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Has anyone (other than Jesus) done more than Joseph Smith in less time?
Yes. His name was Muhammad. Born 570-580 and died June 8, 632. In just 10 years from the time he left Mecca
in 622 to travel to Yatreb (renamed Medina - the City of the Prophet) until his death in 632 he accomplished much
Joseph Smith did in the 14 years from 1830 to 1844. Comparing the first 150 years of the movements began by each
man, Muhammad had
a much greater impact than Joseph Smith. Within 150 years of Muhammad's death, Islam had expanded from Arabia
to cover an area
from Spain to Persia including North Africa. Today adherents of Islam number nearly 1 billion.
There are many similarities between Joseph Smith and Muhammad:
The Qur'an like the Book of Mormon also claims to be another witness for the Bible.
Both claimed to be God's prophet.
- Both left behind a collection of revelations from God, the Qur'an from the words of Muhammad, and the Doctrine
and Covenants from Joseph Smith.
- Both sometimes received revelations (translations in the case of Joseph Smith) by hiding their eyes and heads from the light.
Muhammad hid his eyes and head beneath a veil*, and Joseph Smith hid his eyes using a hat.
- Both died without establishing procedures for the transmission of authority*.
- Both practiced polygamy, and although a limit was set at four wives in the Moslem community, no limit
was set on the number of concubines a man might have. After the death of his first wife Khadija, Muhammad was
"divinely delivered to the passing joys of an enormous harem, which the first Moslems have described in detail and not without pride."*
The Qur'an defends itself much as supporters of the Book of Mormon do: "If they say, 'Why, he has forged
it', Say: 'Then produce a sura like it, and call on whom you can, apart from God, if you speak truly'. " (
*Henri Daniel-Rops, The Church in the Dark Ages, Vol II, Doubleday/Image, 1962, pp.29-37.
How can Mormons explain Joseph Smith and Muhammad, each producing an inspired work that claims to give support to
the scriptures that have come before. How can Mormons reconcile the totally different views as to the divinity and sonship
of Jesus and his relationship with the Father? Why have Mormons been so quick to accept the Book of Mormon and reject
or at least disregard the Qur'an?
Muhammad accomplished so much more than Joseph Smith did. In the
100 years after the death of Muhammad his followers had conquered
the hearts and souls of many and the land from Spain
in the West to Syria in the East including the Holy Land, Egypt and North Africa.
They finally conquered that last remanant of the Roman Empire in
1453 with the fall of Constantinople. They didn't force their religion
on people, but taxed those who did not convert. They allowed other
religions to operate as "Nations" within the Islamic Empire but
did not allow private ownership or physical control of
territory. Much more liberal than the theocracy establish by Brigham
Young that resulted in the murders of non-LDS pioneers from Arkansas
who appeared to be making plans to stay in Utah rather than continuing
on to California. Current LDS strategy seems to be to "buy" the
world through the use of modern economic warfare, not conquer it
through old fashion military action.
Mormonism and Islam are most alike in both being Christian heresies.
The one great difference between Islam and Mormonism is understanding
who Jesus is to both groups. While both groups are wrong, to
Mormons, Jesus is the son of God the Father who is father of both
the premortal spirit of Jesus and the father of his earthly body; Jesus a perfect man who
progressed from being a man to godhood showing that all can becoming
gods. The Qur'an tells us that God has no need for a son. And
although the Qur'an tells us that Jesus was born of a virgin this
does not mean that he is the son of God. Jesus according to the
Qur'an pointed the way to God's prophet, Muhammad.
Makes me think of the time that Joseph Smith
boasted that he had performed a greater work than Jesus did in keeping a church together...
Bottom line, Mormonism is in doctrine the Islam of the West using
the world-wide organizational structures of the Roman Catholic Church
(pope/prophet, curia/GAs) and the city/local governance structures
of Calvinist city-states (Ordinances, Wards, Councils, etc.)
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