How Mormons Misuse the Bible Part 2


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Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.’ Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand. Ezekiel 37:16-17
 
Mormons think this is talking about Joseph Smith joining the Bible and Book of Mormon. But if you read on for a few more verses, it specifically explains that Ezekiel is making a prophetic symbol about reuniting the kingdom of Israel since it had been split, conquered, and exiled by the Assyrians and Babylonians.
 
And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. John 10:16
 
Mormons think Jesus is talking about Jews living on the American continents that he will visit after his resurrection.
 
Setting aside that there is absolutely no evidence for these Book of Mormon transoceanic Jews, what is Jesus talking about? In the Old Testament its foretold that Gentiles will join Israel as God‘s people. After Jesus, the gospel goes out and does exactly that. Context makes it obvious that this is the meaning and fulfillment of the other sheep being brought in. As for the counter argument that those sheep must physically hear the voice of Jesus, there is plenty of biblical precedence for describing people as hearing God’s voice not physically, but through messengers and writings (Deuteronomy 27:10; 1 Samuel 12:15; 2 Kings 18:12).
 
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you… Jeremiah 1:5
 
This supposedly confirms the Mormon doctrine of the preexistence. But given that the Bible repeatedly affirms God’s foreknowledge of all things, and never talks about a preexistence, the proper interpretation is that God foreknew Jeremiah, not that Jeremiah existed before his birth.
 
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith…. 1 Timothy 4:1
 
Mormons think this predicts the total apostasy of Christianity, laying the groundwork for Joseph Smith to come and fix everything. But look at that key word again, ‘some’, not all. Obviously, if only some depart, then some are still in the faith. This proves the exact opposite of what Mormons want it to. There’s simply no total apostasy in the Bible.
 
Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:17
 
This would appear to support the Mormon belief that good works are required to earn your salvation. But the Bible is elsewhere crystal clear that salvation is not by works. Contradiction? No, works are an inevitable result of faith. Faith without works is dead because good works are an outward evidence that the faith is actually there.
 
Although this list isn‘t comprehensive, its easy to catch that the procedure is to unjustifiably shoehorn Mormonism into the Bible by isolating handy phrases and keywords. When the effort is put in to find out what the Bible is trying to say for itself, we find that its internally cohesive, and Mormonism is simply irrelevant.