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BOOK OF MORMON EVIL?
FAKE SCRIPTURES ARE EVIL BY DEFAULT AND BY CONTENT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the fastest growing Church in the world. It traces its origins back to 1830 when a young man called Joseph Smith of Palmyra, New York, founded the Church of Christ based on the Book of Mormon which he said he translated from golden plates that he found in a hill by the guidance of an angel called Moroni. Mormon was the pretended author of the Book of Mormon and supposedly died in the fifth century CE. He allegedly abridged plates he had to create the Book of Mormon. The book was translated with magic glasses and firstly three witnesses saw the plates and later eight more were granted the privilege. Smith called out what he saw on the glasses to his secretary who wrote what he dictated down. The Book of Mormon was supposed to have been written in Reformed Egyptian. Smith proclaimed himself to be a Prophet and he brought out several revelations before his assassination by a mob in 1844. He had claimed that the Father and the Son appeared to him in 1820 when he prayed about what Church to join. They told him to join none for they were all abominations and the disciples of these Churches were all corrupt. There is so much religious fraud going on that one or two frauds have to strike it lucky and get away with it. The founders of Christianity and Mormonism struck it very lucky indeed.
WHAT IS THE BOOK OF MORMON?
The Book of Mormon is a scripture that was supposedly miraculously revealed to a man called Joseph Smith in the 19th Century in New York State. He said that God sent an angel to help him find ancient gold plates. When Smith got the plates he said God helped him translate Reformed Egyptian characters into English with the help of magic spectacles called Urim and Thummim.
The book contains evil doctrines that God believers and atheists agree are disgraceful.
The book says the sin of Adam and Eve was a good thing because they had to break God's command not to eat of the fruit so they could obey his command to have children! So God got them to sin!
2 Nephi 2:23 states that if Adam and Eve had not sinned they would have had no children and would not have known any joy for they knew no misery and being unable to do good for they did not know what sin was. This is utter rubbish. Sinlessness was no bar to making babies. And you can have joy when you forget about misery and do good when you forget about sin so you can have joy without knowing what sin is.
The recording of miracles in the Book of Mormon prove that it is inauthentic. This was a book that was allegedly revised and abridged and edited by Mormon and then by his son Moroni. Nobody saw the result of their work so they could have lied all they wanted. Would God base his revelation of miracles on such a weak foundation? You only believe in miracles as a last resort for they are so unnatural and uncommon and can be faked so it is wrong to say that these men wrote the truth only for there is no evidence that they wrote lies. You can’t believe in every unrefuted miracle. Miracles prevent one from being sure if a book is from God. They make you agnostic especially when they can’t be proved. For example, God can find a way to have one person in two bodies at the same time. So once miracles are accepted you could say that a scripture that says that somebody was killed and then forgets this and speaks of them as living is still inspired despite the contradiction for a miracle solves the conflict. The men rose from the dead. Miracles claim to depend on evidence and they cut it off like it was a branch they were sitting on. Miracles are not a call to faith but to self-deceit.
It is a sin to give beggars nothing and it will put you in Hell forever (Mosiah 4:16-18). But no matter what we have there is somebody who needs it more so nobody will go to Heaven even though the Book of Mormon teaches that perfect obedience is required for eternal salvation implying that we can go there (2 Nephi 25:23).
In 1 Nephi 4 the Holy Spirit tells Nephi to kill Laban in Palestine for no reason. The excuse the spirit gave was that it is better for one man to die than for a nation to perish in unbelief. Laban had scriptures he would not give up but that was hardly a reason for killing him. This event contradicts the Book of Mormon’s stance against murder. The nation God was worried about was the one that would be formed in America for Nephi and co left soon after. But God could have looked after their faith without requiring murder.
1 Nephi 10:4 says that God will raise up a messiah which in other words means saviour of the world. The word messiah does not mean saviour of the world at all but anointed one or political king. The Mormon Church says that since the Messiah would have to be the saviour the difficulty vanishes. But when the verse could mean that Messiah is the same word as saviour that is how we must take it for the Mormons are assuming the Book does not contradict itself which is an unscientific approach.
Although the Book of Mormon denies that babies are sinners and need baptism it does teach that all mankind is lost because of the sin of Adam and Eve (2 Nephi 2:21; Jacob 7:12). Moroni 8:8-12 says that babies have no sins and do not need baptism and that the atonement takes the curse of Adam away from them. The idea is that God did not and would not count babies to be sinners because of Adam but still rejected and cursed them because of the decision Adam made for them. Or it could be that they are conceived as sinful and sharing Adam’s sin but this sin is wiped away by Jesus as soon as it appears. It depends on what the curse of Adam means. The Book of Mormon may have some slight differences from the Christian Church about original sin but the essentials are there. It is far more Christian than the Bible but the doctrine that babies suffer for Adam’s sin is evil and since this sin is at the root of the Christian plan of salvation the whole plan is made corrupt by it for evil trees have evil roots.
Moroni 8:13 says that if little children could not be saved without baptism they must go to Hell forever and ever. But God could do something else with them or reincarnate them so to say they must go to Hell is irrational and simplistic. Verse 15 claims that there is no wickedness more awful than to suppose a child goes to Heaven for being baptised while another child does not for it was not baptised. But what about adults some of whom repent and are baptised and saved and others who repent and can’t get baptised and who go to Hell? It is clear that this verse destroys the Book of Mormon doctrine that baptism is essential for the salvation of adults for the principle in it undermines it. The Book of Mormon threatens eternal damnation on those who hold that infant baptism is necessary for the salvation of children while it is no better itself and verse 16 has Moroni claim divine inspiration for his assertion!
The racism of the Book is extreme and toxic. The idea is that the American Indians are Jews who fell away and God turned them into another race to be hated and despised. "After they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark, and loathsome, and a filthy people, full of idleness and all manner of abominations" 1 Nephi 12:23.
2 Nephi 5:21-24 speaks of God cursing them by causing a skin of blackness to come upon them.
3 Nephi 2:14-16 says if they convert then God takes away their black skin and makes them white "their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the Nephites."
Alma 3:6-9 says the dark sin was down to a divine curse. This text says that if God's people married any of them the child was cursed.
Mormons have attempted to hide the racism in the book by deliberately changing the texts from the originals.
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