From the Bible’s account, Abram was 75 when he left Haran. Genesis 12:4 (NASB) reads,
“So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.”
Official Mormon teaching says otherwise. In the Pearl of Great Price, one of the four Mormon Standard Works, the Book of Abraham gives a different age than Genesis. Abraham 2:4 says,
“So I, Abraham, departed as the Lord had said unto me, and Lot with me; and I, Abraham, was sixty and two years old when I departed out of Haran.”
The law of non-contradiction states that “contradictory statements cannot both be true in the same sense at the same time.” Here is an example: “the two propositions A is B and A is not B are mutually exclusive.” Meaning, it is either one or the other. Since 75 years old is not the same is 62 years old, “A is B” is ruled out. 75 years old is not 62 years old, meaning, either the Bible was right or the Book of Abraham was right.
Here is a hint: The Bible is right, and the Book of Abraham is wrong. That is all there is to it.
On researching Mormonism or making a defense for the truth, the Bible says, in 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV), “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
As a Christian, I am ashamed that too many of us have left out the “do this with gentleness and respect” part, and I apologize to any who have been hurt by “Christians” who have not acted like Christians. Talk about hypocrisy within our own ranks!
Research and information does not always need to be long, dragged out, or academic-sounding. It does not have to go on and on, use words that only ‘rocket scientists’ understand, or be argumentative. The truth is the truth, and it stands for itself. Any research I do on my part is rehashing truths I learned during the time when I almost became a Mormon, and things I used to believe as an almost Latter-day Saint. I simply present the truth as a fallen human being who is thankfully justified by the grace of God, knowing that I cannot live this life without His divine help!
As my pastor once said, “People do not find salvation with God based off of information, but rather, through revelation.”
A stalwart Latter-day Saint may have a TON of information in the world, they may know of the many issues and problems regarding LDS Church history, but if they still do not accept the truth that the LDS Church is majorly in doctrinal deviation from the scriptures (the Bible), there is ignorance involved. In this information age, there are no excuses for being a Latter-day Saint and not knowing about black-and-white LDS Church history.
In short, someone could still have all the information in the world, and still not come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Why? Because they don’t have the revelation that He is the Son of God!
Here is an example. Take a liberally-minded religion professor from an upstanding Ivy League school in New England who knows the Bible thru-and-thru, teaches it as English literature to his classes, but does not believe anything that is in the book. Now, take an elderly woman who is a faithful church-goer and lives in backwoods, southern Alabama. She loves the Bible, she reads it, but she cannot explain in much detail a systematic theology of hermeneutics, soteriology, eschatology, hamartology, (and so forth) to others, nor does she fully understand all those concepts. She loves the Lord, and she attends a tiny church out in the country. She cannot explain the Bible in ways that a religion professor can. The difference between the two? The woman who loves the Lord has a revelation on the information she does know, even though the professor has more knowledge about the Bible simply as a literary work.
As a Christian who only has a Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministry, I may not have read the Bible as much as a Ph.D. religion professor at Brigham Young University has. I may not have read through the Old Testament as many times as an elderly Mormon has. But I have a revelation about what the Bible says in its plainness.
There are so many people in the world who have so much information. Our culture thrives on information gathering. We want everyone to prove everything to us. “If we can’t see it, it does not exist,” humanists say, trying to reason God out of the picture. Mormons try to get Christians to give them “good reasons” or “good arguments” to prove Mormonism false. This does not need to happen, because the stalwart Mormon may have a lot of information, but so does a Christian. It is what you do with that information, and whether or not a person has a revelation and witness of the Holy Spirit that what the Bible says is true that means everything. A Christian can present “facts” all day to a Mormon, but this does not always put a change in the heart of a Morm0n. You may be trying to reason them out through head knowledge, but remember, Mormons have precious hearts that need attention too.
Love Mormons. They are precious people. My hope and prayer is that Mormons receive the revelation they need as they do stumble upon the history and facts about the foundation of the LDS Church, and come to the Truth found in God’s flawless Word, the Bible.