The purpose of this blog is to provide insights from the Christian perspective. It exists to present the elementary teachings of the glorious gospel through conducting apologetics, presenting general information through research, and by providing biblical commentary. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek" (Romans 1:16).
Documentation Of A Works-Based Salvation From The Book Of Mormon:
-"For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do. After all we can do..." (2 Nephi 25:23)
-"Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ." (Moroni 10:32)
The Million Dollar Question:
-If we have the ability to completely rid ourselves from the stains of sin before we receive the grace of Jesus Christ, then why would we ever need it?
-The purpose of this article is to give specific examples of internal contradictions among the three inspired religious texts that are unique to Mormonism. These texts are the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. In other words, the official sources of Mormon doctrine contradict each other repeatedly. Although this list of internal inconsistencies in Mormon revelation is by no means exhaustive, it should be more than sufficient to inform those who are unwary of the pernicious doctrine taught within Mormon theology. Fortunately, the Book of Mormon is an easy target to attack and is therefore a great leverage point for Christians to take advantage of when witnessing to Mormons.
While the Book of Mormon has passages teaching strict monotheism (Mosiah 15:1-5; Alma 11:28; 2 Nephi 31:21; Mormon 7:7), other inspired Mormon writings affirm the existence of many gods (Doctrine and Covenants: Section 121:32; 132:18-20, 37).
While the Book of Mormon has passages teaching that God cannot lie (Ether 3:12; 2 Nephi 9:34), God commands lying in the Pearl of Great Price (Book of Abraham 2:22-25).
While the Book of Mormon affirms that God's words are unchangeable (Alma 41:8), the Doctrine of Covenants teaches that God's words can change (Section 56:4-5).
While the Book of Mormon contains passages describing the Trinity as being one God (Alma 11:44; Mosiah 15:5; 2 Nephi 31:21), Mormon doctrine actually teaches that the three members of the Trinity are three separate Gods (James Talmage, Articles of Faith, p. 35. 1985).
While the Book of Mormon contains passages teaching that God has an unchangeable nature (Mormon 9:9,19; Moroni 8:18; Alma 41:8; 3 Nephi 24:6), official Mormon doctrine teaches that God is increasing in knowledge (Joseph Smith, Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, p. 120.).
While the Book of Mormon contains passages teaching the forgiveness for murder (3 Nephi 30:2), other inspired Mormon religious texts teach that murder cannot be forgiven (Doctrine and Covenants Section 42:18).
While the Book of Mormon has passages condemning polygamy (Jacob 1:15; 2:23, 24, 27, 31; 3:5; Mosiah 11:2), the Doctrine and Covenants commands the practice of polygamy (Section 132:1, 37-39, 61).
While the Book of Mormon contains passages teaches that God dwells in the heart (Alma 34:36), the Doctrine and Covenants contains passages denying that God dwells in the heart (Section 130:3).
While there are passages in the Book of Mormon teaching that hell is eternal (Jacob 3:11; 6:10; 2 Nephi 19:16; 28:21-23), Mormon doctrine teaches that hell is not eternal (James Talmage, Articles of Faith, p. 55).
While the Book of Mormon contains passages denying the pre-existence of man (Jacob 4:9; Alma 18:28, 34-36), the Doctrine and Covenants teaches the pre-existence of man (Section 93:23, 29-33 P.G.P.; Book of Abraham 3:18, 21-23).