Sunday, September 8, 2019

Russell M. Nelson: The M is for Merciless

Monday September 9th is Russell M. Nelson's 95th birthday. He seems younger than that, but regardless, he is not long for this earth. Whether he lives to be 100 or 111 or whatever soon he will die and face a preliminary judgement. One that may not go like he thinks it will. It is my strong belief that he, as a false prophet, will be assigned temporarily to the Hell area of the World of Spirits where he will await with true fear and trembling the day his sins against his fellowman are finally paid in full. Paid, by he alone, and not by our Great Savior Jesus Christ, who saves only those who serve him without honor, money, or fame. 

I strongly suspect Nelson has violated the 4th of 10 commandments "thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain." Now, Russell will tell you (incorrectly) this means swearing by using part of GOD's name. I am not advocating that obvious disrespect to our Creator, but it is not what GOD meant at Sinai. It means do not pretend to speak for GOD when you do not actually speak for Him. Mormon church presidents have been doing that since Joseph Smith's heart stopped beating.

Aside from being a false prophet, Russell is a heartless leader. He shows no mercy to anyone except large tithing donors. If you do not believe me, just check out the Salt Lake Tribune article from September 5, 2019 by Peggy Fletcher Stack about Lavinia Fielding Anderson. Lavinia was excommunicated 25 years ago for apostasy for writing an article that gave true examples of how the modern Mormon church leadership abuses its members. The current First Presidency feels that 25 years is not long enough for writing a critical  article. To spend 25 years in an actual prison today you would have to be a serial killer or repeat child molester. A modern criminal committing one murder would be paroled before year 25. The LDS church is apparently much tougher on "crime". 

Anderson's writing had the  audacity to be true.The supposed "true church" cares nothing for truth...unless it accidentally promotes their goals of money and power. If you are going to stand up for truth you get killed like Joseph and Hyrum and William Smith for their refusal to make polygamy OK. Brigham Young and his minions had the Smith brothers killed and the official records changed so they could be in power and commit abominations. The Jewish leadership during the life of CHRIST rejected the GOD of this earth rather than give up control. It is a lesson that leaders never learn.

For my part I know there is a very real possibility of my being assigned to Hell as well...but at least I am not a moronic enough to discount it. 

If I do avoid postmortem punishment it will be because of trying to follow JESUS, and not some false prophet.

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Modern LDS Church knows better than Joseph Smith

I recently purchased Grant Hardy's Reader's Edition of the Book of Mormon. I highly recommend it as the best version for studying the book without getting distracted by double-columns, copious footnotes, and lack of modern punctuation. Hardy uses quotation marks for obvious speech and dialogue, parentheses for explanatory material, and stanzas and italics for the poetic units in the book.
He used the 1920 edition of the Book of Mormon because it is in the public domain and not subject to copyright laws anymore.

In the back of the book are several appendices including the one that prompted this post. It deals with the 50 most noticeable changes to the text since 1830. Grant uses the Original manuscript, the Printer's manuscript, and the editions from 1830, 1837, 1840, 1920, and 1981. It is the 1981 edition that seems to go out of its way to say "we know what God meant while transmitting this to Joseph, and Joseph did not."

Here is an example:

2 Nephi 29:4      (This is the verse dealing with Gentiles not appreciating the Jews for being the means for the world today having the Holy Bible.)

CHRIST asks rhetorically...

Do they remember the Jews, and the travails, and the labors,  and their pains, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles?

That is the 1981 edition brought to you courtesy of Mormon Inc. and a committee with Bruce McConkie and Thomas Monson on it. Two guys who never testified to seeing GOD (but they wanted you to think they did). They decided that in roughly 40 instances out of 50 they knew better than Joseph Smith what GOD wanted. At least Joseph was man enough to state what he experienced and it cost him his life. True prophets never hit the trifecta of rich, popular, and long-lived. 

The Printer's Manuscript, the 1830 edition, the 1837 edition, the 1840 edition, and the 1920 edition all have the verse in this way:

Do they remember the Jews, and the travels, and the labors, and the pains, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles?

I do not care what sounds better,  I care what GOD revealed to Joseph Smith, and if the line should have had the word "travails" I am pretty sure the only Prophet Mormonism ever produced would have caught the mistake by 1840!

