Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Devil is in the Details. Revisiting "The Mormon Dilemma: Roots Come Back to Haunt in Texas."

Just got two responding comments from folks who took exception to the prior post. I have published one of the comments and the other I declined to publish since it contained a link to a website I simply could never in conscience permit to be seen on my blog.

The posted anonymous responder said:

"Your post is VERY ignorant. Sorry you have gotten your facts wrong. From people who are bitter at the LDS church for things THEY have done. You sound very educated, but please don't comment on this religion until you have all the facts."

I'm sorry, anonymous, but my stating facts that you do not like simply does not equate to my being "VERY ignorant." In fact, quite the opposite. Over more than four decades I have had numerous conversations with Mormons and have read a number of very thoroughly documented books on the Mormon church in history and today. As I mentioned in the post, the references section of the book My Kingdom Come could constitute a book in itself. Same with One Nation Under Gods. Same with No Man knows My History. etc., etc., etc.

So, how about a bit of a quiz for Anonymous and friends?

?? True or false: Chapter 132 of the Mormon "scripture" Doctrines and Covenants, written by "prophet" Joseph Smith, contains detailed teaching about the law of polygamy. Verse 132:4 states "For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not in that covenant, then ye are damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory...."

?? True or false: The polygamy aspect of Smith's "everlasting covenant" was modified by the "1890 Manifesto" by the Mormon Church in 1890 as a matter of political expediency.

?? True of false: Brigham Young, second "prophet" of the Mormon Church following Joseph Smith, stated in Journal of Discourses, Vol. 11, p. 269, "the only men who become gods, even sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy."

?? True or false: There is a university today in Utah bearing the name of the second "prophet."

?? Was Fawn Brodie (at the time of writing still a Mormon) correct or incorrect in her 1945 book No Man Knows My History that Joseph Smith had 49 women (or was it 50 counting first wife Emma)? Was Fawn Brodie correct in stating that at least twelve of those 49 were married women with living husbands? [Fawn Brodie, No Man Knows My History, 1945, pp. 335-336]

?? Does the Mormon Church teach that Jesus is a spirit-brother of Lucifer, the "Angel of Light"? (By the way, the answer is yes. By the way also, that is precisely contrary to the Holy Bible).

?? Does the Mormon Church teach the "Law of Eternal Progression" that their "God" is evolving into something greater and that we (Mormons only of course) are evolving into something like God is now? That is the reason Mormonism is not and can never be Christian. See my reference to Isaiah 14:12-15 in http://darwin-is-dead.blogspot.com/2007/12/satan-lucifer-spirit-brother-of-jesus.html

BTW, just to make sure all understand, this is not a blog AGAINST Mormonism. This is a blog FOR truth and facts. Chips fall where they may.

?? Do you wish people around the world to know about the September, 1857, Mountain Meadow Massacre and the role of the Mormon "blood atonement" law in relation to that? Note to the world reading this, just Google "Utah Mountain Meadow Massacre." If you want to really understand it, read One Nation Under Gods, pp. 243-254.

Speaking of "blood atonement", I recall that as the reason the murderer Gary Gilmore, a Mormon, chose his 1977 execution by firing squad instead of by hanging. The Mormon teaching of "blood atonement" (of blood other than that of Jesus) for some sins is absolutely contrary to the Holy Bible. The Bible, speaking of Jesus teaches:
"For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up himself. For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, whch came after the Law, appoints a Son made perfect forever." [The Holy Bible, Hebrews 7:26-28, NASB]. Note that his death was once for all, not once for some.

Speaking of prophets, Jospeph Smith joins a long list of prophets (including Muhammed) who would seek to displace or replace Jesus the only begotten Son of God. In 1844 Joseph Smith proclaimed,
"I have more to boast of than any man ever had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a church together since the days of Adam. ... Neither Paul, John, Peter, or even Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from him, but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet." [Reference: Documentary History of the [Mormon] Church, Vol. 6, pp. 408-409]. But in fact today Jesus is head of a church that numbers over one billion.
Also, according to the Holy Bible, Jesus displaced the prophets. The Bible says:
"God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high." [The Holy Bible, Hebrews 1:1-3, NASB].

..... Sigh. So much. Just go read it.

Respectfully yet sadly submitted,

D.U.

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