Why I am not a Mormon / Latter Day Saint (LDS)

Since this year’s Presidential election features a prominent Mormon candidate, I thought it might be an appropriate time for me to briefly delineate why Mormonism is not Christian and subsequently, why I find it unworthy of faith.

Mormonism is a modern religion that is fabricated on a mistruth. While I know some great Mormon people and respect their morals and lifestyle, I have to stand for the truth about the stories they’ve been told by the LDS religion. Below is a sampling of secular and religious reasons why I believe that Mormonism lacks merit and should be suspect in the minds of everyone, but especially legitimate Christians.

If you are a Mormon and you are still reading, I thank you for your patience and grace. I invite you to seriously consider these facts and to dialogue with me. I ask that you pray for God to help us both find the truth between us in peace. If we risk nothing, nothing will be gained.

1) The Book of Mormon says that ancient Hebrews were the first to inhabit North America and that the people groups we now refer to as “Native Americans” are the descendants of these Hebrews. This assertion is patently false. DNA has proved that Native Americans are of Asian-Mongoloid descent, not Hebrew. The entire Book of Mormon is built on a mistruth.

2) No non-Mormon archaeologist has found any evidence to support the Book of Mormon’s claims. No ancient Hebrew writings, tools or other artifacts have ever been found on this half of the planet. For contrast, even archaeologists hostile to Christianity acknowledge that ancient Christian and Hebrew artifacts exist in the Middle East.

 3) The author of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, is a proven liar. He allegedly “translated” the Mormon’s “Book of Abraham” from papyrus found with mummies from ancient Egypt, but once real Egyptologists were able to examine the same documents in 1967, they discovered that the “Book of Abraham” was really an ancient Egyptian death rites passage dedicated to the pagan gods Anubis & Osiris.

4) The Book of Mormon has been altered over 3,000 times since Smith originally created it. According to Smith, the Book of Mormon was “the most perfect book ever written” & that when he was “translating” it, the word would not change until Smith had copied it perfectly. If that was true, then it would not need to be edited. The truth is that because Smith was poorly educated & Mormon theology has changed over time, the LDS group has decided to edit out the things they no longer like.

5) Mormonism teaches that people are saved by what they do (works). This is not Christianity. Jesus himself confronted the religious leaders of his day who taught salvation by obedience to the Law. The Christian Bible teaches that we are saved by God’s gift of grace, not by our earning God’s acceptance (which is impossible on our own). See Acts 15:10-11 & Romans 3:20-26.

6) Mormonism is polytheistic (believes that there are many gods). This is not Christianity. The Bible teaches that there is only one God and that he is unique and above everything else that has ever existed or ever will exist. Even the incarnate Jesus did not consider himself superior to the Father (Philippians 2:5-6).

7) Upper level Mormonism teaches that people can become like God. This is not Christianity; it is the same lie that Satan told Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:4-5).

8) Joseph Smith made predictions that never came true & now are impossible because the people to be involved are now dead. The Bible says that a measure of a true prophet is that what he or she predicts will come true (Deut. 18:21-22). Therefore, Joseph Smith is a false prophet. Reference 1 Peter 2:1-3 & Matthew 24:23-25 for a biblical insight into false prophets.

9) Mormons teach that the Bible is unreliable & has been corrupted. This is patently false. The Bible is one of the most trustworthy ancient documents known to humanity. There is more evidence for the Bible’s accuracy & consistency than the ancient works of  Homer’s Illiad & his Odyssey, Plato’s Republic, Herodotus’ Histories and Tacitus’ Annals. Few, if anyone, questions those works’ authenticity. As it turns out, Joseph Smith is the one who has corrupted the Bible by rewriting a Mormon version of it wherein he added sections to give greater credibility to his Mormon teachings and re-wrote or deleted passages that challenge them. There are no biblical copies, codexes or fragments of texts that support any of the changes that Joseph Smith wrote into his version of the “Bible.” His texts are not “corrections” of the Bible, but rather fabrications built on nothing more than his own thoughts, feelings and creativity.

