Mormon Dilemma 400

09 October

No Pre-existence, God Created the Earth, His Spirit Indwells Believers in Book of Mormon

Alma 18:28, 34-36; “And Ammon said: This is God. And Ammon said unto him again: Believest thou that this Great Spirit, who is God, created all things which are in heaven and in the earth? 34 Ammon said unto him: I am a man; and man in the beginning was created after the image of God, and I am called by his Holy Spirit to teach these things unto this people, that they may be brought to a knowledge of that which is just and true; 35 And a portion of that Spirit dwelleth in me, which giveth me knowledge, and also power according to my faith and desires which are in God. 36 Now when Ammon had said these words, he began at the creation of the world, and also the creation of Adam, and told him all the things concerning the fall of man, and rehearsed and laid before him the records and the holy scriptures of the people, which had been spoken by the prophets, even down to the time that their father, Lehi, left Jerusalem.”

Psalm 33:6; “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.”

There were three contradictions, better known as lies, told in the passage from the Book of Mormon today. Let’s take a look at each to determine what they are and what Mormons really believe.

1. Ammon said the Mormon god created all things in heaven and earth.

Mormonism teaches that God didn’t have the power to create the earth in addition to the story that the earth is eternal.

www.lds.org; Under the direction of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created the heavens

and the earth (see Mosiah 3:8; Moses 2:1). From scripture revealed through the Prophet

Joseph Smith, we know that in the work of the Creation, the Lord organized elements

that had already existed (see Abraham 3:24). He did not create the world “out of

nothing,” as some people believe.

2. Ammon said that God created man.  Again, this is contradictory to what Joseph Smith taught.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 354; All the fools and learned and wise men from the beginning of creation, who say that the spirit of man had a beginning, prove that it must have an end; and if that doctrine is true, then the doctrine of annihilation would be true. But if I am right, I might with boldness proclaim from the house-tops that God never had the power to create the spirit of man at all. God himself could not create himself.

3. Ammon said the Holy Ghost resides inside of him. This is not Mormon theology. The Holy Ghost can inspire someone to do something good but in Mormonism the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost does not and cannot dwell inside the believer. They also don’t believe the HS is omnipresent.

Doctrines of Salvation 1:38, 49; “The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. He is a Spirit, in the form of a man. The Father and the Son are personages of tabernacle; they have bodies of flesh and bones. The Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit, and has a spirit body only.fn His mission is to bear witness of the Father and the Son and of all truth. 49 THE OMNIPRESENT HOLY SPIRIT. The Holy Ghost should not be confused with the Spirit which fills the immensity of space and which is everywhere present. This other Spirit is impersonal and has no size, nor dimension; it proceeds forth from the presence of the Father and the Son and is in all things. We should speak of the Holy Ghost as a personage as “he” and this other Spirit as “it,” although when we speak of the power or gift of the Holy Ghost we may properly say “it.””

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