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Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith: Divine Revelation?

Mormonism, Joseph Smith, revelations, and contradictionsMormons say Joseph Smith was a prophet and his writings are Scripture. But does their teaching agree with the Bible or contradict it?

Two books of Mormon scripture are the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants.

In Galatians 1:8 the apostle Paul says: “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.” So, any doctrine that contradicts the Bible cannot be of God. Please consider evidence that Mormon scriptures contradict both themselves and the Bible!

Consider the Mormon doctrine of polygamy. The Book of Mormon says, on page 111: “Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord.” Page 109 adds that David’s polygamy was a “wicked practice.”

However, many years after he had delivered the Book of Mormon, Smith decided that he himself wanted to practice polygamy. So, he revealed further Mormon scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants, section 132, verses 38,39: “David also received many wives and concubines, and also Solomon … and in nothing did they sin…” Smith also claims here that God Himself gave David his many wives!

So, one Mormon scripture says David’s polygamy was “wicked” and “abominable” to God. But another Mormon scripture says David’s polygamy was not a sin because the wives were given to David by God! Clearly, Mormon scripture contradicts itself.

Furthermore, at one time or the other, Smith’s teaching clearly contradicted the Bible. According to Galatians 1:8, no one who wants to please God should accept Mormonism.

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