Joseph Smith translated two rolls of ancient texts from Egyptian tombs (this was witnessed by brother David Whitmer too). One is "Book of Abraham".
Since I have read over the Bible many times, and mentally have formed an image of how brothers and sisters would speak, but when I read that book, my spirit was troubled.
I continue to read on, and found some contradictions, and finally, I form the opinion that it is false, on the grounds that
- Brother Enoch's stay on earth was 365 years, according to Bible [Gen 5:23], but that book says it was 430.
- (2) Bible says LORD alone created the Earth, but that book says "the gods".
When I was young, when I read Genesis, I was troubled that why brother Abraham lied about his wife, telling Pharoah as well as king of Philistine, that Sarah was his sister. He did it twice, and even his son, brother Issac would do the same!
This has puzzled me for years, and now, thank GOD ! I have the answer, thanks GOD that He revealed that to me by the rolls Joseph Smith translated, - ABRAHAM DID THAT BECAUSE A SPIRIT WHO CLAIMED TO BE THE ALMIGHTY TOLD HIM TO DO SO IN A DREAM !!!
When I first became a Christian, that was when I was 16 (I am now 51), the teaching of Jesus "Let what you say be simply Yes or No; anything more than this comes from evil" sank into my heart. And I love honesty. Moreover, in Acts, brother Peter put Ananias and his wife Sapphira to death because they lied. Hence it may be seen that how LORD hates lies. (Suppose you were present in the Judgement Day, i.e. you were among the jury, would you give one eternal life if he lies ?)
The fact that brother Abraham lied about his wife puzzled me for many years. The answer did not come until I have read about the Book of Mormon and know about the LDS site www.lds.org. I read the (supposedly) Book of Abraham, and I know the answer now : brother Abraham was instructed to lie because "Almighty" told him so in a dream !
Therefore I cherish all the more "TRUTH AND TRUTH ONLY. WHAT IS RIGHT (IN THE SIGHT OF LORD) AND NOT WHO IS RIGHT".
Demons had tempted me many many times, telling me that he is the Almighty. At first, I really could not make up my mind, but when demon tried more and more, he "showed his tail, even under a sheep's clothes", and I know he is a "wolf". Now I steadfastly refuse demon's voice on the ground :
- LORD would always use (a) proper (b) lawful (c) exposable to light (i.e. would not be afraid of scrutiny by all) methods to conduct His business, but demon would not. Jesus taught me that a shepherd would enter the sheepfold by the door, and would not climb in by another way ! [John 10:1-5]1
- Jesus taught me to be "beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? ... " [Mt 7:15-19]
I apply this to "angels, Almighty" too - kindness, mercy, justice and fairness, holiness, meekness and gentleness, pure in heart, ... ?
The above two methods help me to distinguish "demons in sheep's clothing" a majority of the cases.
Whenever I think about a problem, usually ideas would come out of the mind, and sometimes, the idea appears to be from outside (i.e. spoken to my mind). That idea from LORD, that idea from demons ? I have no way to tell. I consistently apply the criteria "TRUTH AND TRUTH ONLY. WHAT IS RIGHT AND NOT WHO IS RIGHT." and found it very effective.
Now I have formed the opinion that (a) Book of Moses is true (b) Book of Abraham is false.
I have formed my own judgement, you must form your own.
Wu Siu Yan, July 2001
1 [John 10:1-2] "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber; but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep."