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JOSEPH SMITH’S CLAIMS EXAMINED

No 1820 Revival; 1st Vision Unreliable

Joseph Smith alleged that because of a revival in 1820 in the vicinity of Palmyra, NY, he went to the woods to pray for guidance as to which church he should join. He claimed that two glowing personages appeared to him and told him to join none of them, as they were all wrong, their creeds an abomination and their professors corrupt.

There is no evidence from the churches of Palmyra that there was a revival in 1820. Baptismal records show that there was a revival 4 years later in 1824, but this destroys the chronology established by Smith as recorded in official church history.

There are also problems with his first vision story:

•     The official version was not recorded until 18 years after the event supposedly occurred. 

•     There is no mention of it in Oliver Cowdery’s history of the Latter Day Saint movement written in 1834 under Smith’s supervision. 

•     In 1828, Smith attempted to join the Methodist church, a direct violation of the command he 

allegedly received from God 8 years earlier.

But most troubling of all, is the fact that early church publications and records document at least 6 distinctly different versions of his first vision. The differing versions contradict each other in regard to SmithÂ’s age, the reason he went to the woods to pray, the number and identity of the personages who appeared to him, and most notably, the message he received.

BOM not Translation

Joseph Smith claimed that he translated the text of the Book of Mormon from gold plates through the Urim and Thummin by the power of the Holy Spirit. The title page of the Book of Mormon published today contains the words “Translated by Joseph Smith.” This is a core belief of his followers.

You will be shocked to learn that the above account did not happen. According to the witnesses present in the room when Joseph Smith was dictating the text of

the Book of Mormon, “Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light.” (quote David Whitmer)

The gold plates were under a cloth or hidden in the woods and were not used directly in the creation process. Other witnesses included Emma Smith, Martin Harris, Oliver

Cowdery, Isaac Hale and Michael Morse (Joseph SmithÂ’s brother in law).

These details do not contradict the statements by the 11 witnesses. The unavoidable conclusion is, the Book of Mormon is not a “translation” within the commonly held meaning of that word.

No BOM Archeology

No person mentioned in the Book of Mormon has ever been identified in the ancient archeology of the Americas. No place mentioned in that book has ever been located geographically.

The language referenced in the Book of Mormon is Reformed Egyptian and no evidence for that language has been found anywhere on the earth. No event mentioned in the Book of Mormon has been confirmed from any objective source.

Many objects mentioned in the Book of Mormon (e.g. steel, coins, wheels, swords, horses, Christian or Hebrew artifacts) have not been confirmed with archeology. Many objects and customs that archeology confirms did exist during that time period (e.g. obsidian, human sacrifice, dogs as food, adobe brick, terrace farming, hieroglyphics, cotton, tobacco) are not mentioned in the Book of Mormon. In contrast, hundreds of archeological findings support the accuracy of the Bible.

Archeologists and researchers who have examined Book of Mormon claims have rejected its validity. Thomas Stuart Ferguson, Dan Vogel, Dee Green, Michael Coe and the Smithsonian Institute have all issued statements denying the historicity of the Book of Mormon.

DNA Refutes BOM

In 1830, Joseph Smith presented the Book of Mormon to the world, declaring it to be the most correct of any book on earth. It has been promoted for the past 174 years by his followers, not only as a scriptural supplement to the Bible, but also as a literal history of the ancestors of the American Indians.

Joseph Smith taught that Native Americans were actually descendants of Jews who had traveled to the Americas in three migrations; the first at the time of the Tower of Babel, the last two, approximately 600 BC

However, recent DNA analysis of American Indians from more than 150 tribes, both ancient and present-day, reveals that Joseph SmithÂ’s claims have no basis in fact. Of the thousands of Native Americans tested, 99.4% were of North East Asian descent, while the remaining 0.6% were of African and European descent.

No DNA evidence supports Joseph SmithÂ’s assertion that American Indians are of Jewish or Hebrew descent.

BOM Text Impossible

The Book of Mormon text contains logical impossibilities. The Book of Mormon’s Old Testament portion (BMOT) quotes heavily from the New Testament of the Bible. There are at least 185 quotations and 2,500 unique vocabulary words from the New Testament in the BMOT such as: “Bible,” “Jesus,” “Christ,” “Christian” and “baptism”.

These New Testament words do not appear in the Old Testament of the Bible but they do appear in the BMOT. It is impossible to quote a text 600 years before it came into existence.

Similarly, circa 550 BC, Nephi quoted four verses from the Book of Malachi over 100 years before they were written, circa 425 BC. Since these verses were not

Smith Convicted

In 1826 at Bainbridge, New York, Joseph Smith was arrested, tried and convicted of the crime of “glass looking,” an occult practice similar to crystal ball gazing. This trial was the direct result of Smith’s attempt to find buried treasure for Josiah Stowell, for a fee, with the use of a seer stone.

For many years, followers of Joseph Smith denied the reports of those present at the trial and accused them of being Smith’s enemies. Court documents including a bill of costs from Justice Albert Neely have now been found that confirm that the trial occurred and that Joseph was convicted of the crime of “glass looking.”

The significance of this conviction is more than the fact that Joseph Smith was convicted of a crime. The described use of the seer stone is eerily similar to the method Joseph Smith actually used in creating the Book of Mormon as described herein.

Smith and Polygamy

On July 12, 1843, in Nauvoo, Illinois, Joseph Smith allegedly received a revelation commanding the practice of polygamy, which he labeled celestial marriage. His diary contains the following entry, “I received the following revelation in the presence of my brother Hyram and Elder William Clayton.”

Excerpts from the revelation read, “…I [the Lord] reveal unto you a new and everlasting covenant and if ye abide not in that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory…If ye abide in my covenant…then shall…[ye] be Gods.”

William Clayton, Smith’s personal secretary, recorded the following, “I did write the revelation on celestial marriage given through the prophet Joseph Smith, on 12th of July, 1843.” Many sworn testimonies given by those living in Nauvoo at the time the revelation was made public, verify the fact that Joseph Smith not only gave this revelation but also practiced polygamy himself.

Two Invalid Priesthoods

The Bible speaks of three priesthoods: the Aaronic, the Melchizedek and the Royal Priesthood of All Believers.

The Aaronic priesthood consisted of priests and a single high priest. It was instituted by God in the Old Testament to be a mediator between God and man, with the high priest offering sacrifices for the sins of the people. This priesthood was made obsolete with the death of Christ on the cross, since he was the last sacrifice for sin and the new mediator between God and man. Neither the Bible nor church history records the existence of the Aaronic priesthood in the New Testament Christian church. Any attempt to “restore” this priesthood shows contempt for Christ’s sacrifice.

The Melchizedek priesthood was unique. The Bible records it being held by only two people, Melchizedek in the Old Testament and Jesus Christ in the New Testament. No evidence exists of any other person holding this priesthood. “Every reference in the Bible to a Melchizedek priesthood is in reference to the specific and unique ministry which Jesus Christ alone fulfills as God’s chosen means of salvation for his people.” (Paul Trask)

The Royal priesthood consists of all born-again believers who make up the body of Christ, with Jesus as their great high priest. He is the only high priest for the Christian church. Because he will never die, his high priest status can never be transferred to another. Any attempt to appropriate ChristÂ’s high priest title or ministry to oneself usurps His unique title and function and constitutes blasphemy. Consequently, Joseph SmithÂ’s priesthood system, which includes multiple high priests, is heretical.

Of the three biblical priesthoods, Joseph Smith included in his church the two that are unavailable to Christians – The Aaronic and the Melchizedek. Tragically, he ignored the only priesthood that is available to Christians, the Royal Priesthood.


Salvation By Works

In over 30 LDS scripture passages Smith altered the requirements for salvation. He said, “ye are justified by faith and works through grace” (Rom. 4:16 Insp. Ver.) and “if ye keep the commandments of God ye shall be saved.” (Mosiah 7:94 BOM)

The Bible says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us.” Titus 3:5. The Bible doctrine of salvation may be summarized as: we are saved from sin and death through faith in the grace of Jesus by his sacrifice for us on the cross -- and that alone.

Churches that remain connected to Joseph Smith do not teach the essentials of the Christian faith. Salvation by works is neither Biblical nor effective. If a church does not teach the Christian doctrine of salvation its members will be confused. They might perceive wrongfully that God has abandoned them. We are never good enough to merit GodÂ’s love and can only obtain GodÂ’s acceptance through JesusÂ’ atonement for our sins, which is the basis for our salvation.
Jesus–Faithful Shepherd

We understand what you may be feeling after reading the facts above. The fear and turmoil you may be experiencing is temporary. As former followers of Joseph Smith we have found Jesus is the only Faithful Shepherd. The broken-hearted can turn to Him for comfort.

It is our prayer that you will know the truth because the truth will set you free. If you are a follower of Joseph Smith who cares about the truth, you will surely be disturbed as you confirm the facts above. You may want to deny the evidence. The allegations here are too serious not to be tested.

If you discover this ad is true, you may feel that you have wasted your life. But you havenÂ’t, if you make sure you follow Jesus, not Joseph. You may be angry with us but we are only telling you the truth.

You may experience pain about the loss of identity and heritage. Jesus will never forsake you. He will send you the Holy Comforter. He will give you new friends. You may feel guilt at your part in the perpetuation of a false system. Fear not -- Jesus can make you new and clean, but you must let the sin cease. In all religious experience, only Jesus is real. If you seek him, you will find him — it will be worth the cost.

