Response to CARM: Difficult questions, part 8

4 Sep

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. Brigham Young, the second prophet of the Mormon Church, said that the birth of Jesus was “the result of natural action,” (Journal of discourses, volume 8, page 115 – given on July 8, 1860). He also said, “When the time came that His first-born, the Saviour, should come into the world and take a tabernacle, the Father came Himself and favoured that spirit with a tabernacle instead of letting any other man do it,” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 4, p. 218 – given on February 8, 1857). In light of this, how was Jesus born of the Virgin Mary?

A. No quote is given, except that which is in the question. However, I think a refresher of Isaiah 7: 14 is called for.

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Mary was a virgin until she conceived, and that is all the prophecy says. A virgin conceived and brought forth a son. It does not say she remained a virgin, but that a virgin would be chosen as the mother of God. If you read in 1 Nephi 11 it shows that she was a virgin until the Holy Ghost rested on her.

*This question is answered in the response be S.H.I.E.L.D.S. I will address that in a later post, so keep an eye out for it.

Q. In light of the previous question and Mormon doctrine saying that we are all literally the children of God, then wasn’t Brigham Young teaching that God had relations with his spirit daughter?

A. No quotes are given.

This is a difficult question to answer, and I am not going to try. The answer is something that is only for those who can learn it for themselves. It is a mystery of eternity, and it will remain such for all except those to whom God reveals the truth.

Q. According to Mormonism, Jesus was the one being married to Mary and Martha at the wedding of Cana in John 2. If this is so, then why was Jesus invited to his own wedding? Also, why was it not a temple marriage?

A. No quote is given.

Actually, the idea of Jesus marrying Mary and Martha at that wedding was the opinion of one man. That man was Orson Hyde, and his opinion is recorded in the Journal of Discourses, volume 2,  page 281. This discourse was delivered on October 6th, 1854. Now, there is some evidence that Joseph F. Smith later agreed with brother Hyde, but I have not been able to verify this. It is also true that many seem to have believed that Jesus was married to Mary and Martha. However, the question is addressing the wedding in Cana that is described in the second chapter of John, and so merely believing them married has no bearing on the issue.

Even if it is true the wording of the scripture does not necessitate Jesus being a guest. If it was an arranged marriage he would have been called to it, as the scriptures say (John 2: 2).

Lastly, at the time of this wedding there was no one on the earth who held the keys of sealing, and so what we refer to today as a temple marriage would not have been possible. These keys were restored by Elijah on the Mt. of Transfiguration (Matthew 17).

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