Mormon Dilemma 158
Yesterday we posted an article on the history of the church of Jesus Christ – the Christian church, body of Christ.
I’d like to take another look at the questions we posted in this article to highlight what is really going on in the LDS scriptures and what members of the LDS Church think about the history of the Christian church.
Jesus’ Six Apostles
D&C 7:1-8; “… John, my beloved, what desirest thou?…if you shall ask what you will, it shall be granted unto you…Lord, give unto me power over death…And for this cause the Lord said unto Peter: If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? For he desired of me that he might bring souls unto me, but thou desiredst that thou mightest speedily come unto me in my kingdom….And I will make thee to minister for him and for thy brother James …”
John 21:21-23; “Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? 22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. 23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?”
There are a couple of different ways you can interpret this passage of Mormon scripture. You could look at it and believe that none of the three apostles mentioned here died. You could also look at it and think that John was the only one that didn’t die. If the latter is true then where are the other two apostles now – weren’t they supposed to be ministering to John?
D&C 7 is a false prophecy. See our article here with some interesting facts about the body of Christ in the first 300-400 years after Jesus’ death. http://lifeafterministry.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/history-of-the-church-of-jesus-christ/
The church was indeed operating very well after Jesus’ death, therefore proving there was no need for a “restoration”.
I am praying that by studying the true, historical facts it may dispel the darkness of the lies in Mormonism as well as inspire members of the LDS Church to find out more information.
And then there are the obvious questions…
If John never died, where is he today and why the need for a restoration?
What purpose does it serve the Church to have this as “scripture”?
How does this cause growth in the faith of the members today?
See 3 Nephi 28:1-40 for a similar story. The chapter is filled with speculations as to where the three Nephite disciples lived and how their bodies were sustained for the past 2,000 years.
Also notice the passage in John chapter twenty-one mentioned above. The scripture corrects the rumors that were being spread at the time about John not dying. If the Church would only believe the Bible they wouldn’t be writing untrue stories in the Book of Mormon!
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