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      No 1820 Revival; 1st Vision Unreliable
      Joseph Smith alleged that because of a revival in 1820 in the vicinity of Palmyra, NY, he went to the woods to pray for guidance as to which church he should join. He claimed that two glowing personages appeared to him and told him to join none of them, as they were all wrong, their creeds an abomination and their professors corrupt.
      There is no evidence from the churches of Palmyra that there was a revival in 1820. Baptismal records show that there was a revival 4 years later in 1824, but this destroys the chronology established by Smith as recorded in official church history.
      There are also problems with his first vision story:
      •     The official version was not recorded until 18 years after the event supposedly occurred. 
      •     There is no mention of it in Oliver Cowdery’s history of the Latter Day Saint movement written in 1834 under Smith’s supervision. 
      •     In 1828, Smith attempted to join the Methodist church, a direct violation of the command he 
      allegedly received from God 8 years earlier.
      But most troubling of all, is the fact that early church publications and records document at least 6 distinctly different versions of his first vision. The differing versions contradict each other in regard to Smith’s age, the reason he went to the woods to pray, the number and identity of the personages who appeared to him, and most notably, the message he received.
      BOM not Translation
      Joseph Smith claimed that he translated the text of the Book of Mormon from gold plates through the Urim and Thummin by the power of the Holy Spirit. The title page of the Book of Mormon published today contains the words “Translated by Joseph Smith.” This is a core belief of his followers.
      You will be shocked to learn that the above account did not happen. According to the witnesses present in the room when Joseph Smith was dictating the text of
      the Book of Mormon, “Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light.” (quote David Whitmer)
      The gold plates were under a cloth or hidden in the woods and were not used directly in the creation process. Other witnesses included Emma Smith, Martin Harris, Oliver
      Cowdery, Isaac Hale and Michael Morse (Joseph Smith’s brother in law).
      These details do not contradict the statements by the 11 witnesses. The unavoidable conclusion is, the Book of Mormon is not a “translation” within the commonly held meaning of that word.
      No BOM Archeology
      No person mentioned in the Book of Mormon has ever been identified in the ancient archeology of the Americas. No place mentioned in that book has ever been located geographically.
      The language referenced in the Book of Mormon is Reformed Egyptian and no evidence for that language has been found anywhere on the earth. No event mentioned in the Book of Mormon has been confirmed from any objective source.
      Many objects mentioned in the Book of Mormon (e.g. steel, coins, wheels, swords, horses, Christian or Hebrew artifacts) have not been confirmed with archeology. Many objects and customs that archeology confirms did exist during that time period (e.g. obsidian, human sacrifice, dogs as food, adobe brick, terrace farming, hieroglyphics, cotton, tobacco) are not mentioned in the Book of Mormon. In contrast, hundreds of archeological findings support the accuracy of the Bible.
      Archeologists and researchers who have examined Book of Mormon claims have rejected its validity. Thomas Stuart Ferguson, Dan Vogel, Dee Green, Michael Coe and the Smithsonian Institute have all issued statements denying the historicity of the Book of Mormon.
      DNA Refutes BOM
      In 1830, Joseph Smith presented the Book of Mormon to the world, declaring it to be the most correct of any book on earth. It has been promoted for the past 174 years by his followers, not only as a scriptural supplement to the Bible, but also as a literal history of the ancestors of the American Indians.
      Joseph Smith taught that Native Americans were actually descendants of Jews who had traveled to the Americas in three migrations; the first at the time of the Tower of Babel, the last two, approximately 600 BC
      However, recent DNA analysis of American Indians from more than 150 tribes, both ancient and present-day, reveals that Joseph Smith’s claims have no basis in fact. Of the thousands of Native Americans tested, 99.4% were of North East Asian descent, while the remaining 0.6% were of African and European descent.
      No DNA evidence supports Joseph Smith’s assertion that American Indians are of Jewish or Hebrew descent.
      BOM Text Impossible
      The Book of Mormon text contains logical impossibilities. The Book of Mormon’s Old Testament portion (BMOT) quotes heavily from the New Testament of the Bible. There are at least185 quotations and 2,500 unique vocabulary words from the New Testament in the BMOT such as: “Bible,” “Jesus,” “Christ,” “Christian” and “baptism”.
      These New Testament words do not appear in the Old Testament of the Bible but they do appear in the BMOT. It is impossible to quote a text 600 years before it came into existence.
      Similarly, circa 550 BC, Nephi quoted four verses from the Book of Malachi over 100 years before they were written, circa 425 BC. Since these verses were not
      Of the three biblical priesthoods, Joseph Smith included in his church the two that are unavailable to Christians
      written until after Lehi left Jerusalem, Nephi could not have had access to them. In short, this is a double impossibility of both time and space.
      The Book of Mormon also contains 18 chapters of the book of Isaiah from the 1611 King James Version of the Bible, including most of the italicized words.
      Nephi quotes from that version 2,000 years before it came into existence.
      Smith Convicted
      In 1826 at Bainbridge, New York, Joseph Smith was arrested, tried and convicted of the crime of “glass looking,” an occult practice similar to crystal ball gazing. This trial was the direct result of Smith’s attempt to find buried treasure for Josiah Stowell, for a fee, with the use of a seer stone.
      For many years, followers of Joseph Smith denied the reports of those present at the trial and accused them of being Smith’s enemies. Court documents including a bill of costs from Justice Albert Neely have now been found that confirm that the trial occurred and that Joseph was convicted of the crime of “glass looking.”
      The significance of this conviction is more than the fact that Joseph Smith was convicted of a crime. The described use of the seer stone is eerily similar to the method Joseph Smith actually used in creating the Book of Mormon as described herein.
      Smith and Polygamy
      On July 12, 1843, in Nauvoo, Illinois, Joseph Smith allegedly received a revelation commanding the practice of polygamy, which he labeled celestial marriage. His diary contains the following entry, “I received the following revelation in the presence of my brother Hyram and Elder William Clayton.”
      Excerpts from the revelation read, “…I [the Lord] reveal unto you a new and everlasting covenant and if ye abide not in that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory…If ye abide in my covenant…then shall…[ye] be Gods.”
      William Clayton, Smith’s personal secretary, recorded the following, “I did write the revelation on celestial marriage given through the prophet Joseph Smith, on 12th of July, 1843.” Many sworn testimonies given by those living in Nauvoo at the time the revelation was made public, verify the fact that Joseph Smith not only gave this revelation but also practiced polygamy himself.
      Two Invalid Priesthoods
      The Bible speaks of three priesthoods: the Aaronic, the Melchizedek and the Royal Priesthood of All Believers.
      The Aaronic priesthood consisted of priests and a single high priest. It was instituted by God in the Old Testament to be a mediator between God and man, with the high priest offering sacrifices for the sins of the people. This priesthood was made obsolete with the death of Christ on the cross, since he was the last sacrifice for sin and the new mediator between God
      and man. Neither the Bible nor church history records the existence of the Aaronic priesthood in the New Testament Christian church. Any attempt to “restore” this priesthood shows contempt for Christ’s sacrifice.
      The Melchizedek priesthood was unique. The Bible records it being held by only two people, Melchizedek in the Old Testament and Jesus Christ in the New Testament. No evidence exists of any other person holding this priesthood. “Every reference in the Bible to a Melchizedek priesthood is in reference to the
      specific and unique ministry which Jesus Christ alone fulfills as God’s chosen means of salvation for his people.” (Paul Trask)
      The Royal priesthood consists of all born-again believers who make up the body of Christ, with Jesus as their great high priest. He is the only high priest for the Christian church. Because he will never die, his high priest status can
      never be transferred to another. Any attempt to appropriate Christ’s high priest title or ministry to oneself usurps His unique title and function and constitutes blasphemy. Consequently, Joseph Smith’s priesthood system, which includes multiple high priests, is heretical.
      Of the three biblical priesthoods, Joseph Smith included in his church the two that are unavailable to Christians – The Aaronic and the Melchizedek. Tragically, he ignored the only priesthood that is available to Christians, the Royal Priesthood.
      Salvation By Works
      In over 30 LDS scripture passages Smith altered the requirements for salvation. He said, “ye are justified by faith and works through grace” (Rom. 4:16 Insp. Ver.) and “if ye keep the commandments of God ye shall be saved.” (Mosiah 7:94 BOM)
      The Bible says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us.” Titus 3:5. The Bible doctrine of salvation may be summarized as: we are saved from sin and death through faith in the grace of Jesus by his sacrifice for us on the cross -- and that alone.
      Churches that remain connected to Joseph Smith do not teach the essentials of the Christian faith. Salvation by works is neither Biblical nor effective. If a church does not teach the Christian doctrine of salvation its members will be confused. They might perceive wrongfully that God has abandoned them. We are never good enough to merit God’s love and can only obtain God’s acceptance through Jesus’ atonement for our sins, which is the basis for our salvation.
      Jesus–Faithful Shepherd
      We understand what you may be feeling after reading the facts above. The fear and turmoil you may be experiencing is temporary. As former followers of Joseph Smith we have found Jesus is the only Faithful Shepherd. The broken-hearted can turn to Him for comfort.
      It is our prayer that you will know the truth because the truth will set you free. If you are a follower of Joseph Smith who cares about the truth, you will surely be disturbed as you confirm the facts above. You may want to deny the evidence. The allegations here are too serious not to be tested.
      If you discover this ad is true, you may feel that you have wasted your life. But you haven’t, if you make sure you follow Jesus, not Joseph. You may be angry with us but we are only telling you the truth.
      You may experience pain about the loss of identity and heritage. Jesus will never forsake you. He will send you the Holy Comforter. He will give you new friends. You may feel guilt at your part in the perpetuation of a false system. Fear not -- Jesus can make you new and clean, but you must let the sin cease. In all religious experience, only Jesus is real. If you seek him, you will find him — it will be worth the cost.
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      The Book of Mormon predicts that the Lamanites (American Indians) would soon change to white skin colour.
      “Many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a white and delightsome people.” 2 Nephi 30:6.
      Dark skinned Mormon Indians have never become lightened due to their holding Mormon doctrines. Indian murals show Indians of 4 skin colours, all living peaceably.
      Question: If the light skinned Nephites were wiped out in 421 AD as the Book of Mormon claims, why are both light and dark skinned Indians portrayed in later wall paintings at Bonampak and Chichen-Itza?
      The Book of Mormon is wrong on Indian warfare.
      It is mostly a book of wars, oppression, slavery, treachery and bloodshed. The writer has an obsession with warfare and killing, with killings starting from Chapter 4. Weapons used from 544 BC to 52 BC (p107-359) are listed as bows and arrows, steel swords, axes, brass and copper breastplates, shields, horses and chariots, and cimiters.
      Question: What is wrong with this picture? Almost everything.
      The author knew almost nothing about early American life, lack of warfare, and politics. Early Americans from 600 BC to 421 AD had very little interest in war, and had no occasion for war because:
      a) They spent most of their time farming.
      b) They had no great cities of great population as are mentioned in the Book of Mormon.
      c) Mongoloids have a different philosophy of life and war than Europeans and Semites.
      d) Early Americans knew nothing of iron and steel for swords, until the Spaniards came.
      e) Breastplates of brass and copper were unknown then.
      f) Cimeters were curved swords used by Persians, Arabs and Turks, only appearing 1000 years later (1400 AD).
      g) Arm shields and axes of metal were not yet invented in America.
      h) The earliest metals in America were gold beads dated 600 AD. Copper, bronze, and silver came much later, when smelting was invented.
      i) Horses and chariots were not used in America before the Spanish conquest.
      j) The wheel was never used in America before the Europeans came. Roads were pedestrian roads approaching the temples, and were not built in the Book of Mormon period
      k) The sinewed bow and arrow of the American Indians came 600 years later, after 421 AD. They instead used an atlatl, or throwing stick.
      l) Wars of conquest were unknown because the gaining of new territory for occupation was unnecessary, as there was plenty of room for all Indians.
      The Book of Mormon forgets that glass windows were not invented in 2200 BC at the Tower of Babel.
      (The first glass vessels were invented around 1500BC in Egypt. The
      first window glass was invented around 50AD. World Book Encyclopedia.
      Jared and others supposedly migrate from Mesopotamia to America when the Tower of Babel was built. For light in their boats, God was supposed to have given them luminous stones.
      “For, behold, ye cannot have windows, for they will be dashed in pieces.” Ether 2:23.
      Smith did not know that the Phoenicians had not yet invented glass.
      Amazingly, 50-80 people sailed for 344 days, without any loss of life, or running short of food.
      Darkness covered the whole earth at Christ’s crucifixion for 3 hours (Matthew 27:45 and Mark 15:33), but the Book of Mormon mistakes it to be 3 days (Helamen 14:20,27).
      Many earthquakes with great destruction and loss of life supposedly accompanied Christ’s death, to show God’s displeasure. Mormons claim that this took place in Yucatan in Mexico.
      This is an area of flat jungle on limestone, which has been free from earthquakes. Ruins here date from 150 AD or later, not before. What is wrong with this passage?
      a) Jesus rebuked James and John for wanting to call down fire from heaven to destroy the scoffing Samaritans.
      b) The inhabitants of America were no greater sinners than the chief priests who demanded Christ’s death. Christ did not curse them, but prayed for their forgiveness.
      c) Calvary was an act of mercy, not of destruction. No one died in the Jerusalem earthquake, nor when the temple veil was torn. So why should many people die in America who were not responsible for Christ’s death? 3 Nephi 8:1-24.
      d) Christ came to save men’s lives, not destroy them. Smith never understood God’s mercy and grace to man at Calvary.

      How can Helaman 12:26, supposedly written in 6 BC, quote John 5:29 which was not yet written until 85 AD? You cannot quote something that is not yet written.
      “fulfilling the words which say: They that have done good shall receive everlasting life; and they that have done evil shall have everlasting damnation.” Helaman 12:26 in 6 BC.
      It is obvious that this is a great mistake, proving the Book of Mormon to be a fake, made up by someone who did not know his facts, and who was given to lying. John 5:29 quotes: “And shall come forth: they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that
      have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
      QUESTION:: Does this verse teach salvation by good works?
      Answer: No, because John’s theology forbids this (3:17-21; 6:28,29). It states that those who are truly born again will live a life of good works after salvation. They obey Christ (14:15), they abide in Christ (15:5-7), and they walk in the light (John 8:12). Damnation is
      because of rejecting Christ (John 3:36).
      Of the 38 cities in the Book of Mormon, leading archaeologists have not found any remains of any of these alleged cities.
      The Smithsonian Institute in Washington states:
      “There is no correspondence whatever between archaeological sites and cultures as revealed by scientific investigations, and as recorded in the Book of Mormon... Thus far no iron, steel, brass, gold and silver coins, metal, swords, breastplates, arm shields,
      armour, horses and chariots, or silk have ever been found in pre-colonial archaeological sites.” Kingdom of the Cults, W. Martin, p.162.
      The testimony of the 3 witnesses which appears at the front of the Book of Mormon (Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris)
      ... declares that: “an angel of God came down from heaven, and he brought and laid before our eyes, that we beheld and saw the plates, and the engraving thereon...” Martin Harris denied to Professor Anthon that he had actually seen the plates, but that he only saw them “with the eye of faith.”
      Note: All three of these witnesses later apostasized from the Mormon faith, and were described by Mormon contemporaries as thieves and counterfeiters.
      Joseph Smith lied to try and prove the book of mormon
      Joseph Smith, in an effort to prove the Book of Mormon, claimed in the “Pearl of Great Price” Section 2, verses 62, 63, 64, that Professor Charles Anthon verified the “reformed Egyptian language.” 
      Smith allegedly quotes Professor Anthon as follows:
      “Professor Anthon stated that the translation was correct, more so than any he had before seen translated from the Egyptian. I then showed him those which were not yet translated, and he said that they were Egyptian, Chaldaic, Assyriac and Arabic and he said that they were true characters”.
      This later proved to be a TOTAL LIE, as Professor Anthon wrote in a letter to E.D. Howe, that he NEVER SAID ANY SUCH THING.
      Mormons have NEVER been able to refute this letter or ANY of
      Howe’s research. An excerpt from Professor Anthon’s letter of rebuttal is as follows:
      New York, N.Y., Feb. 17, 1834
      Mr E.D. Howe
      Painseville, Ohio
      Dear Sir,
      ... The whole story about my having pronounced the Mormonite inscription to be “reformed Egyptian hieroglyphics” is perfectly false...
      Yours respectfully,
      Charles Anthon, LL.D. Columbia University.
      All reputable linguists who have examined the Mormon evidence have rejected it as mythical.

