Mormon Dilemma 64
The Book of Questions
Helaman – BC 52-2
I’ve always thought of Helaman as the book of questions. While the entire Book of Mormon has many unanswered questions this one book has always made me wonder why my people can’t see through the lies of Joseph Smith. Today we’re looking at just a couple of things.
Helaman 4:7says it was a day’s journey for a Nephite to walk from one ocean to the other.
How in the world did these people walk from one ocean to the other in one day? The shortest distance between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans is 2,362 miles. (San Diego, California to Jacksonville Beach, Florida.) How are we to believe this when they don’t have exact locations, maps and the stories change of where these people actually lived? Was it North America, Mesoamerica or South America?
I recently took a trip back east and visited Boston (August 2011). My flight from Seattle (SeaTac airport) to Boston (Logan airport) took six hours.
Also take a look at Helaman 13:17, 18, and 23 where it says God will curse the earth. God promised Noah in Genesis 8:21 that He would never curse the earth again. So why has he changed his mind and cursing the earth now?
Now, who said they were walking? It says a days journey, but does not tell the common mode of transportation.
However, assuming that it was a walk, Panama is only 60 miles at its narrowest point, and could have been even narrower before the cataclysm at Christ’s death. Either way it is possible to go that far in a single day on foot, and thus makes for a great defensive position in a land war.
Your seeming outrage only works if you are going to claim that they lived primarily in the United States area, but most people will agree that South and Central America were settled first, and it was not until the time of the Book of Helaman that North America began to be settled. Exact locations are not known, but that is the general consensus.
Speaking of Curses –
Isaiah 24: 6 “Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.”
Malachi 4: 6 “And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
So, if in Genesis 8: 21 God promised Noah that he would never curse the Earth again, why do we read about it being cursed in Isaiah, and are warned of future curses by Malachi?
The reason is that in Genesis 8: 21 is talking about a specific curse, which was the direct cause of the Fall. “I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake” is the exact curse he placed on the earth at the time of Adam (Genesis 3: 17). He did not say he would not curse it against men, only that he would not curse it in favor of men (or for our sake).