Saturday, December 18, 2010
What Do They Believe?-Mormons
Beginning: 1830 Joseph Smith formed the religion after a series of visions, beginning in 1820 at 15 yrs of age, by an “angel” named Moroni- who claimed to have at one time been a human. Moroni told Joseph Smith that all the teachings of Christianity were wrong, and not to associate with any Christian denomination. Moroni supposedly gave Joseph Smith “golden plates” engraved with divine writings that only he could see, and magical tools with which to translate these plates. The result was the “Book of Mormon” Renamed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Independence Missouri, to the exact location he believed Jesus would return. In 1844 Smith was arrested for ordering the destruction of a printing press of a local paper for writing negative commentary about Smith and his false teachings. While locked up, a mob raided the jail and shot Smith several times, killing him.
From there, Brigham Young became leader and took most of the church to Salt Lake Basin in Utah.
View of Scripture: The Bible can be trusted only as correctly interpreted my Joseph Smith. The Mormons offer an authoritative LDS translation of the KJV, with more than 1000 changes personally made by Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon is considered another testament of Jesus Christ.
The Book of Mormon contains many plagiarisms of the King James English (at least 25,000 words). This is strange since the plates were supposed to have been in the ground many centuries before the King James Bible was completed in 1611! The Book of Mormon also contains many errors such as claims of elephants in the Western Hemisphere and advanced metal producing capabilities in America before 400 A.D. (See Walter Martin's Kingdom of the Cults for a fine study in the errors of the Mormon Bible)
View of God: Elohim- the name of Mormonism’s god whom they call “father”, was once a created human being who himself had a father. Elohim lives on an unidentified star called Kolob. Elohim was raised under Mormon teaching and lived faithfully. He was the first man to be exalted to God. Elohim and his wife produced countless spirit children and gives them opportunity to pass through mortality and populate the earth, which accounts for all the people in the world.
Because Elohim was once a mortal man, it is believed he has a tangible body, rather than being spirit. He isn’t omnipresent. He isn’t the creator of the universe, and doesn’t have total control over it. He is not omnipotent. Mormon doctrine teaches that Elohim continues to learn, he is not omniscient.
View on Jesus: A separate god from Elohim, as is the Holy Spirit a separate God. All three are worshiped but not as 3 in 1. Technically they are tri-theistic, but consider themselves to be monotheistic because they only worship the 3 gods of Earth. All planets have their own 3 Gods!
Jesus was a created offspring from a physical union between Elohim and an unknown spirit wife, as well as from a physical union between Elohim and Mary. Jesus is a spirit brother to all created beings, including Lucifer. While alive on the earth, was married, and will remain married for eternity in heaven.
View on Salvation: God is Father, Son and Holy Ghost- not 3 in 1, but 3 separate Gods. The Holy Spirit is God’s spirit on earth, while the Holy Ghost is a separate and distinct God. 4 fold 1) belief that Jesus is Lord 2) repentance from sin 3) baptism by immersion 4) laying on of hands to receive the Holy Spirit.
Also they believe in tongues, messages in tongues with interpretation, receiving visions, healings, etc. Jesus will set up his earthly kingdom called Zion on the American Continent.
They teach proxy baptism for the dead who didn’t follow Mormonism while alive.
View on Death: Mormon families established on earth will remain families in eternal heaven. Since Elohim was a mortal and became a God, he set the pattern. Men, if faithful, can also become God’s over their own planets, along with their wives (plural), and be worshiped. After death, most non-Mormons will be given another opportunity to accept the teachings on Mormonism.
View on the Church: Only Mormons are in the church, which is why they baptize by proxy for the dead. Not all Mormons will make it! Only the few faithful.
1. Baptism (age of accountability, normally age 8), and Re-baptism of excommunicated or disfellowshipped members
2. Confirmation and reception of the Gift of the Holy Ghost (age of accountability, normally age 8; must be baptized)
3. Ordination to the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods (for males only; must be baptized and confirmed; age 12 (Aaronic); age 18 (Melchizedek); must hold Aaronic before receiving Melchizedek)
4. Endowment- (must be baptized and confirmed; males must hold Melchizedek priesthood)- get underwear with magic (Masonic) symbols and handshakes- Masonic
5. Marriage and sealing to a spouse (legal marriageable age; must have received Endowment)- for eternal marriage must be done in Mormon temple.
6. Sealing to parents- so your children will be with you in heaven.
7. Ritual of the Law of Adoption, whereby men are sealed to other men. This ordinance is no longer practiced in the mainstream LDS church, though it is in some fundamentalist groups.
8. Second anointing: an ordinance performed by a sealed couple, sealing them up to eternal life, and anointing them as kings and queens, priests, and priestesses. The ordinance was originally taught as a requirement for salvation. The LDS Church, however, has largely (but not entirely) discontinued the ordinance, and it is not routinely performed by proxy.
Another Great video from an ex-LDS