      Mormon misunderstanding of the Sticks of Joseph and Judah in Ezekiel 37:15-23.
      Mormons claim that the “stick of Judah” refers to the Bible, and the “stick of Ephraim” refers to the Book of Mormon. They claim that the joining of the 2 sticks refers to the union of the Bible and the Book of Mormon as an addition to the Word of God.
      Answer: The subject under discussion is not books, but people and nations. It refers to the then divided nation of Israel (587 BC) of the northern and southern kingdoms becoming reunited as one nation in the land, just before and after Christ’s second coming.
      “These bones are the whole house of Israel”. Ezekiel 37:11.
      The 2 sticks becoming one stick in Ezekiel’s hand represent Judah (2 1/2 tribes) and Israel (9 1/2 tribes) being united in the end days.
      “I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, ... and bring them into their own land: I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel,.....they shall be no more 2 nations”. Ezekiel 37:21,22.  The Mormon view totally ignores the context, hoping no one will read the passage too carefully.
      There are no rivers emptying into the Red Sea.
      “... When he had travelled three days in the wilderness, he pitched his tent in a valley by the side of a river of water.... He called the name of the river Laman, and it emptied into the Red Sea; and the valley was in the border near the mouth thereof.” I Nephi 2:4-9.
      a) It would have been impossible for an old man (Lehi), women and children to travel the 175 mile journey from Jerusalem to the Red Sea in 3 days.
      Question: Could you walk 58 miles per day for 3 days? Travelling 3 miles per hour, you would need to travel for 20 hours each day non-stop for 3 days. This would have been quite impossible.
      b) There are no rivers running into the Red Sea along their route, the eastern shore of the Gulf of Aqaba, at this or any other point. There are not even any traceable ancient river systems in this part of Arabia. This part of the world was well known and well travelled in
      600 BC. Had there been a river as Nephi describes, the area would have been one of the best known in the world of its day. It would have supported a sizeably populated civilization, as always happened where fresh water was available. The mouth of such a
      river would have been a world-renowned port, if not a capital city, in 600 BC.
      c) These 6 people then cross 1400 miles of the Arabian peninsula, 400 miles being rugged mountains and 1000 miles of desert.
      d) They find a bountiful, fruitful land on the Persian Gulf. Alexander’s troops in 330 BC avoided this as desert area.
      e) They then build a ship sufficiently seaworthy to carry them two-thirds around the world in rough seas to the west coast of America, now known as Peru.
      American Indians are Mongoloids from East Asia, not Semites from Jerusalem as the Book of Mormon claims.
      For 200 years before 1820, many philosophers thought that the American Indians were the lost tribes of Israel. The dark skin of the Indians is not caused by their bad morals, as the Book of Mormon claims, but by genetics. American Indians are Mongoloid, not Jewish, because:
      a) Mongoloids lack face and body hair, (growing at most 3 inches of beard in a lifetime), but Jews have much face and body hair.
      b) Mongoloid hair is coarse, black & straight, but Jewish Semite hair is moderately fine, wavy and brown.
      c) Mongoloids have reddish skin pigmentation, but Jewish Semites have an olive-gray pigmentation.
      d) Mongoloids have prominent cheek bones, not like Semites.
      e) Mongoloids appear slant-eyed, but Semites have deep seated eyes.
      f) Mongoloid babies have a Mongolian spot on their backs. This is a slate-blue round pigment spot that disappears after a few months or years. It is not present on the backs of Jewish or Semite babies.
      Hence American Indians could not descend from Jews. Mormons must defend their prophet even if they have to close their eyes to do so.

      No coinage system was ever developed in ancient America.
      If the alleged ‘Nephites’ were descended from Jews raised in Jerusalem, their coinage and money values would have survived to the New World. Hence Joseph Smith created a system of coinage for people of the Book of Mormon in America. It seems strange that
      Smith did not continue using Jewish shekels and talents, but that he devised coins such as senines, seons, shums and limnals of gold.
      Unfortunately for Smith, while his guess was logical, it was completely wrong. No system of coinage was ever developed by ancient Americans.
      The Mayans who traded had:
      a) No money transactions in their records.
      b) Their coins would have been discovered in their graves and homes.
      c) No coins were found in sacred wells, where so many valuable ornaments and jewels were thrown as offerings to their gods.
      d) All the known Mayan media of exchange have been identified, both of their own land, and also along the ancient trade routes of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Sea, but never have they found metallic money.
      e) Columbus was told by a Mayan chieftain in 1502 that all transactions were by barter.
      f) Interregional markets were found at Xicalenco, a market town between Aztec and Mayan populations, where Aztec, Mayan, Toltec, Mixtec and Totocan peoples met. Surely if there had been a coined money system it would have been found here.
      g) Cacao beans came closest to a standardised medium of exchange for uneven barter.
      h) Taxation had no metal coinage, but was a work service.

      Question: Why did they have no coinage?
      Answer: Because they had no metal until gold was discovered after 600 AD. Gold was used only for ornamentation. Silver was discovered around 900 AD.
      There never was an iron age in America before Columbus. In spite of this, Joseph Smith had his ancient Nephites and Lamanites using iron and steel swords. Iron was the scarcest and most valuable metal. Gold was the most plentiful and cheapest metal.

      Silk and fine linen have never been successfully grown in America.
      Joseph Smith has Alma, a judge of the Nephites in 100 BC, stating that his people possessed “an abundance of silk and fine twined linen, and all manner of good homely cloth.” Alma 1:29.
      Smith was wrong here because:
      a) Silk was unknown in the Americas until the Europeans came, and that it has never been successfully introduced since then.
      b) Cortez tried to grow silk in Mexico in 1522, but the industry died out 75 years later. Encyclopaedia Brittanica, 1959 ed. XX, 664.
      c) James I of England in 1609 tried to introduce silk culture in the American colonies, but failed.
      d) Silk still has to be imported to the US from the Orient.
      e) In Alma 17:25-33, Ammon protects King Lamoni’s flocks from attackers. This is wrong because there were no domestic sheep in America before the Spanish came (Morley, The Ancient Maya, p.408). Central America and southern Mexico never have been
      suitable for raising sheep. Sheep could not thrive in jungle country.
      Indians wore fabric of rabbit hair, birds’ feathers &Kapok tree. Joseph Smith’s failure to mention these, and his mention of materials totally unknown in any early American period, proves that the Book of Mormon was written by a completely uninformed scribe who knew
      nothing of life in Ancient America.

      Impossibility of churches, temples and synagogues in America from 539 BC-34AD
      a) The Book of Mormon mentions “synagogues” at least 12 times. Alma 16:13 speaks of synagogues “built after the manner of the Jews”. They date synagogues from 559 BC to 34 AD. Nephi and his successors in America could have known nothing of synagogues.
      Why?
      Because synagogues were founded after the Temple’s destruction in 586 BC, when Temple worship was an impossibility because Jews were in Babylonian exile. Nephi would never have seen a synagogue in Israel.
      b) II Nephi 5:16 tells us that Nephi built a temple “after the manner of the temple of Solomon”, not more than 20 years after the migrant party landed in America between 588-570 BC. What is wrong with this?
      i) They didn’t have enough workers. In I Kings 5:13-18 Solomon needed 183,300 workers (made up of 70,000 labourers + 80,000 stone quarriers, 3300 supervisors + 30,000 loggers) over 7 1/2 years, to build his temple. Yet Nephi had only about 12 adults, because half the company had apostasized. Five couples could not produce more than 50 children in 20 years. It would have been impossible for Nephi, with 5 men’s help, to construct a building requiring many specialised skills.
      ii) There could be no practical use for it, because the population was so small (about 20). Solomon’s temple served a nation of several million worshippers.
      iii) II Nephi 5:15 says that materials “were in great abundance”.
      This contradicts v.16 which says that the materials were ‘not to be found upon the land’.
      “And I, Nephi, did build a temple; ... after the manner of the temple of Solomon, save it were not built of so many precious things; for they were not to be found upon the land...” v.16.
      Here Joseph Smith tripped badly, because he has Nephi saying in the previous verse: “And I did teach my people to build buildings, and to work in all manner of wood, and of iron, and of copper, and of brass, and of steel, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious ores
      which were in great abundance.” II Nephi 5:15.
      Note: At this same time Smith has Nephi making swords of steel, long before the invention of steel anywhere in the world, to arm his soldiers against about 40 of his brother brother’s people.
       
    • By Jesus.defender
      Does the book of mormon compliment the Bible, or contradict it?

