled the law and the prophets.
Jarom 1:8... Notice the anachronisms here in this one verse. The "machinery," the "iron" and the "steel."
BYU Professor of Anthropology Ray T. Matheny says the constant reference in the Book of Mormon to iron is “a king-size problem”:
The Book of Mormon talks about ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgical industries. A ferrous industry is a whole system of doing something. It’s just not an esoteric process that a few people are involved in, but ferrous industry...means mining iron ores and then processing these ores and casting [them] into irons...This is a process that’s very complicated...it calls for cultural backup to allow such an activity to take place...In my recent reading of the Book of Mormon, I find that iron and steel are mentioned in sufficient context to suggest that there was a ferrous industry here...
But Matheny says archaeology proves that there was no iron mining in the western Hemisphere in pre-Columbian times. And there is no room for making a mistake about it:
You can’t refine ore without leaving a bloom of some kind or...impurities that blossom out and float to the top of the ore...and also the flux of limestone or whatever is used to flux the material...[This] blooms off into silicas and indestructible new rock forms. In other words, when you have a ferroused metallurgical industry, you have these evidences of the detritus that is left over. You also have the fuels, you have the furnaces, you have whatever technologies that were there performing these tasks; they leave solid evidences. And they are indestructible things...No evidence has been found in the new world for a ferrous metallurgical industry dating to pre-Columbian times. And so this is a king-size kind of problem, it seems to me, for the so-called Book of Mormon archaeology. This evidence is absent. (Ray T. Matheny, Speech at Sunstone Symposium 6, “Book of Mormon Archaeology,” Aug. 25, 1984.)
This book is filled with quotes from the New Testament, many way before the author was even born.
Alma 1:7... Even Alma makes the same mistake with the Greek anachronism "church."
Alma 3:7... Does the story about "God set a mark upon" these people, remind you of Genesis 4:15.
Alma 5:3... There was no office of "high priest" in the "church of God."
Alma 5:19... The "pure heart and clean hands" sounds like Psalms 24:4. The "image of God engraven upon your countenances" should leave one puzzled. The image of God engraved on their faces? This is odd. What does God's image look like and how do you engrave on a person's face?
Alma 7:10... "Jerusalem" is said to be the place of Jesus' birth. See Matthew 2:1. My Bible tells me Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Is this the same Jesus?
The "conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost" does not agree with Bruce McConkies's statement in his book, Mormon Doctrine. He states Jesus was conceived just like you and me. The only difference is that Mary's sexual union was with God the Father. Also “Now, remember from this time forth, and forever, that Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, p. 51). Brigham Young
Alma 11:38,39... Here it says "the Son of God the Very Eternal Father" which Mormonism does not teach. This also rules out God having a father or grandfather.
Alma 13:1... Here is a bizarre statement. The "cite your minds forward to the time when" is most confusing. Why would you look forward to something that had already happened? The "gave" is also in the past tense.
Alma 13:14... The statement "who took upon him the high priesthood forever" leaves me to wonder why the LDS have high priests? It appears from this verse, and the writer of Hebrews fully agrees, that the job is filled.
Alma 13:14-19... Does not agree with Hebrews 7. There are endless errors here.
Alma 13:18,19... These verses contain numerous errors concerning Melchizedek. Examine carefully the "prince" and "his father and "many after him." Thy all contradict the Bible. Look at Hebrews 7:2,3.
Alma 13:20... This is a huge mistake here. The "Behold the scriptures are before you: if ye will wrest them it shall be to your own destruction" is a warning, but how did they have the scriptures before them? They had not as yet been written. This could not have been the Old Testament because they are talking about Christ.
Alma 18:2,28... It appears that they admit God is a spirit, and not a glorified physical man.
Alma 19:10... This verse has been borrowed and modified from the biblical account recorded at Luke 7:9. However, what The Book of Mormon proposes is that Jesus plagiarized His declaration from Ammon, being that Ammon allegedly spoke these words nearly a century before Christ. This would make Jesus' words most trifling. (See John 7:46.)
Alma 19:29... Mark the "who saved me." Note the date at the bottom of the page. How could Jesus save her before he had died if the Mormons say to be saved is to be resurrected? Was this man resurrected prior to his dying? Note the tense of the "saved" again.
Alma 22:10... The words "he created" does not agree with current Mormon thought-that God only organized things..
