In defending the Book of Mormon against the ravages of truth and science the Mormon Church has just shot itself in both feet and actually damaged any claim to rationality it tried to salvage from the wreckage of its frankly sick and failing 19th century fraudulent beginnings.
The Mormon Church has just unintentionally admitted there was no Great Flood, or Tower of Babel. That people existed on the Earth many thousands of years before Adam and Eve, and that there was no Fall.
All in an effort to defend the Book of Mormon.
This leaves the Atonement of Christ on shaky ground too.
Mormon Church essay:
This statement by the Mormon Church goes against everything we were taught about the Book Of Mormon people’s being the ancestors of the Indigenous Americans (indians).
It even disputes the (supposed) revelation from God himself from within the pages of the Book of Mormon itself:
2 Nephi 1:8-9 “And behold, it is wisdom that this land should be kept as yet from the knowledge of other nations; for behold, many nations would overrun the land, that there would be no place for an inheritance. Wherefore, I, Lehi, have obtained a promise, that inasmuch as those whom the Lord God shall bring out of the land of Jerusalem shall keep his commandments, they shall prosper upon the face of this land; and they shall be kept from all other nations, that they may possess this land unto themselves. And if it so be that they shall keep his commandments they shall be blessed upon the face of this land, and there shall be none to molest them, nor to take away the land of their inheritance; and they shall dwell safely forever.”
It further goes against God’s word itself given to Joseph Smith in a several ‘revelations’ including D&C 28:8
“And now, behold, I say unto you that you shall go unto the Lamanites and preach my gospel unto them; and inasmuch as they receive thy teachings thou shalt cause my church to be established among them; and thou shalt have revelations, but write them not by way of commandment.”
The Church is also actually disavowing what the Book of Mormon itself says about the descendents of Lehi.
And obviously disavowing this all the General Authorities of the past who made statements about how the Indigenous Americans were descendents of the Lamanites. Elder Gene R Cook being an example. Here are comments he made in 1980 before DNA proved the Indigenous Americans are not Lamanites:
“My family and I are presently living in South America among the Lamanites—the children of Lehi, the people of the Book of Mormon, a people of great promise. For a number of years we have been witnesses to spiritual miracles among that people:
1. We have seen thousands converted to the Lord who had his law put into their minds and written in their hearts (see Heb. 8:10).
2. We have seen them organized into numerous stakes of Zion.
3. We have truly seen them “blossom as the rose” as prophecy has been fulfilled through them (see D&C 49:24).
4. We have literally seen the Lord perform miracles among them by their faith.
Why should that be so? Why are changes in that people occurring so dramatically? The title page of the record their ancestors gave to the world, entitled the Book of Mormon, indicates that the book was “written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the house of Israel.” In the last chapter of the book, the prophet Moroni gives to the Lamanites farewell instructions, a portion of which contains the conditions on which individual testimonies of the truth may be obtained. The record is for all men, but from cover to cover the book is filled with prophecies concerning the Lamanites, indicating “that the promises of the Lord [would] be fulfilled, which he made to his people” (see D&C 3:18, 19).”
By this new essay the Church has disavowed the past prophets of the Church who established the Lamanite Programmes to convert them to Mormonism, when they were promised to turn white skinned.
At the October 1960 LDS Church Conference, Spencer Kimball utilized 2 Nephi 30:6 when he stated how the Indians “are fast becoming a white and delightsome people.” He said, “The [Indian] children in the home placement program in Utah are often lighter than their brothers and sisters in the hogans on the reservation” (Improvement Era, December 1960, pp. 922-3).
David Twede’s response:
DNA Part 1 Putting Jesus On Dis-Mantle
Simon Southerton’s response:
Response To President Newsroom
See also my previous post on
Can Mormonism Honestly Hold Onto Both Faith & Science/