Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith Jr. – Part 2

Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith contradicted each other

By Jacob Howard

In the first part of this article, we explored verses 1-8 of John 17 to see what Jesus said contradicted what Joseph Smith said. We discovered a few things in the last installment and would strongly urge you to read it HERE.

Here is John 17 from where we left off last time:

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.”

Let’s look a little deeper into what Jesus meant and how it reacts to what Joseph Smith taught and what Mormon doctrine now teaches.joseph-f-smith

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.”

Christ, when He gathered His followers, each one of them were chosen for the task. Later, they ran away from Him, but after His resurrection they rose up and fought for the Truth! Christ did not make earthly followers, He made heavenly heirs.

Smith, on the other hand, said of himself:

I have more to boast of than any man had. I am the only man that has been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter nor Jesus every did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet.

— (History of the Church, vol.6, pp.408-09, 1844)

The followers of Jesus have eternal life, whereas the followers of Joseph Smith have only been guaranteed earthly life.

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.”

Verse 11 is where the big difference between Christ and Smith occur. Smith adamantly maintained that Christ and God the Father are separate. In fact, according to Mormon belief, Christ is a literal spirit brother to all of us so He definitely is not equal to God and is not One with God.

However, Christ Himself clearly stated twice in this prayer that He and the Father are One. They may be separate physically (Christ has a body whereas God does not) but they are One.

Here, again, Christ contradicts Smith with the claim that the ones He lead had eternal life and were all devoted to Him, except for Judas.writes

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.”

Here is another large contradiction. Smith taught that we all came from God and are His spirit children and thus, are all not of this world. But, Jesus said that only those saved are not of this world because their spirits are secured in Heaven. Mormon belief cannot hold up to verse 14 and 16.

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.”

Once again, according to Mormon belief, we were all sent to the world, so why would Christ say verse 18 if that were true?

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.”

We keep running into this problem, and it is a big one. Christ and God are One and only Christ came from Heaven to be among mankind. Mankind never came from Heaven, or out of a goddess, to the world.

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.”

Here Christ ends His prayer on a powerful point. Christ is the only begotten Son of God, the only one and He was sent to mankind to save them from their sin and unbelief!

When I think of Jesus, He is a mighty, loving, powerful, just, merciful Savior to me! But, when I think of Him through the glasses of Mormonism, I see a human being that boasted much of Himself and yet never fulfilled any of His boasting . . .

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