摩門經證人證詞有超重大疑義,經不起檢驗。(耶穌基督後期聖徒教會(俗稱摩門教)的拱心石—-《摩門經》初驗不合格系列)

 John He 編制

 

 摩門教及摩門經最初的金三角:   (左)雷格登瑟耐  (中)考得里奧利佛    (右) 斯密約瑟

 

  本文是  摩門教初驗不合格:耶穌基督後期聖徒教會(俗稱摩門教)的拱心石—-《摩門經》的「真實性」有超重大疑義,經不起檢驗。  《摩門經》的來源(原始金頁片原文乃「改良埃及文」)矛盾離奇詭譎,其疑義大解析。(摩門教初驗不合格:耶穌基督後期聖徒教會(俗稱摩門教)的拱心石—- 《摩門經》系列)摩門經的真正作者是誰? —-斯伯丁-雷格登是 摩門經作者理論。  及 摩門經 & 摩門教義的靈感抄襲來源。 (內有文章!!!—-天下文章一大抄!!!)  的延伸補充。

序話:

在耶穌基督後期聖徒教會(俗稱摩門教)創教教主斯密約瑟住處—美國紐約州 Palmyra拋邁拉)地區1824年秋季至1825春季發生的基督教大復興,讓斯密約瑟第一次開始“將他們的挖寶關注轉變到一個宗教的陰謀。“  

1826年(在斯密約瑟”翻譯”摩門經前)他因欺詐鄰居的金錢被拖進法庭,他正在找一個騙術,一個受騙者不能起訴你或要求退還他們錢的騙術。

有了雷格登瑟耐和他的表親考得里奧利佛的”共謀大計”,斯密約瑟認為該有新的選擇來突破財源困境—–宗教是完美的選擇。

今天,根據1834年至2010年一些摩門教反對者及摩門經考證研究者考查各種文件紀錄,甚至包括計算機分析摩門經文本,DNA研究,報紙的報導,納稅記錄,人口普查數據記錄,人頭稅的文件,縣史,家族史等綜整推測而可以非常自信地指出: 在19世紀,摩門教背後真正的力量就是雷格登瑟耐。

故事的情節其實很簡單。

斯伯丁把他歷史小說的手稿給與俄亥俄州匹茲堡的印刷廠。雷格登瑟耐常去這家印刷廠,他要么複製或偷了手稿。雷格登瑟耐重新工作,加上他自己的神學,並擴大到目前的摩門經作品。最終,他勾搭上了考得里奧利佛和斯密約瑟而產生出摩門經。為了掩蓋他們的踪跡,這三人,摩門教及摩門經最初的金三角,聲稱從來沒有彼此先認識。摩門教的歷史是說: 考得里奧利佛是在1829年才幫助斯密約瑟翻譯金頁片,雷格登瑟耐是於 1830年,在摩門經的出版後才加入斯密約瑟的新教會。

雷格登瑟耐從匹茲堡出版者獲得了所羅門斯伯丁歷史小說的手稿。小說包含了摩門經中的“歷史的部分“,雷格登瑟耐重新加工,加上他自己的神學,並擴大到目前的摩門經作品。當然了, 雷格登瑟耐也應該有參考1925年Ethan Smith (和斯密約瑟無親屬關係)所寫的《View of the Hebrews (對希伯來人的看法)》, 書中呼籲將美洲原住民正視為以色列失去的支族並將他們帶回基督教群體。關於美洲原住民的可能來源的推測在當時在該地是十分普遍的。

這樣,斯伯丁未曾出版的手稿的歷史浪漫演義最終落入斯密約瑟的手中,兩個秘密幫助他的同夥,秘密地轉化它成為摩門教的聖書,其內容也成為目前摩門教信仰的骨幹。

到底是誰寫了摩門經?當然,斯伯丁之謎可以讓人們了解精心設置的故事是怎麼發生的,仔細審查那些誰的參與是與它關係最密切,由此假設而得到一個合理推論, ”誰撰寫了摩門經?”—-這也許是史上最成功的宗教騙局。真的騙很大,超級宇宙大![i]

摩門教及摩門經最初的金三角為了增強摩門經的可信度,竟啟用祭出了證人的證詞此一法寶,這般法術卻也迷惑了不計其數,眾多不知其底細的宗教追求者。

 本文:

