Tuesday, April 24, 2018

How to Avoid Future Witch Trials

April 24, 2018

Exodus 22:18

Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

That is Jehovah supposedly instructing Moses on the dangers of magic.

What tragedies could have been avoided if the original text of second book of the Pentateuch had been transmitted to us correctly, or the text not corrupted by some fool. You would think there was some pandemic of sorcery in Egypt or the land of Canaan at the time. I realize Pharaoh had his magicians, but I don't think they were a threat to humanity. There are also some misogynistic issues with GOD apparently ordering the death of witches but not warlocks.

There are estimates of 200,000 executions of witches between 1500 and 1800. Although no witches were burned in North America during the infamous Salem witch trials (they were hung), they were burned in Europe. Killing any supposed witches is unacceptable and unscriptural. Satan must have relished all the suffering this one mistake in the Old Testament has caused. 

Now Dennis Prager, in his new commentary on the Book of Exodus, has to account for this concept and explain how GOD would come up with such a stipulation, when GOD said no such thing. 

I am grateful to Joseph Smith for using his gifts of seership and translation to correct thousands of mistakes in the Bible, especially this one. Even the 15 pretenders in Salt Lake City are smart enough not to have themselves sustained as "translators." All of them from Brigham Young to today do not equal even one Joseph Smith, or one Hyrum Smith, or one Emma Smith.

The corrected text reads:

Thou shalt not suffer a murderer to live.

That should end all discussion of witch hunts and eliminating capital punishment. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Why Having Moroni atop the LDS temples is Appropriate

April 23, 2018

I was thinking today while driving home from work (non-priestcraft work like 99 percent of the world's population [.9 being criminals and .1 being Mormon general authorities, Catholic Priests, and other paid clergy]), that having Moroni on top of the great majority of LDS temples is absolutely perfect.

1. Moroni was not the first angel to visit Joseph Smith, Nephi was.

Why would GOD have Moroni visit? He was a great person and certainly redeemed from the fall via JESUS, but he is probably not the being who came to Joseph Smith 4 times in a 24 hour period. Honest LDS historians have pointed out that the early Mormons understood this mission was given to Nephi...you know, the guy who built the ship to get everything started?

2. Even if Moroni was the actual personage to visit Joseph, no one is getting saved because of Moroni. Having any person at the pinnacle of a supposed sacred building is nonsense, because it is a form of idolatry. The ancient Jews did not carry their Tablernacle around with a statue of Moses or Abraham for the top. The Temple in Jerusalem did not have a guy on top, or the first thing JESUS would have done was destroy the temple before his atonement. The LDS church's decision to position a person on the temple dovetails nicely with its modern abomination of "follow the prophet". Especially now that they think they have 15 prophets today. I guess that means the modern LDS church is 15 times better than the humble days of the Restoration, when only Joseph Smith was bold enough to think he was a Prophet. Why those 15 retirees think they are "seers" is laughable, but that is a post for another day.

3. If anyone should be displayed on a temple, it should be JESUS CHRIST, the God of this planet. If the Nauvoo Saints had built the first temple in Nauvoo on time and not been moved out their place, then temple work would not be a gargantuan waste of time. The LORD told those lollygaggers to get finished or their baptisms for the dead would have no validity. How then could any other temple ordinance be meaningful today, if GOD rejected the baptisms for the dead? If you think the Nauvoo Saints finished that temple to the LORD's liking, I have some ocean front property in Arizona that George Strait and I would like to sell you.

4. Finally, the LDS temple is an invention of Brigham Young mixing Masonry with Genesis to get people to pay their 10 percent entrance fee. That makes it OK with me for my former church to put a person on top of the building, because Moroni is not going to save anyone, and neither is the modern LDS church.
The potential problem for the modern LDS church is that GOD probably does not share my sense of humor.

Monday, December 4, 2017

There is a reason the JST remained with the Reorganized Church

My firm belief is that the LORD entrusted the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible to the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ. JESUS knew intimately that Brigham Young and his cadre of adulterers could not be trusted with the original manuscript. Based on what we now know happened to the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants, the History of the Church, and Joseph Smith's own journals, Brigham would have had the JST rewritten to include false verses about the supposed legality of polygamy. 

