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Contradictions in The Book of Mormon

By Jerry C. Brewer

Do you remember billionaire Howard Hughes? When he died, myriads of people came out of the woodwork, brandishing what they claimed was his last will and testament. It took the courts years to sort through the false claims and establish the fact that Hughes had only one will. That’s exactly the case of Mormonism with their book which they claim is “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.”

Jesus Christ left only one last will or testament. It is that which we call The New Testament. But, like those who claimed Howard Hughes had “another” testament, the Mormons loudly and boldly proclaim that Joseph Smith’s 19th century work of fiction is “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” The inspired apostle Paul pronounced a divine curse upon all who would preach “another gospel” in Galatians 1:6-9. In that passage, he said, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” That means that even if there was such an angel as the so-called “Moroni” who gave Joseph Smith the Book of Mormon, that angel is accursed of God. The New Testament Scriptures are inspired of God and fully sufficient to supply all we need to serve God acceptably (2 Timothy 3:16-17). God never intended another than that which He revealed to furnish man unto every good work.
 
Paul also told the Galatians, “I marvel that ye are soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you and would pervert the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:6-7). There is no such thing as “another testament of Jesus Christ.” The Lord left only one testament, and it is not the Book of Mormon. The gospel of Christ—the complete gospel—is found in the New Testament—the only one Christ has. Joseph Smith wrote his fiction 1,800 years after the New Testament of Christ declared that the faith had been once and for all time delivered unto the saints (Jude 3). That makes the Book of Mormon 18 centuries too late to be the word of God, or it makes God a liar.
 
And, while no Bible writer ever contradicted his own words, Joseph Smith did just that. He wrote in Mosiah 3:5 in his book that God is eternal. But he later wrote in History of The Church, 6:305, “We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea.” He also condemned polygamy in the Book of Mormon in 1830 in Jacob 1:15 and 2:24. But in his other creed book, called Doctrine and Covenants, he contradicted the Book of Mormon in a revelation to his wife Emma so he could have more than one wife. Here is what he wrote: “And let mine handmaid, Emma Smith, receive all those that have been given unto my servant Joseph, and who are virtuous and pure before me...And if he have ten virgins given unto him by this law, he cannot commit adultery, for they belong to him, and they are given unto him; therefore he is justified.”
 
The Book of Mormon also contradicts the Bible regarding Christ’s birthplace. In Almah 7:10, Smith wrote that Christ was to be born in Jerusalem, but the Bible plainly declares that His birthplace was Bethlehem (Micah 4:2; Matthew 2:1, 4-6). How could Smith have made such a blunder if he was inspired? The truth is that he was not inspired of God and that his book came from his own uninformed imagination.
 
When one compares Smith’s Book of Mormon with Bible Truth, Smith is clearly shown to have been an imposter and his book false. The Book of Mormon is not “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” It is the work of a religious charlatan whose contradictory writings constitute prima facie evidence of its spurious nature.
 
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