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Dinosaurs!

I love dinosaurs.  They are simply awesome, though admittedly I would wet my pants if I met a living one.  Who doesn’t love dinosaurs?  Oh right, the Mormon church.

Adam brought death into the world

As you may know, Moses 3:7 adds an interesting bit to the Creation story:

“And man became a living soul, the first flesh upon the earth, the first man also.”

The current CES Old Testament student manual, direct from lds.org:

President Joseph Fielding Smith explained what was meant by the term flesh.

“So, Adam was the first man upon the earth, according to the Lord’s statement, and the first flesh also. That needs a little explanation.

“Adam did not come to this earth until it was prepared for him. The animals were here. Plants were here. The Lord did not bring him here to a desolate world, and then bring other creatures. It was all prepared for him, just according to the order that is written in our scriptures, and when it was all ready for Adam he was placed upon the earth.

“Then what is meant by the ‘first flesh’? It is simple when you understand it. Adam was the first of all creatures to fall and become flesh, and flesh in this sense means mortality, and all through our scriptures the Lord speaks of this life as flesh, while we are here in the flesh, so Adam became the first flesh. There was no other mortal creature before him, and there was no mortal death until he brought it, and the scriptures tell you that. It is here written, and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

This, of course, directly contradicts organic evolution.  Regarding that:

“In the world another theory of how things began is popularly held and widely taught. This theory, that of organic evolution, was generally developed from the writings of Charles Darwin. It puts forth different ideas concerning how life began and where man came from. In relation to this theory, the following statements should help you understand what the Church teaches about the Creation and the origin of man. . . .[quoting Joseph Fielding Smith] “You must choose the one and reject the other, for they are in direct conflict and there is a gulf separating them which is so great that it cannot be bridged, no matter how much one may try to do so. … Then Adam, and by that I mean the first man, was not capable of sin. He could not transgress, and by doing so bring death into the world; for, according to this theory, death had always been in the world. If, therefore, there was no fall, there was no need of an atonement, hence the coming into the world of the Son of God as the Savior of the world is a contradiction, a thing impossible.”

There are plenty of other quotes from church leaders as well.

Science, your turn!

I’ll be brief, because if the reader does not believe in organic evolution they are beyond reach from logic and reason.  But we have very solid evidence that not only did organic evolution take place (and continues to do so), dinosaurs did exist and died many millions of years ago.

Way to go, Mormon church.

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