There are only two volumes of scripture we can trust as being untampered with: One, The Book of Mormon and two, the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible. The first because GOD in his infinite intelligence made sure that the BOM was published before the organization of a church He knew would ultimately fail. The second because the LORD knew he could trust Emma Smith and her family to keep the manuscript safe until it could be published by the RLDS church (now the Community of Christ). A church that has unceasingly proclaimed that Joseph and Hyrum fought against the abomination of plural marriage. The BOM proclaims in multiple spots that more wives than one is hateful to the LORD, and the JST includes information that clearly points out that King David and King Solomon were NOT justified in taking plural wives. 

For all the fools who think there is a supposed loophole in the Book of Jacob, beware. Jacob 2:30 is not the LORD saying if HE commands it, plural marriage is OK. The verse is using very awkward 1828 American English. GOD is saying that if HE does not explicitly warn people about polygamy, the fallen tendency of men in this world will be to start doing it to justify adultery.

If you have not read the JST give it a chance and see if your ability to deal with this telestial world is not enlarged. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Matthew 19:25 + 26- Who then can be saved?

JESUS has just told his followers that rich people have as much chance at GOD's kingdom as a camel does walking through the eye of a needle...

King James Version

When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying,
Who then can be saved?

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them,
With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

This sounds wonderful, but it is not what JESUS really said.

Joseph Smith Translation

When his disciples heard this, they were exceedingly amazed, saying,

Who then can be saved?

But Jesus beheld their thoughts, and said unto them,

With men this is impossible; 
but if they will forsake all things for my sake,
with God whatsoever things I speak are possible.

Someone, somewhere decided to not offend rich people. He foolishly decided to change what CHRIST actually said. No doubt it was because rich people contribute to religions (so they can feel good about not repenting and not helping poor people), and we cannot offend people who might give us money. I am fairly certain that someone who deletes JESUS' actual words from a manuscript are not to be envied in the next life.

If the original version were hypothetically correct, then we have a GOD who can override agency and save people who do not merit it. No one really merits salvation. However, CHRIST shared His perfection with us to allow us to avoid suffering for our sins. Therefore, GOD can require that you have to share your time, money, talents, and energy with those around you. All of it!

The rich young ruler came face to face with his selfishness, and was found wanting. He was keeping all of the ten commandments to save himself. He was not willing to help others achieve temporal salvation in this life, so they could then focus more on spiritual things. I am no better than he was, but because of Joseph Smith, I have a better idea of what the actual standard for salvation is. If I do not forsake everything for GOD, GOD will not save me. I am not going to be surprised if I do not make the celestial bar, but at least I have a better idea of how high that bar is.

Finally, Tithing is meant for poor people, although the 15 false prophets of the Utah version of Mormonism believe differently. They think tithing money is to sustain their first-world lifestyles. The millions of LDS members who live in second and third-world countries are suppose survive without ten percent of their meager incomes as a test of their faith. GOD will save the poor who were misguided but had unselfish hearts. I am sure HE will not save those who have a legitimate surplus of the world's goods and do not seek to elevate others. Just to be clear, GOD would love to save everyone, but he is not going to save paid clergy. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Matthew 19- The Rich Young Ruler: Any killing is unacceptable to the LORD

King James Version of Matthew 19:18 
(here JESUS is listing the 10 basic commandments for the rich man who would like to know what else he can do to merit eternal life)

"...thou shalt do no murder, thou shalt not commit adultery..."

Joseph Smith's Version

"Thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not commit adultery..."

The only modification to the summary of commandments given at Sinai is a stipulation that we should not kill anyone for any reason. The Old Testament has the correct list, but some fool tried to slip one past us possibly to appease a rich person they knew who had killed someone. 

The people of Ammon (the anit-Nephi-Lehis) who allowed themselves to be killed rather than fight against their ethnic brethren the Laminates are certainly the celestial standard of this law. JESUS allowing himself to be killed when he could have easily prevented it, is the conclusive piece of evidence. If we want to live where GOD lives, we need to follow GOD's example. I would hate to be the guy saying "OK, JESUS I know you sacrificed your perfect life for all of us,  but that guy who stole my lawnmower had to go."

