Joseph Smith made the wrong claims about Jesus
By Jacob Howard
Shortly before Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, He went to God and prayed one of the most stunning prayers ever recorded in history. Fortunately, God saw it fit that we should be able to read it and He had John write it down in the 17th chapter of his Gospel. Read it below . . .
1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee:
2 “As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him.
3 “And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.
4 “I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do.
5 “And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.
6 “I have manifested Thy name unto the men which Thou gavest me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy word.
7 “Now they have known that all things whatsoever Thou hast given Me are of Thee.
8 “For I have given unto them the words which Thou gavest Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me.
9 “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine.
10 “And all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine; and I am glorified in them.
11 “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are.
12 “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy name: those that Thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
13 “And now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
14 “I have given them Thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15 “I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.
18 “As Thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
19 “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
20 “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word;
21 “That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.
22 “And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are One:
23 “I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.
24 “Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me: for Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world.
25 “O righteous Father, the world hath not known Thee: but I have known Thee, and these have known that Thou hast sent Me.
26 “And I have declared unto them Thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
Now, let’s break it down and see how what Jesus Christ says, goes along or against with what Joseph Smith said.
Verses 1 and 2 say:
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee:
“As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him.”
Mormonism often preaches that Jesus’ main mission on earth was to heal people and perform miracles. However, throughout this whole prayer, Christ only mentions His work with His disciples and His work in providing eternal life to mankind. Only one thing is said of miracles, later on.
Christ’s main purpose in coming was to provide eternal life to people, not just give them temporary relief from their infirmities (these people still died). Verses 3 and 4 say:
“And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.
“I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do.”
Mormons blatantly teach that there is more than one God. They say that man can become a god and that God was once a man too. But, here Jesus says that God is the only true God. The only God.
Once again, Christ makes it clear that His mission on earth is for saving the world. Verses 5 and 6:
“And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.
“I have manifested Thy name unto the men which Thou gavest me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy word.”
According to Mormonism, Christ has not existed eternally, only since God bore Him through one of His goddess wives sometime before He came to earth. However, Christ says that before the world even was, He was glorified in God. Christ clearly says that He has existed for all time and is eternal.
Christ had completely reformed the disciples. They went from uneducated men of labor to geniuses for the cause of Christ (Acts 4:13)! Verses 7 and 8 say:
“Now they have known that all things whatsoever Thou hast given Me are of Thee.
“For I have given unto them the words which Thou gavest Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me.”
Here is where Christ talks about miracles. He says that He performed miracles only to give the glory to God and to prove that He was from God (John 9:3-4).
According to Mormon belief, every person was once spirit children of God and His wives, but we forgot our identity when we were squeezed into human bodies. So, Mormon belief could say that we were all sent by God. But, Christ gave witness that He had to prove Himself that He was sent by God. Why would He need to do that if everyone, including Himself, were just spirit children of God?
The rest of John 17 will be analyzed in part 2.