MORMON TWISTING OF THE SCRIPTURES OR THE HOLY BIBLE
Note: Joseph Fielding Smith proclaimed that the Holy Bible was mistranslated.
In the sixth chapter of Exodus there is a statement which is a mistranslation which I will read to you: “And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him I am the Lord: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.” Now the Hebrew scriptures inform us that he referred to himself and is referred to throughout the Old Testament as Jehovah, so this cannot be a correct translation. It should read: “And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob. I am the Lord God Almighty, the Lord Jehovah, and was not my name known among them?” Answers to Gospel Questions, Volumn I, Joseph Fielding Smith, 1957.
Note: Joseph Smith, Jr. proclaimed that the Holy Bible was mistranslated.
This earth was organized or formed out of other planets which were broken up and remodeled and made into one on which we live. The elements are eternal. ... In the translation “without form and void,” it should read, “empty and desolate.” The word created should be “formed or organized.” (Joseph Smith, CDG, p. 271.)
The Hebrew word translated “create” by the King James translators means “organize,” “fashion,” or “form.” Joseph Smith has provided the following commentary on this point:
You ask the learned doctors why they say the world was made out of nothing; and they will answer, "Doesn't the Bible say He created the world?" And they infer, from the word create, that it must have been made out of nothing. Now, the word create came from the word Baurau which does not mean to create out of nothing; it means to organize; the same as a man would organize materials and build a ship. Hence, we infer that God had materials to organize the world out of chaos-chaotic matter, which is element, and in which dwells all the glory. Element had an existence from the time he had. The pure principles of element are principles which can never be destroyed; they may be organized and re-organized, but not destroyed. They had no beginning, and can have no end. (TPJS, pp. 350-52.) A Companion to Your Study of the Old Testament, Daniel H. Ludlow, 1981.
Note: Mormons were ignorant of science in the 19th century and archaeology in the 20th century.
The elements are eternal. That which has a beginning will surely have an end; take a ring, it is without beginning or end-cut it for a beginning place and at the same time you have an ending place.
A key: Every principle proceeding from God is eternal and any principle which is not eternal is of the devil. The sun has no beginning or end; the rays which proceed from himself have no bounds, consequently are eternal. So it is with God. If the soul of man had a beginning it will surely have an end. In the translation 'without form and void' it should read, empty and desolate. The word created should be formed, or organized.'" A Compendium of Doctrines of Gospel, Franklin D. Richards, 1882.
Note: Mormons are ignorant of Christian suffering. John 16:33.
For he had learned that God was good and a God who is good does not harden any man's heart that he might do evil. A God that is good does not cause war. A God that is good does not heap afflictions upon his people. They come as a result of man's free agency and the operation of law. So the Prophet takes a statement such as I have made and he says it should read, in accordance with the dictation of the Spirit: "And Pharaoh hardened his heart against the Lord that he would not let the children of Israel go." I am deeply grateful for the picture of a God who is good and who in all His dealing with us is prompted only by His love of us His children. The Joseph Smith Memorial Sermons, William E. Barrett, 1966.
Note: Mormons have twisted the Holy Bible to their own destruction.
2 Peter 3:14-16 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
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