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Biblical Problems in Mormonism

In his vision, Joseph Smith said he saw two figures; one being the Son (Jesus) and the other being God the Father.
The problem with this is that while many have seen Christ face to face, the Bible clearly tells us that NO ONE has seen God the Father's face and lived. Exodus 33:20, John 1:18, John 6:46, 1 John 4:12, 1 Timothy 6:15-16.

Mormon Response: God the Father, not the Son appeared to people in the Old Testament (Gen 17:1, 18:1, Exodus 24:9-11, 33:11, Numbers 12:6-8), and the New Testament verses are corrupted.



Mormons believe that God was once a man, as we are now, and that we will become gods and rule on our own planet.
This of course directly contradicts the Biblical texts, which tell us that God existed before Heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1), and even before the stars or the angels (Job 38:6-7). The Prophet Isaiah makes it very clear that there is only one God, and that there has been and always will be one God. In fact, Isaiah goes as far as to say that there will never be another even like Him. (Isaiah 43:10, 44:8, 46:9). After all, the Christian God, the God of the Bible, is the Alpha and the Omega... the beginning and the end (Revelation 1:8).

Mormon Response: No response was provided.



Mormons believe that Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer (Satan).
One problem with this belief is that Satan tempted Jesus, offering Christ all the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would worship him. Christ responded by telling Satan that we are to ONLY worship God Himself (Matthew 4:10). Yet Jesus ACCEPTS praise and worship from His disciples (Matthew 28:9), the crowds (John 9:35-38), and even the angels in Heaven (Hebrews 1:6)... the only logical conclusion is that Jesus was a liar, or that Jesus was in fact God, and that Satan was not. And we already know the Bible says there is only one God, and that there are none like Him... meaning that God does not have a brother.

Satan is also described in Isaiah and Jude, as a fallen angel who led a rebellion against God, and His Word who is Jesus Christ (John 1:1).

Mormon Response: No response was provided.



Jesus was a polygamist, and was crucified because of His lifestyle.
Nowhere in the Bible does it discuss Christ being married, except to say that Christ will take the church as His bride upon His return. Instead, Christ's followers preached monogamy, as shown in 1 Corinthians 7:2, Ephesians 5:31, 5:33, 1 Timothy 3:2, 3:12, Titus 1:6.

Mormon Response: No response was provided.



Joseph Smith, the overseer of the church practiced polygamy... before He even mentioned any revelation.
According to scriptures, the overseer (leader) of the church and all elders (deacons) are to be respectable men with no more than one wife. The Greek literally means "a one woman man." Yet Joseph Smith, the leader of the church broke this commandment by having as many as 30 wives. Mormons explain that Joseph was given a revelation by God, and while he was reluctant he obeyed... however, Joseph Smith took his second wife in secret (and had many more his wife, Emma, did not know about as well). As for the prophesy, Joseph Smith did not say a word until his polygamous relationships were outed by the Nauvoo Expositer (a paper he then ordered to be burned)... at least 3 years after he started marrying other wives.

Ironically, even the Book of Mormon hints that polyamy is a wicked act (Jacob 1:15, 2:24, 3:5, Mosiah 11:2), and when Smith died His wife and son split off from the church now led by Brigham Young over the issue of polygamy... an act that Emma Smith said was to be condemned. Even more ironic, the mainstream Church of Latter Day Saints now excommunicates any members it finds practicing polygamy, the very convenant Joseph Smith proclaimed as "everlasting" and as a requirement to enter the Highest Heaven (D&C 132:4).

Mormon Response: Joseph Smith was given a new covenant by God which was to be followed, however, a later Prophet was told by God that the covenant no longer to be carried out physically, only in spirit.



Joseph Smith claimed he had more to boast about than any other man, even comparing himself as doing a greater work than Jesus Christ.
"I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam… neither Paul, John, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him, but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet..." (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 6, Pages 408-409)

The Bible clearly tells us that we are not to boast, for none are righteous, and we can do nothing without the help of God (1 Peter 5:5-6, Matthew 5:5, John 5:19-30, John 6:38, Ephesians 2:8-9, Proverbs 8:13, Proverbs 11:2, 1 John 2:16 ). Yet Joseph Smith plainfully stated that he had done more than any other man, comparing his acts to those of Paul, John, and the Holy, Righteous Messiah.

Ironically, all 3 of the blessed witnesses left the church, with one, Oliver Cowdery, becoming a faithful member of the United Methodist Church [with a very strict doctrine that contradicted most LDS claims]. In fact, some reports show that of the original founders of the church, only 3 remained... Joseph Smith, his brother, and His father.

