Reasons Given to Not Believe the LDS Church: Part One – Peoples of the Book of Mormon

28 Nov

On another thread there is a man who has given a list of reasons why he doesn’t believe the LDS church to be truth.  While I have no desire to argue that particular point, I would like to address a few of the reasons he gives.  I do this from a logical perspective, having no direct evidence at this time.  My intent is not exactly to prove his reasons false, but faulty; or to show how they are not logically thought out and thus not reasonable in an argument.

To keep things short I will address only one point in each blog.

The first point I would like to address is this:  Why is it that in the modern day the people living in Israel do not have a record of the people spoken of in the Book of Mormon?  the argument is simple; because these people are not known to modern Israeli’s they could not have existed.

Here are two quotes given for this argument:

“I have never been to Book of Mormon lands or meet people or have eaten the food. Yet I can say I did this with Israel.” – comment posted November 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm

“I have been to Israel as well as Many on this blog, and many people in General, yet no Jew that I ever spoke with have mentioned any Book of Mormon people.” – comment posted November 23, 2012 at 10:53 am

Here is the problem with this argument.  If you read the full account of the Book of Mormon you will see that only two families are mentioned; Lehi and Ishmael.  Lehi had four sons and an unknown number of daughters.  Ishmael had two sons and five daughters (married the four sons of Lehi and Zoram).  If we include Zoram in this count it totals 18 people.  The only other person mentioned by name is Laban, for a total of 19.  If we make the assumption that Lehi had other daughters, and that the sons of Ishmael also had children we could get a nice average of 25 people.

Even given the account of the wealth of Lehi and Ishmael, and the power of Laban, is it really so surprising that knowledge of this two dozen or so people has been lost 2500 years later.  Especially considering that it was less than a decade later that Israel was destroyed by Babylon.  I would love to see the statistic for how well preserved the family records of that time are today.

The reason I mention this is simple:  At this time they were not yet “the Book of Mormon People,” meaning the Nephites and Lamanites.  They were Jews like all the rest living in Jerusalem.  As such knowledge of them would be no more probable than it is for any family that lived at that time.

As to the people of the Book of Mormon, or the nations that were descended from this two dozen people, of course they are not known in the records of the modern Jews and thus cannot be found in Israel.  They didn’t live in Israel, and were completely cut off from the rest of the world.  You might as well argue that the American Indian didn’t exist because they are not found in the Old World.  The Jews won’t mention them because they are not part of the history of Israel anymore.

Now, I really like the quote about meeting the Jews and eating their food; but not being able to meet the people of the Book of Mormon, or eat their food.  I would like to end with a response to this.

Anyone who has eaten at the table of the American Indians and interacted with that culture has met the people of the Book of Mormon and ate their food.  The people who were native to these continents before the Europeans came are the people of the Book of Mormon (or what is left of them).  I have met some of them myself, and have eaten some of their food.

I hope this makes sense to those who read it.


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