The First Book To Describe the Theory of Evolution Was NOT Written By Charles Darwin
Here is a question for you (you can use Google if you wish, but except for this website, Google will be wrong): What was the first book to describe the theory of evolution, including the doctrine of natural selection?
The first book to describe the theory of evolution was the Book of Mormon, which was published in 1830, which was 29 years before Darwin's first book. There are actually three places in the Book of Mormon where the theory of evolution, and the ramifications of teaching the theory of evolution, are discussed. These three places are what this article is about.
The Book of Mormon is a religious history book, like the Bible, but was written by ancient prophets, most of whom lived in the Americas. The Book of Mormon covers a period of time from the Tower of Babel to about 400 A.D. Christ is a prominent figure in the Book of Mormon and after His resurrection He actually appeared to many of the people who lived in Book of Mormon times.
Most of the people mentioned in the Book of Mormon lived in what we now call: South America and Central America with the exception of those discussed in the Book of Ether, who settled in North America.
The groups of people in the Book of Mormon were called: the Nephites, the Lamanites and the people of Ether. Wars were common in the Book of Mormon times. Both the Nephites and the people of Ether were completely destroyed. The Lamanites survived and ultimately became the people of South America, Central America and the American Indians.
The Book of Mormon not only discussed the theory of evolution in three chapters, one of these chapters includes a massive warnings to those who, for profit, mock the miracles of Christ, such as the resurrection!!! Examples would include authors who write pro-evolution books and/or pro-atheism books.
An example would be Richard Dawkins who has written several evolution books and has frequently mocked the miracles of Christ.
Note that the Book of Mormon, published in 1830, talks about people who are alive today and describes some of the things they write about.
The Book of Mormon can be read online at this link:
In addition to the three sections which talk about the theory of evolution, there is a section below about modern apostles and what they have said about the theory of evolution.
So let's talk about the three sections in the Book of Mormon which rejected the theory of evolution long before Darwin's two books preached evolution.
First: The Book of Mormon - Alma 30
The first account where evolution is discussed can be found in Alma 30 in the Book of Mormon:
As can be seen in this account, the person who taught the doctrines of natural selection and evolution (i.e. that there is no God) in the Book of Mormon was Korihor, who in turn was taught these doctrines by satan himself!!
Because of Korihor's preaching, he became an enemy of the church of Christ and he was struck dumb by one of the prophets mentioned in the Book of Mormon, Alma the Younger. The events the Book of Mormon discusses happened about 74 B.C.
So while the Book of Mormon introduced the theory of evolution (without using the term "evolution" which probably did not exist in 1830), the Book of Mormon was very critical of the theory of evolution 29 years before Darwin published his first book about evolution!! And the Book of Mormon was published more than 120 years before DNA was discovered, which was the first time that the theory of evolution could be disproven.
Did you note that Korihor was called the "anti-Christ?" No doubt part of the reason Korihor was called the "anti-Christ" was because he taught that God did not exist (Alma 30:28, 37-38, 43, 48, see: 52-53) and that Christ would never be born (Alma 30:6, 12-13, 15, 23, 26). He also taught that Adam and Eve never existed (Alma 30:25) and he taught natural selection in three different ways in the same verse (Alma 30:17).
All of Korihor's doctrines were, item by item, exactly the opposite of the doctrines taught by the prophets in his day (74 B.C.), such as Ammon and Alma the Younger. All of the other enemies of the church mentioned in the Book of Mormon taught a mixture or truth and error. But everything Korihor taught was the opposite of the truth.
The reason everything Korihor taught was the opposite of the doctrines of Christ was that Korihor was also the only enemy of the church who was taught his doctrines by a personal appearance of the devil!! (Alma 30:42, 53)!!
This may explain why Korihor was also the only enemy of the church who was commanded to be struck dumb by a prophet of God, Alma the Younger (Alma 30:49-50).
The great prophet Alma the Younger described Korihor's doctrines as being designed so that "[the devil] may destroy the children of God" (Alma 30:42). This was Alma the Younger's description of the goal of what we now call: the theory of evolution!!
Alma chapter 30 is a prophesy about the coming forth of the false and anti-Christ doctrines of the theory of evolution and is a warning to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (i.e. LDS church, Latter-Day Saint Church, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or Mormon church), and to all others, about these false doctrines!!
In summary, Korihor had several unique characteristics:
The Book of Mormon is accepted as official doctrine of the Mormon church (i.e. the LDS church)!!
Furthermore, other official scriptures of the LDS church teach that God created the heavens and the earth and that God also created Adam and Eve as the world's first humans after God created plants.
