@the truthYou might consider reading "Eastern North America as an
Independent Center of Plant Domestication". Many people still think that
domestic plants were imported to the north, but that is not entirely correct.
Also, your claim that the land bridge theory has long been discredited is
troubling. Have you read the research and data of Dr. Ugo Perego? He is an
outstanding BYU scientist.
JM: I agree with Joggle in nearby clearfield.Most of my family are
Mormons, I go to Jazzs games with my bother-in-law who is a Bishop. I take the
older Mormon family members to the Doctors office and the mall. I attend
dinners and anniversaries with several wards,(non-church functions.) They know
that I and others in the family have left the church most of us attending
Christian churches. They do not consider me Anti-Mormon, butthey know I do not
believe JS is a prophet. There is a difference.
@JMPlease realize that most people presenting opposing statements
and opinions here do so with honest intentions. They simply disagree with yours!
Many of the statements and opinions have been investigated and researched from
various reliable sources which perhaps you haven't located, but believe
me...they do exist as much as yours do! Please refrain from using ad hominems as
it's not conducive to civil discourse. It would be much appreciated and would
make these exchanges a much better experience for all of us.
RE: cmtam | 3:25 p.m.ALL the documents you mentioned were written
long after the events recorded or the person lived who supposedly wrote them, or worse just translations of later documants, while those
translations may be correct,That does NOT mean the content is
correct to the original sources.The ONLY way you can show that the
JST translations are incorrect is you must have the orginal sources,NONE exist! All we have are documents that were written much later,and there is no way to prove their content is correct.NOT any of
you ANTI's BOM dislbleivers have sho us wwhre mayan came from.THe
oldest and most advanced civilization is in south amerca, and civilization gets
younger as move north!which means civilzation in america started in
the south NOT the north.The land bridge theory has been long ago
discredited. IF it were so, the oldest and most advance civilization should be
in the north.They are not.So where did the mayans,
incans, etc. come from?why not from the jaredites?The
BOM is a possible answer.(FYI "reformed egyptian" is_a
description, NOT the_name_or_language, and ancient_american_cultures
written_languages are heiroglyphic in_nature_and_style)
The five questions asked by Christ in a priesthood interview are absolutely
preposterous! Since women are not eligible for the LDS priesthood, so much for
the biblical concept of being a Royal Priesthood and being joint Heirs in
salvation.Also what about Paul, he fails miserably in the first two
questions. No wife, and since he was celibate, no children. Will Christ
relegate him to the telestial kingdom or since he can faithfully answer the last
three, will he be promoted to the terrestrial kingdom? Orwill Christ embrace
Paul, and in the words of Matt. 25:23 say well done good and faithful servant.
I know the results, anything else is amazing hubris.
I loved the above post that had the quote from David O' Mckay about the
questions Jesus will ask each and every one of us when we meet Him face to face.
It really shows you that there are only a few things that are important in this
life. Namely, how you treat your spouse, your children and if you are kind and
honest in your dealings with each other.Everything else is just not
important. Reading many of these comments makes me wonder how much time has
been wasted on focusing, debating and arguing on things the Savior doesn't care
about, like whether the Book of Mormon is historical. Such a waste of precious
JM,you have a responsibility to investigate, after all your salvation stands or
falls on JS. The dead sea scrolls refute the JST of Genesis. THE JST
adds over 125 verses to the first 6 chapters of Genesis. The Septuagint, Dead
scrolls and Masoretic Text all refute the JST. The Great Isaiah Scroll,
After all variations are noted and taken into account and the reasons for them
(lapses, spelling errors, simple human error in copying, dialectical difference,
Aramaic environment etc.) are understood then it is easy to say with
confidence that the Q text is substantially the same as the received text of the
Book of Isaiah that we now read in our English Bible. JS makes hundreds of
change to Isaiah and in chapter 29 he even adds prophecies of him and the Bom.
Just two examples,Can you rely on the JST?(P.of G.P. Moses)
Pickle Juice,I love your theory. It is much better than all the
other theories in explaining the complete lack of any evidence. Just give it a
little time and it will catch on.
