19 December 2007

Mormon church dishonest about its beliefs

Unbelievable.

Not just the story, but the Mormon church itself. Fox News asked an LDS official 21 questions about Mormonism. They ducked and dodged and hemmed and hawed and kinda answered them.

Just a few examples of the Mormon church lying about its beliefs:
Q: Does the Mormon Church believe that God and Mary had physical sex to conceive Jesus?
A: The Church does not claim to know how Jesus was conceived but believes the Bible and Book of Mormon references to Jesus being born of the Virgin Mary.

Umm.. Hmm. I seem to recall, the Mormon teaching manual Gospel Principles, says aomething about this. Oh yeah. Chapter 11-
Thus, God the Father became the literal father of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the only person on earth to be born of a mortal mother and an immortal father. That is why he is called the Only Begotten Son. From his mother he inherited mortality and was subject to hunger, thirst, fatigue, pain, and death. He inherited divine powers from his Father.

Now, before you go thinking this "immortal Father" was the Holy Spirit, guess again. Bruce McConkie, Ezra Taft Benson, Brigham Young (to name just a few Mormon "prophets") taught that God the Father, not the Holy Spirit, was the Father of Christ. Next?
Q: Does the Mormon Church believe its followers can become "gods and goddesses" after death?
A: We believe that the apostle Peter’s biblical reference to partaking of the divine nature and the apostle Paul’s reference to being 'joint heirs with Christ' reflect the intent that children of God should strive to emulate their Heavenly Father in every way. Throughout the eternities, Mormons believe, they will reverence and worship God the Father and Jesus Christ. The goal is not to equal them or to achieve parity with them but to imitate and someday acquire their perfect goodness, love and other divine attributes.

Q: Does the Mormon Church believe in the existence of another physical planet or planets, where Mormons will "rule" after their death and ascension?
A: No.

Umm, excuse me! From Joseph Smith's "King Follett Discourse" (Google it):
Here, then, is eternal life—to know the only wise and true God. And you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves…until you are able to sit in glory as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power.

Some snippets from chapter 47 of Gospel Principles:
  • When we lived with our Heavenly Father, he explained a plan for our progression. We could become like him, an exalted being.
  • Exaltation is eternal life, the kind of life God lives. He lives in great glory. He is perfect. He possesses all knowledge and all wisdom. He is the Father of spirit children. He is a creator. We can become like our Heavenly Father. This is exaltation.

    If we prove faithful to the Lord, we will live in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom of heaven. We will become exalted, just like our Heavenly Father. Exaltation is the greatest gift that Heavenly Father can give his children (see D&C 14:7).
  • Those who receive exaltation in the celestial kingdom through faith in Jesus Christ will receive special blessings. The Lord has promised, "All things are theirs" (D&C 76:59). These are some of the blessings given to exalted people: (2) They will become gods. (3) They will have their righteous family members with them and will be able to have spirit children also. These spirit children will have the same relationship to them as we do to our Heavenly Father. They will be an eternal family...(5) They will have everything that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have--all power, glory, dominion, and knowledge.
And, Joseph Fielding Smith, in Doctrines of Salvation, said,
The Father has promised us that through our faithfulness we shall be blessed with the fulness of his kingdom. In other words we will have the privilege of becoming like him. To become like him we must have all the powers of godhood; thus a man and his wife when glorified will have spirit children who eventually will go on an earth like this one we are on and pass through the same kind of experiences, being subject to mortal conditions, and if faithful, then they also will receive the fulness of exaltation and partake of the same blessings. There is no end to this development; it will go on forever. We will become gods and have jurisdiction over worlds, and these worlds will be peopled by our own offspring. We will have an endless eternity for this.

These are just a few examples of why you can not trust the Mormon church to be honest about what they believe. On the sidebar, about 2/3 of the way down, is a section all about Mormonism. You can read more there. Or, you can check out this post at Parchment and Pen, which gives a very detailed account of each and every question asked, and the Mormon's answer.

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