Second: The Book Of Mormon - 3 Nephi 29:5-7
Here is another set of versus in the Book of Mormon, in this case it talks about evolutionists and atheists instead of evolution itself. This reference is 3 Nephi 29:5-7. Let me quote these verses:
5 Wo unto him that spurneth at the doings of the Lord; yea, wo unto him that shall deny the Christ and his works!
6 Yea, wo unto him that shall deny the revelations of the Lord, and that shall say the Lord no longer worketh by revelation, or by prophecy, or by gifts, or by tongues, or by healings, or by the power of the Holy Ghost!
7 Yea, and wo unto him that shall say at that day, to get gain, that there can be no miracle wrought by Jesus Christ; for he that doeth this shall become like unto the son of perdition, for whom there was no mercy, according to the word of Christ!
In Mormon doctrine the worst punishment a person can have is to be a "Son of Perdition." However, if you study the King Follett Discourse of Joseph Smith, this punishment is reserved for members of the Mormon church (i.e. "Latter-Day Saints" or Mormons").
Here is a link to the "King Follett Discourse" given by Joseph Smith not long before he was martyred:
What happens to a member of the church who fits into the category of "like unto the son of perdition?" Could they end up being a "son of perdition" if pushing the theory of evolution, whether for gain or not, would qualify him as "fighting against the church?" That is purely God's call as the decision is made on a case-by-case basis, but I certainly would not want to be in the situation where I was even remotely a candidate!!!!
In summary, verse 7 above primarily refers to people who are not members of the LDS church (e.g. Richard Dawkins may qualify for several reasons) who "to get gain, [claim] that there can be no miracle wrought by Jesus Christ." Examples of the miracles of Christ in the scriptures include healing people in many ways (such as restoring sight to the blind), raising the dead and above all, the resurrection of Christ and after Christ, the resurrection of many others (i.e. Christ was the first to be resurrected).
The apostles also performed many miracles.
It is interesting that the Book of Mormon, published in 1830, makes prophesies which are being fulfilled, over and over again, in the twenty-first century.
Heavenly Father loves His children, and anyone who tampers with their testimonies regarding God, for profit, could be putting themselves in harms way on Judgment Day!!
Do not forget the punishment for those who fall into this category - they may become: "like unto the Son of Perdition" (verse 7). This cannot be a good thing!!
Let Us Pause And Reflect On 3 Nephi 29:5-7
Before going on, the versus in 3 Nephi that we just talked about need more explanation. The scriptures, like the Book of Mormon, are not like the IRS Tax Code!!! The job of the IRS tax code is to consider every situation and provide an answer of the government for each situation. The IRS tax code is massively, massively longer than the versus we just talked about, yet the punishment just mentioned is much greater than anything the IRS can do to someone!!
Because a person does not meet the exact criteria of the above verses, like Richard Dawkins does, does that mean this person can ignore the above scriptures??
The answer is NO!!!
It is not the intention of the scriptures to talk about every possible person and every possible scenario relative to the youth and even adults of a church. It is extremely well known and proven that the theory of evolution, as taught in school (beginning in middle school) can severely damage the testimonies in God of the youth of the LDS or any other church!!!
For example, carefully watch this YouTube video and the part 2 video as well:
The teachers who do the damage that Ken Ham talks about are nothing like Richard Dawkins, so will they get off scot-free on Judgment Day??
The scriptures teach principles and leaves it up to the reader to determine how they may apply to them!!!
For example, what about a high school biology teacher who worships and praises Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens, etc. in their classroom. The students hear over and over again how smart and wonderful these people are. Well, these people, and hundreds of others, ridicule the miracles of Christ.
Is the school teacher, and school administrator, who on a face-to-face basis, knowingly destroys the testimonies in God and His prophets of their students, not just as guilty as Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, etc.?? In terms of quantity, no, but that does not mean they will get off scot-free on judgment day!!!
There are likely many degrees of guilt between a high school biology teacher who teaches the theory of evolution and the professionals who write books, give speeches, etc. which are designed to mock those who believe in God (e.g. Richard Dawkins is the poster child of those who do this).
What a person needs to do is ask the question: WHAT IS THE MESSAGE of Alma 30 and 3 Nephi 29:5-7??? The message is that God does not like people who knowingly and intentionally damage the testimonies of God that people have!!!
Some people will become "like unto the son of perdition," but what the scriptures don't say is that others may not become "like unto the son of perdition," but yet there may be very, very serious ramifications for the damage they have done to the youth of any church.
Whether the person damages the testimonies of millions of students or scores of students in their classroom, does God not know what is going on???
Remember, the scriptures are not like the tax code. The scriptures teach principles. It is not the intent of the scriptures to describe the punishment and reward of every type of person on this planet. The scriptures are teaching tools. As we read the scriptures we should constantly be asking ourselves: "why are these versus in the scriptures and how do these versus apply to me?"
My point is that just because a school teacher does not technically fit into the versus that Richard Dawkins fits into, does not mean there will not be some ramifications by God for intentionally leading astray the youth they are responsible for!!!