 自1830年首次出版,幾乎每版摩門經裡都印寫著摩門經三位證人及摩門經八位證人的證詞。這些證詞乍看之下,似乎”言之有物” , ”言辭懇切” , 也氣勢磅礡的很,但證詞是否真實? 今天我們就來檢驗檢驗。

 摩爾門經三位證人的證詞

願此書所到的各國、各族、各方、各民都知道:我們藉著父神及我們的主耶穌基督的恩典,見過記載這部記錄的頁片。這是尼腓人和他們的兄弟拉曼人的記錄,也是雅列人的紀錄;雅列人來自曾提到的那座塔。我們也知道此書已藉著神的恩賜和能力而翻譯,因為祂的聲音已向我們宣告此事;因此我們確確實實地知道這部書是真實的。並且我們見證我們曾看到頁片上的鐫文;我們藉著神的大能,而非人的力量,看到這些頁片。我們以鄭重的言詞宣告,神的一位天使自天而降,帶來了頁片,放在我們的眼前,我們都看了且見到了頁片以及其上的鐫文;我們知道那是藉著父神和我們的主耶穌基督的恩典,我們才能看到並作證這些事是真實的。在我們眼中這是多麼奇妙。然而,主的聲音命令我們必須為此作證;因此,為了遵從神的命令,我們為這些事情作見證。我們也知道如果我們忠於基督,我們的衣服必不會沾上世人的血,我們會在基督的審判寶座前,被判為潔淨無瑕,並能與祂永恆地同住於天上。願榮耀歸於父、子及聖靈,他們是一神。阿們。

 奧利佛.考德里                           
大衛.惠特茂                           
馬丁.哈里斯


摩爾門經八位證人的證詞

願此書所到的各國、各族、各方、各民都知道:此書的譯者小約瑟 .斯密,曾把提到的頁片給我們看過,這些頁片看來像金製的;斯密氏譯過的每一頁片葉我們都以手觸摸過;我們也看到了其上的鐫文,看來像是古代作品,也很精巧細緻。我們以鄭重的言詞作證,斯密氏確曾給我們看過,因為我們都看見過並且掂量過,所以確實知道斯密氏擁有我們所說的頁片。茲將我們的名字公諸於界,向全世界作證我們所看到的事。我們絕無虛言,神可作證。

 

克里遜.惠特茂

亥倫.裴治

雅各.惠特茂

老約瑟.斯密

小彼得.惠特茂

海侖.斯密

約翰.惠特茂

撒母耳.斯密

 


這些摩門經證人是一群小約瑟 .斯密同時代的人,他們說他們看到斯密所說的金頁片,斯密說他從金頁片翻譯了摩門經。

 先來看看—-摩爾門經三位證人:

 摩爾門經三位證人是一組三個早期後期聖徒運動領導人,他們在一份1830年聲明中稱,一個天使已經給他們看到斯密所說的金頁片,斯密說他從金頁片翻譯了摩門經。他們聽到了上帝的聲音證明,此書已藉著神的恩賜和能力而翻譯。

三位證人是: 奧利佛.考德里;大衛.惠特茂;馬丁.哈里斯,其共同的證詞,並結合一個單獨的摩爾門經八位證人聲明,已幾乎印刷在自1830年首次出版的每版摩門經裡。

 毫無疑問的,三名證人都是和約瑟 .斯密有密切關係的。三名證人也都有類似的神奇(magic)世界觀。[ii]

 諷刺的是,最終,這三個證人都與約瑟 .斯密鬧翻絕交和被驅逐出教會。

 考得里奧利佛

考得里奧利佛(Oliver Cowdery)是摩門經的主要抄寫員。

摩門教也自稱(見教約110)1836年4月3日耶穌基督在嘉德蘭聖殿向約瑟 · 斯密及奧利佛 · 考德里顯現。摩西、以利亞和以來加等眾先知也向此摩門教金三角中二者顯現,交託聖職權鑰云云。

這裡我們需要對早期摩門教”金三角”的第三個人- —-斯密約瑟的神秘表兄弟,考得里奧利佛作些描述。奧利佛年青時會使用了一個占卜棒來尋寶的。[iii]

