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There are literally hundreds of thousands of witnesses to these amazing phenomena. Should they be believed as well? The famous Lochness Monster photo taken in by a surgeon was believed to be genuine by many people due to the credibility of the witness.
It wasn't until March that it was revealed that the "surgeon's picture" was a practical joke after all by his son, Ian. There are many witnesses that claimed to have seen the Loch Ness Monster. The famous Bigfoot video referred to as the Patterson video was believed by many people to be genuine as well.
One of the main reasons was the credibility of one of the witnesses. He seemed very sincere in his statements and had a very good upstanding reputation as an honest man.
It wasn't until many years later that he started to believe that he was tricked. He now thinks he was carefully led down a ravine where someone had been waiting in an ape suit to purposely trick him.
The best witness of course is someone that really believes he saw the event. The Book of Mormon witnesses may have been deceived as well and were not lying as far as they were concerned. Many fantastic stories that have had numerous witnesses have been proved to be hoaxes yet many people still hold steadfast to their unbelievable claims.
It just proves that there are many, many people that have said, and will say, they are witnesses to very improbable events. Many of these phenomena are in opposition to LDS church's beliefs, so all of these other amazing accounts can't be true despite the sheer number of witnesses, no matter how credible and sincere they seem to be.
What if the witnesses' story happened now instead of years ago? We wonder how many of us would actually believe the Book of Mormon witnesses if they lived today instead of the 19th century. Would you honestly believe a group of people that all told the story of some fantastic event if they lived when you did?
Frankly it's easy to believe strange things as long as they happened a long time ago - the further back, the stranger e. But that doesn't mean it actually happened just because it was years ago and not today. Just because three witnesses signed a statement saying they saw an angel, doesn't mean it really happened or that it didn't happen either.
Comparing the BOM and Spalding witnesses. Not all witnesses are the same. We can compare the witnesses for the Book of Mormon to the witnesses of Manuscript Found.
Here are some critics' thoughts on that thanks to Gary Porter and Craig Criddle for these: The statement of the 3 witnesses for the Book of Mormon was a single statement signed by all three men.
The statement of the 8 witnesses was also a single statement "signed" by all 8 men Oliver Cowdery actually "signed" each of the eight witnesses' names.
This has the appearance of fraud. By contrast, the Conneaut witnesses' statements were individually produced, dated and witnessed by Hurlbut and Howe. The eight Conneaut witnesses signed affidavits that are quite different in content contrary to Fawn Brodie's incorrect analysis.
Their memories were not vague recollections made after reading the Book of Mormon. Spalding read his manuscript to them for entertainment, in a time before television, radio, or newspapers.
They were thus reporting on actual events from memory witnessed with the physical senses, not "spiritual eyes".
They lived in the vicinity of Spalding from toand personally knew him. One way to crosscheck memory accuracy is to seek corroborating evidence regarding the witnesses themselves — their reputations, attention to detail, memory skills, biases, and trustworthiness.
Many were leading citizens of the community. One was John Spalding, Solomon's brother, who reportedly heard Manuscript Found repeatedly and in its entirety. Artemus Cunningham was owed money by Spalding. Another was Henry Lake, Solomon's business partner.
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