Titus 1:16; “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate”.
Chances are that most everyone has known somebody living in open rebellion towards God, their parents, or society at large. It might be someone whom you dearly love, or your coworker, or maybe it’s the person looking at you in the mirror each morning.
Today we’re catching a bird’s eye view of more than one hundred experts who’ve known a thing, or two about Mormonism. Their insight provides valuable proof of what many members of the Church need to come to terms with in his/her own life. Rebelling against the One True God of the Bible.
We’ve seen hundreds of quotes by Mormon leaders who claim they know God, but in reality they’re following a man who schemed his way into society with a vocabulary lifted from the KJV Bible.
LDS Church leaders know it, but refuse to openly admit it, and then there are those who for the sake of reality, openly declare Smith’s fraud.
I came across a PDF awhile back containing just shy of 150 comments by experts about the biblical texts found in the BoM. With the exception of a small minority, they’ve come right out and declared Joseph Smith’s scriptures to be a work of plagiarism from the KJV Bible.
Many believe, as does this author, Smith used an open 1611 KJV to ‘translate’ his pseudo discovery of gold plates. In addition to using the KJV, Smith helped himself to the contents of many other written works, of which he had easy access. You can find a list of some of those items in our series, Coincidences in Mormonism.
In conclusion, the question begging to be asked is, how is plagiarizing the Bible deemed an inspirational work of God? The answer? It’s not.
Ironically, even the Church recognizes the striking similarities. Check out the last quote from Encyclopedia of Mormonism that unabashedly gave the number of verses in Isaiah that Smith plagiarized. We’ve embedded the link for this from the LDS website. Oh what a tangled web we weave…
Quotes from this PDF were listed in chronological order from 1830 – 2011. We’re listing a few here. For more info on all of them, see Biblical Texts introduced into the Book of Mormon.
1873, p. 4 –
“John Hyde commented, using the third European edition of the Book of Mormon: “From page 2 to page 428, pretending to embrace a period from 600 B.C. to A.D., I have counted no less than 298 direct quotations from the New Testament; some of them, paragraphs of verses; some of them, sentences from verses.” Mormonism: Its Leaders and Designs (New York: W. P. Fetridge & Company, 1857), 233.”
1970, p. 10 –
“Richard B. Lancaster: “The hard fact is that the Book of Mormon is loaded with verbatim quotes from the Old and New Testament put in the mouths of men of different centuries, language and culture.” – Courage: A Journal of History, Thought and Action, 1 (March 1971):193, emphasis retained.”
1992, p. 17 –
Encyclopedia of Mormonism, p. 106; “Fully one-third of the writings of Isaiah are found in the Book of Mormon, making Isaiah the most frequently quoted biblical book there. Twenty-two of the sixty-six chapters of Isaiah are quoted in whole or in part in the Book of Mormon (a total of 433 of Isaiah’s 1,292 verses).” – Victor L. Ludlow, 1992