Mormon Dilemma 99
Did God Create or Organize the Earth?
Mosiah 5:15; “Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal you his, that you may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life, through the wisdom, and power, and justice, and mercy of him who created all things, in heaven and in earth, who is God above all. Amen.”
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 372; “The head God organized the heavens and the earth. I defy all the world to refute me. In the beginning the heads of the Gods organized the heavens and the earth. Now the learned priests and the people rage, and the heathen imagine a vain thing.”
Genesis 1:1; “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
1 Cor. 15:58; “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
So did the Mormon god create or organize the earth? And if the Mormon truly believes in the Bible then why is there a disagreement with the very first verse in the Bible?
Also why is Mosiah using vocabulary and passages from Paul in the New Testament when it’s supposedly 124 BC?
First, truth is truth. It doesn’t matter when it is spoken, or to whom it is revealed.
Joseph Smith used vocabulary and passages familiar to him in translating the Book of Mormon. It is not Mosiah that used these words, as he was not writing in English. Nor was it Paul, as he was also not writing in English. It is the translators of their words that chose these English words and phrases as the best translation for these prophets original intent.
As to created or organized, the two terms are not contradictory; they aren’t even different.
1. to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.
2. to evolve from one’s own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention.
1. to form as or into a whole consisting of interdependent or coordinated parts, especially for united action.
2. to give organic structure or character to: to organize the elements of a composition.
God created the Heavens and the Earth, or he caused to come into being a system of stars and planets, as well as life that would not have naturally evolved, having imagined such in his mind.
God organized the Heavens and the Earth, or the method in which he created them was by coordinated various parts or elements into an organic structure.
There is no dilemma for those who understand the English Language. Only for those who insist that creation mean ex-nilo.