Questions to ask of a Mormon
Joseph Smith reproduced three facsimiles in "translating" the Book of Abraham, identifying each of them as part of the Book of Abraham. Two of them came from the Hor Book of Breathings, an Egyptian funerary text prepared for and buried with an Egyptian priest named Hor. The other facsimile is easily identified as a hypocephalus, which is not part of a book at all, and would have been placed under the head of a mummy named Shishaq. How can Mormons claim that Joseph Smith was a prophet when he clearly fabricated the Book of Abraham, scripture for the Mormons, from Egyptian funerary texts? Full analysis in my Book of Abraham page.
- "God sits enthroned in yonder heavens as an exalted man. He became
God the same way all the other Gods before him."
-Joseph Smith-Journal of Discourses, Vol.6,p 1-7
If man can become God and God was once a man, and all other Gods before him were first men, who created the first man to become God? In other words, which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Isaiah 43:10 "Before me there was no god formed, neither shall there be after me."
- "...convince us of our errors of doctrine, if we have any, by any
reason, by logical arguments, and by the word of God, and we will be
ever grateful for the information."
-Orson Pratt, 1853.
How does Paul's statement that "there are gods many and lords many" justify the Mormon claim that there are countless gods, when the context of Paul's statements clearly state the opposite? See Deception.
Mormons believe that the Church that Jesus founded fell into total apostasy in the 1st century, yet the Bible as we know it wasn't compiled for at least another century by the Catholic Church and the King James Version of the Bible, which Mormons use, wasn't produced until the 17th century. Why do Mormons use the Bible at all, since, under their beliefs, it was compiled by an apostate church?
Doesn't it seem odd that the Mormon church followed the United States command rather than God's command? (e.g. Polygamy ended when challenged by the government and blacks were allowed to be priests following the civil rights movement.)