Times and Seasons, 2 May 1842

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gard to either the Mosaic, or the Christian  economy. The closing remarks of the mission ary however manifests weakness and folly to a  degree. “Then you will have no part in the  world to come, you will reject the message  which has been sent to you by the prophets  which we quote.”
As if the Rabbi was going  to be damned for not bowing with deference  to his ipse dixit; or for not being governed by  his quotations, and interpretations. The Rabbi  had the prophets before the missionary took  them to him and was capable of quoting them:  and on this ground was as likely to be damned  before the missionary went to him as after; or  had he the folly to suppose that his barely quo ting passages of scripture would condemn the  Rabbi to perdition, if he rejected his testimony?  The Rabbi had as good ground to say that the  missionary would be damned if he rejected the  testimony of the Rabbi; but the missionary  might with propriety say that the Rabbi was an  unbelieving Jew; and the Rabbi might say in  as good faith that the missionary was a gentile  dog;—but the missionary had been sent by the  London Society; and the Rabbi had been set  apart by the laws and ordinances of Moses;— yet the laws and ordinances of Moses are abro gated in Christ. The London Society however  had never been acknowledged by either Mo ses, or Christ; nor the missionary set apart,  nor sent by either. So look at it which way  we will the Rabbi had as good ground to go  upon as the missionary, and he was as capable  of going on a mission to teach the missionary,  as the missionary was qualified to teach him.
What consummate ignorance is displayed in  missionaries quoting the New Testament to  the Jews, as proof of the divine mission of Je sus Christ;—says the Jew in answer, “well  well you believe it well I do not.” And how  could it be otherwise, for, “how can they be lieve on him of whom they have not heard? and  how can they hear without a preacher? and  how can he preach except he be sent? Yet  the missionary was sent by the “London Soci ety:” did God ever tell the London Society, to  send out missionaries—if the above named gen tleman had been sent by God instead of by the  London Society he would have known his busi ness better.—Ed.
 
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A CATACOMB OF MUMMIES  FOUND IN KENTUCKY
Lexington, in Kentucky stands near ly on the site of an ancient town, which  was of great extent and magnificence,  as is amply evinced by the wide range of  its circumvalliatory works, and the quan tity of ground it once occupied.
There was connected with the antiqui ties of this place, a catacomb, formed in  the bowels of the limestone rock, about  fifteen feet below the surface of the earth,  adjacent to the town of Lexington. This  grand object, so novel and extraordinary  in this country, was discovered in 1775,  by some of the first settlers, whose curi osity was excited by something remark able in the character of the stones which  covered the entrance to the cavern within.  They removed these stones, and came to  others of singular appearance for stones  in a natural state; the removal of which  laid open the mouth of a cave, deep,  gloomy, and terrific, as they supposed.
With augmented numbers, and provi ded with light, they descended and enter ed, without obstruction, a spacious apart ment; the sides and extreme ends were  formed into niches and compartments,  and occupied by figures representing men.  When alarm subsided, and the sentiment  of dismay and surprise permitted further  research and inquiry, the figures were  found to be mummies, preserved by the  art of embalming, to as great a state of  perfection as was known among the an cient Egyptians, eighteen hundred years  before the Christian era; which was  about the time that the Israelites were in  bondage in Egypt, when this art was in  its perfection. * * * * * On this subject  Mr. Ash has the following reflections:
“How these bodies were embalmed, how  long preserved, by what nations, and from  what people descended, no opinion can be  formed, nor any calculation made, but  what must result from speculative fancy  and wild conjecture. For my part, I  am lost in the deepest ignorance. My  reading affords me no knowledge, my  travels no light. I have neither read nor  known of any of the North American In dians who formed catacombs for their  dead, or who were acquainted with the  art of preservation by embalming.
Had Mr. Ash in his researches consulted the  Book of Mormon his problem would have been  solved, and he would have found no difficulty  in accounting for the mummies being found in  the above mentioned case. The Book of Mor mon gives an account of a number of the de scendants of Israel coming to this continent;  and it is well known that the art of embalming  was known among the Hebrews, as well as a mong the Egyptians, although perhaps not so  generally among the former, as among the lat ter people; and their method of embalming also  might be different from that of the Egyptians. [p. 781]
gard to either the Mosaic, or the Christian economy. The closing remarks of the missionary however manifests weakness and folly to a degree. “Then you will have no part in the world to come, you will reject the message which has been sent to you by the prophets which we quote.”
As if the Rabbi was going to be damned for not bowing with deference to his ipse dixit; or for not being governed by his quotations, and interpretations. The Rabbi had the prophets before the missionary took them to him and was capable of quoting them: and on this ground was as likely to be damned before the missionary went to him as after; or had he the folly to suppose that his barely quoting passages of scripture would condemn the Rabbi to perdition, if he rejected his testimony? The Rabbi had as good ground to say that the missionary would be damned if he rejected the testimony of the Rabbi; but the missionary might with propriety say that the Rabbi was an unbelieving Jew; and the Rabbi might say in as good faith that the missionary was a gentile dog;—but the missionary had been sent by the London Society; and the Rabbi had been set apart by the laws and ordinances of Moses;—yet the laws and ordinances of Moses are abrogated in Christ. The London Society however had never been acknowledged by either Moses, or Christ; nor the missionary set apart, nor sent by either. So look at it which way we will the Rabbi had as good ground to go upon as the missionary, and he was as capable of going on a mission to teach the missionary, as the missionary was qualified to teach him.
What consummate ignorance is displayed in missionaries quoting the New Testament to the Jews, as proof of the divine mission of Jesus Christ;—says the Jew in answer, “well well you believe it well I do not.” And how could it be otherwise, for, “how can they believe on him of whom they have not heard? and how can they hear without a preacher? and how can he preach except he be sent? Yet the missionary was sent by the “London Society:” did God ever tell the London Society, to send out missionaries—if the above named gentleman had been sent by God instead of by the London Society he would have known his business better.—Ed.
 
