Critics attempt to negate Joseph Smith's vision in the grove experience because various accounts have been found some by Joseph himself. In fact not only critics of the Restoration movement but the issue has even caused division within ranks of Saints as well.
If by logic we must
reject Joseph Smith's grove experience based on differing accounts of
the grove experience then are we are obligated as just Christians to
reject the crucifixion experience for differing accounts as
well?. Which is it?
Inconsistencies appear in scripture often. Does their existance though cause us to reject the message of the Bible?
What did the Chief priest really say?
|27:39 And Pilate wrote a title
and put it on the cross and the writing was
27:40 JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS in letters of Greek and Latin and Hebrew.
27:41 And the chief priests said unto Pilate It should be written and set up over his head his accusation This is he that said he was Jesus the King of the Jews.
19:19 And Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
19:20 This title then read many of the Jews; for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city; and it was written in Hebrew and Greek and Latin.
19:21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate Write not The King of the Jews; but that he said I am King of the Jews.
19:22 Pilate answered What I have written I
this: What really
was written by Pilate?
|15:28 And it was the third hour when they crucified him.
15:29 And Pilate wrote his accusation and put it upon the cross THE KING OF THE JEWS.
|19:19 And Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the
writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH
THE KING OF THE JEWS.
|23:39 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of
Greek and Latin and Hebrew THIS IS THE
KING OF THE JEWS.
One account says 'This is the King' another says 'Jesus of Nazareth the King' yet another says merely 'The King of the Jews.'
Did it say anything at all?
Some accounts say Pilate wrote the title but Luke just said a superscription was written over him with no mention of Pilate.
Was Pilate really there or not?
What exactly did the personages say to Joseph? Was there really two or just one?
Do the Biblical variations of the crucifixion differ significantly from the grove experience in magnitude?
Shouldn't we reject it all if we don't know?
Now do we really
reject the crucifixion because the accounts do not agree? Perhaps only one of the accounts
was actually true and the other apostles were going from memory? Perhaps
Matthew's or Mark's or Luke's or John's were all mis-statements and details exist which were all recounted
in error. Will we ever know? Does it change our faith in Christ as the risen Savior? Was a doctrinal flaw introduced of
eternal significance because inconsistencies exist? If the logic holds true then
countless Christians have been led astray because of the elusive truth
contained in this precious passage.
The problem is not that
differing accounts logically prove an event false. Rather the real problem becomes
the logic we use to 'prove' the validity of an event.
We must use sound
principles in applying sound logic to discern real truth and here is the
underlying fallacy in the grove experience debate. Our logic is not being applied
evenly to events of the Latter-Day restoration as well as Biblical
Christian history. This is
usually the tactic of how Satan stirs up doubt in the minds of believers.
Regarding the crucifixion I accept that a title was indeed placed over the head of Jesus. To some who witnessed it it bore the truth of His majesty; to others it was the target of His mockery. What were the specific words written? I may never know.
But the inconsistency
of the Biblical writers' accounts does not dilute my testimony that the
event really and truly occurred nor should it dilute anyone else's
testimony. Where issues of
doctrinal importance play a part in Salvation's plan God has marvelously
spoken through two or three witnesses to make the issue clear. (Ex. See 2 Nephi chapter 13 for a clear
explanation of the simple Doctrine of Christ if the New Testament
writer's message was not always apparent.)
Likewise a young man
who lacked wisdom sincerely sought his Heavenly Father in the woods of
Palmyra New York. From this
boy's encounter with the Eternal Father the Lord poured out His Spirit in
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