I may add to these other main reasons why I consider Mormonism to be false. I intend to eventually post a separate page on each of these main reasons, which will be hyperlinked back to this page, making it a main index of reasons why I consider Mormonism to be false. I also intend to post a similar list of the main reasons why I consider Jehovah's Witnessism is false.
2. Smith's first vision of 1820 never happened, therefore Mormonism is based on a lie.
5. The Doctrines & Covenants contains changed revelations, immoral revelations (e.g. to condone Smith's adulteries), and false prophecies .
6. The Pearl of Great Price's Book of Abraham is a proven fraud of Joseph Smith's, being a common Egyptian funerary text that has nothing to do with Abraham. Yet it contains many of Mormonism's distinctive doctrines.
7. Mormonism's Law of Eternal Progression: "As man now is, God once was; as God now is, man may become" is unbiblical and blasphemous.
9. There never was a total apostasy of Christianity which is a fundamental premise of Mormonism.
10. Mormonism is not the restoration of Christianity but an anti-Christian attempted replacement of it, with unbiblical priesthoods, temples, rituals, baptisms for the dead, three-tier heaven, salvation by works, and eternal polygamous physical sex with wives endlessly bearing millions of literal children.
See `tagline' quotes below (emphasis italics original; emphasis bold mine), on some of these reasons why Mormonism is false, from Anthony Hoekema's "The Four Major Cults" (1963) and Walter Martin's "The Kingdom of the Cults" (1977).
"We must at this point assert, in the strongest possible terms, that Mormonism does not deserve to be called a Christian religion. It is basically anti-Christian and anti-Biblical. The Mormon contention that `after the book [the Bible] hath gone forth through the hands of the great and abominable church ... there are many plain and precious things taken away from the book...' (1 Nephi 13:28), is completely contrary to fact. The many copies of Old Testament manuscripts which we now possess do vary in minor matters - the spelling of words, the omission of a phrase here and there - but there is no evidence whatsoever that any major sections of Old Testament books have been lost. The manuscripts found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, generally dated from about 200 to 50 B.C., include portions of every Old Testament book except Esther; studies have revealed that these documents - older by a thousand years than previously discovered Old Testament manuscripts - are substantially identical to the text of the Old Testament which had been previously handed down. As far as New Testament manuscripts are concerned, the oldest of which go back to the second century A.D., the situation is substantially the same. The variations that are found in these manuscripts -- all copies of the originals or of copies made from the originals - are of a relatively minor nature. There is no indication whatever that any large sections of material found in the originals have been lost. Most of the manuscript variations concern matters of spelling, word order, tense, and the like; no single doctrine is affected by them in any way. There is, further, not a shred of evidence to show that any translations of the Bible ... omitted any portions of these manuscripts or failed to reproduce any major sections of the Bible. The Bible itself, moreover, clearly indicates that it is the final revelation of God to man, and that it does not need to be supplemented by additional revelation." (Hoekema, A.A., 1963, "The Four Major Cults: Christian Science, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormonism, Seventh-day Adventism," Paternoster: Exeter UK, Reprinted, 1969, pp.30-31).
"Mormons claim that the Book of Mormon is a book of divine revelation, given us by God in addition to the Bible. Let us see whether the facts concerning the alleged writing and transmission of the Book of Mormon bear out this claim. The Bible, as we know, was written in languages which were known and spoken by many: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. The Old Testament was written in the Hebrew language which was spoken in Palestine at the time when these writings were produced, with the exception of a few short sections in Aramaic ... The New Testament was written in Greek, which was at that time the common language of the Roman Empire and the literary language of Palestine. ... the purpose of communicating His revelation to man, the discovery during the last sixty years of thousands of extra-Biblical papyri dating from New Testament times, mostly commercial documents written in Greek, has proved that the Koine Greek of the New Testament was simply the everyday language which was in common use throughout the empire at that time. If, now, God intended to issue another set of sacred books, it would be expected that He would do so in another well-known language, the existence and character of which would be testified to by extra-canonical documents. Mormons claim, however, that the language in which the plates allegedly original to the Book of Mormon were written was `Reformed Egyptian' (Mormon 9:32); two verses later the following qualification is added: `But the Lord knoweth the things which we have written, and also that none other people knoweth our language; therefore he hath prepared means for the interpretation thereof.' `Reformed Egyptian,' therefore, is not a known language; neither do we possess documents or inscriptions of any sort which attest the existence of this language or help us understand its character. Is it likely that God would give us His newest and allegedly greatest Book of Scripture in a language completely unknown?" (Hoekema, 1963, pp.75-76).
