1.God created the universe.
2.The Fall of Adam and Eve.
3.Cain and Abel.
While I realize my list is a subjective, ‘Reader’s Digest’ version of the Bible’s opening scenes, I would argue the majority of Christians are well aware of what took place at the beginning of time.
Furthermore, I’m just as sure the majority, if not all Christians, would know where to find the events of Cain, and Abel.
In Genesis 4:1-2 we read,
“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 2 And she again bare his brother Abel…”
Now, you’re probably wondering okay…but what’s up?
The reason I’ve pointed this out is because of an address Brigham Young gave to the Utah legislature in 1852. The full content of this important address will be looked at another time, but for now I wanted to bring attention to a pivotal remark Brigham made. His outrageous disregard for God’s precious word is enough to raise serious doubts as to his calling in ministry.
As noted, Brigham’s speech was given at a legislative hearing where he addressed the Church’s views on topics of import at the time which included slavery, black Americans, and the Church government.
While explaining the Church’s position on the ‘negro situation’, Mr. Young made the following remark –
“…after Adam and Eve had partook of the curse, we find they had two sons, Cain and Abel, but which was the oldest I cannot positively say; but this I know: Cain was given more to evil practices than Abel, but whether he was the oldest or not matters not to me.”
The text we’ve highlighted today is found on p. 2.
In light of this, here are the questions we have today –
Why would you trust a prophet who didn’t know if Cain, or Abel was older?
Why would you trust a prophet who didn’t care which of Adam and Eve’s sons was born first?
It’s such a simple thing, and would’ve taken him but a moment to read the text before he went to testify before the State Legislature. This reminds me of two other disturbing comments he made about the Bible.
Take note of the timing. Each year he took time to denounce God’s word in front of an entire church, but didn’t have time to read God’s word. And this is the mark of a godly Christian man who has a university named in his honor…
1.He said he hadn’t read the Bible in years because he banished all stories in his head his mother told him as a child, and he’s never believed the Bible as Christians do. See 3,000+ Reasons to Leave Mormonism, Reasons Starting with ‘B’ –
Journal of Discourses 2:6-7; “You believe Adam was made of the dust of this earth. This I do not believe, though it is supposed that it is so written in the Bible; but it is not, to my understanding. You can write that information to the States, if you please—that I have publicly declared that I do not believe that portion of the Bible as the Christian world do. I never did, and I never want to. What is the reason I do not? Because I have come to understanding, and banished from my mind all the baby stories my mother taught me when I was a child..” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, October 23, 1853
2.He hadn’t read the Bible in years because he didn’t understand what it meant when he did read it. See False Prophecies of the Mormon Church, Blind Leading the Blind –
The Essential Brigham Young, p. 90; “I think these preliminaries will satisfy me, and I feel prepared to take my text; it is the words of Jesus Christ, but where they are in the Bible I cannot tell you now, for I have not taken pains to look at them. I have had so much to do, that I have not read the Bible for many years. I used to be a Bible student; I used to read and study it, but did not understand the spirit and meaning of it; I knew well enough how it read.” – Brigham Young Also see Conference Discourse, October 8, 1854
If you’re a prophet of God shouldn’t one of your duties include reading God’s word?
When I ask for Christians to pray for the Mormon people, I don’t do so lightly, and today’s references are good examples why.
If you’re LDS, we care deeply for the welfare of your soul and pray you’ll open your Bible to find out that Jesus loves you, and wants to have a personal relationship with you. The Bible is important dear one, it’s how God speaks to us!
With Love in Christ;
1 Cor 1:18