So, anti-Mormons: How do you justify being so dishonest? EVERY time ive
investigated your comments youve been dishonest, outright lying etc.Youve been given numerous evidences (DNA, History, miraculously impossible
Mayan religious symbolism found in the ME (only posted tidbits of that, the main
course is far better, and overwhelming), etc. Most of you once had
the Spirit bear witness, yet you deny Him, and some now KNOWINGLY fabricate,
hoping someone might fall for it, as you did. Even if you didnt
know you were lying, you STILL have a responsibility to investigate, before
loudly attacking LDS faith (especially since youve been shown repeatedly that
anti sources are dishonest also). The Bible explains that lying
about people is hating them. Spreading hate and darkness like this
cannot be good for you. For your sakes, rethink. Stillluvya : ) ON TOPIC: The more I read about Mesoamerica, everything found etc...WOW!!!
Gives goose bumps. I already know its true, the Spirit testifies to ALL, but its
so thrilling to see the places&things. Thanks Mike, again, for
the articles, and the links to further enlightenment. What youre
doing has to be good for you, and all who read with open hearts. : ) : ) : )
The Apostle Paul, A man is not a Jew if he is one outwardly ,nor circumcision
merely outward and physical, No a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and
circumcision is a circumcision of the heart by the Spirit, not by written code,
Such a mans praise is not from men but from God.(Romans 2:28- 29) The true sign
of belonging to God is not outward but a regenerated heart.Brigham
Young, Can you make a Christian of a Jew? I tell you nay. If a Jews comes
into this Church and the blood of Judah is in his veins he will
apostatize.(JoD.. V. 7 pp 290-291)
Great article Mike. Took the kids skiing yesterday, and wasn't
surprised that there were no anti-Mormons making stuff up this week. They never
would do that, and are always honest and open minded in their assessments.
Anything less would be hateful and beneath them, right??? : ) ; ) I just read more from cumorah. Always enjoy. I didn't know we've known so much
for so long (Sorenson etc). I knew Mesoamerica fit in detailed miraculous ways,a
nd of course knew the evidences were mountainous (as I've mentioned)but didn't
know so many of the details had been worked out. (even iron, narrow pass etc
etc. Awesome!!! I also did some Bible reading (Ezek47, Numbers etc)
and how they mapped their lands and checked Google earth (before reading about
the directions in Hebrew and Mesoamerican), if they marked from summer solstice
like izapans... : )This is an heritage that IP are proud of, and
should be. Not only are the founders of a great civilization, but some of their
ancestors founded another. And God gave this Land to them, as they know, and if
we Gentiles are to stay we must be adopted into Lehi's family. : )
I am curious how at times prophets seem to get very specific answers from the
Lord. Pres McKay was able to know what questions, and the order of those
questions, Jesus would ask us in an interview when we die. Pretty impressive.
Why can't a current prophet today give us a straight answer on homosexuality
being genetic or not. Pres Ukdorf said we don't know...and that we may never
In another article today from the D-News about what questions the Savior will
ask us when we meet Him face to face. Notice how there is no mention of Book of
Mormon by the Savior. "Let my assure you, brethren, that
some day you will have a personal priesthood interview with the Savior, himself.
If you are interested, I will tell you the order in which he will ask you to
account for your earthly responsibilities.First, he will request an
accountability report about your relationship with your wife.Second,
he will want an accountability report about each of your children individually.
Third, he will want to know what you personally have done with the
talents you were given in the pre-existence.Fourth, he will want a
summary of your activity in your church assignments. He will not be necessarily
interested in what assignments you have had. Fifth, he will have no
interest in how you earned your living, but if you were honest in all your
dealings.Sixth, he will ask for an accountability on what you have
done to contribute in a positive manner to your community, state, country and
the world." President David O. McKay
Bill,I appreciate your testimony and someday I hope that you will be
able to appreciate testimonies that are different than yours. Testimonies are personal and between that person and the Lord. NOBODY has the
right to say that someone's testimony is not as valuable in the eyes of the
Lord. To do so shows a lack of understanding of the Savior and why we are here
on earth. Bill, the Church is filled with people who have served
missions, married in the temple and hold temple recommends who do not believe
the BoM is historical. Elder Holland recently acknowledged that there are many
people firmly in this Church who do not believe the BoM is historical.Bill, as I have said before, I know the BoM is not historical because I have
prayed about it, pondered it and studied it. I am also an active member of the
Church who holds a temple recommend.Also, I know that the Savior is
pleased with me and the type of person that I am striving to become by following
his teachings. I also know that the Savior doesn't care at all about the
historicity of the BoM.