It is also without dispute that the Jews as a people have done more traveling than any other organized religion in world history. There are large and small pockets of Jews on every continent, and in almost every country of the world. 

Hopefully this does not qualify as "steadying the ark" or Monson and McConkie are behind a woodshed somewhere in a not so great part of the Spirit World. I would especially like to see McConkie pardoned because he wrote a lot of great things about the actual source of salvation for this planet----JESUS.

Here is my summary:

1. Buy Grant Hardy's book (and all his other ones).

2.  Give your 1981 Book of Mormon to your local thrift store. 

3. The Book of Mormon is true, but the latest edition is less true than the any of the other versions.

4. If you are dealing with a direct quote from the SAVIOR of your planet, make sure you go to the best source to get it right.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

I Am Found of Them Who Seek After Me

The Holy Spirit inspired Joseph Smith to make thousands of changes to the Old and New Testaments. However, Joseph only made a few changes in the Book of Isaiah. Here is the most significant clarification.

KJV Isaiah 65: 1-2

I am sought of them that asked not for me;
I am found of them that sought me not:

I said, Behold me, behold me,
unto a nation that was not called by my name.

I have spread out my hands all the day
unto a rebellious people,
which walketh in a way that was not good,
after their own thoughts

I know that GOD is greater than anyone can conceive. However, these 2 verses push the envelope of incredulity to the breaking point. Why would a person be rewarded by GOD for not trying to find Him?
Why would He bless people who do not care about His laws?

As it turns out, JEHOVAH is being misquoted courtesy of someone or some group in the past that altered the text. For those who think that other modern versions correct this mistake, think again. The problem is the underlying Hebrew which states for verse 1:

I allowed myself to be sought by those who did not ask.
I allowed myself to be found by those who did not seek.

Here is what it should say:

JST Isaiah 65: 1-2

I am found of them who seek after me,
I give unto all them that ask of me;
I am not found of them that sought me not,
or that inquireth not after me.

I said unto my servant,
Behold me, look upon me;
I will send you unto a nation 
that is not called after my name,
for I have spread out my hands all the day
to a people who walketh not in my ways,
and their works are evil and not good,
and they walk after their own thoughts.

GOD was so frustrated with ancient Israel that He had to send people like Isaiah, Jeremiah and Lehi to them because they did not deserve to hear from Him directly. For the modern world the same thing is happening. Just do not mistake anyone headquartered in Salt Lake City, the Vatican, or Mecca with being authorized by GOD. True prophets always come from outside the predominant religion of the area. 

I, like most people, struggle with the Book of Isaiah. Now, thanks to Joseph, I struggle over one less problematic passage.
It was CHRIST Himself who told the righteous descendants of Lehi "great are the words of Isaiah"* and now they are even greater.

*3 Nephi 23:1

Monday, May 6, 2019

GOD Keeps Changing His Mind?

There are 16 million Mormons in the world. Roughly 4 million of whom are truly active on a weekly basis and still foolish enough to give ten percent of their income to an institution that neglects the poor and builds great and spacious buildings.

This week we get another policy change (or was it a revelation?) from Salt Lake. This new edict ends the need for couples to wait one year for the magic pixie dust sealing if they had the audacity to be married in a civil ceremony first. 

In the initial days of the attempted restoration of the Gospel GOD gave to Adam and Eve, Mormons were taught that marriage required a public ceremony. At some point after Joseph and Hyrum were killed the church changed marriage into a secret ceremony that was apparently designed to make marriages a time of mourning. Grief and pain for those not able to gain admittance into the Masonic-like temples to see the "sacred" ceremony. I am using sacred as ironically as possible here. 

Now the PR arm of the LDS church has informed the pretended prophets that changing this back to how it was in the time of a true Prophet would make for some great publicity for the church. One thing the PR guys and the leadership failed to consider was that this change creates another in a long line of recent deviations. The danger for LDS inc. is if someone with above average common sense asked themselves, "why does GOD keep changing his mind?" 

Apparently in Utah, GOD is not the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Fishers of Men

The King James Version of Matthew renders 3 verses from chapter 4 like this:

18. And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon, called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

19. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

20. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

First, for non-speakers of Shakespearean English straightway means "immediately." Second, the sea of Galilee is an inland lake. Language and geography are not really that important to this incident, but the more you know the more you can know.
This is the great "call story." But there is more to this invitation to follow GOD the Son. No modern Bible contains what follows.

