The Bible: Why Joseph Smith Hated the Word of God
Throughout the annals of history we can see a number of people who have despised and maligned the word of God. They’re kind of like missionaries, but with a twist. One of the most memorable for me (Mormonism aside) is found in the Old Testament during the time of the Babylonian takeover of Jerusalem. King Jehoiakim ordered the leaves containing the word of God to be burned in the fire at his summer home. Jeremiah 36:20-26.
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. – Frank Lloyd Wright
People find it much easier to do what they want, the way they want to do things and go about “worshipping trees while killing babies” as the song goes. (“While You Were Sleeping” by Casting Crowns) What Jehoiakim did isn’t any different from what thousands of others have done before or since. He showed no fear of God’s word and didn’t want to hear what God had to say so he got rid of the evidence – or so he thought. When you don’t love God it’s hard being told someone else is in charge and your behavior is sinful.
On the flip side, when someone claims the word of God has been mistranslated or is full of lies and bigotry then proof is needed. Have they read and studied the “problem” in any depth or in the original text? What is the history of the problem to promote their inquisition and have their concerns been taken in or out of context? My questions for those who do not believe in the word of God have always been the same.
If you don’t believe in the Bible or the Jesus of the Bible then why are you so busy degrading it?
Why do you want to go to the heaven the Bible talks about?
“The Bible is a book that has been read more and examined less than any book that ever existed.” Thomas Paine
Why are skeptics of the Bible insistent they should go to heaven too when they don’t believe in the words God spoke?
Which part/s of the word of God has been tampered with or teaches bigotry?
For the Mormon, if as you say, you believe the Bible, then why do you spend so much of your time mistrusting God’s holy word or claiming “some old Jew” messed it up? (1) And for heaven’s sake why carry it around with you when you can’t trust it?
When Mormon missionaries carry their Bibles around with them it portrays they do in fact trust in and believe the Bible to be the word of God. However, nothing could be further from the truth! Even my own mother treats the Bible in this way. The thick layer of dust on the pages of God’s word continues its build up every year.
She says she loves Jesus and I really believe her, but from the other side of her mouth comes the phrase “Isn’t it mistranslated?”
I’ve asked countless Mormons if they could trust a passage from the Bible when it shows up in the Book of Mormon. Every single time they tell me they wouldn’t trust it if they read it in the Bible. This is absolutely shocking to me. They have no idea which passage or section of the Bible is untrustworthy. It is rare I encounter a member of the LDS Church that’s heard of a Strong’s Concordance and rarer still when they know the Bible was written in three languages. They’re not doing any research on their own and just falling for the lies of their leaders.
“Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.” – Voltaire
Voltaire also said within 100 years of his time, Christianity would be swept away from existence and pass into the obscurity of history. Fifty years after his death, the Geneva Bible Society used his house and printing press to produce stacks of Bibles.
How do you hate or mistrust something you have no knowledge of?
Joseph Smith began his career following in his family’s footsteps. They were money-diggers looking for ways to financially support the family by performing treasure seeking scams to the unknowing populace of the upper Atlantic coast. Folk religion was sitting comfortably in the living rooms of America at the time Smith began receiving visits from dead people who had turned into “angels of light”. Most people were easy prey for the kinds of schemes the Smith family tried to pull off.
In the beginning stages some of Smith’s doctrines were fairly close to orthodox Christianity. As time waned on it becomes apparent something in his head took a sharp turn for the worse. His teachings went from a monotheistic to polytheistic theology, believing that even man could become a god with millions of other gods existing before the god that created this world. This type of theology doesn’t mix well when God clearly declares He is the only God and there is no other god or savior beside Him. Isaiah 43:10-11.
Smith’s disdain and outright hatred for God and the Bible was adopted by subsequent prophets and leaders of the Church. The results? After 180 years of a continuous barrage of Bible hating leaders, you have missionaries walking around preaching another gospel.
