Rev. Kevin R. Airrington
February 28, 1953, Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick announce that they have determined the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule containing human genes.
It wasn’t until the 1990’s when this science really started to come unto its own. It has put killers in prison and set other falsely accused away.
It also disproved or at the very least severely challenged the credibility of the Book of Mormon.
The Book of Mormon claims that the Native American populations are descended from the Lamanites, who lived in ancient Israel 2,600 years ago. This concept is stated several times throughout the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants (both of which are part of the “standard works” that makeup the body of LDS scripture):
“…Written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the house of Israel..” (Book of Mormon:Title Page 1:2)
“…the Lamanites, and they are the principal ancestors of the American Indians” (Book of Mormon:Introduction Preface:1-2)
“…I speak unto you [Lamanites], ye remnant of the house of Israel; and these are the words which I speak:
Know ye that ye are of the house of Israel.” (Book of Mormon:Mormon 7:1-2)
“Which is my word to the Gentile, that soon it may go to the Jew, of whom the Lamanites are a remnant…” (Doctrine and Covenants: Section 19:27)
Although theoretically possible that a group of peoples could have traveled across the Atlantic Ocean 2,600 years ago, such a journey would have been extremely unlikely to succeed. Even travel across the Atlantic 500 years ago, with much better technology, was extremely risky.
There is much more detail about the DNA tests they performed on the Native American Indians found at http://www.godandscience.org/cults/dna.html. I would encourage you to read the whole thing.
But here is the gist of their conclusions:
“The studies cited…represent only a fraction of those that have been done on the origin of Native American populations. The number of studies and the diversity of techniques used to examine the origin of Native Americans provide overwhelming support that the ancestors of the Native Americans came from Asia.” Not from any Hebrew tribe.
“Scientific studies conclusively show that the major claim of the Book of Mormon that Israelites are the principle ancestors of Native Americans is false. In fact, there are no Native American populations that share ancestry with Israelites. Attempts to wiggle out of the obviously false claims of the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants simply invalidate large amounts of Mormon “scripture.””
Now, here is something rather interesting. The Mormon elders come to my house on a regular basis. They have been coming for years. And while they rotate out every year…I am increasingly sowing seeds of doubt. Please pray for me. By the way the Jehovah’s Witnesses will not come anywhere near me. smile emoticon
A couple of nights ago I brought up to the elders that the DNA disproved the Book of Mormon, that the Native American Indians were of Asian (oriental) decent and not Hebrew. One of them slid to the edge of the couch and said in a very c\forceful voice, “Well we believe the Book of Mormon and if you just pray about it you will feel that it is right. Heavenly Father will tell you.” The other Missionary said, “What happened was the DNA was bred out over thousands of years.” What? Poor guy.
They went on to “encourage” me to pray about the Book of Mormon and the Heavenly Father would give me a feeling that it was real. Then I reminded them what Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:21, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” I told them that even Thomas demanded proof that the risen Jesus was really Jesus…John 20. Thomas answered and said, “My Lord and my God.” When he was shown proof…he knew EXACTLY who Jesus was. As humans our nature is we want proof. The B of M has no such proof. In fact at every turn it has been refuted. There are chapters…WHOLE CHAPTERS in the B of M that I believe. These are the ones that Joseph Smith plagiarized word for word from the Bible.
They took a que from my invocation of the sacred cow, Joseph Smith. They inserted their wild claims of him being a prophet and are there still prophets. Absolutely, there are. But Joseph Smith is not among them.
Acts 17:10-12 exhorts us to, “…searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Paul went to Berea to proclaim Jesus as the Messiah to the Jews, we read “these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed…” Note, Paul did not tell them to go home and pray about it. They were praised for searching the scriptures, in other words, testing the message to see if it agreed with the prophecies of the Messiah.
The Bible never says to test a prophet by prayer, but by his message. Deuteronomy 13 warns that a prophet must teach correctly about God. Chapter 18 tells us the prophet’s prophecies must come to pass. “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.” Paul tells us in Galatians 1:8-9 that even angels can appear with a wrong message. We are to compare the message with the teachings of the apostles
The Missionaries telling me to pray about the teachings of their false prophet is not biblical, Is praying about Joseph Smith proper way to determine if his message is truly from God? The Bible never says to test a prophet by prayer, but by his message. Deuteronomy 13 warns that a prophet must teach correctly about God. Chapter 18 tells us the prophet’s prophecies must come to pass.
Another thing I find very interesting is Deuteronomy 18:19-20, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.”
If you are not a prophet and you speak as if you are and your prophecy do not come to pass (and we can look to hundreds of Smith’s prophecies that did not come to pass), the scripture is VERY CLEAR…that prophet will die!
Joseph Smith was killed while in jail at the ripe young age of 39 years old. Now, the Morman’s will tell you he was a martyr…but there is more to the story than their leader was jailed and killed by a mob with painted faces.
Josephs Smith was the mayor of Nauvoo, Illinois and he was going to run for President of the US and set himself up as a king.
