20 August, 2009

Discussion with Joshsy about the veracity of the Book of Mormon

(Cristoiglesia) I did not see any marks of Christ but instead the inspired work of Satan.

(Joshsy) A very bold statement!

I'll go on the record defending the Book of Mormon; Over one-half of all the verses in the Book of Mormon refer to our Lord. Some form of Christ’s name is mentioned more frequently per verse in the Book of Mormon than even in the New Testament.

He is given over one hundred different names in the Book of Mormon. Those names have a particular significance in describing His divine nature.

You're not the first Catholic clergyman I've spoken to about this; Sister Domenica Patienza in Rome, linguistic assistant to John Paul II felt differently. Padre Roberto Bossi in Trieste found the words moving enough that he left his position as a priest and was baptized into the LDS church. Several other priests spoke with me often, read with me, and spent time with me. All were offered, and most accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon; aside from Roberto all retained their faith in the Catholic church yet spoke highly of my faith.

I'm wondering what's so different with you?

I would never dare claim your church to be inspired of Satan; nor would I point to a book that has increased faith in Christ among so many as devilish.

Do you have any possible justification for calling it inspired by Satan. What horrible notion do you think comes from it to negate 4000 references to Christ and a lot of teachings that you know inspire people to be Christ-like?

(Cristoiglesia) I have a copy of the Book of Mormon in my bookcase above my desk as well as the D&C and The Pearl of Great Price.

What is so different with me is that by the grace of God I am not so easily deceived into the snare of Satan.

It is time for you to be honest and quit trying to be deceptive. You have no respect for the Catholic Church. Your founders proclaim that the Church founded by Jesus fell into apostasy despite the promises of Jesus that the gates of Hell will NEVER prevail against His Church. He called His Church an enduring Church until the end of the age, referring to the Parousia. His Church is built on a solid foundation of Himself as the cornerstone and the disciples as the 12 foundation stones which we see built on by apostolic succession. Your Church says by implication that He was incompetent in founding His leadership and that the Church founded by Christ and the disciples fell into apostasy immediately after the death of the disciples. This is a direct attack by your founder and leadership on the veracity of Christ’s promises. You further claim that the Church remained apostate for 1800 years until your founder Joseph Smith and his corroborator Sidney Rigdon restored the Church and usurped Christ’s name. How does one restore something that Jesus said would always endure? One cannot! You claim authority that Jesus gave only to His Church. You claim a counterfeit Gospel. You are false teachers whom the Bible describes as ravaging wolves preying on those weak in knowledge and in faith. The Bible describes Mormons and other heretics as those unable to endure sound doctrine and promises that their continuing in their heretical ways will result in an eternity in the lake of fire as the unknowns to God. You claim to increase the faith in Christ but your teaching is of a false Christ than the one of Scriptures who you claim in the BoM created his own counterfeit church by implication to the one He originally created in Jerusalem. It is the devil that appears as an angel of light to deceive the world. He did it first with Eve and did it also with Mohammad and does it again with Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon. Truly all teach doctrines of devils. Being Christ-like is to do God’s will and not to be deceived into believing that one can be a God also but instead to serve the one true God of the Trinity which is the source of our divine unity. This is the original temptation of Satan in the Garden appealing to human desire and ambition instead of selfless devotion. Satan keeps using the tried and true tricks to deceive men and man continues to be tempted by the same Satanic promises. Even Satan is not so bold as to attack directly Christ’s Church but uses gullible men to prove to some that Christ is a liar. He is not!

1 Timothy 3:15 (King James Version)

15But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

God bless!

In Christ
Fr. Joseph

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