To Aaazzz: There is a difference between being historical and being
historically accurate.To Searching:Proof is in the cover
of the Book of Mormon itself. The Burden of Proof still is not on the Church.
What we have said and how it is said comes straight from the Lord himself. He
has stated flat out that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith is and
was a prophet of God. Just because you want absolute proof from science, which
is not going to happen, because we must take it on Faith.Faith is
the deciding factor. Nothing else matters.Yes, still wasting time
but hey have to be somewhere.
Bill in Nebraska,Who has failed to prove that the BoM is not historically
accurate. There are loads of things that are inconsistent with Western
Hemishepere biology that are well documented.Just askin:)
@Bill in NebraskaI did not call the Indians west of Missouri
"Jews", Jesus did in D&C 57:4. Also, the use of the term
"literal descendent of Abraham" means from father to son, etc through
Isaac and Jacob. DNA should show this but doesn't. Instead it shows direct lines
from Asia. Again, it is not my words, it is the words of the Angel Moroni and of
Jesus. However one wishes to apply the words of the Lord in D&C 57:4, it
still must mean from father to son from Abraham. And the DNA absolutely fails to
demonstrate this.I have no problem with the BofM when one applies
faith in believing it. But there is a huge problem when attempts are made with
science that does not support it. Razzle2 had stated that the
American Indians being from BofM people was an idea of men. He or she clearly is
not aware of the canonized words of the Lord in LDS scripture, or of the words
of the Angel Moroni.These are issues that apologists fail to
properly address. As I have said before, LDS apologists are not to be trusted.
Bill, I thought that you were tired of wasting time with these types of
arguments. Your personal testimony is not a proof to anyone but you and it does
not mean that others can, have, and will receive different answers to Moroni's
challenge. I'm not questioning your experience; I'm sure what you felt was
strong and reassuring. But for me to accept yours, you also need to accept mine
and all of the other who have received opposing answers or no answer at all. To be objective, the challenge needs to be testable and reproducible
with a statistically significant outcome. That has not yet been done.The onus of proof is really still on the church. I have no reason to trust
Smith and 11 of his friends/family about the plates. Show me something
objective. If it is true, that shouldn't be hard.
To Michael M and others:First to Skeptic: The LDS Church is not
trying to prove the Book of Mormon. That proof has already been given in that
it is a translation by Joseph Smith of a HISTORICAL record of God's dealing with
ancient Americans in this hemisphere. That is what we say and that is what we
know, that it is a translation of Golden Plates. Now it is the critics that are
the ones that are trying to disprove it and all have failed.First
off to be the lineage of Abraham you do not have to be Jew. There first is and
foremost a Hebrew Nation. Jew did not come forth until we read more about the
HOUSE OF JUDAH. The HOUSE OF JOSEPH is not Jewish but a part of the Hebrew
nation. Therefore, one can be Hebrew and not Jewish but one who is Jewish is
Hebrew. A huge difference.The Book of Mormon perpetuates that it is
a historical record and another testament to the Divinity of Jesus Christ.The Spirit will not tell some it is historical and others that it isn't.
That just WILL NOT HAPPEN.
@Razzle2"...all Native Americans are literal descendents of the
original Lehi and Mulek groups just isn't told in the BoM. This idea is 19th or
20th century.If we accept that other people migrated to this continent
long before, during, and/or after the BoM than the whole DNA question is no
longer."Do you believe the words of Jesus? D&C
57 is quite interesting. Verse 1 makes it the words of the Lord, not Joseph
Smith, not Joseph Smith's word choice. In verse 4, Jesus even calls the American
Indian people residing west of Missouri "Jews". Do you
believe the words of an angel?Joseph Smith's journal for 1835-1836
on page 25 tells us what the angel Moroni said:"he [Moroni]
said the Indians were the literal descendants of Abraham""Literal descendant of Abraham" means Jews. Did Jesus lie?If people migrated to America long before, do you realize that you must
discard the belief in a universal flood?. All DNA evidence supports the Asian
migrations of more than 10,000 years ago. Are you comfortable with the idea of
humans not from Adam and Eve being the American Indians?
