Thursday, July 8, 2010
Joseph Smith’s “First Vision”
The Bible says that no one can see God the Father and live to tell about it! (Exodus 33:20. See also John 1:18 and 1 Timothy 6:16) God is a Spirit and invisible (John 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17). So we can immediately see that this vision was false.
Researchers have found many versions of this “First Vision” in early Mormon writings, including writings by Smith himself, long before the established official version. In these other versions there are differences in how many people appeared as well as who appeared, and in what they said, etc. It is doubtful that Smith had a vision at all, rather it was something he made up many years later to establish his position as prophet.
However, if Smith did indeed have a vision, we know from its content that it could not have been from God. As 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 tells us, Satan can appear as an angel of God to deceive us. And in Matthew 24:5 Jesus tells us that many will claim to be Christ.