The Book of Mormon proves itself to be a false gospel in a number of ways, so today we’re looking at a half dozen verses in the first chapter of the first book to find out why.
Putting things in perspective
Collectively speaking, there are 6.604 verses in the BoM, and by the time you get to verse nine in first Nephi you’ll have already been given a dozen or more reasons to prove the BoM isn’t from God. In vss. 1-8, the experiences of Lehi closely resemble the visions of Moses, Daniel, and Isaiah.
If these things don’t convince someone there’s something fishy in Denmark, the next six verses should seal the deal for anyone questioning its authenticity.
The passage we’re looking at today is filled with prophecies of Ezekiel, John, and Jeremiah. It also lifted a passage from Luke when he explained what happened in Jerusalem after the Lord’s resurrection.
Moving forward, let’s see why the BoM can’t be trusted.
Anachronism & Plagiarism – Lehi’s Vision
1 Nephi 1:9-10; “And it came to pass that he saw one descending out of the midst of Heaven, and he beheld that his lustre was above that of the sun at noon-day; 10 and he also saw twelve others following him, and their brightness did exceed that of the stars in the firmament”.
Here we have the family patriarch claiming he saw Jesus (one descending), and his twelve disciples tagging along with him. The problem?
It’s supposedly 600 BC! At this point in history the Israelites had no concept of a Messiah coming out of heaven, much less his twelve disciples.
Furthermore, this is from the Apostle John’s revelation from seven hundred years after Lehi’s supposed vision. See Revelation 1:13, 16 –
“13 …one like unto the Son of man…16 …and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”
Plagiarism – Ezekiel
11 and they came down and went forth upon the face of the earth; and the first came and stood before my father, and gave unto him a Book, and bade him that he should read.
This is Ezekiel 2:9-10 – “And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; 10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.”
Ezekiel was written c. 596-565 BC. Why didn’t Lehi mention him if he was living right there in the same city of Jerusalem? If Lehi and company had already left Jerusalem, how did he get Ezekiel’s writings?
Anachronism – God’s Holy Spirit
12 And it came to pass that as he read, he was filled with the spirit of the Lord,
God’s Holy Spirit wasn’t poured forth on anyone until Pentecost circa 33 AD! See Acts 2:1-4.
13 and he read, saying, Wo, wo unto Jerusalem! for I have seen thine abominations; yea, and many things did my father read concerning Jerusalem-that it should be destroyed, and the inhabitants thereof, many should perish by the sword, and many should be carried away captive into Babylon.
‘Wo, wo, unto Jerusalem’ is from Jeremiah 13:27. Why is Nephi lifting Jeremiah’s writings instead of obeying God through Jeremiah’s warnings?
Anachronism & Plagiarism –
14 And it came to pass that when my father had read and saw many great and marvellous things, he did exclaim many things unto the Lord; such as, Great and marvellous are thy works, O Lord God Almighty! Thy throne is high in the Heavens, and thy power, and goodness, and mercy is over all the inhabitants of the earth; and because thou art merciful, thou wilt not suffer those who come unto thee that they shall perish!
This sounds much like part of John’s revelation. In Revelation 10:1, 11 we read –
“1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.”
How could this have happened if it’s 600 BC?