Jax you are forgetting another likely scenario: God is deliberatley hiding or
obscuring objective evidence. That is why there is no DNA or archeologigal
evidence. But why the anachronisms? Easy, its a trial of our faith. @nayajja'God certainly could reveal the same concepts to BOM prophets as
he did to New Testament prophets. Why would he do it verbatim KJV New
While I can respect Ash's attempts to reconcile the Book of Mormon with reality,
it is frustrating that the most obvious explanation is never considered. When
the Book of Mormon is viewed as a 19th century creation that attempts to explain
the origin of the Native Americans, all of the questions disappear. The
anachronisms disappear. Themes like racism, masonry, infant baptism, and
universalism in the Book of Mormon suddenly make perfect sense. Language from
the New Testament and Christian phraseology suddenly fit into place. That
precise prophecies about Columbus, the constitution, and Joseph Smith suddenly
stop in the 19th century starts to make sense. The missing plates, the changing
theology, the King James language. We immediately understand why the archeology
is missing. We immediately understand why DNA evidence hasn't been uncovered.
Everything becomes clear under such a theory. Please at least consider the one
theory that does answer the questions.
A man in my ward years ago told me the BoM was true,I prayed and God told me not
to listen to him,and to study the Bible,I did: Therefore, behold I will
proceed to do a marvelous work among this people even A Marvelous Work and
Wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of
the prudent men shall be hid. (Is 29:14).For it is written, I will
Destroy the wisdom of the wise ,and will bring to nothing the understanding of
the prudent(1 Corinthians 1:19)Paul is quoting from (Is 29:14), from where
God denounces the policy of the Wise in Judah seeking an alliance with Egypt
against Assyria. God will punish the Jews for spiritual wickedness; He will
remove their discernment from their hearts. Fulfilled in that they rejected
Christ.A paraphrase gives a good view of Isaiahs prophecy. Therefore
I will take awesome vengeance on these hypocrites, and make their wisest
counselors as fools. (Is 29:14 LB).JS mis-used the KJV; not a
prophecy of the BoM.God gave me my faith(Romans 12:3)and I left Mormonism.
Interesting article on the Mesoamerican Theory. None of these many different
theories really matter to me because I know the BoM isn't historical. I know
this from many years of study, prayer and pondering.Most people
don't read the BoM and then say to themselves, "Wow that was an interesting
history book." It is not a history book, but a book about Jesus and some
Yes brokenclay, the anachronisms really are bothersome. Do you realize nobody in
600 BC spoke English? Yet I count hundreds of English words on every page! And
there is even a French word in there in one place! And, as you point out,
"the book often uses Greek words (Christ, crucify, scourge, church)."
How would a person translating a true ancient record into English ever possibly
use words such as those?And the very idea that God might have
revealed to prophets that Christ would be crucified is of course proof that the
Book of Mormon is false, because we all know that there are no such thing as
prophets and that for that matter there is no such thing as God. I am glad that
Mormoncowboy doesn't use any circular logic to accuse Mormons of circular
logic.And the fact that God revealed to Book of Mormon prophets the
same concepts that he later revealed to New Testament apostles is sure proof
that the Book of Mormon is false, because God couldn't do that, because God
doesn't exist and if he did exist, God wouldn't know those concepts yet, right?
The evidence is clear, no matter where the BoM took place; there were great
nations in Mesoamerica at the same time. The central valleys of Mexico and
Guatemala had cities from 500 BC (Monte Alban) to the conquistadors.It is
possible that the groups came together during the 200 years of peace after
Christ, therefore for a small time all becoming Nephites than Lamanites. But, the idea that all Native Americans are literal descendents of the
original Lehi and Mulek groups just isn't told in the BoM. This idea is 19th or
20th century.If we accept that other people migrated to this continent
long before, during, and/or after the BoM than the whole DNA question is no
@Bill in Nebraska, You state "We are to take the Book of Mormon on faith
and faith alone. For 150 plus years people have tried and tried and have failed
to prove it wrong. They have all failed." You have it backwards. For 150
plus years Mormons have tried and tried and have failed to prove the BOM right
or true. Mormons swear they know the BOM is true. If you know something is true
then you should be able to prove it is true, right. And if you can't prove it
then you do not know it, right. Maybe you just think it or believe it; but that
is not the same as knowing it, right. Also, history shows Joseph Smith was much
smarter and better educated than you give him credit for and at age 21 when he
started to write the BOM he was an expeienced and well traveled man in the area
were he lived and associated with other learned men. Face the facts and don't
try to make things the way you want them to be, it will help you to learn things
that you can prove you know.
