Luke 2:11-14; “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
Deep within the covers of the Book of Mormon, a verse from the Church’s canon tells a lie about the birthplace of Jesus. Since its original publication in 1830, friend and foe alike have commiserated over the incorrect info, and the Church has provided one excuse after another trying to explain away the elephant in the room.
Today we’re looking at one of those excuses, and providing a map of Israel at the time Jesus lived there. First thing’s first though! The Bible tells us Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
Matthew 2:5-6; “And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.”
The contradiction comes from the book of Alma, in the Book of Mormon.
Alma 7:10: “And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.”
Let’s take a look at the Church’s excuse for this glaring mistake, which was offered up by the 10th Mormon prophet, Joseph Fielding Smith, the grandson of Hyrum Smith, Joseph Smith’s brother.
Answers to Gospel Questions 1:175; “Is There a Contradiction between Alma 7:10 and Matthew 2:5-6?
Question: “Will you kindly explain the contradiction between Alma 7:10 and Matthew 2:5-6?”
Answer: There is no contradiction! …
Promptings from the Enemies
This question has in recent weeks come from several sources. It is from the promptings of enemies of the Church who spend their time in a futile endeavor to discredit the Book of Mormon, attempting to make it the product of the mind of Joseph Smith the Prophet or some other person in collusion with him.
Truth: the questions arose from within Mr. Smith, not some unseen monster lurking in the shadows to dismantle the BoM.
Modern Pharisees and scribes
These religious persons who sponsor this question may well be compared to the scribes and Pharisees of old, and the Savior’s description of them, as recorded in Matthew, Chapter 23, fits these modern Pharisees and scribes admirably. They attempt to show that the Book of Mormon is of modern authorship, and this attempt…has utterly failed.
Truth: Sticks and stones, Mr. Smith… Telling the truth never fails, and is never wrong. The Pharisees and scribes tried to catch Jesus in a lie, but their lame attempts at doing so were always to their detriment. Joe Smith and friends weren’t telling the truth, and the sad thing about this is that they all knew it.
Attempting to Make Joseph Look Ignorant
…There has been an effort to make it appear that the Prophet was a very ignorant man who did not know where Jesus was born. In this they display their bitterness and hate and add to their confusion, for an ignorant man unacquainted with the fact of the birth of Jesus Christ could not have written the Book of Mormon.
Truth: there’s no bitterness, hate, or confusion Mr. Smith! For the record, we don’t believe Smith could’ve single-handedly written the BoM either. There’s enough proof to show he had a lot of help from within, and out.
Alma’s Use of a ‘Hebrew Expression’
The fact that it is written in Alma as it is, indicates plainly that it is an expression coming from the Hebrew; for this is purely a Hebrew expression, in full accord with their manner of speech… … Alma was thinking of a geographical point, therefore he spoke properly according to the usage of language even in our own day when he said, “at Jerusalem, the land of our forefathers,” Jerusalem being the central point of the land of their fathers.
Truth: there is no such Hebrew phrase. If the Hebrews were merely using this as an expression to designate an area of land, other writings would corroborate as much. Their silence is deafening…
The rabbit trails this man tries to take people down is nothing but a lark. In an attempt to draw attention away from reality, lies made of ‘what ifs’, and ‘long forgotten possibilities’, are replaced with truth.
No serious student of the Bible would refer to Joseph Smith as ‘ignorant’, nor would they demean another person. Book of Mormon investigators are simply looking at its text to determine ‘if these things were so’. Acts 17:11 It’s not their fault the text is flawed, as this lies squarely on the shoulders of Joseph Smith and everyone who’s gone along with this whole charade.
Mr. Smith’s insight ran long on excuses and short on apologies. To read it in full click on link provided above.