Thursday, February 08, 2007

Latter Day Saints

Religions are an interesting thing. There are so many, all with differing points of view. For example, when you hear the word Mormon, what comes to mind?

Polygamy? Utah? The HBO show "Big Love"? I decided to find out what exactly it is that they believe. I headed over to Wikipedia. Here is a summary of their main views (along with my comments):

We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
(Cool. I believe in ghosts, too)

We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
(I suppose that's possible)

We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
(Jesus will save me. That's a theme that runs through many religions)

We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
(The third's my favorite. I take a bath virtually every day. My wife never does...sinner!)

We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
(What about women? You have to have a penis to preach the gospel?)

We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
(I don't see too big a problem with this)

We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
(Speaking in tongues tends to freak me out, but that might just be a personal thing)

We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
(Some of the Bible is good stuff, but damn, God really has some anger management issues in the Old Testament, innit?)

We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
(I spose)

We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
(Yeah, but when? We're not getting any younger here)

We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
(Sounds like a plan)

We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
(But what if these "rulers" start taking away civil liberties and become war mongerers? Do we still have to obey them?)

We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
(Nice. I have problems with the "chaste" issue, however. I know that masturbation is strictly forbidden by you buggers)

1 comment:

Rocketstar said...

As soon as these people realize that Jesus Christ is no different than any othER ANCIENT God that humans have worshipped in the past, like Zeus or Oedipus, the sooner we take the next step in human religious evolution.