"In I Nephi 1:2 we hear Nephi saying, `Yea, I make a record in the language of my father, which [the language?] consists of the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians.' But where did Lehi learn `the language of the Egyptians'? Were not Lehi and his sons Hebrew-speaking Jews? Mormon missionaries have told the author that the reason Nephi and the Nephites wrote in Egyptian was that they were descendants of Joseph (who was the father of Manasseh), and that Joseph had lived in Egypt. True enough, but the entire nation of Israel had lived in Egypt for over 400 years; yet they did not speak and write Egyptian but Hebrew. Moses himself, who was trained in all the culture of the Egyptians, wrote not in Egyptian but in Hebrew. Why, then, should Nephi, who apparently had never lived in Egypt, write in Egyptian? Why should this small group of Jews from the tribe of Manasseh form a linguistic exception to the prevalence of Hebrew in Palestine?" (Hoekema, 1963, p.78).
"This brings us to the further question of the character of this `Reformed Egyptian' language in which Nephi and subsequent Nephite scribes reportedly recorded the history of their nation. .... Why did God choose to use this language and this script for His alleged latest book of revelation? Why, in other words, did God make Nephi and his descendants change from Hebrew to Egyptian? One can very easily understand why the change from Hebrew to Greek was made when the New Testament manuscripts were written: Greek was then the common language of the Greco-Roman world, the language in which the gospel would be able to command the widest hearing. There is a second reason: Greek is more highly inflected than Hebrew, having, for example, seven tenses instead of the two found in Hebrew, and thus providing opportunity for many additional shades of meaning. The language of the New Testament, therefore, is well adapted to convey the more advanced revelation about God and the plan of salvation which is given in the New Testament. But now the question begins to pinch: why the shift from Hebrew to Egyptian? ... As far as the Nephites themselves were concerned, what good reason would there be for their not continuing to talk and write in Hebrew, which they already knew and understood? Furthermore, neither can the reason be found in any possible superiority of the Egyptian language over the Hebrew as a mode of conveying divine revelation. For, as we have seen, all the types of Egyptian script were non-alphabetic, whereas Hebrew is a language written in alphabetic script. Does it seem likely, now, that God would, for His alleged final sacred book, shift from an alphabetically written language like Hebrew to a more primitive, non-alphabetically written language like Egyptian, which would be obviously less precise in conveying fine shades of meaning than either Hebrew or Greek? If, finally, Egyptian were a language in some respects superior to Hebrew, and admirably suited to convey the new and final revelation, why did God permit all traces of this language to be lost and all these original documents to be removed from the earth? If God's intent from the beginning was to leave with us only an English translation of these documents, why could not this translation have been just as effectively made from Hebrew as from `Reformed Egyptian'?" (Hoekema, 1963, pp.79-80).
"I return now to the central character of our survey, Joseph Smith, Jr. The year 1820 proved to be the real beginning of the prophet's call, for in that year he was allegedly the recipient of a marvelous vision in which God the Father and God the Son materialized and spoke to young Smith as he piously prayed in a neighboring wood. The prophet records the incident in great detail in his book, The Pearl of Great Price (Writings of Joseph Smith, Section 2, verses 1-25), where he reveals that the two `personages' took a rather dim view of the Christian church, and for that matter of the world at large, and announced that a restoration of true Christianity was needed, and that he, Joseph Smith, Jr., had been chosen to launch the new dispensation. It is interesting to observe that Smith could not have been too much moved by the heavenly vision, for he shortly took up once again the habit of digging for treasure along with his father and brother, who were determined to unearth Captain Kidd's plunder by means of `peep stones,' `divining rods,' or just plain digging. History informs us that the Smith clan never succeeded at these multitudinous attempts at treasure hunting, but innumerable craters in the Vermont and New York countryside testify to their apparent zeal without knowledge." (Martin, W.R., 1977, "The Kingdom of the Cults: An Analysis of the Major Cult Systems in the Present Christian Era," Bethany Fellowship: Minneapolis MN, pp.150-151).
