The War In Heaven Comes to Earth
This article will discuss scriptures from several sources, including the Book of Mormon. It is important to understand that the Book of Mormon was published 29 YEARS before Darwin's first book on evolution!! The Book of Mormon was first published in 1830. Darwin's first book was published in 1859. In fact, if you are rich you can purchase one of the original Book of Mormons.
My point is that the Book of Mormon was not a REACTION to the theory of evolution, it was PREDICTING the Theory of Evolution!!
So let's get started.
The Bible, in Genesis 1, teaches that Adam, the first man on this Earth, was created by God after God had already created the earth, after God had created plants (to create oxygen) and after God created animal life (see Genesis 1:24-27).
Using modern terminology, we would say that God designed human DNA for both Adam and Eve and He also designed the DNA for all other species.
But all human beings existed as spirits before our spirits were put into a physical body. Our spirit included intelligence and was put into our "physical body" sometime between conception and birth.
In fact, long before we were born on this earth, our spirit bodies lived somewhere else in the "pre-existent world" or "pre-existence." In the pre-existence we were sentient and even had to make very important decisions, which had eternal consequences!!! But we did not have a physical body yet. We had to earn that right by following Christ instead of Lucifer.
In the pre-existent world, before we were placed on this earth, Michael (i.e. later called Adam) was the Savior's top General in the "war of words" that determined who would be born on this earth with a physical body. See this quote from the Bible:
The phrase "cast out" means that Lucifer and his followers were sent to earth, never to receive a physical body.
But note that Michael (i.e. Adam) and Lucifer (i.e. satan) knew each other in the pre-existent world.
Because Adam (i.e. Michael) cast Lucifer out of heaven, it makes perfect sense that Lucifer would hate Adam and would invent a collection of doctrines to claim that Adam never existed!! These doctrines (i.e. that humans descended from a single cell in a warm pond instead of from Adam and Eve) are at the core of the theory of evolution today!!
Satan Teaches Korihor Face-To-Face
(This section will reference Alma 30 in the Book of Mormon. Here is a link to this chapter:
The "Lucifer" who fought against Christ in the pre-existence, is also called satan in the scriptures, including the Book of Mormon. In fact, he has multiple names.
In Alma 30 in the Book of Mormon, which is about events that occurred before the time of Christ (about 70 B.C.) I will focus on three of the key people: satan, Korihor (the anti-Christ) and Alma the Younger (the prophet).
In this chapter satan taught Korihor that there would be no Christ (e.g. Alma 30:15), and satan also implied that Adam never existed (e.g. Alma 30:25). In the scriptures "Adam" and "Michael the archangel" are the same person.
Likewise, the theory of evolution today claims there is no God and it also claims that Adam and Eve never existed. Basically satan taught Korihor what we now call the "theory of evolution."
But in addition to the Bible: the Book of Mormon (e.g. 1 Nephi 5:11, 2 Nephi 2: 19-25, etc.), the Doctrine and Covenants (e.g. Section 27:5-14, etc.), and the Pearl of Great Price (e.g. Moses 1:32-35, Moses 3:7-25, etc.) all testify that Adam was the first man and was created by God.
Adam was also a great prophet, second only to Christ in Priesthood authority (e.g. Teachings of Joseph Smith [Chapter 8], see also Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie, Bookcraft, 1966, p. 16 and see: "The Man Adam" by Robert L. Millet, Ensign, January, 1994).
While Michael is still the General of Christ's forces, Lucifer has become the father of all lies. It was Lucifer who taught Korihor that Christ would never be born and he taught him the theory of evolution.
The theory of evolution today cannot claim that Christ never existed because He is a well-known historical figure, but evolutionists today claim that Christ was not the Son of God because they claim there is no God.
In summary, the Bible and LDS doctrine make it very clear that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, Adam and Eve, and Noah and Noah's wife are real beings (Note: Adam, Eve, Noah, and Noah's wife were resurrected after the resurrection of Christ [who was the first to be resurrected] so they are real beings even today)!!
Yet, the theory of evolution today denies that all seven of these people ever existed!! Technically atheists today must admit that Christ existed (due to documents which existed shortly after the time of Christ which made reference to Christ), but the evolutionists claim that Christ was not divine, as just mentioned!!
As with Korihor's day, the theory of evolution today is a mirror image of the truth. The "war in heaven" is raging today under the disguise of the theory of evolution!!
Of course, the doctrines of the theory of evolution are only the tip of the iceberg of the false doctrines that members of the church need to be prepared for. That is precisely why God has given His church a living prophet who has the same keys which were held by Peter, James and John. Today that prophet is Thomas S. Monson, who presides over the Mormon/LDS church.
Noah is also called Gabriel and he is next in line to Adam in priesthood authority per the book: Teachings of Joseph Smith, Chapter 8.
Gabriel appreared to four people in the New Testament: Joseph and his wife Mary (the mother of Jesus) and Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth (the mother of John the Baptist).
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