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MORMONS IN SHOCK
"Love warns of danger"
This site is intended to be a loving warning of spiritual danger regarding LDS teachings, and an offer of hope. The primary messages are:
1. There are no telestial or terrestrial "glories", (worlds or destinations) in the afterlife.
We PLEAD with you, for your sake, to study this out carefully. We do not want you to be in shock on the judgment day to learn these things then.
1. THERE ARE NO TELESTIAL OR TERRESTRIAL GLORIES. The proofs presented are from
A. The Bible. All of the scriptures below teach two destinations generally. But Rev. 20:15 and 21:24-27 teach ONLY two destinations. They state that if your name is NOT in the Lamb's book of life your destiny will be the lake of fire, and that if your name IS in the book of life, you will be in God's presence, with access to His very throne. Think about it: what other options can exist besides "name in book" and "name not in book"???
"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Rev. 20:15
"And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it (the city)... and the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it; ... and the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there... And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." Rev. 21:22-27
Other Scriptures (King James Version)
Psalm 139:8 heaven; hell
The entire Bible speaks only of God's KINGDOM (singular); it never speaks of more than one heavenly kingdom! ( In Rev. 11:15b, the one exception, the plural form in King James is italicized, meaning it was supplied by translators, thus not in the original)
B. LDS Proof Texts:
I Cor. 15:40
Joseph Smith added the word telestial to that verse. (Note: there is no manuscript evidence for the addition). Study of the King James Version verse in context shows that the verse refers ONLY to earthly (terrestrial) bodies and heavenly (celestial) bodies, not to any destinations. In other words, the verse merely speaks of the kind of body humans have before and after death.
The LDS view of word terrestrial as relating to the future does not agree with its true meaning. The word TERRESTRIAL as used throughout the New Testament, simply means 'earthly', and in II Cor. 5:1-4 the Greek word for terrestrial (epigeios) was translated as "earthly" (verse 1): "For we know that if our earthly (terrestrial) house of this tabernacle (i.e our present body) were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. It goes on to speak of wanting to be clothed with our new body in heaven. Now think what it is saying. My terrestrial body has to be dissolved before I get a new one in heaven. In other words, there will be no terrestrial bodies in heaven because my terrestrial body is my PRESENT, earthly one!
II Cor. 12:2 refers to the third heaven. The "first" usage in the Bible of the word heaven has the meaning, sky; the second, outer space, and the third, the presence of God... these are the 3 ways the word heaven is used in the Bible. It is illogical to jump to the conclusion that there are other "heavens" that exist as destinations for humans, when the clear statements in God's Word indicate otherwise.
John 14:2 speaks of many mansions... but those mansions are in the FATHER'S house (I.E. where the Father lives). We can agree that "Celestial Glory" (God's kingdom) exists. No other place for mansions or dwelling places is mentioned in the Bible.
B. LDS Writings
BOOK OF MORMON VERSES:
II Nephi 15:34-35 kingdom of God or an awful, filthy hell
Note that D&C 20:9, 27:5 refers to the Book of Mormon as the FULLNESS of the gospel. This makes "3 heavens" a significant omission!
DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
D & C 76, 88 and 131 are the only places that teach the three heavens theory.
BUT... see the rest of the story:
D&C 29:27-28, 43-44 eternal life or eternal damnation
PEARL OF GREAT PRICE
Moses 6:29 and 59 kingdom of heaven or death and hell
C. Summary and Additional Evidence
1. No Bible verses teach more than 2 destinations for mankind. Its consistent story is the traditional heaven/hell, although it could more precisely be referred to as hell followed by the lake of fire vs. the new heaven and earth as the two choices (There will be free access between the new heaven and earth, and all have access to the throne of God. See Rev. 21:24-27)
2. The Book of Mormon does not teach the 3 heavens theory.
3. Nor does the Pearl of Great Price teach three heavens, but two destinations.
4. While the Doctrine and Covenants does refer to the 3 heavens in 3 places... other places in D & C say the opposite. And the most significant revelation (D&C 88) was a part of a larger revelation, a part of which was proven to be false. Church History, Vol. 2, pp. 380-381. Joseph Smith said he saw in a vision of the CELESTIAL kingdom