Mormon Response: Joseph Smith was only human.



Joseph Smith made false prophecies.
Joseph Smith made a multitude of very specific prophecies that never took place. These prophecies included the physical return of Christ in 1891 (History of the Church, Vol. 2, Page 182), that Joseph Smith would be delivered from his enemies (D&C 127:2), Patten would go on a mission (D&C 114:1), and that the United States govenment would be overthrown in a few years (History of the Church, Vol. 5, Page 394). For a list of false prophecies, please click here.

The Bible clearly warns us that if someone claims to be a prophet, and their prophecies do not come true, then they are not of God. (1 John 4:1, Matthew 24:24, Deuteronomy 18:21-22).


Mormon Response: Those weren't "real" prophecies.




Mormonism taught that dark skin was caused by sin, and was in fact the "mark of Cain."
In February of 1848, Brigham Young preached, for the first time, that Negroes were the "children of Cain" and "cursed."

Nowhere in the Bible does it even suggest that skin color is related to sin. Instead, many Christian scholars feel that the mark of Cain was rather a mark similar to a tatoo, a symbol placed somewhere on Cain's body. Secondly, even if the mark of Cain was a genetic marking, it would have been removed from the face of the earth during the Flood (Genesis 5:1-32, 6:1-3, 6:13, 6:17, 7:1).

Mormon Response: No response provided.



Mormonism banned African Americans from participating in the Priesthood after Brigham's revelation.
What is most surprising about this revelation, is that prior to it Brigham Young had appointed an African-American to the Preisthood. However, after finding the individual partaking in an "innappropriate relationship" Brigham Young removed him and revealed the new conecpt of the mark of Cain, removing and banning all African-Americans from the Priesthood.

What does the Bible say about skin color or race and the priesthood? It tells us that once a Christian is born-again, the old man is gone, and they assume a new identity (the new man). Perhaps this is best shown by the grace God showed to Moses and Saul [Paul], perhaps two of the greatest messengers of God, and both murderers prior to their conversion.

Not surprisingly, this revelation was also repealed by a later prophet... however, the Mormon church has never denounced it, and still proclaims it was the divine will of God.

Mormon Response: Not everything God has us do is pleasant.



Mormonism taught that dark skin was caused by sin, and was in fact the "mark of Cain."
In February of 1848, Brigham Young preached, for the first time, that Negroes were the "children of Cain" and "cursed."

Nowhere in the Bible does it even suggest that skin color is related to sin. Instead, many Christian scholars feel that the mark of Cain was rather a mark similar to a tatoo, a symbol placed somewhere on Cain's body. Secondly, even if the mark of Cain was a genetic marking, it would have been removed from the face of the earth during the Flood (Genesis 5:1-32, 6:1-3, 6:13, 6:17, 7:1).

Mormon Response: No response provided.



Mormonism teaches that many sins are not forgivable, including murder.
D&C 42:18 and 42:79 clearly state that if a Mormon commits murder, he or she cannot be forgiven... "in this world or the next."

The Bible however tells us that there is only one unforgivable sin, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, or denying God and Christ unto death. (Matthew 12:32-32, Mark 3:28-29, 1 Timothy 1:15-16, Romans 5:20, 1 John 2:2).

Mormon Response: Committing murder is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.



Salvation is based on the works we do, and on baptism and temple ceremonies.
Mormons believe that in order to be saved they must perform good works, be baptised (and baptise the dead), participate in temple ceremonies, and remember secret handshakes.

However, Christ seemed to forget about these vital practices, not mentioning any of the Pagan/ Free Masonry style temple practices, special garmets which must always be worn, or four handshakes required to enter the highest heaven... instead Christ came with a message of grace, stating that He was the way to the father... a message that was based on faith, and not on works or pagan like practices (such as those that Paul warned the Church of Corinth about).

John 3:16, 3:36, 5:24, 6:40, 8:24, 20:30-31, Acts 10:43, 13:19, 15:9, 16:31, Romans 1:16, 3:22-28, 4:3-16, 5:1-2, Ephesians 2:8-9.

Lastly, I would like to point out that the theif who was crucified with Christ was not shown any secret handshakes, baptised, sealed in a temple, or even a "hard worker for Christ;" yet Jesus told Him that He would be with Him in paradise because of his belief (Luke 23:40-43).

Mormon Response: No response was provided.



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