他的早期生活幾乎不為人所知,一直到Cowdrey, Wayne L. (2005-07-30). ”誰撰寫了摩門經?”Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon?: The Spalding Enigma. 乙書的出版。

事實證明,考得里奧利佛一直呈現出是負責首先介紹斯密約瑟給雷格登瑟耐的人,然後暗地裡去充當他們之間的中間人。

後來,在斯密約瑟準備出版摩門經時, 他起了 “翻譯” 抄寫員的作用。雖然依教會歷史記載,斯密約瑟和考得里奧利佛他們第一次會面是在 1829年四月,然而有令人信服的證據表明這兩個表兄弟們早已,至少在1822年已相識。

”誰撰寫了摩門經?” 乙書還透露,考得里奧利佛早期的生活事件已從摩門教的歷史被略去的真正原因,是因為斯密約瑟和考得里奧利佛串謀一個事情— 誘使富裕的馬丁哈里斯資助3,000元來印刷摩門經。為了實現自己的目標,斯密約瑟和考得里奧利佛不得不作出讓哈里斯認為,他們在1829年之前是完全陌生的。上帝只把他們帶到一起,因為他知道斯密約瑟是需要抄寫員來完成“作品。” 。

在考得里奧利佛的其他秘密是,事實上,他有一個兄弟和其他親戚住在俄亥俄州的雷格登瑟耐的附近,他本人在1820年代中期在訪問這些親戚中間,考得里奧利佛第一次遇見過雷格登瑟耐。[iv]

後來,考得里奧利佛於1838年時在嘉德蘭時,曾指控斯密約瑟和Fanny Alger的通姦是“骯髒,污穢,污髒的事“[v],同時還欺騙與教導不真實的教義[vi]。斯密約瑟則否認這些指控,並指控他為一騙子。[vii]  現在教會記錄顯示阿爾及爾小姐Fanny Alger是斯密約瑟的第一個“靈妻“[viii]。奧利弗說的是實話!考得里奧利佛因為此案(從未收回斯密約瑟是個犯姦淫者的宣稱)及其他”犯罪”而被開除教籍[ix],被開除教籍後加入衛理公會教會。期間他曾否定摩門經。[x]

斯密約瑟和摩門教會領導群也控訴他犯了竊盜罪、欺詐罪、偽證罪、偽造罪、通姦罪,同時聲稱他是的至惡無賴幫派之頭。[xi]

斯密約瑟曾 把考得里奧利佛列入“太壞而不想提起; 和我們喜歡忘記他們“之名單。[xii]

考得里奧利佛曾當眾承認,他因為自己和摩門教有所關連而深感難過和羞恥。[xiii]

在1848年秋天,摩門教會聲稱他重返教會[xiv];但他們在同一年內不久,又指控考得里與叛教者 William E. McLellin 一起「試圖再次重組"那個國度"」[xv]

長期抱病的考得里奧利佛沒有否認他曾經在異象裡面見到金頁片的見證(史上最成功的宗教騙局的最初金三角怎麼會否認?),十年後又返回了摩門教會。

考得里奧利佛,據言是擔任摩門經的大部分翻譯的主要文士抄寫員,曾申明,“我寫,用我自己的筆,寫整個摩門經(除了少數幾頁),因為它也從先知斯密約瑟的嘴唇乏說出,當他藉著神的恩賜和力量翻譯。。。。雷格登瑟耐沒有寫。斯伯丁先生也沒有寫。我自己寫的,因為它也從先知的嘴唇而出。[xvi] 是啊!史上最成功的宗教騙局的最初金三角只能這麼繼續硬著頭皮說。

金三角雷格登瑟耐和考得里奧利佛都否認他們寫了《摩門經》。但是否認的原因是因為他們真正沒有參與《摩門經》的寫作過程,或者《摩門經》本來就是史上最成功的宗教騙局金三角共謀所製作編寫的則不得而知。

哈里斯馬丁

哈里斯馬丁是資助摩門經的翻譯和出版的金主。

馬丁‧哈里斯曾是一位富農,當地(Palmyra, New York)的長老教會牧師稱他為“一個有異象的狂信者”[xvii], “不管他去那裡了,他總在他周圍看見異象和超自然的顯現”。[xviii]