My guess is that the terrestrial standard is that self-defense is OK. 
I am fairly sure no one is going hell for that reason, but it might create a scenario where the self-defender also forfeits the greatest of 3 kingdoms of glory. Obviously the telestial standard is to kill whoever you want, and then spend a lot of time in a literal hell to suffer for your own sins. The more killing you do, the closer you get to Stalin and Hitler and other followers of Satan's plan.

I hope I never have to make a decision about whether or not to kill someone, because to me the only allowable reason to kill is if the LORD tells you to do so. Even a direct message from Heaven caused Nephi to hesitate before separating Laban's head from the rest of his body. 

I am sure about one true prophet since the days of early Christianity...Joseph Smith. I believe the JST was a mandate from GOD. Our acceptance of this divinely directed manuscript allows us to understand the gospel of JESUS CHRIST more clearly than any other version of the Bible.

Friday, June 30, 2017

June 30, 2017- 3 questions and 3 points to ponder

I will get back to the JST soon, but I wanted to discuss some ideas I have had lately. 

If the Most High God and Jesus appeared to an uneducated teenager in upstate New York in 1820, why wouldn't He appear to you? 

If God would show an unstable man like Sidney Rigdon a vision of the 4 possible places we can go after the judgement, why wouldn't He reveal something to you that you sincerely and prayerfully wanted to know?

If Jesus appeared to Oliver Cowdery (or at least spoke to him), in an effort to convince him to assist Joseph in bringing forth the Book of Mormon, why wouldn't Jesus talk to you?

1. Shaun Roundy has published a condensed version of the Book of Mormon where he has omitted some of the repetition inherent in "Reformed Egyptian" to make the Book even easier to read. Check it out on amazon.com. The Kindle version is only 99 cents. He makes a great point that others like Rob Smith (upwardthought.blogpost.com) have made: 
The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, does not belong to any one religion. The Book of Mormon is for all people wanting to know more about Christ.

2. Shaun is the first person I know of who gives credit on the front of the Book of Mormon to Mormon as the writer (editor), and Joseph Smith as the translator. A minor to thing to most, but I sometimes think we overlook the most obvious thing of all: without Mormon there is no Book of Mormon. Nephi, Jacob, Alma, Mosiah, and Moroni are all critical to the book, but Mormon put it all together.

3. I am amazed the Utah based version of Mormonism would put any man on top of temples supposedly dedicated as the "House of the Lord." They could at least read the Joseph Smith Papers and realize that if anyone should be there it would be Nephi. Joseph Smith always stated in his writing that Nephi visited him and eventually delivered the gold plates. Somehow Moroni has been getting credit for that for over a hundred years. Just another example of the misinformation inherent in any religion.

Finally, I hope June went well for all of you, and I hope that July is even  better. It is a month where Americans can celebrate that America used to be the greatest nation on the earth. There is also July 24th for Utahns to celebrate the failure of the first white settlers to do what the Lord wanted them to do in Nauvoo, Illinois. As a result they got to live in a high desert as a nice parting gift for ignoring the Lord.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 21, 2017 - CHRIST saves all children!

Matthew 18:11

For the Son of Man is come to save that which was lost.

Joseph Smith Translation

For the Son of Man is come to save that which was lost,
and to call sinners to repentance; 
but those little ones have no need of repentance,
and I will save them.

1. The King James version is missing some (more) critical context.

2. "Son of Man" is used by JESUS to refer to Himself, so there is something important about that title. Joseph, his stepfather, is not his literal father. Then how does this title fit? Obviously his literal mother Mary is part of mankind, but I think there is more to it than that.

3. Perhaps CHRIST's meaning in JST Matthew 18:3 "Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven," means more that just becoming teachable. Maybe it also refers to becoming part of the group that CHRIST will save. 

4. CHRIST's job is not to punish, it is to save and redeem, and to restore. We do a great job of punishing each other for small sins. I am sure Satan will do his job in punishing the truly big sins when we pass through the veil.

5. The greatness of GOD the Father's mercy, and CHRIST's atonement is nowhere better displayed than this one verse. Anyone who died prematurely is saved. No exceptions! No need to christen a child as soon as they are born. And, a baptism at eight is probably more symbolic of a child just beginning to become accountable, than it is of any sinfulness accrued to that point.

Let us sing praises to GOD and His Son (God the Son) forevermore!