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WHO IS QUETZALCOATL?

By Dr. P. Bradley Carey
From his book
The Darkness In The Light
1992, 1996



According to Milton R. Hunter, who was a member of the First Council of Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Quetzalcoatl could have been none other than Jesus Christ, the Lord and God of this earth, and Savior of the human family. Thus Jesus Christ and Quetzalcoatl are identical" (CHRIST IN AMERICA, Vol. 2, pp. 51-53).

While President of the Mormon Church, John Taylor also wrote something on the subject. He wrote, "The story of the life of the Mexican divinity Quetzalcoatl resembles that of the Savior; so clearly, indeed, that we can come to no other conclusion than that Quetzalcoatl and Christ are the same being" (MEDITATION AND ATONEMENT, p. 194).

Bruce R. McConkie, who was the Mormon Chruch's foremost theologian, tells us, "Almost without exception Latter-day Saints have associated these traditions with the ministry of the resurrected Christ among the Nephites" (MORMON DOCTRINE, p. 614).

According to the Mormon Church then, Quetzalcoatl and Christ are the same person. But, what do the experts on the subject of Quetzalcoatl have to say?

George C. Valliant tells us, "At the Temple of Quetzalcoatl individuals were buried under the corners as foundation deposits" (AZTECS OF MEXICO, p. 48) and "Quetzalcoatl was the divine ruler of the second era, Four Wind, at the expiration of which hurricanes destroyed the world and men were turned into monkeys" (AZTECS OF MEXICO, p. 139).

John Bierhorst tells us that, "...Quetzalcoatl, succumbs to the wiles of a perennially jealous Tezcatlipoca...Titilacahuman makes Quetzalcoatl drunk and sends him away" (FOUR MASTERWORKS OF AMERICAN INDIAN LITERATURE, pp. 10,11).

Jonathan Evan Marlow tells us, "...Quetzalcoatl is coaxed into a drunken orgy, during which he has intercourse with his sister" (BIRD OF LIFE, BIRD OF DEATH, p. 163).

Does this sound anything like Christ? Giving in to the wiles of another, getting drunk, committing incest, destroying the world, and turning men into monkeys?

All of the experts will also tell us that Quetzalcoatl was a green-feathered winged serpent, which was also know as a bird snake.

Now, who is represented in the Bible as a serpent? If you don't know, take a few moments and look up Genesis 3:1-5,14,15; and Revelation 12:2,3,7-9.

How can a church which claims to be the one and only true church of God believe that Christ and Quetzalcoatl are the same being? Unless, they are truly not of God.