馬丁‧哈里斯對斯密約瑟的奇異事情發生興趣,認為有幸恭逢其盛,打算出資來出版這本斯密約瑟所謂的天書,參與斯密約瑟此一歷史盛會。馬丁‧哈里斯的原先如意賺錢算盤之一是透過出書賺版費,他太太露西哈里斯說: “[馬丁‧哈里斯]說: “如果你不要管我,我可以通過它賺錢。” “[xix]

回想當年(1828年四月) ,哈里斯馬丁曾和他的太太露西(Lucy Harris)一起去Harmony PA看斯密約瑟。後來露西離開他的丈夫回到Palmyra PA,因為露西深信斯密約瑟是一個沒有真正擁有金葉片的騙子,她相信斯密約瑟斯的主要目標是詐騙她的丈夫所有的財產。1829年她收集證人和在紐約里昂(Lyons),紐約對斯密約瑟斯提出刑事指控,試圖證明斯密約瑟斯是假裝有黃金葉片,以騙取她的丈夫。審判在斯密約瑟斯缺席下進行,但在法官聽取哈里斯馬丁證詞後被駁回。[xx]

走筆至此,筆者有一個不現實(不可能實現)的想法:

如果, 我是說如果,如果當年斯密約瑟斯可以出示《摩門經》的「原始」頁片「摩門經金片」給《摩門經》的印刷出資者哈里斯馬丁的妻子露西看,使她相信斯密約瑟斯的主要目標不是詐騙她的丈夫所有的財產,如果今天《摩門經》的「原始」頁片「摩門經金片」都還在,或者當時已有攝影機或手機可拍下視頻作證, 則今天筆者也就不用多費筆墨如此辛苦敲字打鍵盤了。

事實上,摩門教到今天—2011年,還拿不出有力證據—-拿不出直接的證據,拿不出明顯的證據,拿不出客觀的證據,拿不出無可辯駁的證據,來說服世人它所的聲稱是一個真理。

…..&^%$&^….. 有點小離題了,還是言歸主題,接著說吧!

馬丁‧哈里斯原先認為出版摩門經賣售摩門經亦能賺錢,原先認為只承擔50%印刷費用,沒想到後來,賺錢無望,又在斯密約瑟的宗教式—永恆的詛咒刑罰的恐嚇下,馬丁‧哈里斯為摩門經的出版,抵押了他的農場,以支付3000美元給印刷商Egbert B. Grandin作為印刷成本。[xxi]

後來,馬丁‧哈里斯成為《摩門經》三位見證人之一。

再後來,馬丁失去了他的農場。

其實,馬丁‧哈里斯是一個信仰極不穩定的宗教追求者,一輩子總共換了超過13次的教派。最初是貴格會教徒,再來是信普救說者,再來是復原主義者,然後是浸信會教友,下一個是長老會教徒,然後才是摩門教徒[xxii]。哈里斯馬丁於1837年被逐出摩門教會後,他又改變了八次教派。最後才在1842年又回到摩門教[xxiii]

楊百翰的弟弟Phineas Young於1841年12月31日時從俄亥俄州,嘉德蘭寫了一封信給他哥哥,寫道:「….哈里斯馬丁是震蕩教派的忠實信徒,他說他對震蕩教派的見證比對摩門經的見證還要重要。」[xxiv]

哈里斯馬丁也相信震盪教派的「聖卷聖書」也是一位天使帶來的。[xxv]

在爭奪斯密約瑟]的繼承權時,哈里斯馬丁也曾簽署了一份聲明,宣稱:”….主已使我知道,惠特茂大衛就是這個人。….來接替他[斯密約瑟]…” 。[xxvi] 從後來歷史發展來看,哈里斯馬丁的”主已使我知道”,當然又是吹牛胡扯,因為後來是楊百翰爭得繼承權,成為摩門教第二任會長。

在 1838年8月的Elder’s Journal中,斯密約瑟譴責哈里斯馬丁說:「…鄙視之下,對紳士們來說,即便只是知道他這個人就已經是一個很大的犧牲了。教會原先對他的行為有所拘束,但現在已經鬆綁了,他可以做任何令人厭惡的事,要欺騙、說謊、詐騙和各種放蕩的事都可以。」[xxvii]