Bill in Nebraska: Bruce R. McConkie,"From LDS Revelation, however, we
learn that Jehovah is the English form of the actual name by which the Lord
Jesus was known anciently.(D&C. 110:3;Abra. 2:8)." Wrong,Catholic
Encyclopedia [1913, Vol. VIII, p. 329] states: "Jehovah (Yahweh),the proper
name of God in the Old Testament." Had they known about the Q're perpetuum,
the term "Jehovah" may have never come in to being. Jewish
scholars recognize Jehovah to be "grammatically impossible" Jewish
Encyclopedia (Vol VII, p. 8). The spelling Jehovah appeared first
during the 1762-1769 editing of the King James Bible. Hence there is a certain
basis to the claim that the transcription Jehovah is nothing but a
misunderstanding by Christian translators of Jewish reading traditions."
JS saw the KJV not Jesus.
I believe that the point brokenclay is trying to make is that the writers of the
BoM are using terms that would be incomprehensible to would-be contemporaries.
For example, it is difficult to explain how Nephi would use a term for
crucifixion when crucifixion was not widely practiced before the Romans. And
even if the concept were given to him in vision, his contemporaries and their
ancestors wouldn't know what he was referring to. For a well-explained article
on the linguistic arguments, google "packham mormon linguistics".
To brokenclay and others. Most of the translations in the Book of Mormon of the
teachings of Christ do not actually mirror the literal translation of the Bible.
There are numerous differences and there are also simliarities. What you fail
to understand is that Joseph Smith didn't completely translate the Book of
Mormon via a hat with a stone. We don't know how much of the Book of Mormon
this was done with and what parts. What we do know is that he
couldn't write a coherent sentence or a paragraph much less the Book of Mormon
during the time it was written. We do know that he had the plates of brass that
contained basically the first five books of OT and the sayings of Isaiah. We
also know that the Nephites/Lamanites genealogy went through Joseph not
Judah.You want proof but when the proof is given you throw it away
as if it is nothing. We are to take the Book of Mormon on faith and faith
alone. For 150 plus years people have tried and tried and have failed to prove
it wrong. They have all failed.
brokenclay The Book of MOrmon is realy not as problematatic as you claim.
First much of what we find in the NT is infact quoting the OT. Because Lehi had
much of the OT it is not strange at all. As for Joseph Smith useing terms that
are from the Greek it because the Boof of Mormon is a TRANSLATION not a
TRANSLITERATION. The difference being transliteration is word for word were
translation is meaning. Because of this you can read Missiah and Christ the
frist being the Hebrew and the seconmd Greek both meaning the same thing in
English so you can translate either into the term Christ because that is what te
English readers would understand. When Translating into Hebrew you will find the
term Messiah, in German Christus, Spanish Christo, Chinese Jidu, ect.
You've missed the point, question mark. We are not debating THAT the OT
prophesies of the Messiah; all Christians would agree to that. The point in
question is HOW the BoM prophesies of the Messiah. It uses Christian and Greek
vocabulary and syntax, which mirror the literal translation in the King James
NT. The more of this we find, the higher the probability that the BoM is simply
a work of fiction that originated in the 19th century. This is what is meant by
anachronism. Joseph Smith imported first century A.D. terminology into a
fabricated 6th century B.C. context. The only way Mormons can explain this is to
say that God revealed Paul, Peter, and John's language to the American Jews 600
years before those apostles even penned the words! And on top of that, somehow
the translation comes out exactly the same as the KJV, even though the BoM is
translated from reformed Egyptian, and the NT is in koine Greek, with Joseph
Smith "translating" out of a hat with a stone. One anachronism leads
to some doubt; dozens of them per chapter allows one to dismiss a work out of
hand as fiction.
