Sekä Raamattu että Mormonin kirja väittävät,
että Jumalan sana ei muutu.
|Eikö mormonismi pohjaa Mormonin kirjaan?
Oletetaan, että olet lukenut Mormonin kirjan
ja että olet rukoillut saadaksesi tietää, onko se
totta ja oliko Joseph Smith Jumalan profeetta. Oletetaan vielä,
että olet saanut tunnepohjaisen vastauksen "palavan
tunteen rinnassasi" joka mormonien mukaan on Jumalan
vakuutus näistä asioista.
jokainen näistä olisikin totta, se ei silti merkitsisi,
että MAP-kirkko on Jumalan oma kirkko. Tämä siksi,
että mormonikirkko ei perustu tiukasti Mormonin kirjassa
esitettyihin oppeihin. Itse asiassa monet kirjassa esitetyt opit
ovat suorastaan ristiriidassa MAP-kirkon nykyisten oppien
- MK:n mukaan on olemassa vain yksi Jumala.
Alma 11:27-39, 44; 2 Nefi 31:21; Mormon 7:7; 3 Nefi 11:27 jne.
MAP-kirkko väittää, että on monia jumalia.
LK 121:32; 132:18-20, 37 sekä eräät Joseph Smithin opetukset.
- MK:n mukaan Jumalan säädökset
MAP-kirkko väittää, että Jumalan sanaa voidaan
- MK:n mukaan ihmisen pelastusmahdollisuus päättyy
Moosia 2:36-39; Alma 34:32-35
MAP-kirkko väittää, että kuolleitakin voidaan
LK 76:106-112 & 88:99
- MK tuomitsee moniavioisuuden.
Jaakob 1:15, 2:24, 3:5; Moosia 11:2
MAP-kirkko väittää, että Jumala vaati sen
LK 132:1-4, 37-39, 61.
Kuten lukija voi nähdä, nämä
eivät ole vain sivukysymyksiä, vaan koskevat kristinuskon
ydinoppeja. Ylläolevat ovat vain esimerkkejä niistä
monista ristiriitaisuuksista, joita mormonismista löytyy.
on seurausta niistä monista opillisista muutoksista, joita
mormonismiin on istutettu Mormonin kirjan ensimmäisen
painoksen jälkeen. Muutokset ovat tapahtuneet pääasiassa
jonkun MAP-kirkon profeetan julistusten pohjalta. Ne ovat olleet
aiheina "ilmoituksissa", joita MAP-kirkon edustajat ovat
esittäneet Jumalan sanana. Lisäksi kirkko usein panee
enemmän luottamusta profeettojensa sanoihin kuin Raamattuun
tai edes omiin pyhiin kirjoituksiinsa Mormonin kirja mukaan
artikkelissa keskitytään joihinkin mormonismin pyhien
kirjoitusten historian osiin, ja tarjotaan lisätodisteita mormonijohtajien
toimeenpanemista, laajallelevinneistä opillisista muutoksista.
seuraavista lainauksista ovat otteita David Whitmerin kirjoittamasta
kahdesta pamfletista. Whitmer oli yksi mormonikirkon perustajajäsenistä,
kolmas henkilö, joka kastettiin jäseneksi, sekä myös
yksi "kolmesta todistajasta". Hänet erotettiin v.
1838 synnintekemisen perusteella ja hänet leimattiin
luopioksi. Kuitenkin hän piti uskonsa sekä Raamattuun
että Mormonin kirjaan koko lopun elämänsä ajan.
nykyäänkin kirkko käyttää hyväkseen
hänen "silminnäkijän todistustaan" Mormonin
kirjan jumalallisesta aitoudesta.
David Whitmerin kahdesta pamfletista lainatut kohdat
on merkitty kirjaimin DW.
To All Believers in the Book of Mormon
An Address To All Believers in Christ [pdf-tiedosto]
|Joseph Smith oli ihmisten vaikutuksen alainen?
LDS "...[T]he gospel must always be the
same in all its parts. ...No one can change the gospel, and if they
attempt to do so, they only set up a man-made system which is not
the gospel, but is merely a reflection of their own views." Editorial,
Latter Day Saints' Church News, June 5, 1965, p. 16.