教會官方報紙曾如此批判他及其他人:“撒謊騙人之靈在他們之中 … 魔鬼是他們的父親,… 每一個有靈心的人會看到哈里斯的表情—是神的憤怒在他身上。“[xxviii]

 馬丁‧哈里斯因他的幻覺天性,曾說他用“信仰之眼“或“心靈之眼“看到了斯密約瑟金頁片。[xxix]  既然他承認並沒有真的用肉眼看到金頁片,則應該自動消除他作為證人的資格。這當然也證明了摩門教是騙人的,而金頁片根本不存在,沒有人真正看到他們。

惠特茂大衛

大衛惠特茂是奧利佛‧考得里的朋友。

摩門經翻譯工作大部份在惠特茂家中進行,大衛的父親彼得‧惠特茂邀請約瑟住進他菲也特的農舍直到翻譯完成為止。在1887年,David Whitmer(大衛·惠特茂)曾宣稱他有一張由金頁片上抄下來的文字,是 Martin Harris(馬丁·哈里斯)曾經拿給哥倫比亞學院(即為美國紐約現在哥倫比亞大學的哥倫比亞學院)的語言和古典文學教授 Charles Anthon(查理士·安東)看過[xxx]

大衛·惠特茂也是奧利佛‧考得里妻子的哥哥(奧利佛‧考得里之妻是伊麗莎白‧安‧惠特茂Elizabeth Ann Whitmer)。

1837年的夏天,在嘉德蘭時大衛·惠特茂曾向一位女先知宣誓效忠,這位女先知可以利用一顆黑色的先見之石,跳舞恍惚出神以求降神。[xxxi]

大衛·惠特茂在不同的時間裡,曾屬於至少三組摩門教分裂出來的教會,但他去世時仍拒絕猶他摩門教教會。1847年時他向考得里奧利佛宣佈,說他將作為 New Church of Christ的先知,而 Oliver則作為副會長。[xxxii]

 大衛·惠特茂於1887年時曾說:「如果你們相信我對摩門經的證詞;如果你們相信神真的對我們三位證人說話;那麼我要告訴你們,神在1838年6月又再度自高天對我說話,要我離開後期聖徒們,和他們劃清界線。」[xxxiii]

大衛·惠特茂曾被約瑟·斯密譴責是: 「被人騎的愚蠢動物」和「叫聲只會帶來詛咒而非祝福的一頭驢」[xxxiv]

因為他的長壽,大衛惠特茂成為最多被採訪的”三名證人”。大衛·惠特茂多次改變關於他看到金頁片的故事,後來稱他發現金頁片平放在田野,後來還告訴奧森普拉特(Orson Pratt),金頁片與各種銅板,金片,拉班劍,烏陵和土明是在桌子上的。[xxxv]

 像馬丁哈里斯一樣,大衛·惠特茂後來作證說,他沒有用他的肉眼看到金頁片:他說他用“信仰之眼“看到了由一個天使操作的金頁片。[xxxvi]

同樣地,既然大衛·惠特茂承認並沒有真的用肉眼看到金頁片,則應該自動消除他作為證人的資格。這當然也證明了摩門教是騙人的,而金頁片根本不存在,沒有人真正看到他們。摩門經是史上最成功的宗教騙局金三角共謀所製作編寫的。

再來看看—-摩爾門經八位證人:

 摩爾門經八位證人是的兩組摩門經金頁片“特殊證人“的第二組。不可思議的 ,他們全都是惠特茂或斯密家庭的成員:

老約瑟·斯密是約瑟·斯密的父親,海侖和撒母耳是約瑟·斯密的兄弟。克里遜,雅各,彼得和約翰是大衛惠特茂的兄弟,亥倫·裴治是他的姐夫。[xxxvii]

與三位證人不同的是,八位證人作證說,他們都看到和觸摸到摩門經金頁片。

另一個區別是,也是令人不解的是,他們說”斯密氏確曾給我們看過”,而不是像三位證人所說是”神的一位天使自天而降,帶來了頁片,放在我們的眼前,我們都看了”。

 克里遜惠特茂於 1835年去世,他的弟弟小彼得惠特茂次年去世。1838年,倖存下來的惠特茂家族在密蘇里州遠西城領導權的鬥爭期間與小斯密約瑟形同陌路,和被驅逐出教會。惠特茂家族都沒有重新加入耶穌基督後期聖徒教會。

