The Thirteenth Article of Faith

The final clause in the Mormon Articles of Faith reads, “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” Those ideologies mentioned certainly generate behavior by which everyone should abide. Honesty is imperative in the pursuit and presentation of truth. It can also lead to exposing error and deception. This is why it is somewhat ironic that a religion with a controversial history and disregard for Bible authority would tout such an attribute as the conclusion of its faith-based statements. A considerable amount of the duplicity of the works of Mormonism when compared to the infallible Bible has been discussed throughout this series. Yet there is one more compelling piece of evidence (and perhaps the most convincing) that challenges the honesty and integrity of the LDS Church. That proof comes by way of their numerous prophecies that have utterly failed.
Moses asks a relevant question pertaining to prophecy by writing, “…How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken?” (Deut. 18:21) In other words, how will we know if what someone says is true or false? He then answers it, “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him” (Deut. 18:22) In short, if someone gives an accurate prophecy, they may be trusted. If not, then they expose themselves as fraudulent.

In 1969, a scientist named Peter Stoner wrote an article in the magazine Science Speaks in which he examined the validity of Bible prophecy. He first took eight prophecies as recorded in the Old Testament and wrote,

We find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 10 to the 17th power…take 10 to the 17th power silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man.

Stoner then considered 48 prophecies and writes, “We find the chance that any one man fulfilled all 48 prophecies to be one in ten to the 157th power…” Those are certainly staggering odds. But ponder that there were over two hundred prophecies in the Old Testament that happened exactly when, how, and where the prophet said they would. Every one of them was fulfilled (33 in one day)! No other book of religious antiquity provides such explicit prophecies with precise results. However, it does not take long to see how Mormon prophets have fallen short.

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