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One of the most unsettling narratives in the Bible is recounted in the Apocrypha, specifically in Second Maccabees chapter seven. This chapter depicts the harrowing ordeal of a mother and her seven sons who face torture for their refusal to consume pork.

It’s likely that this story was included to inspire believers to maintain steadfastness and hope in the face of persecution, emphasizing the promise of eternal life for those who remain faithful in all circumstances. However, skeptics may view it as an unreasonable trial, inserted into sacred texts to instill fear and to underscore the theme of persecution and distrust toward those outside of the faith.

The meme provides a summary of this chapter, featured in my 2022 book titled “The Presence of the Apocrypha in the Book of Mormon” (