Jesus warned about false prophets, and it is pretty interesting to compare them when they come along. Joseph Smith and Mohammad are two interesting cases. Both lived in a time when religious unity among the people they knew was non-existent. Mohammad wanted to unite the warring tribes with all of their various pagan Gods. He wound up with monotheism and tried to build upon Judaism and Christianity by coming up with an angel coming to him and giving him a book from heaven to unite the various factions. Joseph Smith saw religious differences in his own time. His answer? An angel from heaven comes and gives him a book which would united the differing Christian groups and restore the true gospel. Both Mohammad and Joseph Smith rejected the Trinity and denied the ultimate divinity of Jesus. I’m sure there are other similarities as well. We had a discussion on Islam last night at my parish, and I was struck by how much Joseph Smith seemed to be like Mohammad.
I am so glad I became Catholic!