Thursday, April 8, 2010

Seers, Prophets and Charlatans.

[Book of Mormon]
“Now Ammon said unto him: I can assuredly tell thee, O king, of a man that can translate the records; for he has wherewith that he can look, and translate all records that are of ancient date, and it is a gift from God. And the things are called interpreters, and so no man can look in them except he be commanded lest he should look for that he ought not and he should perish. And whosoever is commanded to look in them, the same is called seer.
And behold, the king of the people who are in the land of Zarahemla is the man that is commanded to do these things and who has this high gift from God. And the king said that a seer is greater than a prophet. “ (Mosiah8:13-15)
What can I say? It is badly written fiction. Who buys this b.s? How do you buy it? Of course these interpreters are the seer stones that Joseph Smith allegedly used to translate the golden plates. And here not only is there a warning not to try do the same yourself, lest you expose him to be a fraud but an elevation of Joseph Smith above the prophets he plagiarized in his less than creative moments.
In the Old Testament though, a seer and a prophet were the same thing. And they didn’t need to look in funny hats with weird stones to predict the future or read scripture less than a millennia old. I still find it hard to comprehend why they are using metal plates to write. a cave wall, a buffalo hide, bark papyrus, etc. would all be easier. One man told me it was so they would last. Well how did that work out then? I mean why should they last if they are just going to magically disappear after a charlatan finishes reading them?
Notice we still have the Bible and it was written on paper.

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