And the Years Passed Away…
Helaman 11:21; “And it came to pass that the seventy and sixth year did end in peace. And the seventy and seventh year began in peace; and the church did spread throughout the face of all the land; and the more part of the people, both the Nephites and the Lamanites, did belong to the church; and they did have exceedingly great peace in the land; and thus ended the seventy and seventh year.”
Romans 12:2; “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Okay, here we go…there are a number of problems within this verse found in the Book of Mormon so we’re looking at each of those issues. Our prayers for the Mormon people are for what Paul reminded us of in his epistle to the Romans. His words are a timeless reminder of what God will do with us when we turn to Him. Ask yourself if this verse in Helaman is allowing God to transform your mind and is it acceptable and the perfect will of God?
1. The phrase “and it came to pass” in this verse is only one of the 1,392 times it was used in the Book of Mormon (http://lifeafterministry.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/and-it-came-to-pass). More than twenty percent of verses from the Book of Mormon contain this phrase.
2. Notice the way they’ve phrased how many years passed away. If this book was originally engraved in brass or gold why would they phrase things this way? It seems like such a waste of space and effort. Does this and the verse related to this subject listed below sound inspired? How would someone hold onto any truth or hope using this verse?
3. The year of this writing in Helaman supposedly took place in 12 BC and they’re using the term “church”. The true Christian church didn’t come about until fifty days after the resurrection of Christ. Now you might say that 42+ years isn’t all that worrisome when we’re dealing with history so long ago, but I say take a look at what Jesus said in Matt. 16:18 when He spoke to Peter and the other apostles telling them that His church would be built upon Him. Why do they have a church therefore in BC 12 when Jesus hadn’t established His church yet?
4. Unfortunately there’s a serious grammar problem throughout the Book of Mormon. The phrase “and the more part of the people” is one of the countless examples I’ve found. (Be watching out for an upcoming article on this topic). Does this sound inspired to you?
4 Nephi 1:6; “And thus did the thirty and eighth year pass away, and also the thirty and ninth, and forty and first, and the forty and second, yea, even until forty and nine years had passed away, and also the fifty and first, and the fifty and second; yea, and even until fifty and nine years had passed away.”