Saturday, November 15, 2014

So... Joseph Smith Had Several Wives... Now What?




Finally. Mormons are admitting to the polygamous lifestyle of their founder, Joseph Smith. According to the NY Times, some of the members’ reaction to the news is very disturbing, revealing a loss of hope (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/11/us/its-official-mormon-founder-had-up-to-40-wives.html?smid=fb-share).

The “transparency” of the LDS in this case might just be the straw that broke the camels’ back for many Mormons across the globe. For many of the members of the LDS, they were unaware of the polygamous status that Smith had. It seems that the LDS has covered this up—well—from their members for several decades. Because of this, there are definitely a few questions that this “transparency” of the LDS will create.

For one thing, what else will they admit about their history? Will they admit that Joseph Smith made up the language of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics? Will they admit that the wars in the Book of Mormon never took place since there is no real evidence archaeologically speaking?
“No city in the book of Mormon has ever been located archaeologically. Not one speck of evidence. The cities mentioned in the Bible however, can be visited today.
No ancient inscriptions in Hebrew or "reformed Egyptian" that predate Columbus have ever been found in America. No copies of the book of Mormon have ever been found that predate 1830 when Smith "found" and "interpreted" the tablets. In any event, no archaeological evidence exists that demonstrates that the book of Mormon is true.
In Mormon, chapter six, “hundreds of thousands are slain with the sword,” in Manchester, New York. If this were true, there would be millions of weapons, coins, shields, swords, etc., but nothing has been found” (http://theologicalcommentary.blogspot.com/2013/09/12.html).

The deal is, even if they don’t admit to it, it doesn’t mean that it is not true. They didn’t admit that Joseph Smith had several wives for over a century, and that is clearly true (and has been for over a century). So what else are they trying to hide from the members of the LDS?

A second question comes to mind: What does this say about the founder of Mormonism? Joseph Smith is clearly misled on several issues concerning husband and wife, so what else was he misled on? It is not like, as he got older and wiser, he realized that he was doing wrong and stopped, he accumulated wives! In other words, he didn’t spend his time hearing the Word of God. He spent his time convincing women that this was the right way. In any event, if the founder of Mormonism is so clearly off balance on this, what other subjects is he far off of? His revelations? Real salvation? The way to eternal life?

Gamaliel, a Pharisee during the time of Jesus, defended the true followers of Christ and said “For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail” (Acts 5:38). In other words, if something is false it will not last because it will either crumble or stand strong under the weight of the truth. Mormonism is crumbling like the ruins of the ancient Greek and Roman Gods.

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). Jesus is the truth (John 14:6)! Let Him set you free.

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Written by Nace Howell through the grace of the Lord Jesus

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