DW "They have written several columns to
prove that Brother Joseph was not persuaded by men; but God says
in plain words that he was persauded by men. ...The very time when
Brother Joseph should have been strongest, while he was translating,
God said to him these words: "Behold, how oft you have transgressed
the commandments and the laws of God, and have gone in the persuasions
of men." (Sec. 2:3). ...I say I know that Brother Joseph was persuaded
and led by Sydney Rigdon for some time. Rigdon became Brother Joseph's
most intimate friend and brother after he came into the church....
Brother Joseph was persuaded and influenced by him during their
first and intimate acquaintance in Ohio, at which time many errors
were introduced into the Church of Christ through the direct influence
of Sydney Rigdon." Whitmer, p. 7.
Note: Whitmer refers to "The Church of Christ."
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was originally named
"The Church of Christ." Later it became "The Church of Latter Day-Saints."
After members objected to the removal of "Christ," its name was
eventually changed again, to its current form. Some researchers
believe that Sydney Rigdon was the real impetus behind the rapid
growth of the newly-formed Mormon church. Some believe Rigdon actually
helped Smith author the Book of Mormon, or authored it himself.
David Whitmer was obviously convinced that Rigdon even influenced
the "revelations" which Joseph Smith allegedly received.
|God said: 'Revelations aren't doctrine'!
DW "[The Book of Commandments] was
printed complete, and many copies distributed among the members
of the church, before the printing press owned by the church was
destroyed. Brother Joseph and the brethren received it at first
as being printed correctly; but they soon decided to print the Doctrine
and Covenants." Whitmer, p. 5.
Note: Many of the doctrines illustrated
within the Book of Mormon are similar to Biblical doctrines.
The major differences between Christianity and Mormonism arise not
out of the doctrines taught in the Book of Mormon, but rather
out of the utterances of the LDS "Prophets." Many of the early "revelations"
were first "codified" and distributed as The Book of Commandments.
But the majority of these books were quickly retrieved and destroyed.
After revisions and additions, the "revelations" were again printed
and distributed as the LDS Doctrine and Covenants. The LDS
Doctrine and Covenants was "canonized," declared to be the
Word of God, and became part of Mormonism's "standard works."
DW "The revelations in the Book of Commandments
up to June, 1829, were given through the "stone," through which
the Book of Mormon was translated. ...The Lord told us not to teach
them [the revelations] for doctrine.... They should have been kept
with the sacred papers and records of the church, and never published
in a book to become public property for the eyes of the world. ...The
written word is full on all matters pertaining to the Church of
Christ." Whitmer, p. 53.
Note: In addition to the Lord's apparent
prohibition against using "revelations" as doctrine, the above quote
provides further evidence that Smith's "revelations" were actually
received through a "magic" stone, including the alleged "translation"
of the Book of Mormon. This, of course, is in direct contradiction
with Mormonism's present claim that Smith used the Biblical Urim
and Thummim to do so.
DW "It displeased the Lord when they printed
those revelations in a book. ...I objected from the first to having
those revelations printed." Whitmer, p. 5.
DW "The MAIN REASON why the printing press
was destroyed, was because they published the Book of Commandments.
It fell into the hands of the world, and the people of Jackson county,
Missouri, saw from the revelations that they were considered by
the church as INTRUDERS UPON THE LAND OF ZION, as ENEMIES TO THE
CHURCH, and that they should be CUT OFF OUT OF THE LAND OF ZION
AND SENT AWAY. The people seeing these things in the Book of Commandments
became the more enraged, tore down the printing press, and drove
the church out of Jackson county. (See Doc. And Cov., Sections 52:9,
64:7, 45:15.)" Whitmer, p. 54.
Note: Whitmer maintained that the "revelations"
were never intended to be published as new doctrine. He stated that
they were more personal in nature, and were actually intended as
"assistance" in the administration of the church. As you can see
from Whitmer's quote, some of the persecution of Mormons was the
result of provocation. The "revelations" to which he refers threatened
the residents of Jackson County, Missouri with the loss of their
homes, farms, and literally all that they possessed. We do NOT mean
to imply that Mormons did not suffer from real persecution. In fact,
there were numerous instancew wherein non-Mormons did commit acts
against Mormons that would shock anyone, of any faith. However,
as Whitmer pointed out, inflammatory rhetoric did turn many non-Mormons
agians the Mormon church. It is merely that aspect that we seek
to bring to your attention.
