Friday, May 12, 2017

No Archaeological Evidence Supporting The Book Of Mormon

The Church of Latter-day Saints, which is traditionally known as the Mormon Church, is notorious for its outlandish claims regarding the total apostasy of Christianity. This church claims to be a restoration. In other words, this religious sect maintains that the entire Christian Church has gone into an irreparable state of corruption and that the available biblical revelation to mankind has also been lost. The Mormon Church claims that Joseph Smith, its founder, had received special revelation from God to start a completely new religion to restore the lost, original teachings of Christianity. It claims that the Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith from Golden Nephi Plates. For years, officials of the Mormon Church have been generating various apologetical responses to the criticisms of Mormon revelation such as grave archaeological and geographical inconsistencies found within its sacred texts or the severe lack of supporting evidence thereof.

There is a great abundance of historical evidence for the ancient cities, rivers, nations, authoritative individuals, coins, and events that are recorded in the Bible. In other words, there is a general consensus among reputable scholars for the occurrence or the existence of things that are recorded within the pages of the Bible. In fact, this religious text has been occupied by archaeologists as a map to locate ancient cities. The Bible is a source of documentation confirming the antiquity of different religious customs and ways of life. The original languages used in the process of recording the Bible into manuscript form have been used in Israel and the Greco-Roman world for centuries (i.e. Hebrew and Greek). There are literally thousands of different biblical manuscripts existing today, which are used to verify the overall accuracy of the Bible translations that we study in modern-times.

The Book of Mormon, on the other hand, is a much different story when we take the time to examine statements from most scholars, historians, and archaeologists who have taken the time to study the Mormon Scriptures to evaluate their claims of historical accuracy. We come to discover that the allegedly inspired Mormon texts have a much lower reputation than what the Mormons want us to believe. Most, if not all, of the historical content found in the Book of Mormon has never been verified through archaeological finds. Globally famous scientific research and educational institutions such as the Smithsonian Institute and the National Geographic Society have come to the conclusion that the Book of Mormon is essentially a worthless guide when it comes to archaeology. This is the general consensus reached among leading scientists and archaeologists on matters pertaining to the historical accuracy of the Book of Mormon. Of course, the reason for the severe lack of historical evidence backing up Mormonism is that all of its claims are completely mythological. Consider, for example, the following quotation from a Mormon archaeologist:

     “For example, some popular 'Mormon' books show pictures of classic Maya, Inca, and Aztec ruins and attribute them to the Nephites. Scholars are aware that these civilizations postdate Book of Mormon times. Other gross errors include the use of outdated or otherwise unreliable source materials and the tendency to make every piece of evidence fit neatly into the Book of Mormon picture, whether it belongs there or not." (U.A.S. Newsletter, No. 54, Nov. 19, 1958, p. Z. Dr. Dee F. Green, LDS Archaeologist and the editor of the University Archaeological Society Newsletter at B.Y.U.)       

While the accuracy of the Bible can be verified through the comparison of accurate manuscripts, the Book of Mormon has no standard to verify its accuracy because the “Angel Maroni” supposedly took the Golden Nephi Plates from the hands of Joseph Smith. Not only does the world not have the Golden Nephi Plates to examine, but the Book of Mormon also contains thousands of verbatim quotations, including translation errors, from the 1611 AD King James Bible peppered throughout its pages. This fact is devastating to the Book of Mormon, especially when Mormonism claims that the entire text of the book can be dated before 421 AD! Furthermore, there has been several alterations to the texts found in the Book of Mormon since it was originally published in 1830 AD. In fact, there is no known evidence for the language called "Reformed Egyptian", which was the language that Joseph Smith supposedly translated from the Golden Nephi Plates into the Book of Mormon. This language remains completely hidden from Egyptologists. 

                 Former defenders of Mormon archaeology such as Thomas Stuart Ferguson have admitted to the absolute futility of spending years in an attempt to prove the reliability of Mormon archaeology through historical research. They have been led to the same conclusion as outside critics that the contents found within the Book of Mormon are completely fictional.

                 As stated in the introduction, Mormonism maintains that the entire early church went into a complete state of apostasy. Mormons maintain that they are God's restored church. But we need to ask ourselves when this total apostasy happened. What specific evidence can they provide us with to suggest that the early church deviated from the original teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ? The most primitive Christian writers after biblical times make no mention of any uniquely Mormon doctrines. One can read through the writings of early Christians such as Ignatius of Antioch, Clement, Eusebius, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and Polycarp only to find no mention of any peculiarly Mormon doctrines. We find no mention of any major articles of the Mormon faith such as polytheism, polygamy, celestial marriage, and temple ceremonies. We do not even find an inkling of the coming of a complete apostasy of the church in the volumes of writings produced by the most primitive Christians. If the Mormon Church today is the prototype of the original churches of the first century, then we should find mention of distinctly Mormon doctrines in every corner of the early church. But this is certainly not the case. There is not even one particle of historical evidence for any aspect of Mormonism prior to the birth of Joseph Smith.

How The Mormon Church Views All Other Professing Christian Denominations

  • Following is a quote from the Pearl of Great Price:
           -"My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right—and which I should join. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight .... He again forbade me to join with any of them" (Joseph Smith - History 1:18-20)

  • Testimony From The Third Mormon "President":
           -"Are Christians ignorant? Yes, as ignorant of the things of God as the brute beast" (Journal of Discourses, John Taylor, 13:225). 
  • Testimony From A Mormon "Apostle":
         -"The Roman Catholic, Greek, and Protestant church, is the great corrupt, ecclesiastical power, represented by great Babylon" (Orson Pratt, Writings of an Apostle, Orson Pratt, n. 6, 84). 
  • More From The Mormons:
         - "Believers in the doctrines of modern Christendom will reap damnation to their souls (Morm. 8; Moro. 8)" (Mormon Doctrine, 1966, Bruce R. McConkie, 177)

The Arrogance Of Joseph Smith!

  • "Come on! ye prosecutors! ye false swearers! All hell, boil over! Ye burning mountains, roll down your lava! for I will come out on top at last. I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet...When they can get rid of me, the devil will also go." (History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 408, 409)