If you look at a map, Jerusalem and Bethlehem are in two different places, not a suburb of one another like Mormons like to say. To say that someone was born in Jerusalem means they were born in Jerusalem and not Bethlehem. The same goes with people that say they were at Jerusalem, this does not mean they also went to Bethlehem. However, the Book of Mormon claims that Jesus was born at Jerusalem, which is a contradiction to what the Bible says. It reads, “but behold, the Spirit hath said this much unto me, saying: Cry unto this people, saying—Repent ye, and prepare the way of the Lord, and walk in his paths, which are straight; for behold, the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and the Son of God cometh upon the face of the earth. And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.” (Alma 7:9,10)
Is Bethlehem the land of our forefathers? No. Jerusalem is. Therefore, these passages in the Book of Mormon are referencing Jerusalem alone. We also know for a fact that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. It is written, “now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1,2) Herod’s chief priests and scribes also quoted from Micah, chapter 5, verse 2, in reference of Jesus being born. It reads, “and thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.” (Matthew 2:6) Therefore, what we see in Alma, chapter 7, in the Book of Mormon is a clear contradiction to the Bible. There is no denying what is written in these so-called verses of scripture. And now we know the truth. The Book of Mormon is false. Amen.
Let us pray:
Lord, thank You for giving me clear guidance and direction when it comes to seeing what is true and what is false. For many years of my life, I thought I knew the truth about You and how to go to heaven, but it was all nonsense. Everything I had ever learned about working my way to heaven was all a lie. And I give You thanks for helping me know this for a fact. You have helped me understand that the Bible is the Word of God and no other book. People can slap the name Jesus on their book, church, or a name tag, but it doesn’t mean it is for You in any way. Lord, I see the time we are living in as very dark. Not only are there many corrupt churches like in Mormonism, but other churches who are also for homosexuality. As Mormons are led astray by their false prophets, we have other church leaders who are also leading their congregation astray by denying what the Bible says about sin. Lord, help us to know Your will and to also deny everything we have ever learned if necessary. It is worth it. I love You, God. Amen.