Sunday, June 03, 2007

Lies and Half Truths About the Church

If the Church is wrong then people should be able to create a logical argument against it without having to lie.

Below I will list of critics that I have found to be disreputable. Below that I will detail some of the things I have heard about the Church that are not true. Where possible I will note the person that said it, so that as people come across works about the Church they can identify authors to avoid.

Disreputable Critics
  • Shiela Garrigus
  • Eric Grieschaben

Details


Lie
Mormons talk to dead people in their temples. If you are a member in good standing and you want to talk to your dead grandmother you can go to the temple and do a ritual and talk to her.

Source
Eric Grieschaben

Truth
There is not temple ritual to talk to dead people.


Lie

Mormons are not Christian. They believe in a different Jesus.

Source
Eric Grieschaben

Truth
How different is Jesus between the various protestant denominations, yet they all consider each other as Christians. An example of this is whether God is one entity taking on different forms or whether the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are individuals. This is a huge difference about who Jesus is.

To say that Mormons do not believe in the same Jesus as Christians in order to classify them as being part of the occult is ridiculous.

One of the arguments used to bolster this argument our Jesus not being Jesus is to throw out that Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers. Scandalous!

The bible states that Lucifer was with God and he got greedy and tried to take over and was cast out and became Satan (Isaiah 14, Rev 12:7-9). The bible also states that before the Earth was created that Jesus was with God (John 1:1-4). Many families have family members that go on to greatness, while some of those same families also have family members that are trouble.

I realize that based on the biblical record that we have today this could be perceived as speculation, but is it a doctrine that really throws Mormons into the category of the occult?


Lie

Women can not be saved without men. This goes in the category of "the Mormons are oppressive to women."

Source
Shiela Garrigus

Truth
Being "saved" to protestants means going to Heaven or not going to Hell. This would be equivalent to getting to the Celestial Kingdom to Latter-day Saints. You don't have to be married to get to the Celestial Kingdom. To obtain all the blessings of the Celestial Kingdom one must be married. This applies to men and women both.


Lie

"Mormons refuse to take off these garments completely even while taking a bath..."

Source
I didn't catch the source, but it was some guy being interviewed in a cafe and was pontificating rubbish about Latter-day Saints.

Truth
He mentioned something about Latter-day Saints would take a bath and keep their hand outside the tub covered with their garments.  This is a flat out lie and totally inflamatory.

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