posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 09:40 AM
Practically all religions suffer from a common ailment: the lack of evidence to support its claims. What makes Mormonism unique is not the lack of
evidence in its favor, however, but the evidence that exists against it.
Someone has already mentioned the Joseph Smith forgery called the "Book of Abraham", and Saint4God has mentioned a few of the many contradictions
between the Bible and Book of Mormon, so I won't recap those. Also, some have already pointed out that archaeological data completely conflicts with
the claims made in the Book of Mormon, so I won't go there either.
Instead, as a student of Freemasonry, I'd like to bring up Smith's "divinely inspired" Temple ceremonial, which is actually nothing but a
plagiarism of Masonic ritual.
Smith, before founding the Mormon Church, made a living variously as a cardshark and fortuneteller, witching out a few wells on the side. After
founding the Mormon Church, he was able to land a full time job as king (he was crowned by church leaders). In Nauvoo, Illinois, he was initiated into
Masonry irregularly, with a few thousand other Mormons, who received the three degrees over a period of two days. They were all eventually expelled
for a combination of practicing polygamy and establishing a clandestine Masonic rite: the Mormon Temple Ceremony.
Only two months after becoming a Mason, Smith introduced the Mormon Temple ceremony. He claimed that the ceremony was given to him as a direct
revelation from God, but it is painfully obvious that it came from Masonry. In fact, large portions of the ceremony were ripped off from the Masonic
initiation ceremony verbatim.
Deborah Laake, a former Mormon, wrote a book called "Secret Ceremonies" concerning this. She had always believed that the Mormon Temple Ritual was
divine and sacred, and would bring her closer to God when she was initiated into it. She was extremely disappointed, after the ceremony, to learn that
the mysteries of the kingdom of God were "nothing more than fraternity rituals".
On top of that, she was rejected by her entire family when she finally realized that the church was nothing but a scam, and this has happened to
seceding mormons again and again. When surrounded by Mormon missionaries, I suppose it's easy to get sucked in by their testabaloney, their "one
true church" propaganda, and the promise to become a god or goddess after we die; hopefully, we'll all just use some common sense here, and treat it
for what it is: a con man's masterpiece.
[edit on 9-9-2005 by Masonic Light]