Alma 23:17... Here they are "no more called Lamanites." Through the years they are, then they are not, then they are again. Talk about confusion. It does not tell us if they turn black to white to black again.
Alma 24:10... Here these people are forgiven of "murders" which today is one of the unforgivable sins of Mormonism. When did God change His mind about this?
Alma 24:11... This verse says that with just repentance and faith in God you can be saved... with no baptism. An LDS cannot today according to their teaching.
Alma 24:19... Note the "weapons of peace." The definition of a WEAPON does not compute with PEACE.
Alma 26:9... The "dearly beloved us" is a classic example of the poor grammar within the book. It almost seems like an attempt to sound more ancient or Biblical.
Alma 29:4... This verse has been altered since the original 1830 edition. The phrase, "Yea, decreath unto them decrees which are unalterable," has been removed. This is a doctrinal change since the god of Mormonism does alter his decrees. Why wasn't this change or any other change ever footnoted? Don't they think that someone will at least notice the change?
Alma 29:11... The word "church" will just not go away. Very much like God's church-it would not go away.
Alma 29:13... The are two items to be noted here. If God had established his church, why did Alma need to do it again? And, secondly, the "hath called me by a holy calling" appears to be taken from 2 Timothy 1:9.
Alma 30:2... This verse speaks of "continual peace." The year was 74 B.C., according to the date listed at the bottom of the page. A few pages forward in Alma 35:13, which according to the date at the bottom of this page, was two years later, war started. So "continual peace" must be two years.
Alma 30:23... Note the words "foolish ordinances" because today the LDS obey laws and ordinances. (Garments, hot drinks, etc.)
Alma 30:44... These people again demonstrate their superiority in every way. They knew that the "planets which move in their regular form," when others did not learn this for centuries.
Alma 30:53... I have underlined the phrase "behold, the devil hath deceived me; for he appeared unto me in the form of an angel." It can happen. See also Galatians 1:8.
Alma 30:58... One may wonder how a person can be converted again. To be converted is to do an about face. If you do another about face-you would be headed back in your original unconverted direction.
Alma 31:15... This verse tells us God is Spirit. The Bible also declares that God is Spirit (John 4:24). Mormonism, however, now teaches that God has a spirit and a physical body. The biblical Jesus taught that God is Spirit. Do you believe Jesus?
Alma 34:33... here we are instructed that no labor can be performed after death... it must be done in this life. Yet the Mormons teach we can do work for those who have died.
Alma 34:35... The same idea is set forth. The final state of the wicked is quite clear. Baptism for the dead is of no avail.
Alma 36:17... I have underlined the "a" Son of God? There is only one Son of God. Christians are adopted sons and daughters.
Alma 36:18... Here the author asks the reader to believe someone is crying out "O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me" seventy three years before Jesus was born.
Alma 37:33--Here they are told to preach Jesus Christ. Why do the LDS not do this today? Why has so much been added?
Alma 38:9... This verse states that there is no other way to be saved except in and through Christ. Why can't the LDS believe this? And incidentally, saved does not mean resurrected.
Alma 38:15... This verse is rather strange in that the writer bids his son a fond "farewell" and yet the next few chapters seem to be add-ons or something.
Alma 40:13... Matthew 8:12 is repeated in the words "these shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth."
Alma 41:8... "Now the decrees of God are unalterable." This makes one wonder about the numerous changes in The Book of Mormon, polygamy and Blacks partaking of the priesthood.
Alma 43:13,14... "descendants of the priests of Noah" and "were as numerous, nearly as were the Nephites" This is only around 55 years since these few men and twenty-four women got together (see Alma 19:26). The Nephites were said to number about 10 to 100 thousand. Amazing how fast they multiplied.?
Alma 44:12-16... In these verses a ridiculous incident unfolds, Zerahemnah gets scalped and then gets upset.
Alma 46:16... Here it is once again claimed that these people were called "Christians." The Bible tells us that "They were first called Christians in Antioch" (See Acts 11:26). Here in Alma they are being called "Christians" in 73 B.C. They both can't be first.
Alma 46:21... This verse shows that the author of the Book of Mormon really didn't know the Bible very well. The people are supposedly to rent their garments as a covenant. In Leviticus 21:10, it forbids Priests from tearing their garments. Tearing one's garment was an act showing grief or sorrow... not the sealing of a covenant.
Alma 48:10... Again, how can these people call themselves "Christians" before Jesus was even born?
