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Part 4 of a series. Read part 3.
The Book of Mormon's alleged history of ancient North and South America contains not one shred of fact.
Thus far in this series we have seen that Mormonism, which some self-described evangelicals are embracing as authentic Christianity, in fact deconstructs God's Word and has its roots in the occult. As we look at the principal "scripture" of this false religion, the Book of Mormon, we find that it is nothing but an evil fiction.
A "History" Without a Shred of Fact
The Book of Mormon claims to be the history of two ancient civilizations, which it claims were located in the Americas. It asserts that the first of these great civilizations left the Tower of Babel and came to the Western Hemisphere. But this first North American civilization, so says the Book of Mormon, was later destroyed.
The Book of Mormon also claims that a second group of people, Jewish exiles, left Jerusalem about 600 B.C., before the destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian captivity. Mormon tradition says that this group of people crossed the Pacific Ocean and landed on the west coast of South America. The Book of Mormon claims that these people were Jews, that they were later divided into two warring factions, and that one of these warring factions received a curse because of their evil deeds, which took the form of dark skin.
These people, according to Mormon teaching, were the forebears of the American Indians. The Book of Mormon also claims that in the 5th century A.D. these forebears of the American Indians annihilated the other group, the so-called "white Jews" who had allegedly come to the Americas a thousand years earlier.
Until recent decades, the Book of Mormon described the curse which it claims resulted in the dark skin of American Indians in these words:
...they were [once] white, and exceeding fair and delightsome; [so] that they might not be an enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them. (2 Nephi 5:21)
However, since the 1980s, revised editions of the Book of Mormon have deleted such words - and there are many such statements in Mormon teaching casting aspersions on both American Indians and natives of Africa, and stating the supremacy of white people over dark-skinned people, even stating that white people are inherently "righteous" while American Indians and Africans are inherently "unrighteous."
This is completely contrary to the teaching of Scripture which says that there is no difference based on ethnicity or nationality, but that all men "have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23) and are eternally lost apart from saving faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ - and when they are saved, they all become one body in Christ:
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. (Ephesians 2:14-16)
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:4-6)
...you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. (Colossians 3:9-11)
There is not even the tiniest shred of archaeological evidence to support any of the claims of the Book of Mormon concerning ancient migrations from the Middle East to North and South America. It is all fiction.
The Book of Mormon Fails the Test
"Test the spirits," the Holy Spirit commands us, to determine "whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1). Mormonism fails the test in every way. Mormonism is opposed to the God of the Bible, is opposed to His authority, has its roots in the occult, and is founded on an evil fiction. The Book of Mormon and the other writings that the Mormons claim to be "scripture" alongside the sixty-six books of the Bible cannot be considered genuine or authoritative for even a single moment. We shall see this in even more stark terms as we continue.
Next: A Religion of False Gods
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