While it can be said there are many things within Mormonism that cause many problems when compared with the bible, such as God once being a man, men becoming Gods, etc etc its interesting to note that the book of Mormon itself does not have much, if any of these problems, in fact there are many statements within it that are very biblical and at least appear to contradict Modern day Mormonism.
With this post I just want to list 2 of these and show how they fit in with the bible but also compare them to authorative statements from LDS leaders or other scriptures. Please make comments and discuss your thoughts on these at the end.
So in the Book of Mormon we see this:
27And Amulek said: Yea, there is a true and living God.
29And he answered, No.
31And he said: An aangel hath made them known unto me.
So Amulek here states that there is only one God and this is from a revelation from an angel.
This is heavily in agreement with this statement from God in Isaiah.
6Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
7And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them.
8Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.
So in this subject according to these verses I would say the Book of Mormon and the Bible are in great agreement, we have Amulek saying He has been told by an angel there is only one God, then we have God Himself in the bible saying He is the only God.
So going right back to the beginning of where the LDS teaching to the contrary comes from we need to look at the King Follet Discourse by Joseph Smith where he said this.
So firstly Smith states God used to be a man
In order to understand the subject of the dead, for consolation of those who mourn for the loss of their friends, it is necessary we should understand the character and being of God and how He came to be so; for I am going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see.
Then he states we are to learn to become Gods, like the Gods before us.
Here, then, is eternal life—to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are able to dwell in everlasting burnings, and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power. And I want you to know that God, in the last days, while certain individuals are proclaiming His name, is not trifling with you or me. http://www.utlm.org/onlineresources/sermons_talks_interviews/kingfolletsermon.htm
This is the first time that I know of this teaching was brought publically, this sermon was taught in 1844, around 14 years after the Book of Mormon was published.
As well as being taught then the belief in Gods plural has very much carried on since then.
In Mormon scripture Doctrine and Covenants Section 132 it says this:
20, Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from aeverlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be bgods, because they have call power, and the angels are subject unto them.
The LDS church teaches that the Doctrine and Covenants are all revelations from God, how can this revelation come from the God that said He knows of no other, and from an angel of light working for God that taught even in Mormon scripture, the Book of Mormon, that there is only one God?
God is Spirit
24And Ammon began to speak unto him with aboldness, and said unto him: Believest thou that there is a God?
26And then Ammon said: Believest thou that there is a aGreat Spirit?
Also Alma 22:9-11
9And the king said: Is God that aGreat Spirit that brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem?
10And Aaron said unto him: Yea, he is that Great Spirit, and he acreated all things both in heaven and in earth. Believest thou this?
11And he said: Yea, I believe that the Great Spirit created all things, and I desire that ye should tell me concerning all these things, and I will abelieve thy words.
So we see again here a strong agreement with this statement in the bible.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
So the Book of Mormon and the Bible seem to concur here that God is a Spirit, when Jesus came to the earth in the form of a man abolutely biblically He was then God in the flesh, God in a body, I see every reason biblically to believe for Him this is still the case. However God the Father in Heaven biblically He is a Spirit.
However within Mormonism we see a shift from this, going right back to the first vision of Joseph Smith seeing God the Father and Jesus which I believe is the basis for the Mormon belief that God the Father has a body.
So in Mormon Scripture, The Pearl of Great Price, we have Joseph Smiths History, this verse is the initial basis for the belief God the Father has a body.
17It no sooner appeared than I found myself adelivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I bsaw two cPersonages, whose brightness and dglory defy all description, estanding above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My fBeloved gSon. Hear Him!
This has led on to this “Revelation in Doctrine and Covenants 130:22
The aFather has a bbody of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of cSpirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not ddwell in us.
What might not be known to LDS members reading this is that Joseph Smith actually wrote down a number of accounts of His first vision, the version used by the LDS church today was wrote in 1838 by Joseph Smith, however the first known handwritten account from Joseph Smith was in 1832 and it says this:
marvilous even in the likeness of him who created him (them) and when I considered upon these things my heart exclaimed well hath thewise man said the (it is a) fool (that) saith in his heart there is no God my heart exclaimed all all these bear testimony and bespeak an omnipotant and omnipreasant power a being who makith Laws and decreeeth and bindeth all things in their bounds who filleth Eternity who was and is and will be from all Eternity to Eternity and when I considered all these things and that (that) being seeketh such to worship him as worship him in spirit and in truth therefore I cried unto the Lord for mercy for there was none else to whom I could go and to obtain mercy and the Lord heard my cry in the wilderness and while in (the) attitude of calling upon the Lord (in the 16th year of my age) a piller of fire light above the brightness of the sun at noon day come down from above and rested upon me and I was filled with the spirit of god and the (Lord) opened the heavens upon me and I saw the Lord and he spake unto me saying Joseph (my son) thy sins are forgiven thee. go thy (way) walk in my statutes and keep my commandments behold I am the Lord of glory I was crucifyed for the world that all those who believe on my name may have Eternal life (behold) the world lieth in sin and at this time and none doeth good no not one they have turned asside from the gospel and keep not (my) commandments they draw near to me with their lips while their hearts are far from me and mine anger is kindling against the inhabitants of the earth to visit them acording to th[e]ir ungodliness and to bring to pass that which (hath) been spoken by the mouth of the prophets and Ap[o]stles behold and lo I come quickly as it [is] written of me in the cloud (clothed) in the glory of my Father and my soul was filled with love and for many days I could reioice with great Joy and the Lord was with me but [I] could find none that would believe the hevnly vision nevertheless I pondered these things in my heart about that time my mother and but after many days http://www.utlm.org/onlineresources/firstvisionjosephsmith1832.htm
If you click on the link above you can see the actual handwritten copy as well. So in this account which Joseph Smith wrote himself before he wrote the version accepted as LDS scripture today, he states He saw the Lord, not God the Father and the Son.
The point of this post is to show something of the evolution of Joseph Smith’s theology. When he started out he was much closer to the teachings of the bible with what he produced, however as time went on and his thinking evolved so did his theology become more man centered. Which is why in the book of Mormon we see I would say more biblical theology than we do Mormon theology.
However in the Doctrine and Covenants and the later first vision account we see this evolution coming into place with teachings like men can become Gods, God has a body of flesh and bones like mans.
As ever please look into this for yourself, check my links, look around and see if what I am saying has any truth in it, and for more examples of clashes with Book of Mormon and Mormon theology please check out this link http://carm.org/quick-look-at-book-of-mormon