      The Bible says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1). However, the Book of Mormon reads: “And behold, he shall be born of Mary at Jerusalem” (Alma 7:10). The writer of the Book of Mormon simply did not have his facts straight. The common Mormon explanation for this is that since Jerusalem was so close to Bethlehem, it could be said he was born there. However, in the Bible,
      prophets of God did not make it a practice of just being “close” in their predictions. God would not have made such a mistake.
      The Bible relates that at the crucifixion there were three hours of darkness (Luke 23:44). However, the Book of Mormon states there was darkness “for the space of three days” (Helaman 14:20,27). Of course, this is a big difference. Which one is true? Can God be responsible for conflicting statements such as these?
      The Book of Mormon relates that at the tower of Babel the Jaredites had their separate language (Esther 1:34-35). The Bible, however, plainly states that “the whole earth was of one language” (Genesis 11:1). Apparently, the writer of the Book of Mormon mistakenly thought there were many different languages and that God confounded them while sparing the language of the Jaredites. The
      fact is, there was only one language and God confounded the people by creating different languages.
      3 Nephi 11:8-10 claims that after Jesus ascended to heaven, He appeared in America to the Lamanites and Nephites in A.D. 34. However, this clearly contradicts the Bible. Of the ascension of Christ to heaven God said, “Sit thou on my right hand until I make thy foes thy footstools” (Acts 2:34-35).
      How long was He to be in heaven at God’s right hand? “For he must reign, until he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:25-26). Furthermore, in referring to the ascension, the Bible speaks of Christ as He “whom the heavens must receive until the restitution of all things” (Acts 3:21). Christ did not come to America—because He has been in heaven since His ascension.
      In the Bible, the name “Jesus” was announced first by an angel (to Mary; Luke 1:31). This was in 1 B.C. However, Alma 19:29, dated in the Book of Mormon at 90 B.C., has a woman speaking to the Lord and calling him “Jesus.” Which account is accurate?
      The Bible teaches that the church was established on the Day of Pentecost following the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2), which would have been approximately A.D. 33. However, Mosiah 18:17, dated at 145 B.C., has the church already in existence. This represents quite a discrepancy, to say the least. Obviously, both cannot be correct. [NOTE: This same reference from Mosiah also mentions “baptism” as the means of being added to the church. However, according to the Bible the baptism taught by Christ did not begin until New Testament times (Matthew 28: 19).]
      The Bible clearly reveals that the disciples of Christ “were called Christians first in Antioch” (Acts 11:26). This was approximately A.D. 40. However, Alma 46:13,15, dated at 73 B.C., has people already wearing the name “Christian”—which represents a difference of over 100 years. Which account are people to believe?
      The Book of Mormon teaches that “Melchizedek...did reign under his father” (Alma 13:18). Yet the Bible reveals that Melchizedek was a priest under no one. His priesthood typified the priesthood of Christ, and therefore was unique. In contrast to the Book of Mormon, the Bible states that Melchizedek
      was “without father, without mother, without descent”—emphasizing that he did not inherit his priesthood (Hebrews 7:3). The writer of the Book of Mormon did not know his Bible very well.
      Ether 3:8-9 speaks of God having “flesh and blood.” Yet the Bible states clearly that God is a “spirit,” and thus does not possess a material body (John 4:24). In Doctrine and Covenants, another allegedly inspired writing of the Mormon church, Joseph Smith wrote: “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s” (section 130:22). The Bible and the Book of Mormon both
      cannot be correct on this point.
      Mosiah 2:3 states: “And they also took of the firstlings of their flocks, that they might offer sacrifice and burnt offerings, according to the law of Moses.” This represents a blatant contradiction with the Bible, because the firstlings of the flocks were to be reserved for the Lord and given to the priests. They were never used for sacrifice (see Exodus 13:2,12; 22:29-30; Numbers 3:13; 18:15-18; 2 Samuel
      24:24).
      3 Nephi 18:28-29 speaks of those who are “unworthy” to partake of the communion, and suggests that such people should be forbidden to partake. This is an obvious reference to Paul’s discussion in 1 Corinthians 11:27-29 (in fact, the Book of Mormon has a footnote to that effect). The application made here, however, shows that the writer of the Book of Mormon did not understand what Paul was saying, and as a result ended up with a serious misinterpretation. Paul was not discussing man’s personal worthiness, or lack thereof. Rather, he was discussing the manner in which the communion was being partaken. The context makes this clear. The word “unworthily” is an adverb of manner, and points to the way or manner in which a thing is done. The church at Corinth was abusing the
      communion in the manner they were observing it by turning it into a common meal. The American Standard Version evokes the correct idea by employing the phrase, “in an unworthy manner.” By misinterpreting the word “unworthy,” the writer unknowingly demonstrated that his work was manmade.
      It makes sense that if the translator of the Book of Mormon was guided by God, the volume would not contain such conspicuous contradictions with the Bible. Modern Mormon leaders claim that in the translation process, all mistakes were corrected as they were detected. This implies, then, that God somehow
      must have failed to detect these mistakes—a position that impugns the nature and integrity of God.
    • By Jesus.defender
      Changes in the Book of Mormon, the most correctED book in the world!
      1 Nephi
      1830: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of God.
      Now: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son God. 11:18
      1830: Behold, the Lamb of God, yea, even the Eternal Father! 
      Now: Behold, the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! 11:21
      1830: yea, the everlasting God was judged of the world 
      Now: yea, the Son of the everlasting God was judged of the world 11:32
      1830: and Jesus Christ, which is the Lamb of God 
      Now: and the Messiah, which is the Lamb of God 12:18
      (This was changed to avoid contradicting 2 Nephi 10:3, which first reveals to Nephi the name of Christ.)
      1830: ...the Lamb of God is the Eternal Father... 
      Now: ...the Lamb of God is the son of the Eternal Father... 13:40
      1830: ...and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the Lord... 
      Now: ...are come forth out of the waters of Judah, or out of the waters of baptism, who swear by the name of the Lord...20:1
      2 Nephi
      First appearance of the word "Christ" in the modern BoM. "Christ" appeared earlier (1 Nephi 12:18) in the 1 830 edition, but was changed to "Messiah" to avoid contradicting this verse. 10:3
      1830: seraphims 
      Now: seraphim 
      The 1830 edition copied the KJV error in the plural of seraph. 16:2, 6
      1830: Wo me! 
      Now: Wo is unto me! 16:5 
      The omitted italicized word "is" was later corrected.
      1830: Here I; send me. 
      Now: Here I am; send me. 16:8 
      The omitted italicized word "am" was later corrected.
      1830: ...they shall be a white and delightsome people... 
      Now: ...they shall be a pure and delightsome people.... 30:6 
      "White" was changed to "delightsome" to try to soften the obvious racism of this prophecy.
      Mosiah
      1830 version: "...that king Benjamin had a gift from God..." 
      Now: "...that king Mosiah had a gift from God..." 21:28
      Since King Benjamin was dead at the time, this change was needed to avoid the obvious error.
      Alma
      1830: ... the Son of the only begotten of the Father ... 
      Now: ... the only begotten of the Father ... 5:48
      1830: cherubims (as in the King James Version) 
      Now: cherubim 12:21 (Cheribims is the incorrect plural of cherub.)
      On page 546 of the first edition of the Book of Mormon we read as follows:
      "... for this cause did king Benjamin keep them ... "
      In the 1964 edition, Ether 4:1, we read:
      "... for this cause did king Mosiah keep them ... "
      A change has been made in the First Book of Nephi, evidently in an attempt to strengthen the Mormon claim that baptism was practiced by the people in the Old Testament. This verse is taken from Isaiah 48, and appears as follows in the 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon:
      "Hearken and hear this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the Lord ... " (Book of Mormon, 1830 edition, page 52)
      In modern editions it reads as follows:
      "Hearken and hear this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, or out of the waters of baptism, who swear by the name of the Lord ... " (Book of Mormon, 1964 edition, 1 Nephi 20:1)
      It is interesting to note that even the signed statement by the eight witnesses to the Book of Mormon has been altered. In the 1830 edition (last page) it read:
      "... that Joseph Smith, Jr. the Author and Proprietor of this work, has shewn unto us the plates ... "
      In the 1964 edition it reads:
      "... That Joseph Smith, Jun., the Translator of this work, has shown unto us the plates ... "
      In the first edition, page 87, this statement appears:
      "... the mean man boweth down ..."
      In the 1964 edition (2 Nephi 12:9) this has been changed to read:
      "... the mean man boweth not down ... "
      In the first edition, page 303, this statement is made concerning God:
      "... yea, I know that he allotteth unto men, yea, decreeth unto them decrees which are unalterable, according to their wills ... "
      In the 1964 reprint (Alma 29:4) eight words have been deleted:
      "... yea, I know that he allotteth unto men according to their wills ..."
      In 1981 this was changed back to the original wording.
      In the first edition, page 328, the following appears:
      "... yea, and that ye preserve these directors ... And now my son, these directors were prepared, that the word of God might be fulfilled ..."
      This has been changed to read as follows in the 1964 edition (Alma 37:21, 24):
      "yea, and that ye preserve these interpreters… And now my son, these interpreters were prepared that the word of God might be fulfilled… "
      n the first edition of the Book of Mormon, page 31, the following appears:
      "…neither will the Lord God suffer that the Gentiles shall forever remain in that state of awful woundedness…"
      In the 1964 edition (1 Nephi 13:32) this has been changed to read:
      "Neither will the Lord God suffer that the Gentiles shall forever remain in that awful state of blindness…"
      On page 214 of the first edition this statement appears:
      "My soul was wrecked with eternal torment ..."
      In the 1964 edition (Mosiah 27:29) this has been changed to read:
      "My soul was racked with eternal torment ..."
      On page 379 of the first edition this statement appears:
      "Now the Nephites were guarded in the city of Gid; therefore Moroni caused that Laman and a small number of men which was appointed to go with him."
      This sentence is incomplete in the first edition; however, in the 1964 edition (Alma 55:7) it was changed to read as follows:
      "Now the Nephites were guarded in the city of Gid; therefore Moroni appointed Laman and caused that a small number of men should go with him."
      On page 351 of the first edition we read:
      "And when Moroni had said these words, he went forth among the people, waving the rent of his garment in the air, that all might see the writing which he had wrote upon the rent, and crying with a loud voice ..."
      In the 1964 edition (Alma 46:19) this has been changed to read as follows:
      "And when Moroni had said these words, he went forth among the people, waving the rent part of his garment in the air, that all might see the writing which he had written upon the rent part, crying with a loud voice ..."
      On page 353 of the first edition this statement appeared:
      "... the cause of diseases which was subsequent to man, by the nature of the climate."
      In the 1964 reprint (Alma 46:40) this has been changed to read:
      "... the cause of diseases, to which men were subject, by the nature of the climate—"
      On page 382 of the first edition this statement appears:
      "... for behold, his army had been reduced by the Lamanites because of the numerority of their forces having slain a vast number of our men ..."
      In the 1964 reprint (Alma 56:10) this was changed to read:
      "... for behold, his army had been reduced by the Lamanites because their forces had slain a vast number of our men ...."
      On page 342 of the first edition we find the following:
      "... took the remainder part of his army and marched ..."
      In the 1964 reprint (Alma 43:25) this has been changed to read:
      "... took the remaining part of his army and marched ..."
      On page 501 of the first edition this statement appears:
      "... for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more."
      In the 1964 reprint (3 Nephi 22:4) nine words have been added:
      "... for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more."
      On page 305 of the first edition we find the following:
      "But behold, it is the effects of a phrensied mind ... "
      In the 1964 reprint (Alma 30:16) this has been changed to read:
      "But behold, it is the effect of a frenzied mind ... "
      On page 236 of the first edition the following statement appeared:
      "... I know that Jesus Christ shall come; yea the Son of the only begotten of the Father ..."
      In the 1964 reprint (Alma 5:48) the word of has been deleted:
      "... I know that Jesus Christ shall come, yea, the Son, the Only begotten of the Father ... "
      On page 555 of the first edition this statement appears:
      "... his sons and to his daughters, which were not, or which did not seek his destruction."
      In the 1964 edition (Ether 9:2) this has been changed to read:
      "... his sons and to his daughters who did not seek his destruction."
      On page 538 of the first edition this statement appeared:
      "... and also that none other people knoweth our language; and because that none other people knoweth our language, therefore he hath prepared means for the interpretation thereof."
      In the 1964 reprint (Mormon 9:34) nine words have been deleted:
      "... and also that none other people knoweth our language; therefore he hath prepared means for the interpretation thereof."
      On page 203 of the first edition we find the following:
      "... none were consecrated except it were just men."
      In the 1964 reprint (Mosiah 23:17) this has been changed to read:
      "... none were consecrated except they were just men."
      On page 475 of the first edition the following appears:
      "... because they testified particular concerning us, which is the remnant of their seed... . And those things which testifies of us, are they not written ..."
      In the 1964 reprint (3 Nephi 11:16, 17) this has been changed to read:
      "... because they testified particularly concerning us, who are the remnant of their seed.... And these things which testify of us, are they not written..."
      On page 541 of the first edition we find the following:
      "... and not continue in your iniquities until the fulness be come ..."
      In the 1964 reprint (Ether 2:11) this has been changed to read:
      "... and not continue in your iniquities until the fulness come ..."
      On page 233 of the first edition we find this statement:
      "... he awaked them out of a deep sleep ..."
      In the 1964 edition (Alma 5:7) this has been changed to read:
      "... he awakened them out of a deep sleep ..."
      On page 272 of the first edition we find the following:
      "... and thus we will reserve the flocks unto the king ..."
      In the 1964 edition (Alma 17:31) this has been changed to read:
      "... and thus we will preserve the flocks unto the king ..."
      On page 272 of the first edition this statement appears:
      "... and they were not in number a very few ..."
      In the 1964 edition (Alma 17:34) this has been changed to read:
      "... and they were in number not a few."
      On page 277 of the first edition we find the following:
      "... and the light of everlasting light was lit up in his soul ..."
      In the 1964 reprint (Alma 19:6) this has been changed to read:
      "... and that the light of everlasting life was lit up in his soul ..."
      On page 406 of the first edition this statement appears:
      "... they were drowned up in the depths of the sea."
      In the 1964 edition (Alma 63:8) this has been changed to read:
      "... they were drowned in the depths of the sea."
      On page 382 of the first edition we read as follows:
      "... therefore it supposeth me that I tell you ..."
      In the 1964 edition (Alma 56:5) this has been changed to read:
      "Therefore it sufficeth me that I tell you ..."
    • By admin
      Mormon fundamentalist leader Warren Jeffs is in jail for marrying young girls. However, a DOJ investigation has revealed much deeper corruption in his community. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian hosts of The Young Turks discuss.

      “Former FLDS leader Warren Jeffs is in jail for taking two young girls as spiritual brides—and the sordid practice has continued after his arrest, according to local police.

      When the Water Canyon School reopened in 2014, it was the first time in 13 years that students in Hildale, Utah, could attend a public school. The closure hadn’t been for lack of children in the town, though.

      Hildale is one-half of a religious community once known as Short Creek, which now numbers around 7,500 and spans the Utah-Arizona border. It’s the nerve center of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), a breakaway Mormon sect whose polygamous, patriarchal practices have often landed it in hot water with the law.”
    • By admin
      "In the small but cohesive Mormon community where he grew up, Hans Mattsson was a solid believer and a pillar of the church. He followed his father and grandfather into church leadership and finally became an "area authority" overseeing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout Europe.

      When fellow believers in Sweden first began coming to him with information from the Internet that contradicted the church's history and teachings, he dismissed it as "anti-Mormon propaganda," the whisperings of Lucifer."*
    • Guest Kurt
      By Guest Kurt
      This information was compiled from reports on an LDS website. It is not all in one location to link to. It is spread out throughout the website. It is taken from each country "report". 