When people dig for worms in the Holy Land, they make discoveries. The Bible has
been proven HISTORICALLY by archaeology, cities, places, coins, clothing,
swords, etc., that have been found, but not one single place mentioned in the
Book of Mormon has ever been identified. In the mid 1970's, President Spencer W.
Kimball made a statement that should have stopped these "faith promoting
rumors." The Church News published it and it said to "stop looking for
archaeological evidences for the Book of Mormon, for there is none," he
said. Perhaps he finally realized that it was too embarrassing to insist on Book
of Mormon archaeology since professors in the Church's own University had
started to publicly deny that there was any truth to it. Interestingly enough,
not any of the important Mormon doctrines of today are in the book that the
Church claims "contains the fullness of the everlasting Gospel."The Book of Mormon presents problems that cannot be explained away no
matter how you twist it! I could go on, but why bother when faith trumps
evidence for the LDS.
Mormoncowboy: You don't have to believe Zenos, Neum, and Zenock were prophets,
but the atonement of Jesus Christ by way of crucifixion was taught in the Old
Testament. The word may or may not have been used specifically, but it was
taught. Moses raising the brazen serpent is symbolic of Christ being raised on
the cross. Isaiah 53 gives some insights of what Christ would go through. It
seems to be that there would been some Jews of Lehi's time who would have known
about the Savior and how he would be crucified.
?Thanks for the references. Usually the simplest anwser is the best
one.I am content with the Book of Mormon even though I believe that
we (as a church) will probably never confirm its historical authenticity. The
value of its theachings and its gospel are of enough for me to be happy with the
book.We all have so many worries, that spending all the time and
effort spent trying to prove or disprove the Book of Mormon could be much better
spent with our families and friends, working to create a more Christ-like
atmoshpere in our own lives.
aaazzz, a couple of articles that may be of interest to you are, "The
Plates of Brass: A Witness of Christ, by Robert Millet, January, Ensign,
1988," and "The Dead Sea Scrolls: Some Questions and Answers, by Hugh
Nibley, Maxwell Institute."
Great article! I also look forward to the follow on articles referred to in
this story. I know a little about the Mesoamerican model and look forward to
learning more. I served a mission for the LDS church in the late 1970's in
southern Mexico and was fascinated by Dr. Sorenson's and Dr. Allen's books on
this model. The latest (that I know of) journal article by Dr. Sorenson was
very interesting and compelling in the similarities between Middle Eastern and
Mesoamerican culture. Keep up the good work Mike! Peace to all who read this.
Of course, again the circular logic abounds. We must take on faith that Zenos,
Neum, and Zenock, are all prophets who would have filled in the Greek Christian
terms, followed up by Christian era theology, in the Old Testament. Though
Isaiah has been Christianized, many of the Christian metaphors and allusions
(healing in his wings - as an allusion to the crucifixion) are not self-evident.
So we appeal to Old Testament Prophets to make a biblical case for The Book of
Mormon, forgetting that there is no evidence of these alleged Prophets absent
the BoM's says so. It would be quite a feat for the OT to have recieved the
surgical precision of being un-Christianized through centuries of translation -
while retaining its current level Jewish influence.
I don't know. Where do you find reference that Zenos and Enos, Zenock and Enoch
should be the same? If these are the same, who would Neum refer to? It would be
interesting to find out.
Enos = ZenocEnoch = ZenochIs that right, or have I been
How would 550BC Jews in America know about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ? Isaiah and other references to the crucifixion in the Old Testament
would be a good place to start, the brass plates Lehi and co. took with them
contained Isaiah. The brass plates included other writings of prophets, Zenos,
Neum, and Zenock which taught about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. (1 Nephi
19:10) Plus they had prophets, who dreamed dreams and had angels appear to
them, same as any other Old Testament prophet had happen to them. They
practiced the Law of Moses, which law points to the atonement of Jesus Christ.
Yes, many scientific theories have holes in them - but we should bear in mind
that these incomplete theories are generally developed to explain observed
phenomenon. For example, the History chanel recently had a program where
"scholars" were rethinking beliefs that Mayans did not engage in
long-distance sea travel. A small Island, several hundred miles off the coast of
Chile was discovered to hold many Mayan artifacts. Most of the theories will
probably be wrong, just due to the probabilities...but, there is an observed
reality (the artifacts on an Island) that lead to reasonable theories. How does
this correlate to Book of Mormon archaeology? What are the observed realities? A
book, said to have originally been written on Gold Plates, that only a
small-town scryer was allowed to look at. The book is written in an overtly New
Testament style with heavy Christian themes, by a civilization that holds no
empirical ties to pre-Columbian Christianity. Then we have New World archaeology
and anthropology, which agenda driven "scholars" try and force a fit.