 雖然八名證人有沒有否認他們摩門經或金頁片真實性的證詞不得而知,然而,在1838年,前摩門教領袖斯蒂芬伯內特(Stephen Burnett)聲稱馬丁哈里斯曾告訴他,“八名證人從來沒有見過 [金頁片] 並因此而猶豫是否要簽署該文件,但後來被說服去做。”[xxxviii]

 結論:

其實,證人的多寡並不重要,證人的可信性和證人證詞的可靠性才是重點。證人可能是有較多或能較少的可信性,或者是完全沒有可信性的。一個可信的證人是“能提供證據,是值得信任”。

 證人證詞往往是存在缺陷的,部分,甚至全部是毫無意義的。這可能發生,因為目擊證人辨認中的漏洞(如錯誤的觀察和回憶,或偏見),或者因為證人是在說謊。

證人應是誠信公正,最好又是獨立的第三者。

如果以此標準來衡量摩門經的三位見證人及八位證人,則他們實在是不適當,也不是符合資格的人選。

 於1838年12月16日斯密約瑟這樣說:「McLellin, 約翰.惠特茂, 大衛惠特茂, 考得里奧利佛, 和哈里斯馬丁的品性都太卑劣了,不要記得他們還比較好」[xxxix]

 這樣,斯密約瑟質疑了至少四名證人的品性正直,在他們離開了或被驅逐出教會之前。

 證人也曾推翻並否定自己早先的證詞,摩門教第二任會長楊百翰的話證實了他們的否認:「摩爾門經的見證人中,儘管手摸過金頁片並與同神的天使交談,一些人後來懷疑而且也不相信自己曾經見過天使。」[xl]

 綜上所述,

 三個證人都有可質疑的品格誠信問題。

部份八位證人也有可質疑的品格誠信問題。

況且,摩爾門經所有證人(三位證人和八位證人)都是斯密約瑟的家庭,親密的朋友,或財務支持者。考得里奧利佛,亥倫.裴治(Page)和五個惠特茂家人是有姻親關係的。[xli]

 馬克吐溫後來開玩笑說:“我不能感到更加滿意和放心,如果整個惠特茂家人作證。“[xlii]

 總結: 摩門經證人證詞有超重大疑義,經不起檢驗,應可說是毫無價值的證詞。

  

尾注:


[ii]Grant H. Palmer, An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2002), 175-76.

[iii]Palmer, 179: “Oliver Cowdery came from a similar background. He was a treasure hunter and ‘rodsman’ before he met Joseph Smith in 1829. William Cowdery, his father, was associated with a treasure-seeking group in Vermont, and it is from them, one assumes that Oliver learned the art of working with a divining rod. Joseph told Oliver that he knew the ‘rod of nature’ Oliver used ‘has told you many things.’" See Vogel EMD, 1: 599-621.

 

[iv]From Buffalo, at the western extremity of Lake Erie, it was only a short journey to the Western Reserve country of Ohio, where the family of Oliver’s elder brother, Erastus Cowdery, along with other Cowdery cousins, were then living. In this context, it is appropriate to recall that one of Erastus Cowdery’s near neighbors in Trumbull County, Ohio, between 1819-1822, was none other than the Rev. Sidney Rigdon. The January, 1822 departure of Sidney Rigdon to accept a ministerial appointment in nearby Pittsburgh presented no major difficulty to his continuing to frequent his old haunts near Erastus Cowdery’s home. Not only did Sidney Rigdon’s in-laws live in that area, but in May of 1822, Rigdon is known to have preached a funeral sermon at Auburn, just two dozen miles northwest of Erastus Cowdery’s home, and the main stage line road north passed within walking easy distance of Erastus’ farm. …Whatever the exact circumstances may have been during that distant era, the opportunities were certainly there for Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, and Joseph Smith to have met and interacted together, either in western New York northern Pennsylvania or eastern Ohio. http://www.google.co.nz/imgres?imgurl=http://solomonspalding.com/SRP/saga/lyons3a.gif&imgrefurl=http://solomonspalding.com/SRP/saga/saga02b.htm&usg=__i_l-SSg2Qj3ARADvtoh9HO3wLgo=&h=342&w=320&sz=24&hl=en&start=1&zoom=1&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=rF4_wJg1jbeHHM:&tbnh=120&tbnw=112&prev=/images%3Fq%3DDetroit%2BManuscript%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26rlz%3D1T4GGLL_enNZ332NZ332%26tbs%3Disch:1&ei=dYFATZi0NI22sAOt_72jCA