"In later years, the `prophet' greatly regretted these superstitious expeditions of his youth and even went on record as denying that he had ever been a money-digger. Said Prophet Smith on one such occasion: `In the month of October, 1825, I hired with an old gentleman, by the name of Josiah Stoal, who lived in Chenango county, State of New York. He had heard something of a silver mine having been opened by the Spaniards in Harmony, Susquehannah county, State of Pennsylvania; and had, previous to my hiring with him, been digging, in order if possible, to discover the mine. After I went to live with him, he took me, among the rest of his hands, to dig for the silver mine, at which I continued to work for nearly a month, without success in our undertaking, and finally I prevailed with the old gentleman to cease digging after it. Hence arose the very prevalent story of my having been a money digger. [Pearl of Great Price: Joseph Smith-History, 1:56] This explanation may suffice to explain the prophet's treasure hunting fiascos to the faithful and to the historically inept; but to those who have access to the facts, it is at once evident that Smith played recklessly, if not fast and loose, with the truth. In fact, it often appeared to be a perfect stranger to him. The main source for promoting skepticism where the veracity of the Prophet's explanation is concerned, however, is from no less an authority than Lucy Smith, his own mother, who, in her account of the very same incident, wrote that Stoal `came for Joseph on account of having heard that he possessed certain keys by which he could discern things invisible to the natural eye' (Linn, The Story of the Mormons, page 16)." (Martin, 1977, p.151).
"Further evidence, in addition to Mrs. Smith's statement (and prima facie evidence, at that), proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the prophet was a confirmed `Peek Stone' addict, that he took part in and personally supervised numerous treasure-digging expeditions, and further that he claimed supernatural powers which allegedly aided him in these searches. To remove all doubt the reader may have as to Smith's early treasure hunting and `Peek Stone' practices, we shall quote three of the best authenticated sources which we feel will sustain our contention that Smith was regarded as a fraud by those who knew him best. It should also be remembered that Joseph Smith, Sr., in an interview, later published in the Historical Magazine of May, 1870, clearly stated that the prophet had been a Peek Stone enthusiast and treasure-digger in his youth, and, further, that he had also told fortunes and located lost objects by means of a `Peek Stone' and the alleged supernatural powers therein. Substantiating Joseph's father's account of his rather odd activities is the testimony of the Reverend Dr. John A. Clark after `exhaustive research' in the Smith family's own neighborhood. `Long before the idea of a Golden Bible entered their minds, in their excursions for money digging ... Joe used to be usually their guide, putting into a hat a peculiar stone he had through which he looked to decide where they should begin to dig' (Gleanings by the Way, page 225, 1842). The proceedings of a court trial dated March 20, 1826-New York vs. Joseph Smith-revealed that Joseph Smith `had a certain stone which he had occasionally looked at to determine where hidden treasures in bowels of the earth were ... and had looked for Mr. Stoal several times.' [Frazer's Magazine, Vol. 7, February, 1873, p.229] Therefore the court found the defendant guilty of money digging.'" (Martin, 1977, pp.151-152).
"Joseph Smith, Jr., in 1820, claimed a heavenly vision which, he said, singled him out as the Lord's anointed prophet for this dispensation, though it was not until 1823, with the appearance of the angel Moroni at the quaking Smith's bedside, that Joe began his relationship to the fabulous `golden plates,' or what was to become the Book of Mormon. According to Smith's account of this extraordinary revelation, which is recorded in The Pearl of Great Price (Writings of Joseph Smith, Section 2 [sic], verses 29-54), the angel Moroni, the glorified son of one Mormon, the man for whom the famous book of the same name is entitled, appeared beside Joseph's bedside and thrice repeated his commission to the allegedly awestruck treasure hunter. Smith did not write this account down until some years later, but even that fails to excuse the blunder he made in transmitting the angelic proclamation. This confusion appears chiefly in the earlier edition of The Pearl of Great Price wherein the former Moroni is named as messenger; yet in the latter Joseph, with equal prophetic authority, identifies the messenger as Nephi, an entirely different character found in the Book of Mormon! This unfortunate crossing up of the divine communication system, was later remedied by thoughtful Mormon scribes who have exercised great care to ferret out all the historical and factual blunders not readily explainable in the writings of Smith, Young and other early Mormon writers. In current editions, therefore, both the `revelations' agree by identifying Moroni as the midnight visitor." (Martin, 1977, p.152).
