Friday, December 07, 2007

Just to make something clear,

Referencing yesterday's post, I'm not necessarily trying to debate Mormon theology. That could be another post for another day. What I simply want to point out is that Mormons want it both ways. They claim "we're not heretics, we're Christians just like all the others! We believe in Jesus, too!" But when you peel away that veneer, you find that the gulf is much wider indeed. You find that they do ascribe to some of the greater heresies out there.

Now, we could debate whether the heresies are actually the Truth, I suppose. Mormons could say "when the Church made such-and-such decision at this-and-so council, they were wrong." And I would assume that, within the halls of Mormon-dom, they must actually say those things, since the Council of Nicea clearly declared heresy the teaching that Jesus and the Father are NOT of the same substance (which is a basic Mormon belief). But in public, they are guilty of doublespeak, claiming to be "just like all the other Christians" while holding to beliefs that are not just different, but heretical.

The question for the day is not whether their beliefs are right or wrong; the question is whether or not they'll be forced to go more public with their differences, bringing their beliefs into the spotlight for all to see. Then we would at least be able to have a level conversation, discussing the real differences and the validity of the Mormon viewpoint. We could better understand Mr. Romney, and perhaps even respect his willingness to be transparent in his beliefs before all the world. Instead, it feels again like the plumb saying "I'm an orange because I grow on a tree just like oranges!"
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I visited the Mormon temple when in Salt Lake City, and also took a tour of the Beehive house. I thought I knew a lot about the Mormon faith but seeing it in action was a total revelation. The entire premise seemed based on the fact that God apparently made a mistake or failed; Jesus failed in his mission and therefore God called Joseph Smith. And God wasn't done changing His mind - new revelations happen often that totally contradict a previous revelation that changed an original law...
I came away disturbed and angry, primarily because they would not take questions or have any sort of discussion. They were right. Period. No difference of opinion (such as "I believe the Bible is the FINAL word of God) was allowed. It was frightening to see the blind faith on something so very far away from what I believe to be the truth.
(Susan)