So as I mentioned last night, my wife and I were paid a visit by some Mormon missionaries. We had a nice little chat and they are coming back in a few days. They left me a copy of the Book of Mormon (BoM). I read the BoM a few years ago but I feel like a refresher, so I will be reading through it over the next few days.
One of the things that I remember stuck out like a sore thumb about the BoM when I read it a few years ago was how the BoM portrayed God’s revelation to man in an inconsistent manner as to that in the Old Testament. What I mean is that nowhere in the OT do you find God or an angel telling a prophet the entire plan of redemption to man. However, in the BoM the entire gospel message was revealed to Nephi (in approx. 600 BC?). Nephi was told that the Messiah would come in about 600 years; that he would be baptized, at which time the Holy Spirit would descend upon him; that he would have 12 Apostles; that he would die for the sins of the world; that he would die by crucifixion; and that he would be dead for three days (see, e.g., 1 Nep 11:27-29, 32-33). To me, such a clear and unambiguous revelation of Jesus is simply incongruous with how the OT revealed God’s plan. Because, for starters, the OT just simply doesn’t get even remotely that specific (e.g. that the Messiah would be baptized, have 12 apostles, be crucified, etc). Not to mention that the only real way the coming Messiah is seen in the OT is through types and shadows and haggadic interpretations; not direct messages conveyed from an angel to a prophet.
Anyway, if any LDS folk are reading this then please feel free to leave your thoughts on this. I will probably post some more thoughts on the BoM when I am finished reading it in a few days, and will definitely post concerning how our next meeting with the Mormon missionaries goes. I hope they will be regularly visiting because I just love talking to people of other religious convictions.