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A CATACOMB OF MUMMIES FOUND IN KENTUCKY
Lexington, in Kentucky stands nearly on the site of an ancient town, which was of great extent and magnificence, as is amply evinced by the wide range of its circumvalliatory works, and the quantity of ground it once occupied.
There was connected with the antiquities of this place, a catacomb, formed in the bowels of the limestone rock, about fifteen feet below the surface of the earth, adjacent to the town of Lexington. This grand object, so novel and extraordinary in this country, was discovered in 1775, by some of the first settlers, whose curiosity was excited by something remarkable in the character of the stones which covered the entrance to the cavern within. They removed these stones, and came to others of singular appearance for stones in a natural state; the removal of which laid open the mouth of a cave, deep, gloomy, and terrific, as they supposed.
With augmented numbers, and provided with light, they descended and entered, without obstruction, a spacious apartment; the sides and extreme ends were formed into niches and compartments, and occupied by figures representing men. When alarm subsided, and the sentiment of dismay and surprise permitted further research and inquiry, the figures were found to be mummies, preserved by the art of embalming, to as great a state of perfection as was known among the ancient Egyptians, eighteen hundred years before the Christian era; which was about the time that the Israelites were in bondage in Egypt, when this art was in its perfection. * * * * * On this subject Mr. Ash has the following reflections:
“How these bodies were embalmed, how long preserved, by what nations, and from what people descended, no opinion can be formed, nor any calculation made, but what must result from speculative fancy and wild conjecture. For my part, I am lost in the deepest ignorance. My reading affords me no knowledge, my travels no light. I have neither read nor known of any of the North American Indians who formed catacombs for their dead, or who were acquainted with the art of preservation by embalming.
Had Mr. Ash in his researches consulted the Book of Mormon his problem would have been solved, and he would have found no difficulty in accounting for the mummies being found in the above mentioned case. The Book of Mormon gives an account of a number of the descendants of Israel coming to this continent; and it is well known that the art of embalming was known among the Hebrews, as well as among the Egyptians, although perhaps not so generally among the former, as among the latter people; and their method of embalming also might be different from that of the Egyptians. [p. 781]
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