BOOK OF MORMON
Critique of 1 Nephi
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or the Mormons has in recent years tried to blend in as another denomination of Christendom. It is through subtle marketing ploys that many new members of the LDS church have come from the churches of Christendom. Once new members have been hooked by "family" activities, it is difficult for them to investigate and discover the inconsistencies of the LDS church.
The inconsistencies of the LDS church begin with the Book of Mormon and continue through their various other writings. It was through the BOM that Joseph Smith was able to provide for his family and set himself up as prophet of a church that exploited people sexually and materially. Many people of the 19th century saw these inconsistencies and pointed them out. As opposition grew, Joseph Smith and later Brigham Young continually moved the church west to be outside of the American civilization. It was in the territory of Utah that the church was sheltered from the critics within the American civilization. Through this sheltering from civilization and the distraction of the American civil war, the LDS church had time to plant deep roots in Utah and grow without hindrance.
As the American civilization moved west during the 19th and 20th centuries, major new prophecies were needed to make the LDS church more acceptable to the outside world. A prophecy against polygamy allowed Utah to become a state in 1890. In June 1978, black men were allowed to hold the Mormon priesthood office thereby fending off complaints of racism. With the advent of the Internet and the 21st century, more changes in fundamental LDS doctrines will be needed for the LDS church to remain within the boundaries of normalcy.
Future major changes will center on the LDS church emphasizing the family and family activities instead of their scriptures. Almost everyone can identify with family activities as being good and healthy for parents and children alike. In the years ahead, the LDS church will have to make major decisions on their scriptures. The BOM may be revised for the poor language, geographical problems, and obvious plagiarism of the Holy Bible. It would be wise to hold on to your older editions as the LDS church is forced into new prophecies and revisions. Another area that the LDS church must change is its' secret temple rituals that are being exposed by the Internet information highway.
In contrast, true Christianity does not have to change its doctrines with the passing of time. The Jesus Christ of the Holy Bible is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is the rock that Christians throughout the last 2000 years have placed their faith in for eternal life. The Christian eternity is one of being in the glorious presence of God not of self-indulgence. False religions will always present its' followers with a self-centered eternity of pleasure. This self-centered eternity of pleasure is always earned through the works mandated by these false religions. Eternity with God is a free gift that cannot be earned through the mandates of a religion. The apostle Paul summed it up as such: "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Jesus Christ is a real person who redeemed you through His death to be with Him throughout eternity if you will sincerely believe it. Fall in love with Jesus Christ of the Holy Bible and I will see you in the glorious beyond.
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