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50 FAIR-ly Deceptive Answers Rebutted

 The Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research (FAIR) is a Mormon apologetics organization whose mission is to "address the charges leveled at the doctrines, practices and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) with documented responses that are written in an easily understandable style."  While not controlled by, or affiliated with the LDS Church, this organization is waging a somewhat successful campaign of disinformation.  As part of that campaign, FAIR gave answers to 50 questions that are found various places on the internet, including some on our site.  However, as is common of FAIR's articles and rebuttals, these "answers" are full of straw-men arguments, half-truths, and outright deceptions.  FAIR defends the indefensible by attacking the Bible (officially still considered Scripture by the LDS Church) and by counting on readers to accept what they say without investigating their answers.  Below you will find the 50 questions they tried to answer.  Clicking on each question will lead to their "answer" and our rebuttal.  You will be able to see that their answers are deceptive and the original questions are still without adequate and truthful answers.  Completing this rebuttal of FAIR's deceptive answers will be done in stages, and will take some time.  FAIR has hundreds of contributing members and writers on staff.  We do not.  Also, where FAIR can pack a lot of deception into a paragraph or two, we take the time and space to ensure that the reader is fully informed and aware the truth.  We urge you to keep checking back to see if additional stages of rebuttal are complete.  Or you can join our free email newsletter list and be notified when each stage is complete. 

  1. Why does the Mormon church still teach that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God after he made a false prophecy about a temple built in Missouri in his generation (D&C 84:1-5)

  2. Since the time when Brigham Young taught that both the moon and the sun were inhabited by people, has the Mormon church ever found scientific evidence of that to be true? (Journal of Discourses (1870), 13:271)

  3. Why did Brigham Young teach that Adam is "our Father and our God" when both the Bible and the Book of Mormon (Morm. 9:12) say that Adam is a creation of God? (Journal of Discourses (1852) 1:50))

  4. If Brigham Young was a true prophet, how come one of your later prophets overturned his declaration which stated that the black man could never hold the priesthood in the LDS Church until after the resurrection of all other races (Journal of Discourses (1854) 2:142-143)

  5. Since the Bible's test of determine whether someone is a true prophet of God is 100% accuracy in all his prophecies (Deut. 18:20-22), has the LDS Church ever reconsidered its teaching that Joseph Smith and Brigham Young were true prophets?

  6. Since the current LDS prophets sometimes contradict the former ones, how do you decide which one is correct?

  7. Since there are several different contradictory accounts of Joseph Smith's first vision, how did the LDS Church choose the correct one?

  8. Can you show me in the Bible the LDS teaching that we must all stand before Joseph Smith on the Day of Judgment?

  9. Can you show me archeological and historical proof from non-Mormon sources that prove that the peoples and places named in the Book of Mormon are true?

  10. If the words "familiar spirit" in Is. 29:4 refer to the Book of Mormon, why does "familiar spirit" always refer to occult practices such as channeling and necromancy everywhere else in the Old Testament?

  11. Why did Joseph Smith condone polygamy as an ordinance from God (D. & C. 132) when the Book of Mormon had already condemned the practice (Jacob 1:15, 2:24)

  12. Why were the words "white and delightsome" in 2 Nephi 30:6 changed to "pure and delightsome" right on the heels of the Civil Rights campaign for blacks?

  13. If God is an exalted man with a body of flesh and bones, why does Alma 18:26-28 and John 4:24 say that God is a spirit?

  14. Why did God encourage Abraham & Sarah to lie in Abra. 2:24? Isn't lying a sin according to the 10 commandments? Why did God tell Abraham and Sarah to lie when 2 Nephi condemns liars to hell?

  15. Why does the Book of Mormon state that Jesus was born in Jerusalem (Alma 7:10) when history and the Bible state that he was born outside of Jerusalem, in Bethlehem?

  16. If the Book of Mormon is the most correct of any book on earth, as Joseph Smith said, why does it contain over 4000 changes from the original 1830 edition?

  17. If the Book of Mormon contains the "fulness of the everlasting gospel," why does the LDS Church need additional works?

  18. If the Book of Mormon contains the "fulness of the everlasting gospel," why doesn't it say anything about so many important teachings such as eternal progression, celestial marriage, the Word of Wisdom, the plurality of Gods, the pre-existence of man, our mother in heaven, baptism for the dead, etc?

  19. Why do you baptize for the dead when both Mosiah 3:25 and the Bible state that there is no chance of salvation after death?