10) Lastly, it is important to note one of the key differences between the Book of Mormon and the Bible. The Mormon’s book was written by a single author (Joseph Smith) whereas the Bible was penned by a host of different people, from different cultures, contexts and geographical locations and done so over more than 1000 years. This alone neither establishes nor destroys the credibility of one document over another, but as a general rule of knowledge and trust, it is always best to rely upon multiple attestations and better-documented evidence than a stand-alone report composed by a single author. It is far easier for one person (like Smith) to go wrong and be deluded, confused or manipulative and create a religious manifesto, than it is for an entire group of people (like the Bible’s authors) to suffer from similar ailments all while purporting a unified narrative effort (and doing so over 1000+ years).

Stated another way, it is easier for one man to make up a story (or tell mistruths) than it is to get a group to do so, especially when that group’s members were from various cultures, languages and historical epochs. People should be equally skeptical of all, stand-alone religious documents, and in that regard, there is little difference between the LDS group’s Book of Mormon and Muslim’s Qur’an. Both books came from the hand of one, isolated individual, Joseph Smith and Mohammed, respectively. Even if the content of their books were credible, how should people choose which one to accept where those documents disagree with one another? It is clear that better attested and better source materials should always be given greater consideration than their inferior rivals. In that sense, neither the Book of Mormon nor the Qur’an merit allegiance when compared with the Bible. Of course people are still welcome to believe whatever they like, but for me, when religious faith claims and traditions abound in our world like they do, it is extremely important to be attentive to the source of those religious claims and guard our hearts and minds well.  In my journey, this means that I cannot take the Book of Mormon or its Islamic rival very seriously when and where they differ from Christianity.

I invite you to seek for yourself the truth about Mormonism. Don’t just take my word for it.

Thanks for reading me, -Corbin Lambeth

Helpful Web-Sites:

http://www.exmormon.org/

http://www.mission2mormons.org/

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About C_Lambeth

I currently live in the Pacific Northwest. I graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor's of Science and from George Fox Seminary (now Portland Seminary) with a Master's of Divinity. In addition to knowing Christ and helping others know him, I am passionate about peace, the environment, Christian feminism, justice for all (not just the wealthy) and being a lifelong learner. Please feel free to comment on any of the posts here or to suggest new posts altogether. Thank you for reading me! -CL
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4 Responses to Why I am not a Mormon / Latter Day Saint (LDS)

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  2. C_Lambeth says:

    I also found a similarly titled blog post from a fellow Christian: Why I am not a Mormon

  3. True Mormon Believer says:

    As a Latter Day Saint, these “criticisms” do not trouble me at all. In fact, I am encouraged that you would attack my faith, for it only emboldens me. The points you have listed are being used by God to test my faith, and I am too strong to be deceived by you.

    • C_Lambeth says:

      I am grateful for your comments, TMB, but perhaps not in the way you imagine. I am familiar with how you have been indoctrinated by Mormon leadership to respond to such damning “criticisms.” Any challenge to Mormon faith is flippantly brushed aside as some sort of “test” designed by God (or perhaps a red-suited pitch-fork carrying individual?) to see if you are a “True Believer.”

      Please excuse me if I am not impressed. This type of “reasoning” is completely absurd. It is so bizarre that I am finding it difficult to believe that otherwise intelligent people actually think it is a cogent response. If I have made an error or miscalculation in my assessment of Mormonism and the LDS group, it would behoove you to make an intelligent critique of those mistakes, rather than dismissing them as some sort of evil plot. I simply do not respect the type of assertion you displayed in your recent comment. If your faith is “encouraged” by the serious problems I raised with your religion, you should consider that I find your complete lack of intelligent rebuttal as a sign of Mormon ridiculousness. I am not trying to be offensive -perhaps it just comes naturally- but your comment is very, VERY telling. It just makes me shake my head.

      I won’t beleaguer the point, but I am curious, what would you say to a person who was indoctrinated to believe that the Earth was flat, and, upon being shown proof to the contrary he merely accused the spherical-Earth truth-tellers of trying to deceive him, and claimed instead that his faith was so strong that God must just be testing to see if he was a true flat-Earther? Like me, I sincerely hope that you would not be impressed by such a response.

      Can you do any better?

      -CL

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