Originally posted by Jim Scott
You did a good job of explaining the questions about the Mormon church. I applaud you.
Thanks. I try to do my part :p Though this thread is so old I can't even remember what I said. It just popped up today on my sidebar of threads
that someone updated that I've posted in.
I don't think that 99% of the Mormons really know christianity and how it compares to their church, which is, ironically, named after Jesus
I respectfully disagree, and I would state that Mormons are Christians. I do agree that the vast majority of Mormons don't really know how their
faith compares to other faiths or Christianity in general, though. (That can be said of almost anyone else, too :p)
With the exception of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, and the polygamy, the Mormons are living a very godly lifestyle, and should be admired for
Yes, Mountain Meadows is an awful incident in our history. For decades we denied that we had anything to do with it. Very recently, historians
determined that while the church leaders weren't involved, a couple of Mormons were heavily involved in this incident. I don't believe the Church
covered anything up, but I do believe we honestly didn't know.
Polygamy... well, the mainstream Mormons (like me) quit that over a hundred years ago (as I'm sure Jim knows) but FLDS and other splinter groups
still practice it. I too have a couple ancestors who practiced polygamy (one guy I know had 3 wives, though only 2 at once, and another guy had two
wives) and I have some ancestors who knew Joseph Smith as well. I have an interesting heritage in that on my dad's side of the family we go all the
way back to the beginning through my grandma (grandpa was Catholic), but on my mom's side, they are all Catholics or nonreligious, except for mom.
If polygamy were legal, I wouldn't have a problem with consenting adults being involved in it, though I certainly wouldn't practice it!
However, they do not believe in the Trinity, and their conception of who Jesus is is not correct. He is regarded as a creature, rather than the
I'm not sure what you mean by 'creature rather than the creator'. And no, we don't believe in the Trinity in the same way that most Christian
churches do. Many churches teach that each being of the Trinity is in fact one aspect of the same single being, whereas we teach that they are three
distinct individuals. A Seventh-Day adventist minister once explained to me that he thought of the Trinity like how a cube has multiple faces
(members of the Trinity), but there is only one cube (God).
The Mormon belief in this regard (distinct individuals) makes more sense to me, since there are verses where more than one of the Trinity are
seen/heard individually, such as when John baptised Jesus, and when Stephen sees Jesus standing beside God the Father. However, there are other
verses that trinitarians cite to support their belief over mine. I simply just cannot comprehend the trinity as stated in the Nicene Creed, plus I
was raised a Mormon, so naturally I am biased in that direction.