Israel in 600 BC – the Bible vs. the Book of Mormon
For 400 years Israel was in disobedience towards God and for a long time God had warned the Israelites there would be a price to pay for their willful disregard of His commandments.
The story of how Israel turned their backs on God during the Assyrian and Babylonian takeovers is something I personally don’t think I’ll ever get over. While I know that sounds extreme, let me explain why. The historical events of those two things are the direct opposite of what the Book of Mormon claims. If the Book of Mormon is truly the word of God then why is there such a huge discrepancy? God is not a God of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33) and God cannot lie (Titus 1:2), so what is the deal with these two widely different stories?
We know from historical evidences there were many prophets at the time of the Babylonian takeover and we know from the Bible that God explicitly told the Israelites not to believe the prophets who told them there was peace and then told them not to flee to Egypt. (Jer. 8:11, 42:10-17)
Everything I thought was true and safe in this world changed when I left the Church and discovered that all I knew in life about Jesus and the Bible was a lie. And here we see this is even true with the very first chapter in the Book of Mormon.
Lehi and family packed up and left for the so-called “Promised Land” of the American continent. So much for what God says…
Why did Nephi cry with joy over the destruction of Jerusalem? 1 Nephi 1:14 says;
“And it came to pass that when my father had read and seen many great and marvelous things, he did exclaim many things unto the Lord; such as: Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God Almighty! Thy throne is high in the heavens, and thy power, and goodness, and mercy are 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!”
While Nephi’s father was rejoicing over God’s decision, the Israelites were wailing. The book of Lamentations is a good example of their reaction to this predicament. Is it reasonable someone could be joyous at this time?