"Archeological Evidence The Book of Mormon purports to portray the rise and development of two great civilizations. As to just how great these civilizations were, some excerpts from the book itself adequately illustrate: `The whole face of the land had become covered with buildings, and the people were as numerous almost, as it were the sand of the sea' (Mormon 1:7). ` . . fine workmanship of wood, in buildings, and in machinery, and also in iron and copper, and brass and steel, makings [sic.] all manners of tools ... ` (Jarom 1:8 and 2 Nephi 5:15). ` ... grain ... silks ... cattle ... oxen ... cows ... sheep ... swine ... goats ... horses ... asses ... elephants ... ` (See Ether 9:17-19). `... did multiply and spread ... began to cover the face of the whole earth, from the sea south to the sea north, from the sea west to the sea east' (Heleman 3:8). `... had been slain ... two millions' [Jaredites] (See Ether 15:2). ... their shipping and their building of ships, and their building of temples, and of synagogues and their sanctuaries ...' (Heleman 3:14. See also 2 Nephi 5:15, 16 and Alma 16:13). ` ... there were ten more who did fall ... with their ten thousand each...' (See Mormon 6:10-15). ... swords ... cimeters ... breastplates ... arm-shields ... shields ... head-plates ... armor' (See Alma 43:18, 19; 3:5 and Ether 15:15). `... multiplied exceedingly, and spread upon the face of the land, and became exceeding rich ...' (Jarom 1:8). See 3 Nephi 8:9, 10, 14 and 9:4, 5, 6, 8: where cities and inhabitants were sunk in the depths of the sea and earth. In addition to the foregoing statements from the Book of Mormon which indicate the tremendous spread of the culture of these races, there are some thirty-eight cities catalogued in the Book of Mormon, evidence that these were indeed mighty civilizations which should, by all the laws of archeological research into the culture of antiquity, have left vast amounts of `finds' to be evaluated. But such is not the case as we shall show. The Mormons have yet to explain the fact that leading archeological researchers not only have repudiated the claims of the Book of Mormon as to the existence of these civilizations, but have adduced considerable evidence to show the impossibility of the accounts given in the Mormon Bible." (Martin, 1977, pp.161-162. Ellipses Martin's).
"The Mongoloid Factor It is one of the main contentions of Mormon theology that the American Indians are the descendants of the Lamanites and that they were of the Semitic race, in fact of Jewish origin. As we have seen, this claim is extensive in Mormon literature; and if evidence could be adduced to show that the American Indian could not possibly be of Semitic extraction, the entire story of Nephi and his trip to America in 600 B.C. would be proven false. It is, therefore, of considerable value to learn that in the findings compiled by anthropologists and those who specialize in genetics, the various physical factors of the Mediterranean races from which the Jewish or Semitic race spring bear little or no resemblance to those of the American Indian! Genotypically, there is therefore little if any correlation, and phenotypically speaking the American Indians are considered to be Mongoloid in extraction, not Mediterranean Caucasoids. Now, if the Lamanites, as the Book of Mormon tells it, were the descendants of Nephi, who was a Jew of the Mediterranean Caucasoid type, then their descendants, the American Indians, would by necessity have the same blood factor genotypically; and phenotypic, or apparent characteristics, would be the same. But this is not at all the case. Instead, the American Indian, so say anthropologists, is not of Semitic extraction and has the definite phenotypical characteristic of a Mongoloid." (Martin, 1977, p.163).
