Response to CARM: Difficult questions, part 4

29 Aug

I have recently been pointed to a website called Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry as an excellent location to learn LDS doctrine. On this website they have many pages dedicated to what they call exposing the truth of Mormonism. Most of what they present is well thought out, and they use many quotes and documents to support it. When they are simply giving a list of quotes they don’t do too bad. When they try to interpret those quotes and explain doctrine they fail almost completely. So I am starting a new series in which I will address a selection of pages from that website.

This next page is titled “Difficult Questions For Mormons to Answer.” It is a series of questions that are supposed to stump members of the LDS church. There are 32 questions total. Most are followed by a few quotes that try to establish the subject in question. The first part of my response will be a comment on the quotes given, and this will be in green.

Now, since there are so many questions and responding to all of them will take a long time, I will be dividing this into many separate posts, each answering 1-3 questions.

 

Q. Why does the book of Mormon say that black skin is not “enticing” to God’s people in 2 Nephi 5:21?

A. The author quotes 2 Nephi 5: 21, as follows.

And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them.”

It seems clear that the Book of Mormon says this because the Israelites in the sixth century BC did not, in general, find black skin attractive. As such, the Lord darkened their skin so that the Nephites would not be enticed into marrying and thus intermingling with them.

Q. Why does the Mormon Church still claim the book of Abraham is inspired Scripture when it has been demonstrated that it is not but is instead an Egyptian burial papyrus?

A. No quotes are given.

No one has proven anything, except that a few small fragments of ancient scroll were funeral text. They haven’t proven that these fragments came from the scrolls that Joseph Smith translated. They can show that they come from the same collection, but this is a far cry from saying they are the same scroll.

Joseph Smith had several dozen feet of scrolls in the collection. Eye witness accounts describe him laying the scroll out to cover the floor in the room where he worked. Less than one dozen feet survive, and most in small fragments (not even from the same scroll in all probability). Because of this it is impossible to prove anything.

Read this for more information.

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