Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has proclaimed to the world consistently since its beginning that there was an apostasy of the church founded by Jesus during his Palestinian ministry and led by his Apostles following his ascension. 1 This is a fundamental belief of the Latter-day Saints. If there had not been an apostasy, there would have been no need for a restoration.The Church of
"The doctrines which its inspired leaders taught were corrupted and changed by others not of similar inspiration, the authority to act in God’s name was taken from the earth, and none of the Christian systems that existed after those developments, though they did some good things, enjoyed divine endorsement as the Lord’s own church.
In the face of these and many other teachings of apostasy and perversions of pure doctrines, its obvious that the LDS church hinges on the reality of a "great apostasy."
The funny thing is...there's absolutely no evidence outside of the LDS church to support the idea. You would think that non-Christian scholars would have been able to objectively find this evidence by now if it existed.
What sort of evidence would there be supporting such a large-scale apostasy?
Major contradictions and differences between current New Testament translations and ancient documents found dating from around the time of the apostasy or before.
Contradictions between documents from similar time periods.
Lack of manuscript evidence.
Major contradictions between the current Old Testament and ancient documents found from B.C.
Possibly, papal bulls or other evidence of the Catholic church ordering changes and keeping it secret from the public.