This would not only apply to teachers, but also to school administrators and even the administrators at a state-wide level. Trust me on this one, it applies all the way to the Congress, the Supreme Court of the United States, etc.!!! Yes, judges will be judged.
Third: The Book of Mormon - 1 Nephi 8
Consider these versus in 1 Nephi 8: (the prophet Lehi is speaking)
10 And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy.
11 And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen.
12 And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit.
13 And as I cast my eyes round about, that perhaps I might discover my family also, I beheld a river of water; and it ran along, and it was near the tree of which I was partaking the fruit.
14 And I looked to behold from whence it came; and I saw the head thereof a little way off; and at the head thereof I beheld your mother Sariah, and Sam, and Nephi; and they stood as if they knew not whither they should go.
15 And it came to pass that I beckoned unto them; and I also did say unto them with a loud voice that they should come unto me, and partake of the fruit, which was desirable above all other fruit.
16 And it came to pass that they did come unto me and partake of the fruit also.
17 And it came to pass that I was desirous that Laman and Lemuel should come and partake of the fruit also; wherefore, I cast mine eyes towards the head of the river, that perhaps I might see them.
18 And it came to pass that I saw them, but they would not come unto me and partake of the fruit.
19 And I beheld a rod of iron, and it extended along the bank of the river, and led to the tree by which I stood.
20 And I also beheld a strait and narrow path, which came along by the rod of iron, even to the tree by which I stood; and it also led by the head of the fountain, unto a large and spacious field, as if it had been a world.
21 And I saw numberless concourses of people, many of whom were pressing forward, that they might obtain the path which led unto the tree by which I stood.
22 And it came to pass that they did come forth, and commence in the path which led to the tree.
23 And it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness; yea, even an exceedingly great mist of darkness, insomuch that they who had commenced in the path did lose their way, that they wandered off and were lost.
[Note: The "mist of darkness" would have included any false teachings which are anti-prophet, anti-God and/or anti-Christ doctrines.]
24 And it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; [Note: the "rod of iron" wuld have been any true doctrines (e.g. there is a God) as taught by the prophets.] and they did press forward through the mist of darkness, clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth and partake of the fruit of the tree.
25 And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed.
26 And I also cast my eyes round about, and beheld, on the other side of the river of water, a great and spacious building; and it stood as it were in the air, high above the earth.
27 And it was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; and their manner of dress was exceedingly fine; and they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and were partaking of the fruit.
28 And after they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed, because of those that were scoffing at them; and they fell away into forbidden paths and were lost.
29 And now I, Nephi, do not speak all the words of my father.
30 But, to be short in writing, behold, he saw other multitudes pressing forward; and they came and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press their way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron, until they came forth and fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree.
31 And he also saw other multitudes feeling their way towards that great and spacious building.
32 And it came to pass that many were drowned in the depths of the fountain; and many were lost from his view, wandering in strange roads.
33 And great was the multitude that did enter into that strange building. And after they did enter into that building they did point the finger of scorn at me and those that were partaking of the fruit also; but we heeded them not.
34 These are the words of my father: For as many as heeded them, had fallen away.
Note: While these versus talk about different ways to describe false doctrines and popular doctrines, it is certain that the teaching of the theory of evolution would be a significant part of the "mist of darkness" mentioned above, since the Book of Mormon clearly discusses the theory of evolution in other places as shown above!!
And as is mentioned in other places, the doctrines of the theory of evolution are a mirror-image of the doctrines of the Latter-Day Saint (Mormon) church!!
Fourth: Modern Apostles Who Have Been Critical Of The Theory of Evolution
Not only is the Book of Mormon critical of the theory of evolution, even modern-day apostles and prophets have been critical of the theory of evolution.
President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve, described the absurdity of the theory of evolution with a question: "Could an explosion in a printing shop produce a dictionary ... [that could] heal its own torn pages or reproduce its own newer editions?"
President Nelson is basically asking: "How could a gigantic, accidental explosion [i.e. the Big Bang], and a massive number of mindless accidents [i.e. evolution], have created the DNA strands [i.e. dictionaries] of many thousands of complex species of plants and animals (and many species have the ability to heal some of their own wounds); where each species came to exist by random, accidental mutations to DNA?"
President Nelson was not asking a question, he was making a statement: "evolution could not have happened."
He is correct, randomness has never created anything highly complex; but human cells, and the DNA inside of those cells, is far, far beyond incomprehensible complexity and sophistication!!
President Nelson is not the only apostolic critic of the theory of evolution among the top leaders of the LDS church. Elder Jefferey R. Holland is another apostle who has been openly critical of the theory of evolution. This is a quote of his from a speech at Brigham Young University:
Every person Elder Holland mentions (and hundreds of others) easily qualifies to become "like unto the son of perdition," but only God can make the official determination!!
The principle is that God clearly does not like people damaging the testimonies in the Godhead of the youth (and adults) of the LDS church!!
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