There are many who believe the Book of Mormon is true. There are many who believe it is false. Most people have never heard of it or don’t care one way or the other. If you fall into one of the latter two camps of thought, I’d be interested to know your opinion on what a “Book of Mormon” would look like if a real one existed.
That is, let’s assume for the moment, for the sake of argument, that the Book of Mormon is false, or let’s just forget that it exists. Let us assume that there is a God, that he spoke to a prophet in Jerusalem around 600 BC, that he commanded this prophet to leave Jerusalem with his family and travel in the wilderness, and that God guided this prophet, his family, and perhaps a few others, to some location in the Americas. Let’s assume that this small group survived and grew into a minor civilization that lasted for around 1,000 years. Let us assume that this group was visited by Jesus Christ soon after his resurrection. That this group at various times was divided amongst themselves and had civil wars and sometimes were largely wicked and sometimes largely righteous, and that at the end of 1,000 years one half wiped out the other half, and the half that weren’t wiped out were absorbed into other surrounding civilizations. Let’s assume that the righteous half kept records of their 1,000 year civilization, and that at the end it was all summarized into a 500 page book.
The question is, what would this book contain and why? What would it not contain and why not?
Now, I know some of you will think “Ok, how can I comment on this post in a way to discredit the Book of Mormon?” and then you’ll write “Well, it sure wouldn’t have X like in the Book of Mormon…” For the sake of science try to resist that. Just forget the Book of Mormon, empty your mind of anything related to it, and just try to answer with an open mind. To help you I’ll make a rule, which is that if you make any mention of or reference to the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, the LDS Church, etc. your comment will automatically be deleted.
Alrighty, comment away.