Mormonism – A Major Religion Around the World
Mormonism (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) is a major religion around the world. To some it is just another Christian denomination. To the informed it is a religion of heretical teachings and practices. This thesis is not "Mormon bashing," it is simply informing the uninformed about the true nature of a religion. There is no animosity in these words for I care deeply about the person caught in the confusing web that is called Mormonism.
This paper is not an attack on Mormonism, it is merely doing what the Bible says to do, "contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints" (Jude 3).
Attacks and Counter Attacks
On the flip side, many Mormon leaders of the past have brutally attacked Christianity in the vilest of words. Their leaders have said Christians are as clueless to the things of God as an animal, that they are fools and heathens groveling in darkness. They say Christians are destitute of all authority from God, that they are corrupt.
The Book of Mormon even says that other Christian churches belong to the Devil (1 Nephi 14:10). I would call that "Christian bashing." They believe, as Bruce McConkie said, "there is no salvation outside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" (Mormon Doctrine, p. 670).
I learned a long time ago to, "define your terms." In other words, Mormonism uses many Christian words and phrases that make it appear like they are Christians. However, when one researches the teachings of Mormonism they realize that those similar terms mean something very different than what the Bible says. They not only deny pretty much all major Christian doctrine but most of their theology is actually anti-Christ. Let us not be distracted by similar terminology.
Founding of Mormonism
Mormonism was founded by Joseph Smith back in the 1820's. He, himself was born in Vermont in 1805. This man had a past of which most Mormons do not know. Smith was involved in occult practices (divining rods, magic talismans (of which he was wearing when he died) and divination). He was not highly regarded by those who knew him best. Theologically, Smith was a heretic of the worst possible form. However, he obviously had some sort of writing ability to come up with the Book of Mormon (1829). Some would claim it miraculous that Smith, young in age, could write that book. However, he did have a Bible, other books and a vivid and creative imagination. It also has been said that it (Book of Mormon) was taken from another fiction writer named Solomon Spaulding (who wrote historical romances). Even more, it is said to be very similar to another book written before the Book of Mormon called View of the Hebrews written by Ethan Smith.
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