Alma 56:56... Mark the "not one soul of them fallen to the earth" as it is absurd. This was a 12-year war and amazingly not one was killed. The striplings were fighting the older men experienced in war.
Alma 57:35... Here it is stated that "Blessed is the name of our God." No where in the Bible is God's name given as "blessed or happy.
Alma... The words "stand fast in the liberty wherewith God has made them free" is from Galatians 5:1.
Alma... I think the words "the inward vessel shall be cleansed first, and then shall the outer vessel be cleansed also," appears to be from Matthew 23:26.
Alma 61:14... I cannot help but notice the order-church first then the Redeemer our God. The church is made up of men-and men should never come before God.
In the whole book of Alma, almost every chapter, are accounts of perpetual wars and implausible battles. If this work was inspired, what is the purpose of the recounting of so much conflict and combat? Nowhere in the bible are wars detailed at length the way they are in Alma.
Helaman 3:16... "becoming Lamanites." These people were in a constant state of flux. How could they keep their genealogies if one year they were Lamanites and the next year Nephites? Did their skin change color each time their names did?
Helaman 3:26... "tens of thousands" because with this many people it is unbelievable that they left no trace of their civilization.
Helaman 3:29... This verse speaks of a "gulf of misery." This surely is not the gulf the Lord spoke of in Luke 16:26 as that was a gulf that no man can cross over.
Helaman 5:9... Again we find a Biblical statement concerning salvation. It states that "there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ." Why teach otherwise; why all the laws and temple works?
Helaman 6:25... Here is one of the many verses that forbids "secret oaths and covenants" which would bring the people unto destruction. Today the LDS perform secret oaths and make secret covenants in their temples.
Helaman 8:14... The "lifted up the brazen serpent in the wilderness, even so shall he be lifted up" are Jesus' words from John 3:14 and quoted between 23 and 20 B.C.
Helaman 9:21... More New Testament words, "O ye fools, ye uncircumcised of heart" comes from Luke 24:25. Also, "how long the Lord your God will suffer you" sounds like Mark 9:19.
Helaman 10:8... It was the veil that was rent in twain when Christ died-not the temple.
Helaman 12:24... The phrase, "grace according to their works," contradicts itself. Grace is unmerited favor. If you work for it you have merited it. A bit ambiguous perhaps?
Helaman 14:2,3... This is an example of trying to outdo the Bible. Read all the signs and wonders which are taking place a Christ's birth and then compare them to the biblical account.
Helaman 14:12... Read this verse and tell me who he is spoken about-the Father or the Son?
Helaman 14:13... I marked the words, "his merit," because this is not what Mormonism teaches today. It is by your own merits.
Helaman 14:27... This is a false prophecy.
Helaman 16:6,10... The bad grammar of "more parts" continues to be used by the different "authors" of The Book of Mormon.
III Nephi 2... In the introduction it states the "Lamanites became white and are called Nephites." Never before or since in history do we have cases of skins changing color.
III Nephi 5:7... This verse is rather clumsy especially when they have to be selective of their words for lack of space on the plates.
III Nephi 8... In the introduction it states "attest the crucifixion of Christ... Many people are destroyed." The question is why? Jesus said, "I come that they might have life" (see John 10:10). Saints arose in the land of the Bible at His death. See Matthew 27:52,53.
III Nephi 8:25... It said earlier the "more wick part" of the people were destroyed and here it speaks of the "mothers" and "children" who were destroyed. Am I suppose to believe that the "mothers" and "children" were the "most wicked" ones in the city?
III Nephi 9:15... There is no question of who caused all this misery. It was the Jesus in the Book of Mormon. 70,000 to 90,000 people destroyed is unbelievable.
Also, note that the "I am in the Father, and the Father in me" is from John 10:38. Further, the Bible leads me to believe Christ would first come as the servant, and not in judgment-but the Book of Mormon sure makes it appear to be judgment.
III Nephi 9:17... The word "become" seems to question the pre-existence theory.
III Nephi 11:12... This simply contradicts the Bible.
III Nephi 11:14,15... Here a multitude passes by and thrusts their hands into Jesus' side and feels the prints of the nails in his hands and feet. Do you realize how many hours that would take?
III Nephi 11:17... It says "they did worship him." Jesus accepted worship because He is God.
III Nephi 11:25... Notice the "name" (singular). Denotes one God.