If the Lord told Mormonism's founders NOT to teach
the "revelations" as doctrine, why has the Mormon church published
and "canonized" many of them in the LDS Doctrine and Covenants?
|Vaikutusvaltaa "ilmoitusten" kautta
DW "In June, 1829, Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery
and myself [Whitmer], received this commandment through the stone,
"Behold, I give unto you a commandment, that you rely upon the things
which are written (then, at that time, June, 1829), for in them
are all things written concerning my church, my gospel, and my rock."
This revelation reads this way to-day in the old Book of Commandments.
But the Latter Day saints changed it in 1834 to read different in
the Book of Doctrine and Covenants. The revelations received through
the stone in 1829, agree with the teachings of Christ in The Bible
and Book of Mormon; but in order to support the errors which were
afterwards introduced by men, some of the early revelations have
been changed and added to.... You have changed the revelations from
the way they were first given and as they are to-day in the Book
of Commandments, to support the error of brother Joseph in taking
upon himself the office of seer to the church. You have changed
the revelations to support the error of high priests. You have changed
the revelations to support the error of a president of the high
priesthood, high counselors, etc. You have altered the revelations
to support you in going beyond the plain teachings of Christ in
the new covenant part of the Book of Mormon. You have changed and
altered the revelations to support the error of publishing those
revelations in a book.... You who are now living did not change
them, but you who strive to defend these things, are as guilty in
the sight of God as those who did change them." Whitmer, p. 49.
Note: In summary, Whitmer adamantly proclaims
- The Lord directed Mormon leaders to rely only
upon The Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon;
- The "revelations" were deliberately changed and
added to by Smith and his associates;
- The effect of certain changes allowed Smith to
declare himself "Seer" to the church, and to effect other changes
in the church's organizational structure, thereby granting significant
new power to himself and his key associates; and
- Smith used a "magic" stone in receiving "revelations"
(often referred to as "glass-looking," or "crystal-gazing").
Raamattu 5 Moos. 18:20: "Jos taas joku
profeetta julkeaa minun nimissäni puhua sellaista, mitä minä en
ole käskenyt hänen puhua, tai puhuu vieraiden jumalien nimissä,
hänen on kuoltava."
Since Mormonism's own designated "witness" to the
events clearly states that Joseph Smith used a "magic" rock to allegedly
"translate" the Book of Mormon, why does Mormonism claim that he
used the Biblical Urim and Thummim?
Raamattu 5 Moos. 18:10-12: "10 Keskuudessanne
ei saa olla ketään, joka panee poikansa tai tyttärensä kulkemaan
tulen läpi, ei myöskään ketään taikojen tekijää, enteiden tai ennusmerkkien
selittäjää, noitaa, 11 loitsujen lukijaa, henkienmanaajaa, tietäjää
eikä ketään, joka kysyy neuvoa kuolleilta. 12 Jokainen, joka sellaista
harjoittaa, on iljetys Herralle, ja juuri näiden iljettävien tapojen
vuoksi Herra, teidän Jumalanne, hävittää ne kansat teidän tieltänne."
3 Moos. 20:6: "Jos joku luopuu minusta ja
kääntyy vainajahenkien ja tietäjien puoleen, minä käännyn häntä
vastaan ja poistan hänet kansansa keskuudesta."
|Ei mitään muuta lahjaa = ei valtuutta
DW "I was present when Brother Joseph [Smith]
gave nearly every revelation that is in the Book of Commandments,
besides many other revelations that were never printed, and I knew
everything that was in them, and when I tell you that I know they
were changed and added to, I know what I am saying. One of the most
important changes is in the very revelation that was to myself and
Brother Oliver, to search out the Twelve. This is the one about
relying upon the Book of Mormon alone in building up the church.
Many, many times have I read and studied it, and I tell you I know
that those seven words were added to it, reversing the meaning entirely.
I was present when [Joseph Smith] gave this revelation. ...Oliver
Cowdery, F. G. Williams, and W. W. Phelps... admit in their quotations
which you have published, that the revelations have been added to;
that a few items have been added from other revelations, etc...."
