Problems With the Book of Ether: Chapter 2

A few weeks ago, I posted an article on the problems with the Book of Ether chapter 1, and gave a brief introduction to the book of Ether. Chapter 2 has some issues of its own. Mirroring the biblical account of Noah’s flood in some aspects, chapter 2 of Ether talks about the Jaredites coming to America on eight barges. In a one-up on the Noah’s flood account, the Jaredites apparently bring fish, bees, and “seeds of every kind” on the barges. (Ether 2:2-3)

The most basic question: why bring fish on a boat when they can just stay swimming in the water?

Ether 2:12, taking place nearly 4,000 years ago, says this about America: “Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written.”

I agree with this description of America, but given that long ago? Joseph Smith clearly knew the language that described America in his day, and it was pretty easy to add it into the Book of Mormon account.

Ether 2:10 says, “…for it is the everlasting decree of God…” Really? How many decrees by the Mormon god are everlasting? The polygamy doctrine was not everlasting. The blacks being forbidden from the LDS priesthood in this world was not everlasting.

Read Doctrine and Covenants section 56. D&C 56:4 says, “Wherefore I, the Lord, command and revoke, as it seemeth me good; and all this to be answered upon the heads of the rebellious, saith the Lord.”

The God I serve does not revoke a commandment. The God of the Bible is consistent.

Moving on, Ether 2:15, when it says …”[my] Spirit will not always strive with man…” that is a plagiarism of Genesis 6:3.

Ether 2:16-25 discusses the building of the 8 barges that the Jaredites built. Verse 18 says that “O Lord… I have made the barges according as thou hast directed me.” The description of the barges looks like the picture above, it looks almost like a football.

The brother of Jared, after he finishes building the barges, says in verse 19, “O Lord, in them there is no light; whither shall we steer? And also we shall perish, for in them we cannot breathe, save it is the air which is in them; therefore we shall perish.”

The Mormon god forgot to put ventilation in the barges, in verse 20, God tells the brother of Jared to put holes in the barges.

In verses 22-23, God forgets to light the barges, and the brother of Jared tells God about it. The Mormon god says in verse 23, “What will ye that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels? For behold, ye cannot have windows, for they will be dashed in pieces…”

Glass windows didn’t exist back in the day of the Jaredites… But windows were sure around in Joseph Smith’s day! This is yet another anachronism in the Book of Mormon… and there are several more!

God forgets to put light and ventilation in his own ships? Man had to help out the Mormon god who was not capable or knowledgeable enough for the task at hand.

My God is trustworthy enough to not forget how to do something. As a matter of fact, biblically, my God is awesome enough to do anything!

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