      Best Missionary Literature Printing and Distribution Program: Jehovah's Witnesses 
      The Jehovah's Witnesses distribute over 5,000 tons (10 million pounds) of religious literature in Russia alone each year! In contrast, the average LDS missionary worldwide distributes only one copy of the Book of Mormon every five days. Even the best and most spiritually prepared individuals can't accept a message unless they have an opportunity to hear it! In light of these facts, it can hardly come as a surprise that there are over 120,000 active Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia and similar numbers in Ukraine and Poland, compared to only about 4,000 active Latter-day Saints (out of 12,000 'on the rolls') in Russia, 2,500 active (out of 8,000 'on the rolls') in Ukraine, and 250 active out of 1100 'on the rolls' in Poland. Nor can it come as a surprise that there are over 13,000 active Witnesses in Kazakhstan and over 10,000 in Georgia, compared to only a handful of LDS members in both countries. 
      A comparison of statistics in many other Eastern European and Asian nations is similar (Slovakia-- 12,000 JWs to about 40 active LDS, Romania -- 30,000 JWs to under 500active LDS, et cetera.) Why are the Witnesses growing so rapidly in these countries with very few foreign missionaries, while Latter-day Saints are experiencing very slow growth in spite of a large contingent of full-time foreign missionaries? It isn't that JW commitments are easier - meeting schedules are comparable and JW members actually have to be attending church for much longer before they can be baptized. The answer lies in the Jehovah's Witnesses strategic planning and literature distribution to reach every soul and sound their message in every ear, often many times over. 
      The Apostle Paul asked, 'How will they believe in him of whom they have not heard?' Good question. And, judging by the statistics above, there are far, far more people who are having the opportunity to hear the Jehovah's Witness message, than the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. It isn't that people are hard-hearted - it's that they aren't having enough exposures and opportunities to receive the Restored Gospel. 
      Best Member-Missionary Program Jehovah's Witnesses 
      Of the more than six million active Jehovah's Witnesses, almost all spend a minimum of ten hours a month sharing their faith with others, and 850,000 - almost 15% - spend fifty or more hours a month. According to George Barna's study of religious practices by denomination published on July 9, 2001, only 26% of U.S.. Latter-day Saints make any attempt at all to share their faith with non-members over the course of an entire year. So Latter-day Saints aren't even in the running. 
      Best Proselyting Magazine Jehovah's Witnesses - Watchtower and Awake! 
      This one isn't even a close. The hands-down winner is the Jehovah's Witness organization for Watchtower and Awake! Watchtower has an average circulation of over 22 million -- the largest circulation of any religious magazine, while Awake! follows behind at 19 million. No other religious magazines even approach this distribution. The Watchtower is translated into 144 languages for simultaneous release, and so it escapes the English-language cultural stigma of many other religious magazines that are translated into other languages weeks or months after the English version.
      If you pick up a copy of Awake! or the Watchtower, you'll quickly see why these magazines are so successful. Many religious magazines are directed primarily to existing members and use vocabulary and references that are not understandable to non-members who aren't 'in the know.' Not so with the Watchtower and Awake! Thumbing through one of the numerous of copies of Awake! in front of me, I see well-written articles on Louis Braille's invention of the Braille script, the volcanic creation of the Santorini Island, Chagas ' disease, Olympic facts, the life cycle of Beavers, a recent earthquake in Taiwan, Jehovah's Witnesses service projects, and much more - all masterfully tied into Bible themes. One Jehovah's Witness friend of mine mentioned not long ago that he had never completed college, but that he felt that he had learned many college-level items by reading Awake! over the course of his life. 
      The Watchtower contains more life-application type articles related to Biblical doctrines. While the articles definitely carry the Jehovah's Witness' theological slant, they are also full of interesting and relevant facts that one would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. The authors have definitely done their homework, although I do not agree with many points of their theology. 
      The Jehovah's Witnesses do a wonderful job of making their publications engaging and relevant to both Witnesses and non-witnesses alike. Also, many religious magazines today are permeated with flowery blandishments with little substance. Some denominations filter religious media to present a glowing 
      media image, while failing to confront or acknowledge significant real-world challenges. Inspirational stories of individuals --however moving -- get old after a while without more real-world content, and besides-- many types of inspirational stories are claimed by all denominations, and prove nothing. 
      The Jehovah's Witnesses are pragmatic enough to acknowledge that living Christian ideals in the real world doesn't always make for neatly-packaged fairy-tale stories. No one could ever accuse Watchtower or Awake! of fostering complacency -- to the contrary, they generate a sense of awareness that I have rarely encountered in other religious publications. The Watchtower and Awake! are refreshing in their factual-based, well-researched, relevant real-world content. Regardless of the tenuousness of Jehovah's Witness theology, it is no surprise that these magazines are so popular worldwide. 
      Best Convert Retention Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh-day Adventists, and LDS 
      In contrast to 20-25% average LDS retention rates worldwide, both the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Adventists manage to retain the considerable majority of new converts. Short-term baptismal goals, hasty teaching with limited attempt to assess the true depth of the investigator's understanding and commitment, and 'baptize them quick while they feel the Spirit and hope that they decide to come to church again' approaches, have resulted in a 20-25% average LDS retention rates in Latin America and Asia.
      I have never known of anything good to come of converts being rushed to baptism. Indeed, while rushing baptisms may result in quick, temporary increases in statistics, it also ignites a long-burning fuse that results in serious member problems, or even in the eventual collapse of local branches. Perhaps in this we have a lesson to learn both from our own scriptures, from our current prophet (Gordon B. Hinckley: 'it is not necessary for us to lose any of those who are baptized') and from the Jehovah's Witnesses, who take pre-baptismal preparation much more seriously than most Latter-day Saints. 
      Jehovah's Witnesses would never consider rushing an individual to baptism in two weeks or less: individuals must first prove their dedication to Jehovah and worthiness to serve as his spokesman. As a result, they achieve 80+% long-term retention, compared to an average 25-30% worldwide LDS retention rate. 
      Source: 
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    • Eric Ouellet

