Does anyone else see a parallel between how the Mormon and Muslim religions began? Judaism and Christianity began with oral teachings that were lived out and were later put in written form. After the Jews settled on a canon of their scriptures and the Christians agreed upon a canon of their scriptures, somehow the idea was accepted that a ‘book’ was needed for authenticity.
Both Muhammed and Joseph Smith began with a ‘book’ that was dictated or decoded by an angel. Both added to and/or distorted biblical writings. Both taught things about Jesus that aren’t biblical or taught by the Christians from the beginning. Both claimed to be new prophets.
Could this be a method Satan used to distort Judaism and bring yet more division to Christianity?
Could Muhammad and Joseph Smith both be sincere? Since what they taught is totally at odds with each other, both could not be right even if we accepted the idea of God sending new prophets and new revelations after Jesus. Either we accept them as sincere but deluded or at least one of them was a fraud.
If you are Mormon or Muslim, why should we think your prophet is more reliable than the other one??