"Corrections, Contradictions and Errors There is a great wealth of information concerning the material contained in the Book of Mormon and the various plagiarisms, anachronisms, false prophecies and other unfortunate practices connected with it. At best then we can give but a condensation of that which has been most thoroughly documented. Since the publication of the Book of Mormon in 1830, the first edition has undergone extensive `correction' in order to present it in its present form. Some of these `corrections' should be noted. 1. In the book of Mosiah, chapter 21, verse 28, it is declared that `King Mosiah had a gift from God'; but in the original edition of the book, the name of the king was Benjamin - an oversight which thoughtful Mormon scribes corrected. This is, of course, no typographical error as there is little resemblance between the names Benjamin and Mosiah; so it appears that either God made a mistake when He inspired the record or Joseph made a mistake when he translated it. But the Mormons will admit to neither, so they are stuck, so to speak, with the contradiction. 2. I Nephi 19:16-20:1, when compared with the edition of 1830, reveals more than fifty changes in the `inspired Book of Mormon,' words having been dropped, spelling corrected, and words and phraseology added and turned about. This is a strange way to treat an inspired revelation from God! 3. In the book of Alma 28:14-29: 1-11, more than thirty changes may be counted from the original edition, and on page 303 of the original edition the statement, `Yea, decree unto them that decrees which are unalterable,' has been expurged. (See Alma 29:4) 4. On page 25 of the edition of 1830, the Book of Mormon declares: `And the angel said unto me, Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the eternal Father.' Yet in I Nephi 11:21, the later editions of the book read: `And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea even the son of the eternal Father!' 5. The Roman Catholic Church should be delighted with page 25 of the original edition of the Book of Mormon which confirms one of their dogmas, namely, that Mary is the mother of God. `Behold, the virgin which thou seest, is the mother of God.' Noting this unfortunate lapse into Romanistic theology, considerate Mormon editors have changed I Nephi 11:18 so that it now reads: `Behold, the virgin whom thou seest, is the mother of the son of God.' From the foregoing which are only a handful of examples of the more than two thousand changes to be found in the Book of Mormon over a period of 131 years, the reader can see that it is in no sense to be accepted as the Word of God. The Scripture says: `The word of the Lord endureth for ever' (I Peter 1:25) ; and our Saviour declared: `Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth' (John 17:17). The record of the Scripture rings true. The Book of Mormon, on the other hand, is patently false in far too many places to be considered coincidence." (Martin, 1977, p.164).
"The testimony of the three witnesses which appear at the front of the Book of Mormon (Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris) declares that ` ... an angel of God came down from heaven, and he brought and laid before our eyes, that we beheld and saw the plates, and the engraving thereon ...' It is quite noteworthy that Martin Harris, in his conversation with Professor Anthon relative to the material `translated' from these miraculous plates, denied that he had actually seen them. In fact, when pressed, he stated that he only saw them `with the eye of faith,' which is vastly different from a revelation by an angelic messenger. The Mormons are loath to admit that all three of these witnesses later apostatized from the Mormon faith and were described in most unflattering terms ('thieves and counterfeiters') by their Mormon contemporaries. A careful check of early Mormon literature also reveals that Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum wrote three articles against the character of the witnesses of the Book of Mormon, which, in itself, renders their testimony suspect if not totally worthless." (Martin, 1977, p.165).
"Added to the evidence of various revisions, the Book of Mormon also contains plagiarisms from the King James Bible, anachronisms, false prophecies and errors of fact which cannot be dismissed. ... Plagiarisms-The King James Version According to a careful survey of the Book of Mormon, it contains at least 25,000 words from the King James Bible. In fact, verbatim quotations, some of considerable length, have caused the Mormons no end of embarrassment for many years. The comparison of Moroni chapter 10 with 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, II Nephi 14 with Isaiah 4, and II Nephi 12 with Isaiah 2 reveals that Joseph Smith made free use of his Bible to supplement the alleged revelation of the golden plates. The book of Mosiah, chapter 14 in the Book of Mormon, is a reproduction of the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah the prophet; and III Nephi 13:1-18 copies Matthew 6:1-23. The Mormons naively suggest that when Christ allegedly appeared on the American continent after His resurrection and preached to the Nephites he quite naturally used the same language as recorded in the Bible. They also maintain that when Nephi came to America he brought copies of the Hebrew Scriptures, which account for quotations from the Old Testament. The only difficulty with these excuses is that the miraculous plates upon which they were all inscribed, somehow or another, under translation, came out in perfect King James English without variation approximately a thousand years before this 1611 version was written. Such reasoning on the part of the Mormons strains at the limits of credulity and only they are willing to believe it." (Martin, 1977, p.165).
