QUETZALCOATL AND JESUS- Introduction
Mormons believe that Jesus appeared in America shortly after His resurrection. Is this really true?
QUETZALCOATL AND JESUS- “Other Sheep”
Mormons claim that the “other sheep” mentioned in John 10:16 refers to displaced Israelites who inhabited the American continent. Mormons further reason that Jesus would have had to appear to those Israelites, since He talked about bringing these other sheep into His fold. As we’re going to see, however, such conclusions have no scriptural or, for that matter, historical basis.
QUETZALCOATL AND JESUS- A Light for the Gentiles
Isaiah 49:6 speaks of “a light for the Gentiles,” and is quoted in Luke 2:32 with reference to Christ (cf. Acts 13:47; 26:23). This makes it clear that Christ’s mission involves the salvation of both Jews and Gentiles. Now if the Gentiles are included in God’s plan of salvation — as these passages clearly indicate (cf. John 11:51-52; Acts 13:26; 28:28; Rom. 11:11, 25) — then the other sheep Jesus mentioned in John 10:16 could only refer to the Gentiles. In that same passage, Jesus says that “there shall be one flock and one shepherd.” This statement of Jews and Gentiles coming together under Christ is echoed in such verses as Romans 10:12 and 11:17 (cf. 1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:20; Col. 3:11). In addition, the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 clarifies the fact that Jesus would gather believers from all nations through the missionary work of His disciples (cf. John 4:22). Mormons are therefore incorrect in saying that these other sheep were Israelites in America whom Christ had to visit.
QUETZALCOATL AND JESUS- No Evidence for the “Other Sheep”
It’s not surprising that Mormons turn to the Book of Mormon to try to prove their case. But to quote a letter from the Smithsonian Institute, one of the world’s most prestigious historical institutions: “There is no evidence whatever of any migration from Israel to America, and likewise no evidence that pre-Columbian Indians had any knowledge of Christianity or the Bible.” This authoritative statement alone should not only serve to dispel the notion that Israelites inhabited America, it should also eliminate the fanciful myth that Jesus trekked the continent under the name of Quetzalcostl, the feathered serpent. Remember, too, that the Book of Mormon frequently contradicts Scripture; and it is easy to demonstrate from a historical perspective that the Bible is divine — rather than human — in origin.On Mormonism and Christ’s alleged appearance in America as Quetzalcoatl, that’s the CRI Perspective. I’m Hank Hanegraaff.