Joseph and Lucifer Compared
While researching LDS doctrines about Joseph Smith I came across a teaching that sounded eerily familiar. As I thought about it some more I remembered what it was. What caught my attention is Joseph’s mission in life; it sounded very similar to Lucifer’s goal in the Mormon pre-existence. Gospel Doctrine, pg. 481 says;
“The work in which Joseph Smith was engaged was not confined to this life alone…It is not something which relates to man only while he tabernacles in the flesh, but to the whole human family from eternity to eternity.”
Also see Journal of Discourses 7:290;
“Should not this thought comfort all people? They will, by-and-by, be a thousand times more thankful for such a man as Joseph Smith, junior, than it is possible for them to be for any earthly good whatever. It is his mission to see that all the children of men in this last dispensation are saved, that can be, through the redemption. You will be thankful, every one of you, that Joseph Smith, junior, was ordained to this great calling before the worlds were.”
This thought should cause concern for every single Mormon. As I said, it reminded me of what the Mormon Lucifer told the Mormon god in the pre-existence that got him kicked out of heaven!
Moses 4:1, 4; “And I, the Lord God, spake unto Moses, saying: That Satan, whom thou hast commanded in the name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the beginning, and he came before me, saying—Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor… 4 And he became Satan, yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken unto my voice.”
Do I think that Joseph was Satan? No. But I do think Satan controlled both Smith and subsequently the Church through his power. Why would something like this be in the sacred writings of Mormonism? I often wonder if Smith knew he was intentionally putting things like this into the doctrine of the Church…
We are told in the Bible that there is nothing new under the sun (Ecc. 1:9) and Mormonism is a classic example of this. Satan merely rewraps the old story and puts a new shiny bow on top as his disgusting gift of lies just keeps on giving.
I don’t think the examples in this article are mere coincidences. The coincidences can be found in practically every subject in Mormonism. The “pillars of light” that Joseph saw in the “sacred grove” were definitely not from God. The angel who presented “another gospel” to Joseph definitely wasn’t from God. Yet peppered throughout the “scriptures” of Mormonism are admonitions for the people to watch out for the evil one; don’t be fooled my friend as this is a ploy to detract the follower’s attention.
There are so many “coincidences” that it’s impossible to think of them in any way other than Satan mocking God; it’s as if he’s actually laughing in His face… To see what I mean just take a look at what Mormon scriptures say about Satan and the angel Moroni;
2 Nephi 9:9; “And our spirits must have become like unto him, and we become devils, angels to a devil, to be shut out from the presence of our God, and to remain with the father of lies, in misery, like unto himself; yea, to that being who beguiled our first parents, who transformeth himself nigh unto an angel of light….”
Introductory page of D&C, (1976 edition) says in the third paragraph “Moroni is an angel of light”.
Next, we have the example of Joseph’s experience the night Moroni, an angel of light, showed up to tell him about “another gospel”.
“After this third visit, he again ascended into heaven as before, and I was again left to ponder on the strangeness of what I had just experienced; when almost immediately after the heavenly messenger had ascended from me for the third time, the cock crowed, and I found that day was approaching, so that our interviews must have occupied the whole of that night.”
The apostle Paul warns us that Satan is slick. 2 Cor. 11:13-14; “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”
So we see that anyone can trick people by placing a title before their name and there is one more thing to look at regarding the coincidences in Mormon scripture. Remember the passage above when Joseph claimed Moroni, the angel of light, left the room for the third time and immediately a cock crowed? I’m sure it sounds familiar to those who know God’s word. Jesus warned Peter that he would deny Him three times before the cock crowed.
Luke 22:34; “And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.”
Secondly, a false gospel presented three times before the cock crows and Smith had the awareness to write it down, but not know the passage in the Bible to denounce Satan? Yeah right…
What about Galatians 1:6-9? Could this be another coincidence or just mistranslated?
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
For another “coincidence” take a look at the later versions on the front cover of the Book of Mormon. It calls itself
“Another Testament of Jesus Christ”.
So the question remains; why would Joseph be given the same mission in life that Lucifer wanted to have? Don’t you find that odd? Why was Joseph the only one to “translate” all the works in their sacred texts and the only one who actually saw most of them? Why all the “coincidences”, or as the Church would say many “plain and precious parts are missing”?
The questions posed here will hopefully prompt a healthy questioning process in the mind of the Mormon and in turn force them to open their Bibles to the truth of Christ Jesus.
With Love in Christ;
1 Cor. 1:18-19