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Introduction Member beliefs Problem summary Noah's Ark Tower of Babel Sun's light from Kolob Dinosaurs Age of the Earth Evolution didn't happen Adam & Eve 1st humans Other Bible stories Church's response Critics' summary Editor's comments What most LDS have been taught in church and believe as truth The leaders of the church, as well as gospel doctrine teachers the world over, have taught that many Biblical events and beliefs that people have had for centuries are indeed true, historical events.
Joseph Smith and other prophets have made statements that indicated that certain Biblical events were indeed historical and not merely parables.
January 1998 Ensign, articles are all approved by the First Presidency and almost considered scripture.] "There was the great Flood, when waters covered the earth and when, as Peter says, only 'eight souls were saved'" - Gordon B. This teaching was given by Joseph Smith and is still accepted as true doctrine. It was the baptism of the earth, and that had to be by immersion.
The writer of Genesis made a faithful report of the facts known to him concerning the flood.
In other localities the depth of the water might have been more or less.
Many of these Biblical traditions were believed as literal events by most of the general population in the 1800s as well.
These include: Significant details & problems which some Latter-day Saints may not have thought about Many of the things which were commonly believed in the 1800s and even in the early part of the 1900s, by both LDS and non LDS people, are now being thought of as fables by many people.
If scriptures such as the Book of Mormon and Book of Abraham, which were translated accurately in the 1800s, show that events they reference as true events never really happened, then this creates a serious problem in establishing the credibility of those LDS scriptures.
The LDS church teaches that the flood of Noah was a literal global and worldwide event, and that the flood was the Earth's baptism.
However, the issue isn't so much that God doesn't reveal all truth, but that so many early church leaders taught (and still teach) as truth things that are wrong.
For a people so interested in truth, and a church that is run by prophets that receive God's word, how could that happen?
By modern revelation we know that for more than a century, Noah pleaded with the people to repent, but in their willful stubbornness they would not listen. Petersen, “Follow the Prophets,” , Nov 1981, 64 The Lord further indicated that all flesh was corrupt in those days, and so he brought forth the flood and destroyed all flesh except Noah and his family.