One of the strongest arguments against the divine origin of Mormonism is that its theology evolved over time. While the Book of Mormon teaches monotheism, the doctrine of the Trinity, that hell is a place of eternal conscious torment, and condemns polygamy, Joseph Smith later taught polytheism, three levels of heaven without a hell of endless torment, and polygamy.

The testimony of the three witnesses in the introduction to the Book of Mormon concludes with an affirmation of the doctrine of the Trinity:

“And the honor be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, which is one God. Amen.”

At least four other texts teach that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit exist as one God:

2 Nephi 31:21: “And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen.”

Alma 11:44: “And shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God.”

Mormon 7:7: “To sing ceaseless praises with the choirs above, unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Ghost, which are one God.”

D&C 20:28: “Which Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one God, infinite and eternal, without end. Amen.”

But Joseph Smith later taught that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are not only three distinct persons, but three distinct gods as well:

“I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods. If this is in accordance with the New Testament, lo and behold! we have three Gods anyhow, and they are plural: and who can contradict it!” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 370).

But the Book of Mormon contradicts it by teaching that there is only one God:

Alma 11:28-29, 35: “Now Zeezrom said: Is there more than one God? And he answered, No. . . . Now Zeezrom said unto the people: See that ye remember these things; for he said there is but one God.”

Mosiah 15:4: “And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth.”

Ether 2:8: “And he had sworn in his wrath unto the brother of Jared, that whoso should possess this land of promise, from that time henceforth and forever, should serve him, the true and only God, or they should be swept off when the fulness of his wrath should come upon them.”

When it comes to the nature of God, the Book of Mormon teaches that God is eternally unchangeable, all-knowing, and infinite:

Moroni 8:18: “For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity.”

Moroni 7:22: “For behold, God knowing all things, being from everlasting to everlasting, behold, he sent angels to minister unto the children of men, to make manifest concerning the coming of Christ; and in Christ there should come every good thing.”

Mormon 9:9: “For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing?”

D&C 20:17: “By these things we know that there is a God in heaven, who is infinite and eternal, from everlasting to everlasting the same unchangeable God, the framer of heaven and earth, and all things which are in them.”

But Mormon leaders later taught that God was once a man as we are now and had to become exalted to Godhood by his God.

The Book of Mormon condemns polygamy in even stronger language than the Bible does:

Jacob 1:15: “And now it came to pass that the people of Nephi, under the reign of the second king, began to grow hard in their hearts, and indulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices, such as like unto David of old desiring many wives and concubines, and also Solomon, his son.”

Jacob 2:24, 27: “Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord. . . . Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none.”

Jacob 3:5: “Behold, the Lamanites your brethren, whom ye hate because of their filthiness and the cursing which hath come upon their skins, are more righteous than you; for they have not forgotten the commandment of the Lord, which was given unto our father—that they should have save it were one wife, and concubines they should have none.”

But Smith later taught that David and Solomon did not sin by having multiple wives:

D&C 132:38: “David also received many wives and concubines, and also Solomon and Moses my servants, as also many others of my servants, from the beginning of creation until this time; and in nothing did they sin save in those things which they received not of me.”

The Book of Mormon teaches over and over again that hell is a place of eternal conscious torment:

Jacob 6:10: “And according to the power of justice, for justice cannot be denied, ye must go away into that lake of fire and brimstone, whose flames are unquenchable, and whose smoke ascendeth up forever and ever, which lake of fire and brimstone is endless torment.”

Mosiah 2:39: “And now I say unto you, that mercy hath no claim on that man; therefore his final doom is to endure a never-ending torment.”

Mosiah 3:25: “And if they be evil they are consigned to an awful view of their own guilt and abominations, which doth cause them to shrink from the presence of the Lord into a state of misery and endless torment, from whence they can no more return; therefore they have drunk damnation to their own souls.”

Mosiah 28:3: “Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble.”

Alma 28:11: “And the bodies of many thousands are laid low in the earth, while the bodies of many thousands are moldering in heaps upon the face of the earth; yea, and many thousands are mourning for the loss of their kindred, because they have reason to fear, according to the promises of the Lord, that they are consigned to a state of endless wo.”

Helaman 12:25-26: “And I would that all men might be saved. But we read that in the great and last day there are some who shall be cast out, yea, who shall be cast off from the presence of the Lord; Yea, who shall be consigned to a state of endless misery, fulfilling the words which say: They that have done good shall have everlasting life; and they that have done evil shall have everlasting damnation. And thus it is. Amen.”

The Book of Mormon says that it would be better for those who do not receive the message of Christ to have never been born:

3 Nephi 28:34-35: “And wo be unto him that will not hearken unto the words of Jesus, and also to them whom he hath chosen and sent among them; for whoso receiveth not the words of Jesus and the words of those whom he hath sent receiveth not him; and therefore he will not receive them at the last day; And it would be better for them if they had not been born. For do ye suppose that ye can get rid of the justice of an offended God, who hath been trampled under feet of men, that thereby salvation might come?”

But D&C 76:89 describes the glory of the telestial kingdom (the lowest level of heaven reserved for those who do not believe the restored gospel) as one “which surpasses all understanding.”

So, how would going to the telestial kingdom which never ends be worse than never being born?

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