Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The four-letter word often used to describe the Mormon Church

What are the main differences between Christians and Mormons? To be “saved” a Christian has to believe in Christ. Not much of a surprise there, you might think.

However, for a Mormon to be saved the Mormon must believe in the following:

That you must believe in Joseph Smith, and also in Jesus.

That you will be judged by Joseph Smith ("No man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith… He reigns there as supreme a being in his sphere, capacity and calling, as God does in Heaven" - Journal of Discourses, Vol.14, p.203)

That you must believe in a man who believed he was better than Jesus Christ and who expressed that sentiment thusly: "I have more to boast of than any man had. I am the only man that has been able to keep a church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter nor Jesus ever did. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I." - History of the Church, Vol.6, p.408.

And who also claimed that God was his (Joseph Smith’s) right hand man: “I combat the errors of ages; I meet the violence of mobs; I cope with illegal proceedings from executive authority; I cut the guardian knot of powers and I solve mathematical problems of universities, with truth--diamond truth; and God is my 'right hand man.'" - History of the Church, Vol.6, p.78.

God is Joseph Smith’s right hand man? Now that is a very bold claim to make. Incredibly bold, even. Bold to the point of reckless blasphemy, perhaps?

Let us also look at a more simple comparison. If -for example- a Catholic were to sin he would have to steal, punch someone perhaps, or something worse.

If a Mormon were to sin all he need do is take a sip of tea or coffee or take one swig of a cola drink.

The Mormons also believe that if you want to go to Heaven you had better get used to the idea of having multiple wives if you are a man or to get used to the idea of sharing your husband with multiple wives if you are a woman.

Are Mormons Christians? Some Mormons have argued that because they use the name Jesus Christ in the formal title of their church that this means they must, therefore, be Christians.

That is a canard. There was a rather vicious street gang several years ago who used the name "Sport Club "as the title for their gang.

According to the methodology of Mormon apologists the street gang must in reality be a “sports club” because they use “Sports Club” as the name of their gang.

The Sports Club was not a sports club in much the same way that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka Mormons) are not, after all, Christians.

The four-letter word often used to describe the Mormon church? It is Cult.


Sideon said...

I must be tired, because these were the four-letter words I had thought of before you said "cult":

lame, fake, lies, crap, hell, and scam.

Matt said...

I thought of another one! :oO