Thursday, August 18, 2011
In November of 1841, 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," (History of the Church, vol. 4, p. 461.) Interestingly, the Book of Mormon does not teach many of the things which separate Mormonism from mainstream Christianity, such as real other gods, that men may become gods, or the doctrines of baptism for the dead or temple marriage. Rather than this, the Book of Mormon affirms that there is only ONE GOD, who is Spirit, and who is unchangeable. The Book of Mormon was published in 1830. It wasn't until 1835-6 that Joseph began to speak of a "First Vision" entailing two separate god-beings. It wasn't until 1844 that he gave the King Follett Discourse, from which comes the quote that directly contradicts Moroni 8:18: "We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea..."
The Bible says that you will know a false prophet by his fruit (Matt 7:15-20). Can teaching exactly opposite things, and calling them both of them inspired truths given of God, be called bad fruit? I suspect so. If not just that, than at least Joseph's failed prophecies should be taken into account.
What could be the possible reason that Joseph first taught ONE GOD ONLY, and later many gods? What could be the reason that the book that was supposed to come about to restore true Christianity to the earth would be out of sync with the Mormon religion? Mormon, what answer can you give?