You can’t love God with all your heart and mind when you believe you can become a god and further believe you must be self-sufficient to become worthy of salvation. (2) The insight of the Apostle Paul says it all in Romans 10:3; “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”
Voltaire and Smith had quite a bit in common. Both were very vocal about their suspicions of God and both had access to printing presses. These scenarios make for dangerous liaisons.
Below are a few examples of the PSA’s we produce to warn people of the heretical teachings of Joseph Smith.
The LDS Church’s leadership behavior and hatred for the Lord mimics that of King Jehoiakim and the other examples we’ve listed in this article.
As always, we want for the Mormon people to know that we care deeply for their souls and pray daily they will come to know the truth about God. If you’re a Mormon we’d love to hear from you!
Remember, time spent outside the will of God is time spent on pernicious endeavors leading down a dead end road.
With Love in Christ;
1 Cor. 1:18
1. Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 343; “When the inspired man wrote it, he did not put the baith there. An old Jew without any authority added the word; he thought it too bad to begin to talk about the head! It read first, “The head one of the Gods brought forth the Gods.” That is the true meaning of the words. Baurau signifies to bring forth. If you do not believe it, you do not believe the learned man of God. Learned men can teach you no more than what I have told you. Thus the head God brought forth the Gods in the grand council.”
2. “Lesson 7: Self-Reliance”, Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood: Basic Manual for Priesthood Holders, Part B, 60; “The Lord’s plan for Church members to be self-reliant is simple. It is that we do our best to provide for our personal and family needs by developing good work habits; being thrifty; gathering a home supply of items necessary to sustain us for at least one year; planning for our future needs; and maintaining physical, spiritual, emotional, and social health. Self-reliance begins at home, with the individual and the family.”
Mormon Belief System
Newsweek, “What Mormons Believe,” September 1, 1980, p. 68; “Mormon doctrine means that ultimately we are not dependent upon God for our existence. And since we can make ourselves as godly as the Father, we don’t feel any jealousy toward him.” – BYU Professor James E. Ford
2 Tim. 2:16; “But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.”
Bible isn’t Trustworthy
8th Article of Faith; “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.”
2 Tim. 3:16; “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
Many Errors and Contradictions to the Bible
Answers to Gospel Questions 2:161; “No Bible student today believes that the Bible has come down to us in its perfect and original appearance in the manuscripts. Scribes left out words and phrases, just as we do at times in typing, missing one whole line and thus changing the meaning. Moreover, the scribes added or interpreted according to their own opinions at times. These things are quite generally understood. Therefore we find errors and contradictions in the Bible.”
Matthew 5:18; “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.“
Christianity Corrupt as Hell
John Taylor, Journal of Discourses 6:167; “There is not nation now that acknowledges that hand of God; there is not a king, potentate, nor ruler that acknowledges his jurisdiction. We talk about Christianity, but it is a perfect pack of nonsense. Men talk about civilization; but I do not want to say much about that, for I have seen enough of it. Myself and hundreds of the Elders around me have seen its pomp, parade, and glory; and what is it? It is a sounding brass and a tinkling symbol; it is as corrupt as hell; and the Devil could not invent a better engine to spread his work that the Christianity of the nineteenth century.”
Acts 5:41-42; “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. 42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”
D&C 112:23; “Verily, verily, I say unto you, darkness covereth the earth, and gross darkness the minds of the people, and all flesh has become corrupt before my face.”
1 Thessalonians 5:21; “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”
No Christians on Earth
Journal of Discourses 2:196-197; “I do not wish to be understood that we are now living in a dark age of the world, but for the last fourteen hundred years the world have been enveloped in darkness, in which wickedness has ruled, and the powers of darkness have prevailed among the children of men, and the nations have been bound down by false traditions, and incorrect principles, but the day has now dawned, the dark clouds have now broken up and soon will pass away, and the sun of righteousness will arise in its glory, and show forth the light of heaven; and for that I am thankful…” – Wilford Woodruff, Salt Lake City, February 25, 1855
1 John 2:8-11; “Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. 9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. 10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.”