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Mormonism vs. Christianity


The Mormon religion (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) was founded by Joseph Smith on September 21, 1823.   Smith later claimed that it was on this date that he was visited by a person named "Moroni," whom Smith described as a glorified, resurrected being.   According to Smith, it was "Moroni" who directed him to the Hill Cumorah, in upstate New York, where he found a collection of golden plates; upon which was written the Book of Mormon.   Written in what Smith identified as "Reformed Egyptian Hieroglyphics," he claimed to have translated the book into English, through the "gift and power of God."

The introduction to the Book of Mormon makes the following claims for itself:


1. that it is, "a volume of scripture comparable to the Bible,"

2. that it is, "the most correct of any book on Earth," and

3. that, "a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book."

Given the Apostle Paul's admonition in Galatians 1:8, "But even if we or an angel from Heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!" it is fair to test the Book of Mormon and the claims that it makes about itself.   In fact, we are commanded to do so.   "Test everything. Hold on to the good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21).






The Book of Mormon (Ether 2:23) describes, "Windows that will be dashed in pieces."


While the book of Ether was supposedly written about the time of the Tower of Babel, the earliest glass windows (stained glass windows) were invented by the Romans in the first century AD.


Ether 3:1 describes, "Sixteen small stones that were white and clear, even like transparent glass."


Transparent glass was not invented until many years after the book of Ether was supposedly written.   Therefore the author of Ether would have had no knowledge of what glass was, and would not have been able to draw a parallel between the clear, white stones, and transparent glass.


In both Alma 18:9-13 and 3 Nephi 3:22 (supposedly written about 600 BC) the Book of Mormon records the use of horses and chariots in the Americas.


Horses didn't come to the Americas until the Spanish brought them in the 16th century, and there have been no archaeological discoveries to suggest the existence of chariots during the time frame depicted in the Book of Mormon.


Ether 7:9 and Alma 2:12(purported to have been written between 2500 BC to 400 AD) identify the use of steel swords.


There is no evidence that steel was in use by Native Americans during the era supposedly depicted in the Book of Mormon.   Not a single steel weapon or implement has ever been found.


The Book of Mormon (Ether 9:1; allegedly written about 2500 BC) records that the native peoples of the Americas found their elephants to be especially useful to them.



There is no record or evidence that Native Americans used elephants in their daily lives, or even that elephants ever lived on the American continents.


Alma 11:3-19 (said to be written about 82 BC) records in the Book of Mormon that gold and silver coins were used in the Americas during the time described.


There have been no archaeological discoveries to suggest that this assertion is true. There have been no discoveries of either gold or silver coins. In fact, there have been no discoveries of coins of any kind.


The Book of Mormon (in Jacob 7:27; a book ostensibly written about 421 BC) uses the French word "Adieu."


This would have been 1,100 years before the French language existed.


The Book of Mormon (600 BC -- 400 AD) includes long passages from the book of Isaiah (obviously copied) from the King James Version of the Bible.



The King James Version of the Bible was not written until 1611.


The Book of Mormon both purports to tell the story of Israelites who left Jerusalem about 600 BC to come the American continents, and records the same Israelites using Greek words as part of their common vocabulary.



As the Greek language would not see a wide spread use until Alexander the Great spread his country's language and culture about 400 BC, the idea of Hebrews using a foreign language in their everyday dialog is distinctly unlikely, and represents a major historical flaw in the Book of Mormon.

In 3 Nephi 9:18, Jesus is quoted using the Greek words, "Alpha and Omega."  These words would have been meaningless to the people who supposedly wrote it.  

"Christ" is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word "Messiah" (meaning "the Anointed One").   Yet the Book of Mormon has Israelites using the Greek word "Christ" -- rather than the Hebrew word "Messiah" -- repeatedly throughout the text.


The Book of Mormon (4 Nephi) teaches that all Native Americans were practicing Christians from 36 to 201 AD.



There is no evidence whatever to suggest that Christianity was practiced in the Americas prior to the coming of Columbus.


The Book of Mormon (Mormon 6:11-16 and Ether 15:1-11 -- allegedly written in 385 AD and before 600 BC respectively) record two battles on the Hill Cumorah, resulting in the deaths of millions of warriors.


The hill, positioned near Joseph Smith's home in what is now Palmyra, New York, shows no evidence (chariots, swords, helmets, etc.) of any battles having ever taken place there.









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