Contradiction & Deception: The Mormon Way

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I’ve recently devoted significant time and space to showing how Mormonism is NOT the same as Christianity, but today I shift focus to show how Mormonism contradicts itself and deceives others.

Since, in a God-centered universe, everything starts with God, that’s where I’ll start—by pointing out that for Mormons, the universe did NOT, in fact, start with God.

A central Mormon doctrine is that God was once a regular Joe like you and I before somehow “working his way up” to being God. According to Mormon leader and author Milton R. Hunter in The Gospel Through the Ages:

We must accept the fact that there was a time when Deity was much less powerful than He is today. Then how did He become glorified and exalted and attain His present status of Godhood? In the first place, aeons ago God undoubtedly took advantage of every opportunity to learn the laws of truth and as He became acquainted with each new verity He righteously obeyed it. From day to day He exerted His will vigorously, and as a result became thoroughly acquainted with the forces lying about Him. As He gained more knowledge through persistent effort and continuous industry, as well as through absolute obedience, His understanding of the universal laws continued to become more complete. Thus He grew in experience and continued to grow until He attained the status of Godhood. In other words, He became God by absolute obedience to all the truth, and thereby became the author of eternal truth. Therefore, the road that the Eternal Father followed to Godhood was one of living at all times a dynamic, industrious, and completely righteous life. There is no other way to exaltation. (emphasis added)

It’s also important to note that Mormons believe that God created multiple earths, including ours.

So let’s analyze this: God (in the Mormon view) eventually created many worlds … but he clearly couldn’t have been the original creator, since someone else first had to have created him (as an imperfect being, no less). So who was that being? Because in my mind, that being would be the real God; that would be the being worthy of worship. Or do Mormons instead believe that the initial creation (including “the man who became God”) sprang into being on its own? The answer really doesn’t matter, because both scenarios are ridiculous—the former a fatal flaw of logic and the latter a physical impossibility.

Furthermore, how could God become “the author of eternal truth,” as Hunter puts it, if he first, as a nondivine mortal man, had to learn and obey all truth? It’s impossible for a man to learn all truth and then become the author of that truth.

As for deception, Mormonism is chock full of it. Mormonism loves to use certain buzz words to sound like a Christian denomination—Jesus, God, the Bible, salvation—but their definitions of and beliefs about these things are vastly and critically different from those of Christianity. Consider salvation, for example: Mormons insist that they believe in Jesus as their savior, and that “their” Jesus is the same as “our” Jesus, but nothing could be further from the truth. Our Jesus is part of the Trinity, theirs is not; our Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, theirs was not; our Jesus is the way of salvation, but theirs gets you only physical resurrection—Mormons have to earn their spiritual salvation. So when Mormons say that they believe in Jesus as savior, they’re telling only part of the story.

This tactic, unfortunately, is typical of Mormons. Another example is how they say they “believe in the Bible” but in reality disbelieve a whole lot of the Bible. My wife has been following an online conversation between a Mormon woman and people inquiring on her website, and this woman recently stated that Mormons view The Book of Mormon as a “companion to” the Bible. Hardly. Mormons place The Book of Mormon at the head of the pecking order among their four “holy books,” and in fact relegate the Bible to the lowest rung on the ladder, usually referring to it only when it somehow “backs up” what The Book of Mormon says. They even state as part of their doctrine that the Bible has been corrupted.

Of course, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll hear any of these things from a Mormon unless you’re neck-deep in their culture—publicly talking about such things (not to mention the truly bizarre stuff such as spirit children, special decoder eyeglasses, and baptism of the dead) doesn’t win many converts.

And in case you’re wondering what the other two “holy books” are, it’s no surprise to me if you’ve never heard of The Pearl of Great Price and Doctrine and Covenants—two more examples of how Mormons try to come across as “normal” while hiding the weird stuff for after they’ve got their hook in you.

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