Whether or not Joseph Smith was a prophet is not germane to respecting diverse
religious beliefs. That's something that should transcend theology and
@ sharrona:Joseph Smith was NOT the Choice Seer. If one reads all
of 2 Nephi chapter 3 carefully they will find that the Choice Seer is to be a
FUTURE full-blooded American Indian Moses. This JST corruption of the KJV Book
of Genesis is another of JS's many erroneous teachings after the BoM came
forth.@m.g. scott:It is also the correct interpretaton
of tens of thousands of others!
Re: MichiganderYou show us all just why we need modern day prophets.
Your interpretation of scripture is just that, "Yours".
@KellyWSmith:1. 1Cor.15:29 is speaking only about why OUR baptism if
there is no resurrection of or from the dead. You're wresting
scripture.2. Gen.2:24 is prophetically speaking about SETH and all
his future sons and his sons, etc. Again you're wresting scripture.3. Jacob chapter 2 in the BoM calls polygamy an abomination and
whoredom. You're making modern day excuses for the sins of Abraham, David
and Solomon.4. Jer.1 :5 is referring only to the omniscient
foreknowledge of God.5. The Book of Acts states that "the Most
High God dwelleth not in temples made with hands." The days of temple
building have been over and done since 30 A.D. That is why the martyr Stephen
and the Apostle Paul were inspired by the Holy Ghost to speak those words.
Another prophesy about Joseph Smith was his name will be known in both good and
evil. Well, this comments prove exactly that.
Actually Dennis, I have thought of that. Honestly, if I died and I found out
that Mormonism was false and all my testimony building experiances have been
"wishful thinking" what would I regret? Nothing. I have a good strong
family relationship that I attribute to my church. Sure, I give 10% to church
but it's not like that extra money will do much for me after death and no
harm in being a little less selfish with what I've been given. And most of
all, I have hope. When my days are their darkest, I have hope that there is a
loving heavenly father who has a grand plan for me and all my fellow man, that
even at it's worst, life is just a small portion of my existence and things
will be better. So Dennis, no, you're not making me think a bit unless
it's to think that I'm so glad I have something to hold on to.
What if he made it all up? What if your forefathers thought the
"stories" sounded better than any other stories and jumped along for the
ride?Won't it feel kind of funny "IF" there is a next life
past this one to find out it was really just something else to do and based on
not a single fact.Just making you think it bit.
Michigander, So you believe in the Book of Mormon, you call it scripture
and yet deny Joseph was a prophet? Very curious position. Everyone
of those items that you list as contradicting the 2 Books of scripture, is
incorrect. They are all listed or discussed in the other Scriptures. A few
examples: Baptism for the Dead: 1 Cor 15:29, Marriage for eternity: Gen 2:24
(they were immortal when married) and that same verse shows there was a Mother
in Heaven="leave his father and mother"; Polygamy: Abraham was a
polygamist; Temple Building: They built the Tabernacle that was the forerunner
to the Temple build by Soloman; Pre-existance (which is really pre mortal life):
way too many to list, here is just one: Jer 1:5. I don't have space in this
column to note any more but they are all covered. Not sure where you are going
with this but you might want to re-read the scriptures.
Actually Michgander all of the things you mentioned are biblically structured.
The problem is that you neither have eyes to see or ears to hear the word of God
as it is taught. The same problem goes for Sharrona who was once a member but
thinks they are better qualified than a Bishop who gave them good council. It
is a wander how you can't see that all were and are Biblically correct.
Joseph smith prophecies:That seer… his name shall be called
Joseph(Smith), and it shall be after the name of his father. ( Genesis 50:33
JST)? JS, prophecy about himself.A Marvelous work and wonder.
In(Isaiah 29:14 JST)But the book(BoM) shall be delivered unto a man(JS).verse
16…by the power of Christ…verse 17,three witnesses, verse
19,…many witnesses as seemeth good. Both prophecies NOT found in Greek
Septuagint(Apostles Bible) ,Dead Sea(Isaiah) Scrolls.
Not hardly. Listed below are 10+1 examples or "reasons" why not all of
what Joseph Smith taught were true or correct "prophecies":1. Baptism for the dead (deceased ancestors).2. Marriage for eternity
(celestial marriage).3. Polygamy (D&C 132).4. Preexistance of
the souls of men and women.5. Three degrees of Glory or Kingdoms in
Eternity (D&C 76).6. The office of Patriarch.7. The office of
High Priest.8. Eternal Mother in Heaven Goddess.9. Exaltation to
Gods and Goddesses.10. Temple Building.11. Aaronic Priesthood
(lesser priesthood).All of the above contradict the 2 books of
Scripture (the KJV and the BoM).
I don't care how many times I hear something that increases my testimony in
Joseph Smith, it's all good. We can never hear enough about this great man.
In a world dying for something solid to believe in and to guide their lives, the
Book of Mormon, translated by Joseph Smith and his assistants, will remain a
rock to build on for the eternities. Thanks for putting out this book and making
it available in this tumultuous time. The world needs it.
I think Pres. Hugh B. Brown has already covered this many, many years ago. His
talk, "Profile of a Prophet" has always been an inspiration to me.