Suffice it to say, one "observation" is only apparent to certain to
those with certain religious proclivities, and directly conflicts with the
undisputed observations (archaeology).
Pickle, that's one of the funniest things I've read in recent times. I've been
reading through the Book of Mormon, and I underline all of the anachronisms I
find. Perhaps one or two anachronisms per book could be explained, but I'm
finding sometimes a dozen or more of them PER CHAPTER. Supposedly this is a
translation from reformed Egyptian (whatever that may be), but the structure of
the anachronisms resembles a KJV translation from the Greek NT. The portion in 2
Nephi I'm reading has extensive quotes and allusions from Romans and Revelation,
among others. Moreover, the book often uses Greek words (Christ, crucify,
scourge, church). How do Jews in America in 550 B.C. know what crucifixion is?
The text doesn't even explain it. The church was a mystery only revealed in the
first century, and yet for some reason we have 6th century B.C. American Jews
explaining it in NT detail.I will allow you one or two anachronisms
per book to explain away. But there are probably thousands in the BoM as a
whole. When even critical scholars won't study your book, you know you have
I really don`t understand the controversy. If anyone believes that Joseph Smith
was a prophet and knew something of the happenings of the Book of Mormon, why
not just believe what he said about it???? It is documented in History of the
Church as well as other sources in Church archives that the events of the BofM
happened in and around the Ohio valley and up around the hill cumorrah . Not to
mention the overwhelming archeological evidence namely, the huge forts left
behind in the Ohio valley area that just happen to be built exactly as described
in Alma. Also the battle mounds filled with the bones of an ancient people.
Archeologists call them the Adena (Jaredite) and Hopewell (Nephite). Many of
these carbon date to exactly Jaredite and Nephite time lines. I highly recommend
the book ancient monuments of the Mississippi valley by Davis and Squier 1847Also, how does one explain the "Land of Liberty" in the last
days. Or how does one explain that the Promised Land will be the site of the
New Jerusalem? Is Ash going to make the arguement that the New Jerusalem will
be in Mexico instead Jackson County?
The Mormon Church has proven resourseful at adapting to change for survival and
growth. It has made numerous changes and edits to the written history and
doctrine of the church. Perhaps now is the time to rewrite the Book of Mormon to
conform with geographical and anthropological realities. A good story is still a
I have a theory that makes much more sense then the Mesoamerican, LGT,
Traditional, Malay or the Africa Theory or any of these other theories being put
forth. Here is my theory. If Lehi and Company had a miraculous
compass, I see no reason why they couldnt also have a time machine. So maybe all
the anachronisms come from our assumptions about when things actually happened.
Maybe the Nephites were transported back 40 million years when the mesohippus
was roaming the continent. This theory has the advantage of explaining why no
archaeological or DNA evidence has been found from the traditional understanding
of Book of Mormon chronology. This also has the advantage of explaining why the
continent was empty of people. And, of course, Christ, being resurrected, also
could have easily transported himself back in time 40 million years, so all our
assumptions about dates keying off the birth or death of Christ are just wrong.
Those dates in the BOM were added later and are not in the original BOM, so they
could represent just the wrong opinions of men acting under false assumptions.
I see that I have read another article and have not increased my knowledge about
the origin on the Book of Mormon.In the Book of Mormon Reader the
pictures look more like a meso-american setting than any other setting.
I have no argument with people who revere the Book of Mormon as a spiritual
text, just as I have no problem with people who revere the Bible or the Koran as
a spiritual text. I have a problem with believers who insist the Book of Mormon
is an ancient Mesoamerican text when such a claim requires disregarding DNA
evidence, archaeological evidence, distorting and misleading statements about
both the content of the Book of Mormon, and most especially, about Mesoamerican
history. Mormons, as a people, honor their ancestors. I would like
to see them honor the ancestors of Mesoamerica, as well.