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Errors in the Book of Mormon


1)  Jesus is the Father:

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ. I am the Father and the Son…" Ether 3:14 

"Now Zeezrom saith again unto him: Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father? And Amulek said unto him:Yea, he is the very Eternal Father" Alma 11:38-39

Look at Joseph Smith translation of Luke 10:22 (which is v 23 in his translation)
"No man knoweth that the Son is the Father, and the Father is the Son, but him to whom the Son will reveal it ...
"Luke Chapter 10: verse 23 Joseph Smith translation, cf. Luke 10:22.

But the Bible teaches that Jesus is the Son of the Father and not the Father.  We see this in John 3:16, and in hundreds of Scriptures throughout the Bible. 

2)  God lives near a plant called Kolob:

"And I saw the stars, that they were very great, and that one of them was nearest unto the throne of God; and there were many great ones which were near unto it; And the Lord said unto me: These are the governing ones; and the name of the great one is Kolob, because it is near unto me, for I am the Lord thy God: I have set this one to govern all those which belong to the same order as that upon which thou standest."
Book of Abraham 3:2-3

But the Bible teaches that God dwells in the heavens. 

Jesus should have changed the Lord’s prayer to “Our Father who dwell near Kolob, hallowed be thy name…”"

3) God the Father had sex with Mary to conceive Jesus:

1 Neph: 11: 18-20 “18 And he said unto me: Behold, the avirgin whom thou seest is the bmother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh. 19 And it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the Spirit; and after she had been carried away in the aSpirit for the space of a time the angel spake unto me, saying: Look. 20 And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing  a child in her arms.”

Some Mormons might argue that this text doesn't teach a sexual relationship between God and Mary.  So, please, consider these references:

"The birth of the Saviour was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood--was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 8, p. 115).

"While Luke tells us that although Mary would be overshadowed by the Holy Ghost, the child conceived in her womb would be the “Son of the Highest” and was to be called “the Son of God. (Luke 1:32, 35). It is the Book of Mormon that resolves the matter. In a vision, Nephi sees Mary “carried away in the Spirit” to the presence of God. Thus the Son of God is conceived, as Nephi tells us, “after the manner of the flesh,” and Nephi testifies that he is “the Son of the Eternal Father” (1 Nephi 11:16–21)” Joseph F. McConkie, “A Comparison of Book of Mormon, Bible, and Traditional Teachings on the Doctrines of Salvation,

But the Bible teaches us that that Jesus was cocieved by the Holy Spirit without physical sex:

Luke 1: 34-35 “Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”

4)  Jesus needed baptism to be saved:

2 Neph. 31:5-9 "And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water! 6 And now, I would ask of you, my beloved brethren, wherein the Lamb of God did fulfil all righteousness in being baptized by water? 7 Know ye not that he was holy? But notwithstanding he being holy, he showeth unto the children of men that, according to the flesh he humbleth himself before the Father, and witnesseth unto the Father that he would be obedient unto him in keeping his commandments. 8 Wherefore, after he was baptized with water the Holy Ghost descended upon him in the form of a dove. 9 And again, it showeth unto the children of men the straitness of the path, and the narrowness of the gate, by which they should enter, he having set the example before them."

But the Bible teaches us that Jesus was sinless and didn’t need salvation:

But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin” 1 John 3:5

5) We don’t have a sinful nature:

Moroni 8:8 "Listen to the words of Christ, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God. Behold, I came into the world not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance; the whole need no physician, but they that are sick; wherefore, little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them; and the law of circumcision is done away in me."

But the Bible teaches us that we have a sinful nature:

Rom 5: 12-21 

6) Black skin is a curse from God:

2 Neph 5:21 And he had caused the acursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and bdelightsome, that they might not be centicing unto my people the Lord God did cause a dskin of eblackness to come upon them.

But the Bible teaches us that God is color blind:

He looks only at the heart. (1 Sam 16:7) He “made of one blood, all nations of men." (Acts 17:26, KJV).  In Christ distinctions of ethnicity, gender and social class are all erased (Galatians 3:28), and God condemns favoritism (James 2:1).

7)  Salvation is by grace and works:

2 Nephi 25:23; see also Moroni 10:32 "It is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do"."

But the Bible teaches us that salvation is by grace alone:

"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." Gal. 2:16

8) Jacob and Joseph as priests:

The Book of Mormon states in 2 Nephi 5:26, "I, Nephi, did consecrate Jacob and Joseph, that they should be priests . . .." These supposed men were descendants of Lehi (1 Nephi 18:7) who was of the tribe of Joseph (1 Nephi 6:14)." 

The Bible affirms that "Aaron and his sons" were the only ones qualified to "wait on their priest’s office" (Numbers 3:10) and others of the tribe of Levi were to minister unto the priests (Numbers 3:5-9). Any other tribe which "cometh nigh shall be put to death" (Numbers 3:10).

9) The Gospel started in the US:

2 Nephi 31:11-17 has the preaching of the Gospel occurring between B.C. 559 and 545 and thousands of miles away from Jerusalem.

But the Bible teaches that the Gospel started in Jerusalem:

The Bible in Luke 24:46-47 states very clearly that "repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." This was fulfilled in Acts 2:5-38.

10) The church started before Christ:

The Book of Mormon states, "they were called the church of God, or the church of Christ, from that time forward" (Mosiah 18:17). This supposedly occurred about 147 years before Christ was born!"

The Bible teaches us that Christ started the church:

The Bible records that the Lord plainly affirmed while upon this earth, "I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18), a prophecy fulfilled in Acts 2, wherein we find that "the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved" (verse 47). It is clear the Lord did not consider the church in existence, even in His time on earth.

11) Jesus came to visit America after His ascension:

The Book of Mormon has Him appearing in the America’s after his ascension (3 Nephi 10:18-19)"

But the Bible teaches us that Jesus will remain in heaven until His second coming:

The Bible tells us in Acts 2:34-35 and 3:20-21 that Jesus is to remain in heaven after his ascension "until" his foes are made His footstool, and "until the times of restitution.""

12) Melchizedek had a Father:

The Book of Mormon in Alma 13:18 states "he [Melchisedec - JHW] did reign under his father."

The Bible affirms Melchizedek was "without father, without mother, without descent [genealogy - ASV]" (Hebrews 7:1-3).

13)  Disciples called Christians first in America:

The Book of Mormon misses that by several thousand miles and nearly 100 years in having believers in Christ called Christians in 73 B.C. (Alma 46:15)." 

But the Bible affirms that the "disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." (Acts 11:26)

14) Zedekiah's children came to America:

The Book of Mormon has one supposed son of Zedekiah (Mulek) living and in the Americas.(Heleman 8:21)."

But the Bible tells us in 2 Kings 25:7 "they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes."


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