III Nephi 11:27... John 14:11 and 10:30 are repeated here. It does say one God. And not only one in purpose.
III Nephi 11:34... Again we have the words of the Bible. Mark 16:16 is quoted, "And whoso believeth not in me and is not baptized, shall be damned."
III Nephi 11:36... Again, we find the three gods myth dispelled. "For the Father, and I and the Holy Ghost are one" clearly demonstrates the doctrine of the Godhead.
III Nephi 12... This chapter is copied from Matthew 5 of the KJV of the Bible.
III Nephi 12:34,36--These verses again condemn oath swearing which is done in the LDS temple ceremonies.
III Nephi 13... This chapter is copied from Matthew 6.
III Nephi 17:1... I marked the words "my time is at hand," because biblically speaking Jesus' time was at His crucifixion.
III Nephi 18:7... I marked the word "shown" because Jesus did more than show his body-He GAVE it!
III Nephi 18:9... The Lord's Supper, which I assume this is supposed to be, was not to fill physical needs, it was a token.
III Nephi 18:39... This verse raises some further questions. If he "ascended into heaven" and the disciples "did bear record that he ascended again", then he would have had to descend again. This does not meet the biblical accounts of the Second Coming. See Acts 1:11. Every eye did not see him (Revelation 1:7)... just these people that no one can prove existed.
III Nephi 19:15... A new twist with a new problem. This verse tells us, "Jesus came and stood in their midst." So it appears that he had to descend again-a third time. It seems Mormons always have to go one better: the Bible has one God, Mormonism has three (actually millions more), the Bible has one heaven, Mormonism has three, the Bible has a Second Coming, Mormonism has two.
III Nephi 20:1... Jesus here "commanded the multitude that they should cease to pray" and then countermands with "commanded them that they should not cease to pray in their hearts." In addition to being awkward, this also disputes I Thessalonians 5:17.
III Nephi 20:23-26... These verses are from Acts 3:21-26. This is supposedly Moses speaking and he mentions "Samuel" who did not live until several hundred years after Moses.
III Nephi 21:2-7... These six verses are all one sentence. In the 1830 edition, this sentence contained over 340 words. "Father" is used 8 times, "Gentile" 5 times, "shall come forth" 4 times, "that and "which" 20 times, and "me," "I" and "my" over 11 times. This Jesus is a lot more expressive in his statements than the Jesus in the Bible.
III Nephi 24... This chapter is copied from Malachi 3 from the KJV of the Bible.
III Nephi 25... This chapter is copied from Malachi 4.
III Nephi 25:2... The author copied this verse incorrectly. The "Son of Righteousness" is "Sun" in the Bible (Malachi 4:2).
III Nephi 28:1-8... These verses tell of three Nephites who never died. This seems to call in question the "Total Apostasy" of the church theory as taught by the Mormons.
IV Nephi 1:6... This verse takes 57 words to say that 59 years had passed. Compare this to the style of writing found in the Bible. It simply does not compare.
IV Nephi 1:12... Here stated is the fact that the people no longer performed the "ordinances of the law of Moses." Thus, why do the LDS place such emphasis on ordinances today?
IV Nephi 1:17... More confusion. This verse claims that "neither were there Lamanites, nor any manner of -ites." What has happened to those three Nephites we just read about (3 Nephi 28:1-8)? And where did all the Indians go?
IV Nephi 1:20... Here they show up again.
Mormon 7... In the introduction of this chapter it states, "All who believe the Bible will also believe The Book of Mormon." This is emphatically not true! There are millions who believe the Bible that do not believe The Book of Mormon. Further, Mormons today qualify their belief in the Bible by stating "as far as it is translated correctly" (Pearl of Great Price, page 64.)
Mormon 8:12... The "imperfections which are in it" is a give away. If the book was written under inspiration, and translated by the power of God-there would be no errors. Not a one! The Bible doesn't qualify itself like this.
Mormon 8:17... Matthew 5:22 is quoted in the phrase, "shall be in danger of hell fire." Most Mormons do not even believe in a hell.
Mormon 8:30... Again Matthew is quoted (24:6,7) with the words, "wars, rumors of wars, and earthquakes in divers places."
Mormon 8:32... The words, "for your money you shall be forgiven of your sins" describes a corrupt and wicked church. Perhaps the Mormons, who do not allow one to go to the temple (and work their way to the Celestial heaven) if their tithes are not paid , should take careful note.