"There are other instances of plagiarisms from the King James Bible including paraphrases of certain verses. One of these verses (I John 5:7) is reproduced in III Nephi 11:27, 36. The only difficulty with the paraphrase here is that the text is considered by scholars to be an interpolation missing from all the major manuscripts of the New Testament but present in the King James Bible from which Smith paraphrased it not knowing the difference. Another example of this type of error is found in III Nephi 11:33-34, and is almost a direct quotation from Mark 16:16, a passage now known to be an addition to that gospel by an overzealous scribe. But Joseph Smith was not aware of this either, so he even copied in translational errors, another proof that neither he nor the alleged golden plates were inspired of God." (Martin, 1977, p.165).
"Two further instances of plagiarisms from the King James Bible which have backfired on the Mormons are worth noting. In the third chapter of the book of Acts, Peter's classic sermon at Pentecost paraphrases Deuteronomy 18:15-19. While in the process of writing III Nephi, Joseph Smith puts Peter's paraphrase in the mouth of Christ when the Saviour was allegedly preaching to the Nephites. The prophet overlooked the fact that at the time that Christ was allegedly preaching his sermon, the sermon itself had not yet been preached by Peter. In addition to this, III Nephi makes Christ out to be a liar, when in verse 23 of chapter 20 Christ attributes Peter's words to Moses as a direct quotation when, as we have pointed out, Peter paraphrased the quotation from Moses; and the wording is quite different. But Joseph did not check far enough, hence this glaring error." (Martin, 1977, pp.165-166).
"Secondly, the Book of Mormon follows the error of the King James translation which renders Isaiah 4:5: `For upon all the glory shall be a defence' (See II Nephi 14:5). Modern translations of Isaiah point out that it should read `For over all the glory there will be a canopy,' not a defence. The Hebrew word, chuppah, does not mean defence but a protective curtain or canopy, Smith, of course, did not know this nor did the King James translators from whose work he copied. ... The Revised Standard Version of the Bible renders Isaiah 5:25: `And their corpses were as refuse in the midst of the streets,' correctly rendering the Hebrew suchah as refuse, not as `torn.' The King James Bible renders the passage: `And their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets.' The Book of Mormon (II Nephi 15:25) repeats the King James' text word for word, including the error of mistranslating suchah, removing any claim that the Book of Mormon is to be taken seriously as reliable material." (Martin, 1977, p.166).
"Anachronisms and Contradictions Not only does the Book of Mormon plagiarize heavily from the King James Bible, but it betrays a great lack of information and background on the subject of world history and the history of the Jewish people. The Jaredites enjoyed `glass' windows in the miraculous barges in which they crossed the ocean; and `steel' and a `compass' were known to Nephi despite the fact that neither had been invented, demonstrating once again that Joseph Smith was a poor student of history and of Hebrew customs. Laban, one of the characters of the Book of Mormon (I Nephi 4:9), makes use of a steel sword; and Nephi himself claims to have had a steel bow (the Mormons justify this by quoting Psalm 18:34 as a footnote in the Book of Mormon), but modern translations of the Scripture indicate that the word translated steel in the Old Testament (since steel was non-existent) is more properly rendered bronze. Mormons sometimes attempt to defend Nephi's possession of a compass (not in existence in his time) by the fact that Acts 28:13 states: `And from thence we fetched a compass.' Modern translations of the Scripture, however, refute this subterfuge by correctly rendering the passage: `And from there we made a circle.'" (Martin, 1977, p.166).
