Sound Doctrine - Titus 2:1

The Book Of Mormon Contradicts The Bible

Jon Gary Williams

The book of Mormon contains numerous contradictions with the Bible. The following examples, which still appear in recent editions, are more than conspicuous.

The Bible says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1). However, the Book of Mormon reads, "And behold, he shall be born of Mary at Jerusalem" (Alma 7:10). The writer of the Book of Mormon simply did not have his facts straight. The common Mormon explanation for this is that since Jerusalem was so close to Bethlehem, it could be said He was born there. However, in the Bible, prophets of God did not make it a practice of just being close. God would not make such a mistake!

The Bible relates that at the crucifixion there were three hours of darkness (Luke 23:44). However, the Book of Mormon states there was darkness "for the space of three days" (Helaman 14:20, 27). Which one is true?

The Book of Mormon relates that at the tower of Babel the Jaradites had their separate language (Ether 1:34-35). The Bible, however, plainly states "the whole earth was of one language" (Genesis 11:1). Apparently, the writer of the Book of Mormon mistakenly thought there were many different languages and that God confounded them while sparing the language of the Jaradites. The fact is, there was only one language and God confounded the people by creating different languages! It is obvious that whoever wrote the Book of Mormon was lacking in Biblical understanding.

3 Nephi 11:8-10 claims that after Jesus ascended to heaven He appeared in America to the Lamanites and Nephites in 34 A.D. However, this clearly contradicts the Bible. Of the ascension of Christ to heaven God said, "Sit Thou on my right hand until I make Thy foes thy footstool" (Acts 2:34-35). How long was He to be in heaven at God's right hand? "For he must reign until He hath put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death" (1 Corinthians 15:25-26).

Furthermore, of the ascension the Bible teaches, "whom the heavens must receive until the restitution of all things" (Acts 3:21). Christ did not come to America because He has been in heaven from the time of His ascension.

In the Bible, the name "Jesus" was first announced by an angel to Mary (Luke 1:31). This was in 5 B.C. However, Alma 19:29, dated in the Book of Mormon at 90 B.C., has a woman speaking to the Lord and calling Him "Jesus". Now, which account is true?

The Bible teaches that the church was established on the day of Pentecost following the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2). This was about 30 A.D. However, Mosiah 18:17, dated at 145 B.C., has the church already existing. Quite a discrepancy, to say the least. Both cannot be correct. Note, the same reference from Mosiah also mentions "baptism" as the means of being added to the church. However, according to the Bible the baptism taught by Christ did not begin until New Testament times (Matthew 28:19).

The Bible clearly reveals that the disciples of Christ "were called Christians first in Antioch" (Acts 11:26). This was about 40 A.D. However, Alma 46:13, 15, dated at 73 B.C., has people wearing the name "Christian". This is over 100 years difference. Now, which account are people to believe?

The Book of Mormon teaches that "Melchizedek... did reign under his father" (Alma 13:18). Yet, the Bible reveals that Melchizedek was a priest under no one. His priesthood typified the priesthood of Christ and was, therefore, unique. In contrast to the Book of Mormon, the Bible states Melchizedek was "without father, without mother, without descent" (Hebrews 7:3), emphasizing that he did not inherit his priesthood. The writer of this book did not know his Bible.

Mosiah 4:2-3 tells that the people had forgiveness of their sins by the "atoning blood of Christ". However, this was over 150 years before Christ died! The Bible plainly says that "without shedding of blood is no remission" (Hebrews 9:22). How could their sins have been forgiven before Christ's blood was even shed?

3 Nephi 18:28-29 speaks of those who are "unworthy" to partake of the communion and that such people should be forbidden to partake. This is an obvious reference to Paul's discussion in 1 Corinthians 11:27, 29. In fact, the Book of Mormon has a footnote to that effect. The application made here shows that the writer of the Book of Mormon did not understand what Paul was saying and made a serious misinterpretation! Paul was not discussing man's personal worthiness or lack of it. Rather, he was discussing the manner in which the communion was being partaken. The context makes this clear. The word "unworthily" is an adverb of manner and points to the way and manner in which a thing is done. The church at Corinth was abusing the communion in the manner they were observing it. To show the correct idea the American Standard Version uses the phrase "in an unworthy manner". By misinterpreting the word "unworthy", the composer unknowingly shows his work to be manmade.

In Ether 3:14 Jesus is reported as saying, "Behold, I am Jesus Christ. I am the Father and the Son". Such a statement is totally false. To have Jesus claiming to be the Father contradicts many plain Bible verses. Paul, for example, declared "the head of Christ is God" (1 Corinthians 11:3). Jesus Himself said, "My Father is greater than I" (John 14:28). Jesus is not the Father and such a false statement is proof positive that the Book of Mormon is false.

It stands to reason that if God guided the translation of the Book of Mormon, it would not contain such conspicuous contradictions with the Bible. Remember, Mormon leaders claimed that in translating, all mistakes were corrected as they were detected. This means that God failed to detect these mistakes!

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