Musings on Mormonism

biblecorrectedA very interesting article from Ernie’s Musings, an excellent Christian blog.

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8-9)

Mormonism, otherwise known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church), was founded by Joseph Smith in 1820. The religion is of rather dubious origins. Allegedly in 1823, Joseph Smith was visited by the angel Moroni and told Smith about a book of golden plates containing “the fullness of the everlasting Gospel” (see our lead verse above). Four years later, Smith discovered the golden plates along with a special set of spectacles that allowed him to translate the hieroglyphics into what we now know as The Book of Mormon. Once his translation work was done, he conveniently buried the plates again at an undisclosed location never to be seen again. More could be said about the beginnings of this cult, its founder, and its early history, but my purpose here is to point out some of the fallacious teachings of this false religion.

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God: “Checkmate!”

chesskingChess is a complex game. Thousands of possibilities are available each game. To a beginner, chess can seem daunting, and it is. But, once you get into it you can really get the hang of the logic and process that goes into the game.

What person would say that chess was invented by a dumb man? If you know anything about chess you know whoever invented it must have been a genius! The probabilities, opportunities, possibilities, and complexity of the game blows the mind. No one could really think a dumb man invented it.

Now, what if someone said a pigeon invented chess . . . do I even need to explain that one away?

Okay, now what if someone said nothing created chess. That it just came out of nothing after millions of years? I’m not even going to ask if I have to explain that one.

So, if it is absurd to suggest a dumb man, a pigeon or nothing created chess, why isn’t it absurd to think that nothing created the world we live in?

Where’s the Love Bro? – The Finger and the Fly

flyglassI just had a tiny little fly on my desk. Just out of boredom I lightly put my finger on top of the little guy . . . it killed him! I barely even touched him in my mind but in his perspective, I crushed him, literally! The poor guy, if only I had seen it from his perspective.

As everyone who read this site should know, this got me thinking about perspective. Actually, this series, “Where’s the Love Bro?” is actually all about perspective (worldview). One perspective I instantly thought about when I started thinking about perspective was on the topic of insulting/teasing.

I come from a very sarcastic family. We are witty and sometimes find ourselves quite hilarious . . . among ourselves we can be quite a blast. But, sometimes, when we meet other people, that family humor and wit can transfer into other conversation and insult people. We see it as harmless but they have a different perspective of it. Sort of like my finger and the fly. I see it as perfectly fine but the fly sees it as lethal in more ways than one.

There have been many time I’ve been in both perspectives; the victim (fly) and the criminal (finger). I’ve really been able to see exactly how people’s different perspectives can impact how we impact them. You are going to impact someone no matter what, but the question is, do you want to impact them in a good way or a bad way?

Precious Hearts

africaRecently I met a group of orphans from various parts of the world. Some of them were from Africa and South America. Every one of them was precious. They were part of a choral ministry and they performed a few times for us and it was amazing. These kids had learned songs and performances in days or hours! They were amazing and precious!

It got me thinking though, each one of these amazing kids were abandoned . . . they could easily have been dead. In America they could have been aborted children. However, here they stood, singing, dancing and giving me hugs all day long! It was incredible to see the power of life. Will you give the power of life today?