"Added to the preceding anachronisms is the fact that the Book of Mormon not only contradicts the Bible, but contradicts other revelations purporting to come from the same God who inspired the Book of Mormon. The Bible declares that the Messiah of Israel was to be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), and the gospel of Matthew (chapter 2, verse 1) records the fulfillment of this prophecy. But the Book of Mormon (Alma 7:9, 10) states: `... the son of God cometh upon the face of the earth. And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem, which is the land of our forefathers ...' The Book of Mormon describes Jerusalem as a city (I Nephi 1:4) as was Bethlehem, so the contradiction is irreconcilable." (Martin, 1977, pp.166-167).
"There are also a number of instances where God did not agree with Himself, if indeed it is supposed that He had anything to do with the inspiration of the Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price, Doctrine and Covenants, or the other recorded utterances of Joseph Smith. In the Book of Mormon, for instance, (III Nephi 12:2 and Moroni 8:11) the remission of sins is the result of baptism: `Yea, blessed are they who shall ... be baptized, for they shall ... receive the remission of their sin ... Behold baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling of the commandments unto the remission of sin.' But in the book, Doctrine and Covenants. (Chapter 20, verse 37) the direct opposite is stated: `All who humble themselves ... and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church.' This particular message from the heavenlies almost provoked a riot in the Mormon Church, and Mormon theologians conspicuously omit any serious discussion of the contradiction." (Martin, 1977, pp.166-167).
"Joseph Smith did not limit his contradictions to baptism; indeed polygamy is a classic example of some of his maneuvers. `God commanded Abraham, and Sarah gave Hagar to Abraham to wife. And why did she do it'? Because this was the law; and from Hagar sprang many people ... Go ye, therefore, and do the works of Abraham; enter ye into my law and ye shall be saved' (Doctrine and Covenants, Section 132, Verses 34 and 32). The Book of Mormon, on the other hand, categorically states: `Wherefore, I the Lord God will not suffer that this people shall do like unto them of old . ... for there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none; for I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of woman' (Jacob 2:26-28). It appears that Joseph could manufacture revelations at will, depending upon his desires. In the last instance, his reputation and subsequent actions indicate that sex was the motivating factor." (Martin, 1977, p.167).
"A final example of the confusion generated between the Book of Mormon and the other `inspired' revelations is found in the conflict between the book of Moses and the book of Abraham. `I am the Beginning and the End, the Almighty God; by mine Only Begotten I created these things; yea, in the beginning I created the heaven, and the earth upon which thou standest' (Moses 2:1). The book of Abraham, on the other hand, repudiates this monotheistic view and states: `And then the Lord said: Let us go down. And they went down at the beginning, and they, that is the Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth' (Abraham 4: 1) . Just how it is possible to reconcile these two allegedly equal pronouncements from Mormon revelation escapes this author, and the Mormons themselves appear reluctant to furnish any concrete explanation." (Martin, 1977, p.167).
"The question of false prophecies in Mormonism has been handled adequately in a number of excellent volumes, but it should be pointed out that Joseph Smith drew heavily upon published articles both in newspapers and magazines. In fact, one of his famous prophecies concerning the Civil War is drawn chiefly from material published in New York State at the time. Smith declared in Doctrine and Covenants, Section 87: `...At the rebellion of South Carolina... the Southern States will call on other nations, even the nation of Great Britain... and then war shall be poured out upon all nations ...And...slaves shall rise up against their masters... and that the remnants... shall vex the Gentiles with a sore vexation.' Though the Civil War did break out some years after Smith's death (1844), England did not become involved in war against the United States. `All nations' were not involved in war as prophesied. The slaves did not rise up against `their masters,' and the `remnants' who were Indians were themselves vexed by the Gentiles, being defeated in war and confined to reservations." (Martin, 1977, pp.167-168).
"Prophet Smith was an extremely ineffective prophet here, as he was when in Doctrine and Covenants he also prophesied that he would possess the house he built at Nauvoo `for ever and ever' (Section 124, verses 22, 23, and 59). The fact of the matter is that neither Joseph nor his seed `after him' lived from `generation to generation' in Nauvoo house, which was destroyed after Smith's death, and the Mormons moved on to Utah." (Martin, 1977, p.168).