Mormon Plan of Happiness
The other day I came across a couple of verses in Hebrews 4:12-13 from a Christian blog I was reading (http://doesthebible.wordpress.com)
The verses say;
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”
These verses got me to thinking of how the Lord works through His word and just how miraculous this God of ours really is.
Think about it. What other god can pierce your thoughts and cause you to remember the things He’s told you? What other god only wants the very best for you and would never try to trick you into sinning like the Mormon god did with Adam and Eve (2 Nephi 2:25) or take you down the road of jealousy over other wives like the Mormon god does with the teaching of polygamy (D&C 132)?
Everything and I do mean everything our God does and tells us to do only leads to righteousness and living a holy life. None of His directives leads us to sin, yet time and again this is the Mormon god’s “plan of happiness” wherever you look. It’s so counterintuitive to God’s teachings and His nature.
I ask the Mormon – can you find one teaching in the Bible that could lead us to sin?
The blog I was reading reminded us to look up the meaning of the words in verse thirteen. The text says all things are naked and open…naked…well we all know what that means. The word open in the Greek is from the Strong’s #5136, tracheôlizoô, which means “to seize by the throat or neck, that is to expose the gullet of a victim for killing (generally to lay bare); opened”.
The author of Hebrews was living in a time of great stress. I liked the words of the blogger who said; “when the Romans invited themselves into Jerusalem…” People were being slaughtered at the time this letter was written, not only is it important, but it also helps to remember the historical content when trying to figure out the true meaning of the words being used and why they were used. Needless to say it was a hostile environment in the Roman empire around 70 AD.
But here we have in the evil doings of the Roman Empire or the disastrous lifestyles in the twentieth century; our God is going after us. He is searching out for those who want to know Him. Revelation 2:23 says “…I am he that searches the reins and hearts…”
All this to say, if God can use His word to pierce and cut our hearts open, and He chases after us, how could He not protect His word as Joseph Smith claims? This would take more faith than it would to believe His word has come to us in a safe form.
Just looking at these two examples should be a red flag to anyone exploring Mormonism.