Joseph Smith added some wonderful context under the direction of the Holy Spirit (which is the mind of the Most High God and not a personage of anything, but that is another post for another day).

Joseph's "Inspired Version" explains the calling of the first 2 apostles with these words (the verse numbers are different because Joseph combined two earlier verses in chapter 4 into one in his translation).

17. And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren,
Simon, called Peter, and Andrew, his brother casting a net into the sea;
for they were fishers.

18. And he said unto them, I am he of whom it is written by the prophets;

follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

19. And they, believing on his words left their net, 
and straightway followed him.

You might think that JESUS' commanding presence and the simple invitation is all He needed to get 1/6 of His apostles to join him. Isaiah 53 verse 2 has a passage that explains that people of JEHOVAH's day were not persuaded by his physical appearance or religious resume. 

New International Version Isaiah 53:2

...He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

No one followed Him then for superficial reasons. You were going against the state religion of Judaism and you were going to be a literal outcast. The cost to follow Him then was exponentially harder than it is today. Today it is common to wear a cross around your neck as your get out of a hell free card, while serving no one but yourself.

The JST makes it clear that CHRIST first told them that HE was the Messiah. Peter and Andrew would have understood that the only thing that the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible prophets ever talked about unitedly was the coming Savior. They heard this astounding proclamation and were courageous enough to leave behind their business and their home in an instant. HE was not asking them to sacrifice everything to follow HIM because He was handsome or popular or wealthy or any of the reasons modern people idolize (as in idolatry) present day celebrities. 

JESUS made the simple, yet truthful declaration that He was the Son of God. HE then left it up to the 2 brothers' spiritual discernment to decide what to do. HE did not compel them, HE did not tell a humorous anecdote, and HE did not tell an embellished "faith-promoting" story. One declarative sentence, followed by one imperative sentence with one promise. 

Fishing is a noble profession, and even today it is one of the hardest jobs in the world. Fishing for men is infinitely harder. Andrew and Peter to their credit, figured all of this out in less time that it took you to read this post.

Monday, April 1, 2019

2 Verses Missing from Genesis Chapter 1

Please ignore the date of this post. This is not a prank.

Joseph Smith restored 2 verses from the beginning of Genesis chapter 1 that you will not find in any other version of the Bible. He called it the "New Translation." The RLDS church (now called "The Community of Christ') calls it the Inspired Version. The LDS church calls it the Joseph Smith Translation. I would call it The Restored Text of the Bible.

Here are the 2 verses that you can label verse -1 and verse 0, or verse 0 and verse 00. They preceded what you will find in all other versions of the Old Testament. Joseph simply labeled them 1 and 2 so that his version of Genesis 1 has 33 verses instead of 31. 

0. And it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Moses,
saying, Behold, I reveal unto you concerning
this heaven and this earth;
write the words that I speak.

00. I am the Beginning and the End;
the Almighty God.
By mine Only Begotten I created these things.

I love the restoration of the Most High God speaking in the first person. Other bible translations have references to God in the third person, which I believe is less personal, less powerful, and immensely less profound.

I relish the inclusion of a reference to JESUS in the creation because there is more than one God at work. I believe the exclusion of CHRIST was done to create confusion about His divinity. I have no doubt that JESUS is divine. I believe He created this world after the pattern delivered to Him by His Father.

I thank Joseph for giving us the best possible narrative we are going to get, until the Brass Plates come forth. Whether the scriptures taken to the Americas via Lehi and Nephi were brass or bronze is trivial. They exist. Someday people are going to read them and see how flawed our present Hebrew Bibles (Old Testament) actually are.

If I were a Christian of any denomination, and I heard of Joseph's work on the Bible, I would at a minimum want to read it for myself. Most people today do not want to hear anything new, it might disrupt their flawed version of reality. They might have to repent, and if they repented they might find GOD.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Thoughts on the First Vision

I would be willing to wager a lot of money on the following hypothetical.

If Joseph Smith were alive today, 
and he decided after reading James 1:5
to go out into the woods to vocally pray about what church to join, 
he would get the same answer he got the first time...