"The errors that these men refer to are "typographical
and other errors." Now do you suppose that the type-setters in the
printing office made the error, and added to that revelation concerning
Brother Joseph's gift, adding twenty-two words to one paragraph,
leaving room for brother Joseph to take upon himself the gift of
seer to the church when God commanded him to pretend to no other
gift, for he would grant him no other gift, except to translate
the Book of Mormon? And do you suppose those other changes are typographical
errors? Of course you must know that the important changes and additions
to these revelations did not happen by any errors or mistakes -
typographical, transcribing manuscript, or any other kind of mistakes.
How can you help but see and understand that these revelations were
wilfully changed and added to? ...You must remember that the Herald
of December 25, 1886 has already admitted that these revelations
were changed, claiming that - "God had the same right to authorize
his appointed Seer to add to any of the revelations certain words
and facts, that he has to give him any revelations at all." ...Those
who are spiritually blinded enough to believe that God authorized
those changes spoken of in my letter, may have the right to believe
that God works in that manner, but I will not believe it, and thousands
of others will never believe it. When God gave his word, saying
he would grant brother Joseph no other gift but to translate the
book, he meant what he said. Brother Joseph giving the revelations
of 1829 through the same stone through which the book was translated,
was the same gift. He then gave up the stone forever, and told me
and the rest of us that he was through what the Lord had given him
the gift to do. ...Brother Joseph afterwards took upon himself the
great gift, and not the ordinary gifts of the spirit." Whitmer,
Note: Whitmer states that even though Smith
was given no other gift from God but to translate the plates, he
simply changed the "word of God" and declared himself
to be "prophet, seer and revelator"! Furthermore, Whitmer
again proclaims that both the "revelations" and the Book of Mormon
came "through the stone!"
If God gave Smith no further gift but to translate
the golden plates, how could he subsequently issue doctrines which
significantly differ from both The Holy Bible and the Book
of Mormon, and then declare them to be the Word of God?
|Vakavia virheitä ja kauheuksia
DW "Is it possible that any one can believe
that those changes could have happened by a mistake in copying before
the Book of Commandments was printed: in the revelation to rely
upon the Book of Mormon in building up the church, there are seven
words added in one paragraph which changes the original meaning
entirely; In the one concerning Brother Joseph's gift, twenty-two
words are added in one paragraph, which reverse the original meaning
entirely. In the one which gives the duties of high priests, etc.,
eighty-seven words are added. In other revelations there are also
words added, all of which shows too plainly on the face of it, that
these changes were wilfully made to cover up errors into which they
had drifted. I made it plain in my letter that God would not work
in that manner, authorizing any one to add words or facts to revelations,
changing and reversing the original meaning...." Whitmer, p. 4.
Note: Whitmer clearly accuses Mormonism's
leaders of altering the alleged "Word of God," thereby reversing
the original meanings of the "revelations". Whitmer's claims can
be "tested" by comparing the 1833 Book of Commandments, and
the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants. Photo reproductions of both
books are available in Wilford C. Wood's book entitled "Joseph
Smith Begins His Work," Vol. 2, (n.p.: Wilford C. Wood, 1995).
Wood's book can be purchased from Utah
Raamattu: "But there were also false prophets
among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.
They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying
the sovereign Lord who bought them - bringing swift destruction
on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring
the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will
exploit you with stories they have made up...." 2 Peter 2:1-3.
"...[I]f anyone says to you, `Look, here is
the Christ!' or, `Look, there he is!' Do not believe it. For false
Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles
to deceive the elect - if that were possible. So be on your guard;
I have told you everything ahead of time." Mark 13:21-23.
"[Jesus said:] Not everyone who says to me, `Lord,
Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the
will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that
day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your
name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell
them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'"
"This is what the Lord says: 'Cursed is the one
who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose
heart turns away from the Lord. ...He will dwell in the parched
places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. But blessed
is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him."
DW "I said that the people... who afterward
went to Salt Lake... were the people who had gone deep into error
and blindness...." Whitmer, p. 5.
DW "...Grievous errors and abominations
were praticed by some persons in the church. I have told you, but
a small portion of what I know of my own personal knowledge." Whitmer,
DW "I want to ask you who is an apostate
from the faith, he who stands for the doctrine as Christ taught
it to the "twelve" at Jerusalem, and the "twelve" upon this land,
or he who teaches more or less and establishes it for his doctrine?"
Whitmer, p. 8.