Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, April 14

“A Short Response to David Stewart’s ‘The Twelve Tribes of Israel Today'” by grego

Book of Mormon | “A Short Response to David Stewart’s ‘The Twelve Tribes of Israel Today'”

grego
(c) 2010

I found this the other day: http://www.gatheringofisrael.com/12tribes.html and just have a few comments to share.

First, I find that, with usual irony, a writer who unsupportedly refers to others’ ideas as “bizarre and outlandish”, “silly, fantastic, and speculative” in order to proclaim self-authority while they present their own, is often one of those with “bizarre and outlandish”, “silly, fantastic, and speculative” ideas themself; and it seems to stand here, too.

In the gospel, I am slightly unsure how to categorize things; see, to “normal” people, much of the gospel *is* “bizarre and outlandish”, “silly, fantastic, and speculative”. I know that might come as a surprise to many LDS, including David Stewart, but just ask any atheist (many of which, I also believe, are just as “bizarre and outlandish”, “silly, fantastic, and speculative” as LDS…).

Much has authoritatively been spoken about the Ten Lost Tribes in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), and not only does it answer all the problems encountered on the topic, it explains more that David forgot to write. Here are the three major ones, which makes the whole thrust of his article powerless:

1. The Ten Lost Tribes, like Abraham’s seed and the other two tribes, have been and are scattered over the earth (see 2 Nephi 10:22, for example). That is obvious, correct. The following should also be obvious:

2. Anyone not of one of the twelve tribes of Israel is *adopted* into a tribe at their baptism, which is always before their patriarchal blessing; so everyone getting a patrarchal blessing, is already of one of the twelve tribes (and I don’t see proof that every single patriarch will have it revealed to him, and he will state, “you are adopted” if that really is the case; though I could be wrong; source to the contrary, anyone?).

3. The majority of the Ten Lost Tribes (see those capitals? They’re there, and have been there, for a reason…) are in a body, separate. For example, to believe that 3 Nephi 15, 16, and especially 3 Nephi 17:4 refer to all those places (and more!) referenced to in Stewart’s article and that the records are in the Armenian Church museum basement, are… what was that phrase?… “bizarre and outlandish”, “silly, fantastic, and speculative”.

However unbecoming that might be to David and others, I have one word for them: sorry! If the Ten Lost Tribes were hidden under the polar icecaps, in “secret cities” in Russia, in the center of the Earth, under the sea, and so forth”, or even on another planet, such as mentioned by Joseph Smith, well, that wouldn’t be the first time something “bizarre and outlandish”, “silly, fantastic, and speculative” would be in the history of this world—or in the gospel, would it? ;)

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