[v]Brodie, 182. The Cowdery quotation is from a letter to his brother. “B.H. Roberts, New Witnesses for God, 2: 308-9; Encyclopedia of Mormonism “Book of Mormon Witnesses"; Oliver Cowdery and History of the Church, 3: 14-17

[vi]Private Letter to Brother, Warren Cowdery, by Oliver Cowdery, Jan. 21, 1838

[vii]History of the Church, vol. 3 pp. 16-18 and Elder’s Journal, Joseph Smith, July 1838

[viii]Historical Record, 1886, vol. 5, p. 233

[ix]History of the Church, vol. 3, pp. 16-18

[x]Times and Seasons, vol. 2, p. 482 and Improvement Era, Jan. 1969, p 56 and “Oliver Cowdery-The Man Outstanding," Joseph Greehalgh, 1965, p. 28

[xi]Senate Document 189, Feb. 15, 1841, pp. 6-9 and Comprehensive History of the Church, B. H. Roberts, vol. 1, pp. 438-439

[xii]History of the Church, vol. 3:232

[xiii]The True Origin of The Book of Mormon, Charles Shook, 1914, pp. 58-59

[xiv]Historical Record, 1886, vol. 5, p. 201

[xv]The Mormon frontier, Diary of Hosea Stout, vol. 2, p. 336

[xvi]Reuben Miller Journal, 21 October 1848, LDS Church Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah, cited in Deseret News, 13 April 1859.

[xvii]Walker 1986, pp. 34–35

[xviii]John A. Clark letter, August 31, 1840 in EMD, 2: 271

[xix] 露西哈里斯(馬丁的妻子)( Mormonism Unveiled: Testimonies of  Lucy Harris (Martin Harris’wife) 

http://carm.org/religious-movements/mormonism/mormonism-unveiled-testimonies-abigail-harris-and-lucy-harris-martin)

[xxii]Mormonism Unveiled, E. D. Howe, 1834, pp. 260-261

[xxiii]Improvement Era, March 1969, p. 63 and Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 164

[xxiv]Martin Harris – Witness and Benefactor of the Book of Mormon, 1955, p. 52

[xxv]Case Against Mormonism, Tanner, Vol. 2, pp. 50-58; Martin Harris-Witness & Benefactor, BYU 1955 Thesis, Wayne C. Gunnell, p.52.

[xxvi]He signed his name to a statement: “Testimony of three witnesses: We Cheerfully certify…The Lord has made it known to me that David Witmer is the man. David was then called forward, and Joseph and his counselors laid hands upon him, and ordained him to his station, to succeed him…He will be prophet, seer, Revelator and Translator before God." Signed Martin Harris, Leonard Rich, Calvin Beebe. Of course this never came to pass as Brigham young became Joseph Smith’s successor.

[xxvii] Gleanings by the Way, J. A. Clark, pp. 256-257。

[xxviii]Millennial Star, Vol 8 pp124-128.

[xxix]Martin Harris interviews with John A. Clark, 1827 & 1828 in EMD, 2: 270; Jesse Townsend to Phineas Stiles, 24 December 1833, in EMD, 3: 22

[xxx]見惠特茂大衛所寫,名為《Address to All Believers(給所有信者)》的小冊子第11頁。此「Caractors 文件」現在是由基督社區收藏

[xxxi]Biographical Sketches, Lucy Smith, pp. 211-213

[xxxii]Letter to Oliver Cowdery, by David Whitmer, Sept. 8, 1847, printed in the “Ensign of Liberty," 5/1848, p. 93; also see Ensign of Liberty,’ 8/1849, pp. 101-104

[xxxiii]David Whitmer said in 1887: “If you believe my testimony to the Book of Mormon; if you believe that God spake to us three witnesses by his own voice, then I tell you that in June, 1838, God spake to me again by his own voice from the heavens, and told me to ‘separate myself from among the Latter-day Saints…’" Address to all believers in Christ, p27, 1887