7 men started a newspaper. They spoke out against the beliefs of Smith. One of which was polygamy. Smith had at least 10 wives but he would lie about polygamy. Some of these women’s were in their teens.
Joseph Smith was outraged…so he has a judge order the press destroyed and the papers burned. Smith then callas a legion…which essentially is an army and some speculate as many as 5000 were in this legion. He instituted martial law.
Joseph Smith has many enemies. And although the Governor orders him to go to nearby city Carthage to resolve this matter. But instead Smith flees the area with his brother Hyrum. His plans to escape capture and flee to the Rocky Mountains. Orrin Porter Rockwell arrived with a message from his wife who urged her husband to return and give himself up because several of his followers were accusing him of cowardice. Smith returned to Nauvoo, spent the night, and in the morning was told that he had to report to Carthage by 10 a.m.
According to the testimony of John Taylor, Smith commented, “I am going like a lamb to the slaughter; but I am calm as a summer’s morning. I have a conscience void of offence towards God, and towards all men. I shall die innocent, and it shall yet be said of me. ‘He was murdered in cold blood’” (D&C 135:4).
it was a typically hot, early summer day in western Illinois when Joseph and Hyrum Smith rode into Carthage to turn themselves in to local authorities.
When they arrived, the two checked into a local hotel but were later met by Constable Bettisworth, who placed them under arrest and escorted them to the local jail. The jail at Carthage was made of stone and had two stories. The upper level had two rooms, one equipped with steel bars and the other styled more like a regular bedroom. There were no bars on this room, and the door was so warped that it would not latch.
In the Mormon document, The History of the Church it states that Smith and his brother had sent for some wine for sacrament…but later had become well drunk.
Several men armed with painted faces approached the jail…they tried to force the door as men attempted to hold it closed. Smith’s brother, Hyrum was shot first and fell back and cried out, ‘I am a dead man!’”
Smith early made statements that he was “like a lamb being lead to the slaughter” comparing himself to Jesus Christ (Isaiah 53:7) But then a church member, Brother Wheelock gave Smith a pistol. Which he fired three shots wound three, of which later 2 died. So much for Smith being “lead like a lamb to the slaughter.” So much for him being a martyr.
Art and Edna Budvarson, the founders of Utah Christian Tract Society, visited the jail in 1967, there was a glass frame covering a bloodstain just a few feet from the door of Smith’s cell. They were told at the time that it was the blood of Joseph Smith that was shed for the church.
in 1980, the glass frame had been removed. When asked of “Elder Salt” about the bloodstain, he pointed it out and explained that it was the “sacred blood of Hyrum,” Joseph Smith’s brother. Saying the blood was that of Hyrum makes more sense. Joseph Smith was shot near the window, not the door.
When Bill McKeever (Mormon Historian) visited the Carthage Jail again in June of 2002, “Sister Thorpe,” after speaking reverently of Joseph Smith, told the crowd that “he sacrificed his blood for us.” Two days earlier, a personal friend of Bill McKeever visited the jail and was told by his tour guide that Carthage was the Mormon “Calvary.”
In an April 5, 1896 conference address, Franklin D. Richards said, “Well before the temple was completed our Prophet laid down his life, having been led like a lamb to the slaughter” (Collected Discourses 5:109).
Smith’s decision to use the smuggled pistol demonstrates that he did not have any intention of voluntarily laying down his life.
Smith’s last words were, “Oh Lord my God.” Standing alone these words do not mean much, but Mormon historian Reed C. Durham notes on page 28 of the booklet No Help for the Widow’s Son that Smith, with hands raised, was actually attempting to give the “Masonic distress call to fraternal Masons who were present in the mob.” His call for help went unheeded, and Smith was shot at the jail window, unable to complete the words, “is there no help for the widow’s son.” Again, if Smith was actually planning to give his life willingly, such an action seems entirely unnecessary.
Typically, Christian martyrs are known for willingly and peacefully giving their lives for the cause of Christ. Our history is full of examples, both ancient and modern, of Christians who chose not to fight back when death for their faith was immanent. Peter was sacrificed upside down on a cross. Andrew in his 80’s hung on an X for a week. Philip also martyred although we don’t know how…FoxNews reported on July 27, 2011 that the Tomb of the Apostle Phillip is found in Hierapolis.
Everyone of the Apostles were martyred…save John who was jailed at the end of his life where he wrote the book of Revelation.
I do not condone his death, the mob acted outside of the law. I agree with Mormons who say that Smith was murdered in cold blood, but I’m uncomfortable with going so far as to say he was totally innocent. Was Smith wrong in trying to defend himself? Perhaps not. Is it wrong for Mormons to portray his last moments as that of an innocent lamb and willing martyr? Absolutely.
And there is no escaping Deuteronomy 18 where God says he will require a false prophet that speaks in his name. And if verse 19 is not clear enough for you skip down to verse 20 where God says, “…even that prophet shall die., even that prophet shall die.”
Hopefully, this gives you some direction and history behind the Mormon Church. There is much more. I have been studying for awhile and I am only scratching the surface. Please contact me if you have questions and I will do my best to sort it for you.