      “ APPROCHEZ-VOUS DE DIEU, ET IL S'APPROCHERA DE VOUS”,
       
      “ APPROCHEZ-VOUS de Dieu, et il s’approchera de vous ”, a écrit le disciple Jacques (Jacques 4:8). “ L’intimité avec Jéhovah appartient à ceux qui le craignent ”, a chanté le psalmiste David (Psaume 25:14). Manifestement, Jéhovah Dieu veut que nous entrions dans son intimité. Cela dit, tous ceux qui adorent Dieu et obéissent à ses lois ne se sentent pas forcément proches de lui.
      Et vous ? Avez-vous des liens personnels étroits avec Dieu ? Sans aucun doute souhaitez-vous être encore plus proche de lui. Comment donc cultiver l’intimité avec Dieu ? Comment cela se traduit-il ? Nous trouvons des réponses à ces questions dans le troisième chapitre du livre des Proverbes.
      Manifestons la bonté de cœur et la fidélité
      Salomon, roi de l’Israël antique, commence le troisième chapitre des Proverbes par ces mots : “ Mon fils, n’oublie pas ma loi, et que ton cœur observe mes commandements, car longueur de jours, années de vie et paix te seront ajoutées. ” (Proverbes 3:1, 2). Rédigés sous l’inspiration divine, ces conseils paternels viennent donc en réalité de Jéhovah Dieu et s’adressent à nous. Nous sommes exhortés ici à nous conformer aux rappels de Dieu (sa loi, ou enseignement, et ses commandements) consignés dans la Bible. Si nous le faisons, “ longueur de jours, années de vie et paix [nous] seront ajoutées ”. Effectivement, il est possible dès maintenant de connaître une vie paisible et de nous garder des activités qui nous exposeraient au danger d’une mort prématurée, laquelle est souvent le sort des malfaiteurs. De plus, nous pouvons entretenir l’espérance de vivre éternellement dans un monde nouveau de paix. — Proverbes 1:24-31 ; 2:21, 22.
      Salomon poursuit : “ Que bonté de cœur et fidélité ne te quittent pas. Attache-les à ta gorge. Écris-les sur la tablette de ton cœur, et ainsi trouve faveur et bonne perspicacité aux yeux de Dieu et de l’homme tiré du sol. ” — Proverbes 3:3, 4.
      Le mot original traduit par “ bonté de cœur ” peut aussi être rendu par “ amour fidèle ” et contient les notions de fidélité, de solidarité et de loyauté. Sommes-nous déterminés à rester attachés à Jéhovah quoi qu’il advienne ? Avons-nous de la bonté de cœur dans nos relations avec nos compagnons chrétiens ? Faisons-nous ce qu’il faut pour rester proches d’eux ? Quand nous les côtoyons quotidiennement, gardons-nous ‘ la loi de la bonté de cœur sur notre langue ’ même dans des situations tendues ? — Proverbes 31:26.
      Abondant en bonté de cœur, Jéhovah est “ prêt à pardonner ”. (Psaume 86:5.) Si nous nous sommes repentis de nos péchés passés et que désormais nous fassions des sentiers droits pour nos pieds, nous sommes assurés que “ des époques de rafraîchissement ” viendront d’auprès de Jéhovah (Actes 3:19). Ne devrions-nous pas imiter notre Dieu en pardonnant à d’autres leurs fautes ? — Matthieu 6:14, 15.
      Étant “ le Dieu de vérité ”, Jéhovah exige la “ fidélité ” de la part de ceux qui recherchent son intimité (Psaume 31:5). Pouvons-nous vraiment espérer que Jéhovah soit notre Ami si nous menons une double vie, en ayant un certain comportement en présence de nos compagnons chrétiens et un autre hors de leur présence, comme les “ hommes faux ” qui cachent qui ils sont (Psaume 26:4) ? Quelle aberration ce serait, puisque “ toutes choses sont nues et mises à découvert aux yeux ” de Jéhovah ! — Hébreux 4:13.
      Comme à un collier inestimable ‘ attaché à notre gorge ’, il nous faut accorder de la valeur à la bonté de cœur et à la fidélité, car elles nous aident à ‘ trouver faveur aux yeux de Dieu et de l’homme tiré du sol ’. Nous devons non seulement manifester ces qualités extérieurement, mais aussi les graver ‘ sur la tablette de notre cœur ’, c’est-à-dire les intégrer à notre personnalité.
      Cultivons une confiance absolue en Jéhovah
      Le roi sage poursuit : “ Mets ta confiance en Jéhovah de tout ton cœur et ne t’appuie pas sur ton intelligence. Dans toutes tes voies tiens compte de lui, et lui, il rendra droits tes sentiers. ” — Proverbes 3:5, 6.
      Jéhovah mérite assurément que nous lui fassions totalement confiance. Il est le Créateur, “ vigoureux en force ” et Source de “ l’énergie vive ”. (Isaïe 40:26, 29.) Il est capable de mener à bien tout ce qu’il a décidé. D’ailleurs, son nom même, qui signifie littéralement “ Il fait devenir ”, nous inspire confiance en sa capacité de réaliser ce qu’il a promis. “ Il est impossible que Dieu mente ” : il est donc le modèle suprême en matière de vérité (Hébreux 6:18). Sa qualité dominante est l’amour (1 Jean 4:8). Il est “ juste dans toutes ses voies et fidèle dans toutes ses œuvres ”. (Psaume 145:17.) Si nous ne pouvons pas faire confiance à Dieu, à qui nous fier ? Bien sûr, pour cultiver la confiance en lui, nous devons ‘ goûter et voir que Jéhovah est bon ’ en mettant en pratique ce que nous apprenons dans la Bible et en réfléchissant au bien que cela apporte. — Psaume 34:8.
      Comment ‘ tenir compte de Jéhovah dans toutes nos voies ’ ? Le psalmiste inspiré dit : “ Je méditerai sur toute ton action, et je veux m’intéresser à tes manières d’agir. ” (Psaume 77:12). Dieu étant invisible, pour cultiver l’intimité avec lui il est indispensable de méditer sur ses actions grandioses et sur ses manières d’agir envers ses serviteurs.
      La prière est également un moyen essentiel de tenir compte de Jéhovah. Le roi David appelait Jéhovah “ tout au long du jour ”. (Psaume 86:3.) Il priait souvent la nuit, comme lorsqu’il était un fugitif dans le désert (Psaume 63:6, 7). “ Priez en toutes circonstances, en esprit ”, a exhorté l’apôtre Paul (Éphésiens 6:18). Quelle est la fréquence de nos prières ? Aimons-nous entretenir avec Dieu une communication personnelle et fervente ? Face à des situations éprouvantes, lui demandons-nous son aide ? Avant de prendre des décisions importantes, recherchons-nous sa direction en le priant ? Nos prières sincères à Jéhovah nous font aimer de lui. En outre, nous avons l’assurance qu’il écoutera notre prière et ‘ rendra droits nos sentiers ’.
      Quelle absurdité ce serait de ‘ nous appuyer sur notre intelligence ’ ou sur celle de personnes en vue dans ce monde alors que nous pouvons avoir une entière confiance en Jéhovah ! “ Ne deviens pas sage à tes propres yeux, dit Salomon. Au contraire, crains Jéhovah et détourne-toi du mal. Que cela devienne guérison pour ton nombril et rafraîchissement pour tes os. ” (Proverbes 3:7, 8). Nos actions, nos pensées et nos sentiments devraient toujours être gouvernés par la crainte salutaire de déplaire à Dieu. Cette crainte révérencielle nous empêche de faire ce qui est mauvais et, spirituellement, elle guérit et revigore.
      Donnons le meilleur de nous-mêmes à Jéhovah
      De quelle autre manière nous approcherons-nous de Dieu ? “ Honore Jéhovah de tes choses de valeur et des prémices de tous tes produits ”, recommande le roi (Proverbes 3:9). Honorer Jéhovah signifie le tenir en haute estime et l’exalter publiquement par notre participation et notre soutien matériel à la proclamation de son nom. Les choses de valeur dont nous honorons Jéhovah sont notre temps, nos talents, nos forces et nos biens. Elles doivent être nos prémices, ce que nous avons de meilleur. La façon dont nous utilisons nos ressources personnelles ne devrait-elle pas refléter notre détermination à ‘ continuer à chercher d’abord le royaume et la justice de Dieu ’ ? — Matthieu 6:33.
      Celui qui honore Jéhovah de ses choses de valeur ne reste pas sans récompense. “ Alors tes dépôts de vivres seront remplis d’abondance, assure Salomon, et tes cuves déborderont de vin nouveau. ” (Proverbes 3:10). Même si en soi la prospérité spirituelle n’entraîne pas la prospérité matérielle, l’emploi généreux de nos ressources pour honorer Jéhovah nous vaut de grandes bénédictions. Pour Jésus, faire la volonté de Dieu était une “ nourriture ” qui lui donnait de la vigueur (Jean 4:34). De la même façon, nous sommes ‘ nourris ’ en prêchant le Royaume et en faisant des disciples à la gloire de Jéhovah. Si nous persévérons dans cette œuvre, nos dépôts de vivres spirituels seront remplis d’abondance. Notre joie, figurée par le vin nouveau, débordera.
      Nous comptons aussi sur Jéhovah et le prions pour avoir suffisamment de nourriture chaque jour, n’est-ce pas (Matthieu 6:11) ? En réalité, tout ce que nous possédons nous vient de notre Père céleste plein d’amour. Jéhovah nous ajoutera des bénédictions dans la mesure où nous employons nos choses de valeur à sa louange. — 1 Corinthiens 4:7.
      Acceptons la discipline de Jéhovah
      Signalant l’importance de la discipline pour atteindre à l’intimité avec Jéhovah, le roi d’Israël nous donne ce conseil : “ Ne rejette pas, ô mon fils, la discipline de Jéhovah, et n’aie pas son blâme en aversion, car celui que Jéhovah aime, il le reprend, comme un père reprend le fils en qui il prend plaisir. ” — Proverbes 3:11, 12.
      Cela dit, la discipline n’est pas forcément facile à accepter. “ Toute discipline [...] ne semble pas, pour le présent, être une joie, mais une peine, a écrit l’apôtre Paul ; plus tard cependant elle rapporte à ceux qu’elle a formés un fruit de paix, c’est-à-dire la justice. ” (Hébreux 12:11). Le blâme et la discipline sont des aspects nécessaires de la formation qui nous rapproche de Dieu. La correction que Jéhovah nous administre, que ce soit par l’intermédiaire de nos parents, de la congrégation chrétienne ou de notre méditation sur les Écritures lors de notre étude individuelle, est une expression de l’amour qu’il nous porte. Ayons la sagesse de bien la prendre.
      Saisissons la sagesse et le discernement
      Le roi Salomon insiste ensuite sur l’importance de la sagesse et du discernement pour cultiver des relations étroites avec Dieu. Il déclare : “ Heureux l’homme qui a trouvé la sagesse, et l’homme qui obtient le discernement, car mieux vaut l’avoir comme gain que d’avoir comme gain de l’argent, et mieux vaut l’avoir comme produit que d’avoir de l’or. [...] Elle est un arbre de vie pour ceux qui la saisissent, et ceux qui la tiennent ferme, il faut les proclamer heureux. ” — Proverbes 3:13-18.
      Puis il ajoute quelque chose qui nous sensibilise à la manifestation de sagesse et de discernement dont la magnifique création de Jéhovah porte l’empreinte : “ Jéhovah lui-même avec sagesse a fondé la terre. Il a solidement fixé les cieux avec discernement. [...] Mon fils, qu’elles ne s’éloignent pas de tes yeux. Préserve la sagesse pratique et la capacité de réflexion, et elles seront vie pour ton âme et charme pour ta gorge. ” — Proverbes 3:19-22.
      La sagesse et le discernement sont des qualités qui viennent de Dieu. Non contents de les cultiver, gardons-les en ne nous relâchant jamais dans notre étude assidue des Écritures ni dans la mise en pratique de ce que nous apprenons. “ Alors tu marcheras en sécurité sur ton chemin, dit Salomon, et ton pied ne heurtera rien. Quand tu te coucheras, tu ne ressentiras aucun effroi ; oui, tu te coucheras et ton sommeil sera vraiment agréable. ” — Proverbes 3:23, 24.
      Nous pouvons bel et bien marcher en sécurité et dormir l’esprit en paix tout en attendant l’arrivée, comparable à celle d’un voleur, du jour de la “ destruction subite ” qui fondra sur le monde méchant de Satan (1 Thessaloniciens 5:2, 3 ; 1 Jean 5:19). Soyons sûrs que, même durant la grande tribulation imminente, ‘ nous n’aurons pas à craindre une chose redoutable, soudaine, ni la tempête sur les méchants, parce qu’elle vient. Car Jéhovah lui-même sera vraiment notre confiance et, à coup sûr, il gardera notre pied de la capture ’. — Proverbes 3:25, 26 ; Matthieu 24:21.
      Faisons le bien
      “ Ne refuse pas le bien à ceux à qui il est dû, recommande Salomon, chaque fois qu’il est au pouvoir de ta main de le faire. ” (Proverbes 3:27). Faire le bien à d’autres, c’est notamment puiser généreusement dans nos ressources en leur faveur, ce qui revêt de nombreux aspects. Toutefois, en ce “ temps de la fin ”, la meilleure chose que nous puissions faire pour notre prochain n’est-elle pas de l’aider à nouer une relation étroite avec le vrai Dieu (Daniel 12:4) ? C’est donc le moment, maintenant, d’avoir du zèle pour prêcher le Royaume et faire des disciples. — Matthieu 28:19, 20.
      Le roi sage énumère également des pratiques à bannir : “ Ne dis pas à ton semblable : ‘ Va, et reviens, et demain je donnerai ’, alors que tu as quelque chose chez toi. Ne trame rien de mal contre ton semblable, alors qu’il habite près de toi avec un sentiment de sécurité. Ne te querelle pas sans raison avec un homme, s’il ne t’a pas fait de mal. Ne porte pas envie à l’homme de violence et ne choisis aucune de ses voies. ” — Proverbes 3:28-31.
      Résumant la raison de ces conseils, Salomon dit : “ Car l’homme plein de détours est chose détestable pour Jéhovah, mais Son intimité est avec les hommes droits. La malédiction de Jéhovah est sur la maison du méchant, mais il bénit la demeure des justes. S’il s’agit de moqueurs, il s’en moquera, mais il témoignera de la faveur aux humbles. L’honneur, voilà ce que posséderont les sages, mais les stupides exaltent le déshonneur. ” — Proverbes 3:32-35.
      Si nous voulons entrer dans l’intimité de Jéhovah, ne tramons pas de projets tortueux ou malfaisants (Proverbes 6:16-19). Nous n’aurons la faveur et la bénédiction de Jéhovah que si nous faisons ce qui est droit à ses yeux. Il pourra même nous arriver alors de recevoir des honneurs inattendus lorsque d’autres remarqueront que nous agissons en accord avec la sagesse divine. Bannissons donc les voies pleines de détours du monde méchant et violent où nous vivons. Ayons une conduite droite et cultivons l’intimité avec Jéhovah !