Mormon 9:9... The "do we not read" in this verse presents the problem as to from what were they reading? Since it had not been written prior to Christ's alleged visit to the American continent, he could not have brought the text with him.
Mormon 9:19... The words, "he changeth not" have been added since the original 1830 edition. I wonder why? The LDS today believe that God was once a man. That is quite a change.
Mormon 9:32,33... I have underlined the words, "Altered by us," "the Hebrew hath been altered by us also" and "if we could have written in Hebrew, behold, ye would have had no imperfection in our record." These phrases are straw men in an attempt to excuse all the errors in the book. Again, if-as it is claimed-it had been inspired, and an angel preserved and then delivered it, and then supervised the work, and if it was translated by the power of God, there would be no mistakes.
Ether 1... In the introduction there is a statement which clearly contradicts the Bible. It says, "the language of the Jaredites is not confounded at the Tower of Babel." Genesis 11:9 states that the Lord DID confound the language of all the earth.
Ether 1:1... Moroni proceeds to give an account of the people who were destroyed. Again it is foreign to Scriptural records. We did not need the accounts of the inhabitants of Jericho, Sodom or Gomorrah.
Ether 1:43... This is a false prophecy. These folks were destroyed.
Ether 2:2, 3... These people not only, like Noah, gathered up animals to take in their water-going vessel, but also took "fish" and "bees" and "seeds of every kind.
Ether 2:16-25... It appears that when the Lord gave the instructions He forgot about the need for ventilation and lights.
Ether 3:13... Mark the phrase "the Lord showed himself unto him," for this too disagrees with the Bible. See Exodus 33:20.
Ether 3:14... This verse makes it appear that the Father and the Son are one and the same. Also I have marked the "shall become" because it disparages the LDS concept of pre-existence.
Ether 3:26... Why would the Lord have His word written so no one could read or interpret? His Word is for man's good and God does not confuse man in order to keep him from knowing and accepting Him.
Ether 4:18--I have underlined "my gospel" which is defined in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. This is not the gospel that Mormonism teaches. I also underlined the words, "for he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned; and the signs shall follow them that believe in my name," as it is taken from Mark 16:16,17. Incidentally, the final eleven verses of Mark's Gospel are not found in the older texts and appear to have been added by a well-meaning scribe. This is another clear indication that Joseph Smith had access to and copies from a KJV of the Bible. (It was noted in my KJV Bible that these last 11 verses were added long after the early transcripts of Mark.)
Ether 6:5... If the "furious wind" was really so furious it would have been a much shorter trip than 344 days. They couldn't' of gone more than 10 miles a day. This is a long journey to go with holes in the top and bottom of the vessel, and with no fresh water.
Ether 8:16... Consider the words, "these oaths unto the people, to keep them in darkness." Temple ceremony?
Ether 9:1... The beginning of this verse is ridiculous. It seems that Moroni got somewhat carried away with his pet words and phrases as he writes, "Therefore, behold, it came to pass."
Ether 9:18... here the reader is instructed that they had "swine" for food. Remember these people were supposedly Jews. Faithful Jew do no eat swine.
Ether 9:23... Coriantum allegedly built all these "mighty cities" of which no trace has ever been found. So much for the claims of LDS archaeology.
Ether 10:33... The reader is again instructed that "oaths" are bad. Why then are they sanctioned today in the LDS temple ceremonies?
Ether 15 :29-31... Here is one of the most nonsensical stories I have ever read. Read it very carefully and imagine the sequence of events in you head.
Moroni 5:1... Jesus is supposed to have told them to use "wine," or fruit of the vine, which represents the blood of Christ, for their sacrament. Why is this not done today? Mormons use water. Jesus said use wine or fruit of the vine. They have watered down the precious blood of Jesus
Moroni 7:22... Here the reader is informed that God is "from everlasting to everlasting." How could He have been once a man who worked His way to Godhood?
Moroni 8:18... This verse can be used to show the Mormon missionary why you need not pray about the Book of Mormon. If he does not believe this part, about God being unchanging, from his own scripture, why does he believe Moroni 10:5? We cannot pick and choose which verses we will and will not believe. It is either all from God or none at all.
Moroni 10:5... The "all" has already been explained. No man knows or can know the truth of all things.
Moroni 10:26... I have marked the words "for if they die in their sins and they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God." Why then do Mormons baptize for the dead?