[xxxiv]History of the Church, vol. 3, p 228

[xxxv]Millennial Star, vol. XL, pp. 771-772

[xxxvi]Palmyra Reflector, March 19, 1831

[xxxvii]Richard Lyman Bushman, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005), 79: “Critics pointed out how many of the witnesses were members of the Smith and Whitmer families, implying that they signed out of loyalty or from a self-serving motive….The witnesses were no substitute for making the plates accessible to anyone for examination, but the testimonies showed Joseph—and God—answering doubters with concrete evidence, a concession to the needs of post-Enlightenment Christians."

[xxxviii]Stephen Burnett letter to Lyman E. Johnson dated April 15, 1838. Typed transcript from Joseph Smith Papers, Letter book, April 20, 1837 – February 9, 1843, microfilm reel 2, pp. 64-66, LDS archives; quoted in “Facts On The Book Of Mormon Witnesses," Institute for Religious Research, retrieved from the Internet on 2/16/08

[xxxix]History of the Church, Vol 3, p232

[xl]Journal of Discourses, Vol 7, page 164, 1859)

[xli]Martin Harris bankrolled the publication of the Book of Mormon (See Martin Harris), and Oliver Cowdery was at one point considered the “Second Elder in the Church" behind Joseph Smith (See Oliver Cowdery). Of the Eight Witnesses, IRR notes, “All eight had close personal ties to Joseph Smith’s family—four were David Whitmer’s brothers, a fifth was married to a Whitmer sister, and Joseph’s father and two brothers made up the remaining three." Quoted in “Facts On The Book Of Mormon Witnesses," Institute for Religious Research, retrieved from the Internet on 2/16/08 [2]; Palmer, 179.

[xlii]Quoted in Fawn Brodie, No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986), second ed., 79.

 

參考文獻資  :

 

  1. 1.       ^ B.H. Roberts, ed. History of the Church (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1905), 3: 232.
  2. 2.       ^ Harris and Cowdery rejoined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shortly before their deaths, and Whitmer founded the Church of Christ (Whitmerite).
  3. 3.       ^Richard Lyman Bushman, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005), 79: “Critics pointed out how many of the witnesses were members of the Smith and Whitmer families, implying that they signed out of loyalty or from a self-serving motive….The witnesses were no substitute for making the plates accessible to anyone for examination, but the testimonies showed Joseph—and God—answering doubters with concrete evidence, a concession to the needs of post-Enlightenment Christians."
  4. 4.       ^ Bushman, 337,339, 350-51. On June 17, Sidney Rigdon “preached a vitriolic sermon based on the theme of salt losing its savor and being cast out and trodden underfoot….Soon after the sermon, eighty-three prominent members in Far West, many of them probably Danites by then, signed an ultimatum demanding the departure of the offenders….Fearing for their property and perhaps their lives, the dissenters fled." (355-51) In 1847, David, John, and Jacob Whitmer and Hiram Page were baptized into the newly formed Church of Christ founded by William E. M’Lellin. In 1831, Joseph Smith received a revelation from God that John Whitmer should “write and keep a regular history" of the church (D&C 47). Whitmer did eventually write such a history, but one which concluded with a detailed description of what Whitmer considered the mistreatment that he and his family had received in Caldwell County. See Bruce N. Westerngren, From Historian to Dissident: The Book of John Whitmer (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1995).
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  15. 15.    ^Utah Lighthouse Ministries website.: “II Nephi 27:12-13…had predicted, ‘Wherefore, at that day when the book shall be delivered unto the man of whom I have spoken, the book shall be hid from the eyes of the world, that the eyes of none shall behold it save it be that the three witnesses shall behold it by the power of God, besides him to whom the book shall be delivered. And there is none other which shall view it, save it be a few according to the will of God.’ Why does it say ‘none shall behold it save it be the three witnesses’ if there were going to be a ‘few others’ too!"
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    21 .  Wikipedia, Book of Mormon witnesses, 20/04/2011.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Mormon_witnesses

    22.  Wikipedia, witnesses, 20/04/2011

    23  The valueless testimony of the Book of Mormon Witnesses   

        http://www.bible.ca/mor-witness-book.htm