I have a long time love/hate relationship with the Mormon faith. I really admire many of the things they do but I have reservations about the basis for their beliefs. One of my biggest complaints is that they call themselves Christian.
Their calling themselves Christian is a relatively new thing. In the past they would have never have done such because their religion is significantly different. From what I understand, and correct me if I’m wrong, the Mormon church now finds doors to prospective new members open easier to a pair calling themselves Christian than they ever did to Mormons. And, the hopes of having a Mormon president of the United States would be possible if his was a Christian faith.
If you are not aware of the differences let me spell them out. The LDS church have a book called the Book of Mormon that they call another testament to our Lord Jesus Christ. Except for a few points of doctrine there really isn’t a lot of difference between the Bible and this book but then there shouldn’t be because at least a quarter of it was plagiarized from the King James Version. The only “proof” that they have that this book is real is they ask you to pray and God will tell you. Uh huh. There are a multitude of problems with the book that I’m not going to get into but if you do pray to God about the book and you do receive a nice warm fuzzy feeling in return then guess what, there are two more books for you to swallow. They are considered holy to the LDS church but they don’t have a lot to do with Christ.
They believe the Bible is a holy book too but only where it has been translated correctly. As such they believe there has been a lot of information left out and a lot of errors in what is there. They don’t mind quoting from the Bible when they feel it makes them look good but anything that disagrees with their doctrine is wrong. You have to love that reasoning. I stated in a previous blog entry that it’s said that Satan himself will quote the Bible if it will further his aims. It’s the same thing here.
In theory they follow the teachings of Christ but in practise they follow Joseph Smith the writer of these three books. And that’s where I have a problem with them calling themselves Christian. Christians follow the Bible and Mormons will too when it suits them. They have other books to follow and rules that a Christian wouldn’t touch.
Then there are their views on how we are born as boy babies and girl babies in heaven to God and a bunch of Goddesses and then are reborn on Earth when the time is right. Transsexuals can’t exist because God doesn’t make mistakes so we must be under the influence of Satan. The only problem with that theory is that in their beliefs Satan can’t touch a child under the age of eight because he or she hasn’t been baptized yet and most transsexuals know they are the wrong sex before that age.
Also we all are supposed to get married and raise lots of kids. That kinda leaves out gays and lesbians. Of course this means that there will be no marriage equality on their watch. Their work on Prop 8 is proof of that. There was enough separation between the Mormon church and the work done on Prop 8 that they didn’t lose their charitable donation status but only barely. The group in the story below isn’t directly affiliated with the LDS church so it can say what they wish without putting words into the mouths of the church leadership.
Oh, one of these myths is that the LDS does not practise polygamy. While that is true that they don’t practise it the LDS still BELIEVE in polygamy. One of the holy books I mentioned is Doctrine and Covenants and in chapter 132 verses 60 and 61 it says:
And again, as pertaining to the law of the priesthood-if any man espouse a virgin, and desire to espouse another, and the first give her consent, and if he espouse the second, and they are virgins, and have vowed to no other man, then is he justified; he cannot commit adultery for they are given unto him; for he cannot commit adultery with that that belongeth unto him and to no one else. And if he have ten virgins given unto him by this law, he cannot commit adultery, for they belong to him, and they are given unto him; therefore is he justified.
There are a lot of other problems with that faith but I’m not going to get into them at this time. This blog entry is long enough. Just be aware that this church will continue to be a thorn in the side of LGBT people for a long time to come.