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    • Eric Ouellet

      PERLES SPIRITUELLES  GENÈSE CHAPITRES  42 - 43
       
      Restons unis dans l'amour en tout temps
      Vous estimez être assez grand pour rentrer tard les soirs du week-end, mais vos parents exigent que vous soyez là de bonne heure.
      Vous voulez aller voir le nouveau film dont tous vos camarades parlent, mais vos parents vous l’interdisent.
      Vous avez rencontré des jeunes sympathiques et vous aimeriez sortir avec eux, mais vos parents veulent d’abord faire leur connaissance.
      EN TANT qu’adolescent, vous avez parfois l’impression d’étouffer sous la coupe de vos parents. À chaque fois que vous exprimez un désir, il semble que la réponse qui s’ensuit inévitablement soit: “Non, ce n’est pas possible.” Une jeune fille apporte son témoignage: “Lorsque je suis devenue adolescente, mes parents se sont mis à m’imposer des tas de restrictions, comme le fait de ne pas rentrer après minuit. J’avais horreur de ça.”
      Aucun de vos mouvements ne semble échapper au regard inquisiteur de vos parents. Billy, 18 ans, se plaint de l’attitude de son père: “Il me demande d’où vient mon argent et où je le dépense. Puisque je le gagne moi-même, je crois que c’est à moi de décider de son usage.” Déborah, 15 ans, a le même sujet de plainte: “Mon père veut toujours savoir où je suis et à quelle heure je vais rentrer. La plupart des parents agissent ainsi. Faut-il qu’ils soient au courant de tout? Ils devraient me laisser plus libre.”
      Mais soyons honnêtes. La plupart des jeunes parviennent à agir à leur guise, au moins une bonne partie du temps, et vous ne faites sans doute pas exception à la règle. Mais, à certains moments peut-être, vos parents semblent oublier que vous avez grandi, et au lieu de vous traiter comme un adolescent, ils agissent avec vous comme avec un petit enfant. D’où vient ce besoin irrésistible qu’ils ont de vous protéger?
      Vous avez sans doute compris depuis longtemps que cette tendance protectrice allait en général de pair avec le rôle de parents. Quand papa et maman ne sont pas occupés à pourvoir à vos besoins matériels, ils se démènent souvent pour vous instruire, vous former et vous protéger. De plus, si vos parents sont chrétiens, ils prennent au sérieux le commandement biblique qui leur enjoint de vous “élever dans la discipline et l’éducation mentale de Jéhovah”. (Éphésiens 6:4.) L’intérêt qu’ils vous portent est donc loin d’être occasionnel. Ils sont responsables devant Dieu de la manière dont ils vous élèvent, et lorsqu’une chose semble menacer votre bien-être, ils s’inquiètent.
      Considérez l’exemple des parents de Jésus Christ. Après un séjour à Jérusalem, ils rentrèrent chez eux sans être suivis par Jésus. Quand ils s’aperçurent de son absence, ils se mirent à le chercher avec empressement, et même avec affolement, pendant trois jours! Lorsque enfin “ils le trouvèrent dans le temple, assis au milieu des enseignants, les écoutant et les interrogeant”, sa mère s’exclama: “Mon enfant, pourquoi as-tu agi ainsi avec nous? Vois! ton père et moi, nous te cherchons tout angoissés.” (Luc 2:41-48). Si les parents de Jésus étaient tout angoissés, songez au nombre de fois où vos parents doivent s’inquiéter à votre sujet.
      D’autre part, si vos parents sont si enclins à vous protéger, c’est aussi parce que la vision qu’ils ont de vous, de vos amis et du monde qui nous entoure est probablement très différente de la vôtre. Comme l’a souligné un jour Salomon, les jeunes sont pleins de force et d’énergie (Proverbes 20:29). Ils voient dans le monde maintes occasions d’utiliser et de développer leurs capacités. Mais ce faisant, ils ne font pas toujours preuve d’un très bon jugement, car ils sont “inexpérimentés” et manquent de “sagacité”. (Proverbes 1:4.) Les adultes ont peut-être moins de vigueur, mais bien souvent ils voient le monde avec les yeux de l’expérience. Ils connaissent bien les pièges et les dangers de la vie et veulent vous aider à ‘écarter le malheur’. — Ecclésiaste 11:10.
      Prenez par exemple cet éternel conflit au sujet de l’heure à laquelle vous devez rentrer. Vous ne voyez peut-être aucune raison d’être soumis à des restrictions dans ce domaine. Mais avez-vous déjà essayé de voir les choses du point de vue de vos parents? C’est ce qu’a tenté de faire les livres ( Les jeunes s'interrogent volumes 1 et 2), un ouvrage écrit pour les jeunes d’âge scolaire. Les jeunes gens de nos jours reconnaissent: “Nous savons que les parents s’inquiètent et se fâchent quand leurs enfants ne rentrent pas à l’heure fixée.”
      Ces jeunes ont établi une liste de tout ce que “les parents peuvent imaginer quand leurs enfants ne sont pas rentrés à l’heure”. On y trouve toutes sortes de choses. Ils pensent que ‘leur enfant se drogue, qu’il a eu un accident de voiture, qu’il traîne dans un jardin public, qu’il s’est fait arrêter, qu’il est allé voir un film pornographique, qu’il vend de la drogue, qu’il s’est fait agresser ou violer, qu’il a été emprisonné ou encore qu’il est en train de déshonorer le nom de la famille’.
      De prime abord, cela paraît presque amusant que des parents tirent des conclusions aussi hâtives. “Jamais je ne ferais ce genre de choses”, affirmerez-vous avec fierté. Mais n’est-il pas vrai que beaucoup de jeunes, peut-être même parmi vos camarades de classe, commettent certaines de ces actions? Devriez-vous donc rejeter le point de vue de vos parents qui estiment que rentrer tard et avoir de mauvaises compagnies vous seraient nuisibles? D’ailleurs, même les parents de Jésus tenaient à être informés de ses allées et venues.
      Comprenez le point de vue de vos parents
      Certes, toutes les restrictions que vous imposent vos parents ne sont peut-être pas aussi raisonnables. Certains jeunes vont jusqu’à dire que l’inquiétude qu’ont leurs parents à leur égard frôle la paranoïa. Mais cela s’explique. La Bible nous relate le cas d’un jeune homme du nom de Benjamin qui devait se rendre en Égypte avec ses frères. Quelle fut la réaction de son père? La Bible précise: “Mais Jacob n’envoya pas Benjamin, frère de Joseph, avec ses autres frères, car il disait: ‘Sans cela, il pourrait lui arriver un accident mortel.”’ — Genèse 42:4.
      Or Benjamin était adulte; il avait plus de 30 ans. Il aurait pu facilement s’irriter d’être traité ainsi. Après tout, pourquoi un “accident mortel” le menacerait-il davantage que ses dix autres frères? Cependant, il semble qu’il comprit les sentiments de son père. Benjamin était le second fils de Rachel, la femme préférée de Jacob. Elle était morte en le mettant au monde (Genèse 35:17, 18). On peut donc imaginer à quel point Jacob devait être attaché à son fils. De plus, Jacob croyait à tort que Joseph, l’autre fils qu’il avait eu de Rachel, avait disparu dans un “accident mortel”. Bien qu’elle ne fût pas entièrement rationnelle, la réaction de Jacob était cependant compréhensible.
      De même, il peut arriver par moments que vos parents semblent trop en faire pour vous protéger. Mais n’oubliez pas qu’ils ont “investi” en vous beaucoup de temps, d’énergie et d’affection. À l’idée que vous grandissez et que vous finirez par les quitter, ils se sentent peut-être mal à l’aise ou très inquiets*. Le commentaire suivant le prouve: “Mon enfant unique, mon fils, a 19 ans aujourd’hui et je supporte difficilement l’idée de le voir s’en aller.”
      En effet, quand ils vous voient grandir, vos parents se rendent compte douloureusement qu’ils commencent à vieillir et que leur rôle de parents semble toucher à sa fin (bien que ce ne soit pas vraiment le cas). Une autre personne a déclaré: “Au début, on pense qu’on a vécu sa vie et qu’on est bon à mettre au rebut.”
      Voilà pourquoi certains parents ont tendance à se montrer extrêmement possessifs ou à protéger à l’excès leurs enfants. Mais vous commettriez une grave erreur si vous réagissiez avec violence devant une telle situation. Une jeune femme se souvient: “Jusqu’à l’âge de 18 ans, j’étais très proche de ma mère. (...) Mais après, nous avons commencé à avoir des problèmes. Au fur et à mesure que je grandissais, je voulais être plus indépendante et ma mère pensait que cela nuisait à nos relations. De son côté, elle resserrait son emprise sur moi et j’ai réagi en m’éloignant encore davantage. Je comprends maintenant que j’avais ma part de torts.” Il est bien préférable d’essayer de ‘se mettre à la place d’autrui’ et de comprendre nos parents (I Pierre 3:8). Une jeune fille du nom de Catherine explique qu’en agissant ainsi elle a ‘appris à manifester plus de considération envers ses parents’.
      Vous aussi, vous agirez bien si vous manifestez davantage de considération envers vos parents et essayez de cultiver une compréhension mutuelle. N’oubliez pas que tous les parents ne s’inquiètent pas de leurs enfants au point de veiller à leur bien-être. Soyez donc heureux d’avoir des parents qui se soucient de vous. C’est la preuve qu’ils vous aiment.
      La vraie repentance rend possible la miséricorde
      Joseph occupait donc une position enviable. La vie des habitants de l’Égypte, dont celle de Potiphar et de sa femme, était entre ses mains. Mais elle n’était pas menacée. Joseph avait déjà démontré qu’il était un homme miséricordieux et clément et qu’il n’était pas rancunier et ne cherchait pas à se venger. Cependant, sa miséricorde allait être sérieusement mise à l’épreuve. Cela arriva quand la famine s’étendit sur toute la terre et que toutes sortes de peuples vinrent en Égypte pour chercher du grain. Un jour, alors que Joseph s’acquittait de ses responsabilités et pourvoyait avec compassion à la nourriture des peuples affamés et des Égyptiens, ses dix demi-frères se présentèrent à lui et se prosternèrent la face contre terre. Joseph se rappela immédiatement les rêves qu’il avait faits à ce sujet, mais, bien qu’il les eût reconnus, il ne se fit pas connaître d’eux et leur parla uniquement par l’entremise d’un interprète. Comment allait-il agir envers eux ? Après plus de vingt ans, l’heure de leur jugement était arrivée. Étant donné qu’ils n’avaient pas manifesté la moindre pitié, ils méritaient un jugement impitoyable. Agissant en tant que représentant de Jéhovah, Joseph ne pouvait pas transgresser les lois divines de justice. Cependant, il n’était pas rancunier et il allait devoir rendre compte à Dieu de la façon dont il les traiterait. C’est pourquoi, influencé par la sagesse d’en haut, il les mit à l’épreuve. — Gen. 41:53 à 42:8.
      Leur parlant durement, Joseph accusa ses demi-frères d’être des espions. Quand ils protestèrent de leur innocence et lui dirent qu’ils étaient tous fils d’un seul homme et qu’un de leurs frères était resté avec leur père, il lia Siméon devant eux et leur dit qu’il resterait emprisonné jusqu’à ce qu’ils reviennent avec leur autre frère. Bouleversés, les demi-frères de Joseph manifestèrent une attitude tout à fait repentante ; ils acceptèrent ce malheur comme un châtiment venant de Dieu, “car, se dirent-ils, nous avons vu, la détresse de son âme [de Joseph], quand il nous suppliait d’avoir compassion, mais nous n’avons pas écouté”. Joseph, qui les entendait, bien qu’ils n’en soient pas conscients, fut très ému ; il s’éloigna d’eux et se mit à pleurer. Toutefois, leur épreuve n’était pas terminée. Il ne devait subsister aucun doute quant à la sincérité de leur repentir. Ayant fait remplir leurs réceptacles de grain, Joseph fit remettre secrètement leur argent dans leurs sacs et les renvoya chez eux, alors qu’il gardait Siméon. — Gen. 42:9-28.
      Finalement, quand ils n’eurent plus de céréales, ils durent redescendre en Égypte. Mais ils avaient été avertis de ne pas se présenter devant le préposé à la nourriture en Égypte à moins d’amener leur frère avec eux. Craignant de perdre le seul fils qui lui restait de sa femme bien-aimée Rachel depuis qu’il avait perdu Joseph, Jacob refusait toujours de le laisser aller. Finalement, il n’y eut plus d’autre solution. Juda se porta garant pour lui. Quand ils se présentèrent devant Joseph et que celui-ci vit Benjamin, son propre frère, il ne put se contenir. Ses émotions intimes s’étant ravivées pour son frère, il alla dans une chambre intérieure où il donna libre cours à ses larmes. Ensuite, il soumit ses demi-frères à une dernière épreuve. Par ruse, il fit croire que Benjamin avait volé sa coupe d’argent très précieuse. Il ordonna donc que Benjamin reste pour être son esclave et que les autres retournent dans la maison de leur père. Affligés et le cœur brisé parce qu’ils savaient que la perte de Benjamin, le fils bien-aimé de Jacob, ferait descendre les cheveux gris de leur père dans la tombe, ils supplièrent Joseph de leur rendre Benjamin. Finalement, quand Juda s’offrit volontairement à prendre la place de Benjamin, Joseph n’arriva plus à se dominer. Alors, en pleurant, il se fit connaître à ses frères, en disant : “Je suis Joseph, votre frère, que vous avez vendu pour l’Égypte. Mais à présent, ne soyez pas peinés et ne soyez pas irrités contre vous-mêmes, de m’avoir vendu pour ici ; car c’est pour la préservation de la vie que Dieu m’a envoyé en avant de vous.” Sur l’ordre de Pharaon, Joseph fit en sorte que Jacob, son père, et toute sa maisonnée, viennent en Égypte où ils reçurent la meilleure partie du pays. — Gen. 42:29 à 47:31.
      Debout lors du jugement avec une vie de miséricorde derrière soi
       L’étendue et la qualité de la miséricorde de Joseph sont mises en évidence par les circonstances dans lesquelles elle a été exercée. Il a été cruellement traité, voire menacé de mort, par ses demi-frères, il a été accusé faussement et avec ruse par la femme de Potiphar, celui-ci a agi durement envers lui en le faisant injustement emprisonné, et le chef des échansons, qu’il avait encouragé avec compassion, l’oublia avec ingratitude. Malgré cela, Joseph ne songea nullement à se venger quand il en eut le pouvoir. Bien au contraire, avec amour et une considération profonde et sincère, il veilla à satisfaire leurs besoins, étendant sa compassion jusqu’à la maison de son père et à tous les membres de la nation égyptienne. Joseph n’a certainement pas cultivé cette qualité seulement après qu’il eut été élevé à une position qui lui conférait honneur et puissance. Au contraire, la miséricorde que Jéhovah témoigna à Joseph durant ses épreuves en le protégeant, en le soutenant et en le rassurant, est un témoignage de l’attitude clémente et miséricordieuse qu’il a dû garder pendant tout ce temps. Cela paraît tout à fait certain à en juger par la règle suivante énoncée par Jésus : “Heureux les miséricordieux, puisqu’il leur sera fait miséricorde.” (Mat. 5:7). Cette attitude de Joseph ressemble beaucoup à celle de Jésus qui, sur le poteau de supplice où il allait mourir, déclara : “Père, pardonne-leur, car ils ne savent pas ce qu’ils font”, ou à celle d’Étienne qui, alors qu’il était lapidé à mort, s’écria : “Jéhovah, ne leur compte pas ce péché.” (Luc 23:34 ; Actes 7:60). La miséricorde dont chacun de ces hommes témoigna dans ces différents cas fut récompensée.
      Cela n’indique-t-il pas clairement que nous avons tout intérêt à nous montrer miséricordieux ? Paul nous certifie que “chacun de nous rendra compte à Dieu pour soi-même”. (Rom. 14:12.) Qu’il est réconfortant de savoir que “la miséricorde, triomphante, se glorifie aux dépens du jugement” ! Que ce soit aujourd’hui, dans un moment critique, ou lors du Jour du Jugement, qui approche rapidement (II Pierre 3:7), quand il s’agira de rendre compte pour nous-mêmes à Dieu et à Jésus Christ, le Juge qu’il a établi, notre situation dépendra entre autres choses de la miséricorde que nous aurons témoignée au cours de notre vie passée. C’est par conséquent l’obéissance au commandement de Jésus nous ordonnant d’aimer en toutes circonstances qui nous aidera à mener une vie riche en miséricorde, contribuant ainsi à la louange de Jéhovah et à la paix dans l'assemblées.
      À leur arrivée dans le pays, ils furent réunis à Siméon et, à leur grande surprise, ils furent tous invités à manger avec l’administrateur des vivres. Quand Joseph arriva, ils lui offrirent un cadeau, se prosternèrent devant lui et, après avoir répondu à ses questions au sujet de leur père, s’inclinèrent de nouveau. Quand Joseph vit Benjamin, son frère, une émotion si vive s’empara de lui qu’il s’éloigna et se laissa aller aux larmes. Après cela il fut capable de maîtriser ses sentiments et il ordonna qu’on serve le repas du midi. Les 11 frères furent placés à une table pour eux selon leur âge, et Benjamin reçut des portions cinq fois plus grosses que les autres. Probablement Joseph éprouvait-il ainsi ses frères pour voir s’ils n’étaient pas encore animés de quelque jalousie cachée. Mais ils ne donnèrent aucun signe d’un tel état d’esprit. — Gn 43:15-34.
      Comme la fois précédente, Joseph ordonna qu’on remette l’argent de chacun dans son sac (Gn 42:25) et, en plus, il commanda qu’on place sa coupe d’argent dans celui de Benjamin. Après qu’ils se furent mis en route, Joseph les fit rattraper et accuser d’avoir volé sa coupe d’argent. Peut-être pour leur faire prendre conscience de toute la valeur que revêtait cet objet à ses yeux et de la gravité du délit qu’ils étaient censés avoir commis, l’homme qui était au-dessus de la maison de Joseph avait pour consigne de leur dire : “ N’est-ce pas là l’objet dans lequel boit mon maître et au moyen duquel il lit habilement les présages ? ” (Gn 44:1-5). Toute cette mise en scène faisant partie d’une ruse, il n’y a évidemment pas lieu de penser que Joseph se servait vraiment de cette coupe d’argent pour lire les présages. Apparemment, Joseph souhaitait se faire passer pour l’administrateur d’un pays dans lequel le vrai culte n’était pas pratiqué.
      Grande dut être la consternation des frères de Joseph lorsque la coupe fut trouvée dans le sac de Benjamin. Les vêtements déchirés, ils retournèrent chez Joseph et se prosternèrent devant lui. Joseph déclara qu’à l’exception de Benjamin ils étaient tous libres de partir. Mais ils ne voulurent pas, ce qui montra qu’ils n’avaient plus cette envie qui les avait poussés, quelque 22 ans auparavant, à vendre leur frère. Avec éloquence, Juda supplia en leur faveur et proposa de prendre la place de Benjamin pour que leur père ne meure pas de chagrin en ne le voyant pas revenir. — Gn 44:6-34.
      Joseph révèle son identité. Profondément touché par la supplication de Juda, Joseph ne put se dominer plus longtemps. Il ordonna à tous les étrangers de sortir, puis il révéla son identité à ses frères. Il ne nourrissait pas d’animosité à leur égard, même s’ils l’avaient grandement maltraité auparavant. Il leur dit : “ Maintenant, ne soyez pas peinés et ne soyez pas en colère contre vous-mêmes, de m’avoir vendu pour ici ; car c’est pour la préservation de la vie que Dieu m’a envoyé en avant de vous. Car ceci est la deuxième année de la famine au milieu de la terre, et il y a encore cinq ans durant lesquels il n’y aura ni période de labour ni moisson. Dieu m’a donc envoyé en avant de vous afin de mettre, pour vous, sur la terre, un reste et vous garder en vie en vous faisant échapper d’une grande manière. Ainsi donc, ce n’est pas vous qui m’avez envoyé ici, mais c’est le vrai Dieu. ” (Gn 45:1-8). Le pardon de Joseph était sincère, car il pleura contre ses frères et les embrassa tous.
      Soyons ferme et unie avec notre famille charnelle et spirituelle car l'unité et l'amour est basé sur un pardon mutuelle et constant. Elle garde nos relations avec les autres dans une joie constante et épanouie.
      Soyons heureux de vivre tous unie même dans les épreuves de la vie, car Jéhovah est notre bouclier et notre force pour toujours.

