Answering Questions About Mormonism 2
This is Part 2 of a 2 part series on questions about Mormonism. If you have questions you would like answers on theology, The Bible, Archaeology, Evolution and other topics, feel free to ask them in the comment section.
I will write an article on one or more questions after I get some time and do a little research.
#1. Why won’t you let your daughter to date a Mormon?
It isn’t just our daughters that would be banned from dating a Mormon, our sons would be too. The reason for this objection is that the Bible is very clear that unbelievers should not be unequally yoked together. We would also extend that command to business partnerships and more. Mormons do not believe in the same God as Christians do thus they would be put in the unbeliever category despite their claims to having a religious faith.
#2. If God is a spirit, why did Moses say he saw God face to face?
When arguing against Christianity, people can get very literal just to prove to themselves that they have justification for not believing in Jesus. Moses used a term we are all familiar with and understand its meaning very well without confusion. Moses was in God’s presence and the two talked together. They had direct contact with no intermediaries in between.
#3. Why do you believe in a God who would send his children to an eternal hell?
God is not sending his children to hell. He is sending those humans who have rejected his call to be saved. God’s children are not physical children he reproduced in some physical form like the Mormon’s believe, but those who have repented from their sins and accepted Christ as their savior.
#4. If there is no baptism for the dead what about all those who have died without having heard the gospel?
Paul answered this question in Romans 1. God has provided enough signs and wonders to show those who have not heard that he exists.He also put a desire in their hearts to know him. Sadly, that desire gets co-opted by evil and men and women get led astray to false teachings. Salvation is through Jesus Christ alone,by faith with grace. Once a person dies, faith is no longer needed. Reality sets in and the person’s chance for salvation is over. Baptism for the dead is a faulty theology giving false hopes to parents, children and others.
#5. Wouldn’t you like to have your marriage and family endure for all eternity?
This plea to the emotions is not well founded. First, off, how do the Mormons know that their families and marriage will endure for all eternity? They still haven’t shown one iota of proof that their ideology is correct. Second, marriage is only for life on earth and marriage, while as good as it can be, is not the most important relationship we are to have. Our relationship with Jesus and God is more important.
Then when all family members are saved, they will get to be in heaven for all eternity.
#6. Why should a rational person trust in a Bible that has been corrupted?
The Bible has not been corrupted and anyone who says it has is calling God a liar and a failure. God promised to preserve his word for all time and if the Bible has been corrupted then God lied and failed to keep his promise. There are those throughout history who have sought to alter what the Bible says but Gd still preserves his word and we can find it today intact. We favor 3 versions, possibly 4, NASB, KJV, NIV 2011 and possibly the NKJV.
The only person who claims that the Bible had been corrupted was Joseph Smith. He did so without any evidence to support his claim.
#7. How do you account for Joseph Smith’s first vision?
This is very simple to answer. Smith was a known con man and even went to prison for it. His first vision was easily a lie or evil spirits appeared to him as an angel of light and deceived him. Given the fact that no one saw this vision, and no evidence exists to support it, we can dismiss it with ease.
#8. What about the other witnesses who claimed to see the golden plates?
There are several rebuttals to this question out there. First, most if not all of those witnesses later recanted their testimony. Second, it is not hard to trick some people into thinking they saw the golden plates. BUT the real question is, why were they taken back into heaven? If they were so important to the Mormon faith and re-establishing the one true religion why remove them from earth?
People could study them and double-check Smith’s translation to see if he got it correct. The removal of the plates seems to be a strategy of Smith to keep people from learning the truth– that there were no golden plates and that he was lying to the people.
#9. What about the archaeology supporting the Book of Mormon?
There is absolutely no archaeological evidence supporting one word, one sentence, one chapter or one book of the book of Mormon. Also, there is no such thing as reformed Egyptian as Smith like to claim. Oh and you cannot even do an excavation on Mt. Cumorah. The site of the big battle where hundreds of thousands of people from 2 societies Smith said fought and died there. It is fenced off and no one is allowed, including Mormon archaeologists, to dig there.
If the book of Mormon were true, then why can’t anyone dig at that site? why can’t we see the golden plates?
#10. Why do you have difficulty accepting Joseph Smith as a true prophet of god?
Because he wasn’t. There is no ancient faith like the Mormon ideology to be restored. There is no such thing as reformed Egyptian. There was no exodus to South America or Central America by Jewish people. There was no big battle in New York State. Also, Smith preached a different gospel than the one Jesus and the disciples brought. Smith is and was not of or from God.
Bonus question & answer
#11. Why would Joseph Smith be willing to die as a martyr if he didn’t believe God spoke to him?
There is no real evidence stating that he was willing to die as a martyr, or that he died a martyr’s death. He died in prison on other charges. He was not killed for his faith. There is also no evidence that Smith wanted to die as a martyr. He may have claimed it but saying and doing are two different things. He also was a con man and to keep the con going he had to act like the person he claimed to be. That does not mean he was the person he claimed to be.
© 2018 David Thiessen