Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Critics Making Joseph Smith an Offender for a Word even though he used his Best Light at the Time

It really bugs me when critics say, "Oh Joseph Smith said that the Book of Breathings was penned by Abraham's own hand."  Or, "Joseph Smith said Freemasonry came down from the time of Solomon's Temple when Freemasonic scholars now know better."  They get side-tracked from the real issue at hand, because some of the nuances of the facts were unknown to Joseph Smith, when he took things too literally.  Even though the things that really matter all check out, just nevermind, because he made mistakes, because they are intent on finding something that they can find fault with no matter what.  You would think that people would actually care about the fact that things that actually matter do actually check out.

Question:  Did Joseph Smith produce a modern-day English representation of the ancient Book of Abraham, thereby transmitting to the modern world the actual content of an ancient document?  The answer is yes.

Question:  Did Joseph Smith sense something Abrahamic about the Book of Breathings, and has it turned out to be so?  The answer is yes.

Question:  Did Joseph Smith sense authentically ancient temple ritual fragments in Freemasonry?  The answer is yes.

Question:  Did they turn out to be authentically ancient temple ritual fragments?  The answer is yes.

Question:  Did Joseph Smith understand the nuances of what he was dealing with when it came to the Book of Breathings?  The answer is no.  He took it too literally that he thought he was dealing with the actual ancient papyrus penned by Abraham himself.

Question:  Was Joseph Smith wrong when he conflated the Book of Breathings with the original papyrus that Abraham wrote that was never in his (Joseph's) hands, which was lost to antiquity?  About unimportant factual issues, yes.

Question:  Does it really matter to the end result that Joseph Smith conflated the Book of Breathings with Abraham's original papyrus?  No, not to the end result.

Question:  Isn't it true that the Egyptians (especially those of the magical papyri tradition) ritualistically considered other documents as proxy for certain documents?  Yes.

Question:  Isn't it true that the Book of Breathings is a good proxy for Abraham's original manuscript for a variety of reasons, especially because of the principles that are manifest in the magical papyri tradition?  Yes.

Question:  Did Joseph Smith understand the nuances of what he was dealing with in Freemasonry when more modern scholarship has shown that the modern organization did not have a pedigree that actually came from Solomon's Temple as alleged in traditional Freemasonic Myth?  No.  He took it too literally.  And so did Brigham Young.  But the actual pedigree of the various elements that came to exist in Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism do indeed come from lines that stem from ancient temple worship.

Question:  Why is it that critics make Joseph Smith an offender for a word and an offender for being to literal when all that ought to matter is the results?  Or in other words, shouldn't what he got RIGHT be what actually matters, when he had enough of what he needed to fulfill his work?   Answer:  That is their problem obviously, and they will mourn for the choice of rejecting him over it eventually.  The stone of Joseph Smith's dealings with the Holy Ghost is a stone of stumbling to the foolish while the same stone is the foundation stone to the wise.

This type of reasoning of the critics is very similar to the fallacy of presentism.  The idea that because we know better some things in our time, that Joseph Smith or Brigham Young should have known what we know now.  Its like saying that Brigham Young should have known better when it comes to racism.  It is silly when you really think about it.  What we really ought to do is to recognize the miracles that the Lord accomplished through these prophets.