Psalm 18:2 “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”
I’ve always said one of the best Bible studies I’ve ever done is on the book of Jeremiah. For an ex-Mormon, it opens doors of historical clarity, and puts the Book of Mormon in its proper place; the pile of false prophecies.
The historical narrative for the Book of Mormon is built upon the premise God separated an unknown tribe of Israel from amongst the rest of her clans. In doing this, He also commanded them to flee Jerusalem during the chaos of Babylon’s takeover of Israel c. BC 600.
The BoM is filled with ‘commandments’ from God that were diametrically opposed to all other commandments He gave to Israel through His prophet Jeremiah, and other prophets at that time.
You can find numerous mandates in the BoM telling the Nephites to do things totally contradictory to what God said in the book of Jeremiah. I’ve yet to find a chapter that doesn’t hold an opposing commandment from what the BoM says.
How can the BoM be true when it contradicts the Bible, not to mention historical facts?
The following four verses is all that’s needed to share with a Mormon their gospel is flawed.
1 Nephi 2:2 “And it came to pass that the Lord commanded my father, even in a dream, that he should take his family and depart into the wilderness”.
Jeremiah 29:8-9 “For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. 9 For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD.”
1 Nephi 3:18 “For behold, they have rejected the words of the prophets. Wherefore, if my father should dwell in the land after he hath been commanded to flee out of the land, behold, he would also perish. Wherefore, it must needs be that he flee out of the land.”
Jeremiah 29:16-17 “Know that thus saith the LORD of the king that sitteth upon the throne of David, and of all the people that dwelleth in this city, and of your brethren that are not gone forth with you into captivity; 17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil”.
This last passage is a scary warning of what happened to the Israelites because they believed in the lies of a false prophet.
Jeremiah 29:31-32 “Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the LORD concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie: 32 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell among this people; neither shall he behold the good that I will do for my people, saith the LORD; because he hath taught rebellion against the LORD”.
FYI: Image on top left is from Time Magazine showing a 2″ clay tablet describing a gift of 1.7 lbs of gold given to a Babylonian temple in 595 BC. It gives validity to the fact the historical narrative in Jeremiah is legit. An official’s name on the clay tablet is also mentioned in the book of Jeremiah.