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    • Eric Ouellet

      Gardons notre coeur fort dans la foi jusqu'aux jour de Dieu
       
      Imaginez un avion de petite taille pris dans le mauvais temps. Le pilote perd ses repères au sol. Des nuages épais l'environnent, et l'empêchent de voir plus loin que son pare-brise. Pourtant, il est certain arriver à bon port. Pourquoi est-il si confiant?
      Grâce à la précision de ses instruments de bord, il est en mesure de naviguer au travers des nuages ou d'atterrir dans l'obscurité. Sur sa route, et surtout à l'approche de l'aérodrome, des balises électroniques le guident, et il reste en contact radio avec la tour de contrôle.
      De façon assez similaire, nous pouvons regarder l'avenir avec confiance, quand bien même les conditions mondiales s'assombrissent de jour en jour. Notre vol à travers le système corrompu de ce monde est plus long que prévu, mais nous pouvons être sûr de nous trouver sur la bonne voie et d'arriver en temps et en heure qui nous aie prévu. Si nous en sommes persuadés, c'est par ce que les conseils que nous recevons nous donnent une vue ensemble plus perçante que l'oeil humain.
      La paroles de Dieu est une lumière pour notre sentier, et elle est digne de foi, rendant sage l'inexpérimenté. (Psaumes 19:17 ; 119:105)
      Telle une balise qui indique au pilote la bonne trajectoire, la bible nous expose ce que l'avenir nous réserve et nous fournit des instructions claires pour nous mener à la bonne destination. Mais cette direction divine ne nous sera profitable que si nous nous montrons confiants.
      Dans sa lettre aux hébreux, Paul a exhorté les chrétiens d'origine juive à retenir ferme jusqu'à la fin la confiance qu'ils avaient eu au commencement de leur apprentissage . (Hébreux 3:14) Si elle n'est pas maintenue ferme, notre confiance peut être ébranlée. Comment garder confiance en Jéhovah jusqu'à la fin?
      Cultivons notre foi
      Si un pilote est capable de naviguer sans visibilité, avec seulement les recours de ses instruments de bord et en contact radio, c'est parce qu'il a derrière lui une formation adapté à toutes situations et sa formation spéciale de départ qui fut sur de longue période d'heure de vol de pratique et former par des hommes expériences à ses côtés. De même un serviteur de Dieu à constamment besoin d'exercer sa foi de manière à garder confiance dans les direction de Jéhovah, surtout si les circonstances deviennent difficiles. L'apôtres Paul a écrit: " Parce que nous avons ce même esprit de foi que celui dont il est écrit:" J'ai exercé la foi, c'est pourquoi j'ai parlé; donc, nous exerçons la foi, c'est pourquoi nous parlons. (2Corinthiens 4:13). Ainsi en parlant autour de nous de la bonne nouvelles que Dieu nous a donné, nous exerçons notre foi véritable et nous l'affermissons.
      Voici une belle expérience de foi au temps de la seconde guerre mondiale.
      Magdalena, qui a passé quatre ans dans un camp concentration pendant la seconde guerre mondiale, sait l'importance de la prédication. " Maman m'a appris que pour garder une foi forte , dit-elle, il faut absolument s'intéresser au bien être spirituel des gens. Pour vous donner une idée, je me souviens de notre sortie du camp de Ravensbrück. Nous sommes arrivées chez nous un vendredi, physiquement exténuées. Eh bien, figurez vous que deux jour plus tard, le dimanche, nous sommes allées prêcher de maison en maison avec nos frères et soeurs. Je suis sûr d'une chose: quand on s'efforce d'aider les autres à voir confiance dans les promesse de Dieu, ces promesses deviennent plus réelles pour nous." (Actes 5:42) 
      Pour garder une confiance ferme et inébranlable jusqu'à la fin, il faut s'investir dans d'autres activités spirituelles. L'étude individuelle est une source de force car elle nous aide à puiser en profondeur l'essence de notre foi et Jéhovah nous transmet cette foi quand nous le faisons avec joie véritable venant d'un coeur entier. Imitons l'exemple de Béreens en examinant minutieusement les Écritures chaque jour. Cela nous aidera à "avoir la pleine certitude de l'espérance dans les moments difficiles et nous guidera vers une santé pour passer les tribulations avenir jusqu'à la fin."( Hébreux 6:11 ; Actes 17:11) L'étude individuelle, il est vrai que cela demande du temps et de la volonté.
      En gardant un rythme soutenu à cette volonté, nous seront des imitateurs de ceux qui, grâce à la foi et à la patience, hériteront de la promesse de notre Créateur Jéhovah.
      Confiant et bâtissons notre expérience 
      Évidemment, la confiance d'un pilote en ses intruments ne tient pas uniquement à la formation reçue. Elle est dictée par l'expérience. De même, notre confiance en Jéhovah grandit quand nous constatons dans notre vie qu'il se soucie de nous avec amour. C'est parce qu'il en avait fait l'expérience que Josué a pu rapeller ceci aux Israélites: Vous savez bien de tout votre coeur et de tout âme que pas une parole n'a faillit de toutes les bonnes paroles que vous a dites Jéhovah votre Dieu. Toutes se sont réalisées pour vous.-(Josué23:14). Jéhovah nous guide toujours dans le bonne direction.
      Les mauvaises compagnies peuvent nous faire dévier du droit chemin
      Sous l'effet du vent, un avion de petite taille peut facilement dévier si sa trajectoire n'est pas corrigée. De même, les chrétiens d'aujourd'hui subissent constamment des influences extérieures. Nous vivons dans un monde aux pensées charnelles, où les valeurs spirituelles sont facilement tournées en ridicule, et où l'argent et les plaisirs sont largement mis en avant scène. Paul à fait savoir à Timothé que les derniers jours seraient "difficiles à supporter"(2Timothé 3:1-5) Le monde actuel souhaitent être acceptés et bien en vus, les adolescents se laissent particulièrement influencer par les mauvaises compagnies. (2Timothé 2:22)
      Quel que soit notre âge, nous côtoyons forcément des gens qui critiquent nos croyances. D'aucun trouveront à leur réflexion une certaine finesse, mais aux yeux de Dieu elles sont physique et non spirituelles (1 Corinthiens 2:14) Aux jours de Paul, les sceptiques, des philosophes imprégnés de la sagesse propre au monde, propageaient des enseignements qui ont peut être amené certains serviteurs de Corinthe à perdre la foi en la résurrection. (1 Corinthiens 15:12) "Ne vous laissez pas tromper. Les mauvaises fréquentation font perdre les bonne habitudes." ( 1 Corinthiens 15:33) 
      À l'inverse, les bonnes compagnies nous affermissent sur le plan spirituel. Dans l'assemblée chrétienne, nous sommes à même de côtoyer des personnes qui vivent leur foi. Cela est essentiel à notre cheminement et garde notre relation avec Dieu de manière ordonnée et privilégie une relation d'amitié avec Dieu constante et forte.
      Foi et condition de coeur qui approuve nos valeurs chrétienne 
      Pour que la confiance en Jéhovah s’installe en nous, il est important que notre cœur soit touché. Certes, “ la foi est l’attente assurée de choses qu’on espère, la démonstration évidente [ou “ preuve convaincante ”, note] de réalités que pourtant on ne voit pas ”. (Hébreux 11:1.) Toutefois, nous ne serons convaincus qu’à condition d’y mettre notre cœur (Proverbes 18:15 ; Matthieu 5:6). C’est la raison pour laquelle l’apôtre Paul a dit que “ la foi n’est pas le bien de tous ”. — 2 Thessaloniciens 3:2.
      Comment rester réceptifs à toutes les preuves convaincantes dont nous disposons ? En cultivant les qualités spirituelles, qualités qui enrichissent et stimulent la foi. Pierre nous exhorte à ‘ fournir à notre foi la vertu, la connaissance, la maîtrise de soi, l’endurance, l’attachement à Dieu, l’affection fraternelle et l’amour ’. (2 Pierre 1:5-7 ; Galates 5:22, 23.) En revanche, si nous sommes égocentriques ou si notre service pour Jéhovah n’est que symbolique, est-il bien raisonnable de croire que notre foi grandira ?
      Avant de lire la Parole de Jéhovah et afin de la mettre en pratique, Ezra “ avait préparé son cœur ”. (Ezra 7:10.) Mika, lui aussi, a montré que son cœur était touché : “ Mais pour moi, c’est Jéhovah que je guetterai. Je veux rester dans l’attente du Dieu de mon salut. Mon Dieu m’entendra. ” — Mika 7:7.
      C’est avec la même patience que Magdalena, déjà citée, attend Jéhovah (Habaqouq 2:3). “ Nous avons déjà le paradis spirituel, dit-elle. La prochaine étape, le Paradis terrestre, viendra en son temps. En attendant, des centaines de milliers de personnes s’ajoutent à la grande foule. C’est merveilleux de voir tant de gens rejoindre l’organisation de Dieu. ”
      Regardons vers le Dieu de notre salut
      Pour garder fermement confiance jusqu’à la fin, il faut exercer notre foi et écouter attentivement les conseils que Jéhovah et son organisation nous donnent. Cela en vaut vraiment la peine. Quelle satisfaction pour un pilote, au terme d’un vol long et pénible, de redescendre et de sortir enfin de la masse nuageuse ! Devant nous se déroule une campagne verte et hospitalière. La piste de l’aérodrome est là, au-dessous, prête à l’accueillir.
      Des moments exaltants nous attendent, nous aussi. Notre monde sinistre, mauvais, fera place à une nouvelle terre de justice. Un magnifique accueil nous sera réservé. Nous pourrons arriver à bon port si nous suivons les paroles du psalmiste : “ Tu es mon espoir, ô Souverain Seigneur Jéhovah, ma confiance depuis ma jeunesse. (...) En toi est ma louange, constamment. ” — Psaume 71:5, 6.
      Cultivons la foi qui surpasse toutes pensées.

       
       

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    • Mararm

      Buenos días desde México!
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