  20. Since the word grace means a free gift that can't be earned, why does the Book of Mormon state "for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." (2_Ne. 25:23)

  21. Does the LDS Church still regard the Book of Abraham in the Pearl of Great Price as Holy Scripture even after several prominent Egyptologists proved it was an ancient funeral scroll?

  22. Why does the Book of Abraham, chapters 4 & 5, contradict Alma 11 in stating that there is more than one God.

  23. Why does D. & C. 42:18 say there is no forgiveness for a murderer when 3 Nephi 30:2 says there is forgiveness for him?'

  24. If the Adam-God doctrine isn't true, how come D. & C. 27:11 calls Adam the Ancient of Days which is clearly a title for God in Daniel Chapter 7?

  25. Why does the Book of Mormon contain extensive, word-for-word quotes from the Bible if the LDS Church is correct in teaching that the Bible has been corrupted?

  26. Why do the Bible verses quoted in the Book of Mormon contain the italicized words from the King James Version that were added into the KJV text by the translators in the 16th and 17th centuries?

  27. If the Book of Mormon was engraved on gold plates thousands of years ago, why does it read in perfect 1611 King James Version English?

  28. If marriage is essential to achieve exaltation, why did Paul say that it is good for a man not to marry? (1_Cor. 7:1)

  29. Since the Word of Wisdom teaches us to abstain from alcohol, why did Paul encourage Timothy to drink wine for the stomach? (1_Tim. 5:23)

  30. If obeying the Word of Wisdom—which tells us to abstain from coffee, tea, alcohol and tobacco—is important for our exaltation, why did Jesus say that there is nothing that can enter a man to make him defiled (Mark 7:15)?

  31. If Jesus is the Jehovah of the Old Testament and Elohim is referred to as God in the Old Testament, can you explain Deuteronomy 6:4 to me "Hear, O Israel: the Lord (Jehovah) our God (Elohim) is one Lord (Jehovah)?

  32. Why does the Mormon Church teach that we can be married in heaven when Jesus said in Matt. 22:30 that in the resurrection man neither marry, nor are they given in marriage?

  33. How can worthy Mormon males become Gods in the afterlife when God already said that before him no God was formed, nor will there be any Gods formed after him (Is. 43:10).

  34. If God had a father who was a God, how come Isaiah 44:8 says that he doesn't know him?

  35. If God was once just a man who progressed to becoming a God, how do you explain Psalm 90:2:…"even from everlasting to everlasting, thou are [sic] God"

  36. How can God be an exalted man when Numbers 23:19 says that God is not a man?

  37. Why does the Mormon Church teach that Elohim had sexual relations with Mary to produce Jesus when both Matthew and Luke teach she was a virgin (The Seer, January 1853, p. 158)?

  38. Why does the LDS Church teach that Jesus paid for our sins in the garden of Gethsemane when 1_Pet. 2:24 says that it was on the cross?

  39. Why did Bruce McConkie write that a man may commit a sin so grievous that it will place him beyond the atoning blood of Christ (Mormon Doctrine, 1979, p. 93) when the Bible says that the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin (1John 1:7)?

  40. Why does the LDS Church teach that man first existed as spirits in heaven when 1_Cor. 15:46 says that the physical body comes before the spiritual?

  41. Since Jesus statement, "be ye therefore perfect" (Matt. 5:48) is in the present tense, are you perfect right now? Do you expect to be perfect soon? According to Heb. 10:14, how are we made perfect?

  42. Why do Mormons say the sticks in Ezekiel 37 represent the Bible and the Book of Mormon when Ezekiel 37:20-22 tells us that the sticks represent two nations, not two books?

  43. Why does the LDS Church teach that Jesus and Lucifer are spirit brothers when both the first chapter of John and Colossians teach that Jesus is the Creator of all things, including Lucifer?

  44. Why do worthy Mormon males hold the Aaronic Priesthood since Heb. 7:11-12 clearly teaches that it was changed and superseded by something better?

  45. If your leaders are correct about the complete falling away of the true church on earth, was Jesus in error when he said that the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matt. 16:18)

  46. If having a physical body is necessary to become a god, how did Jesus become a god before he had a body?

  47. Do you think the LDS Church will reconsider its teachings that the American Indians are descendants of the Jewish race now that DNA has proven that they are actually descendants of the Asian race?

  48. If polygamy was officially re-instituted by the Mormon Church, how would your wife feel about you taking another woman?

  49. Since the LDS Church teaches that there was a complete apostasy of the true church on earth, does that mean that the 3 living Nephites and the Apostle John went into apostasy also?

  50. Why are Mormon Temple ceremonies secret to the public when the Old Testament temple ceremonies were open to public knowledge?

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