Category Archives: Faith

Primary

I grew up in the Mormon Church.  From early childhood up to age 12, I attended an organization called Primary.   What is done in Primary is disturbing; it brainwashes children, it does not give children a choice in their religion, and it teaches children to have excessive guilt. First,  I believe that Primary is brainwashing.  I …

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The Millenium Begins Today

Mormons believe that Jesus will come and initiate a thousand year period of peace upon the Earth.  During this millenium, there will be no war.  The LDS Church will fill the whole Earth.  Temples will be constructed everywhere.  Some Mormons believe that they will live to see the beginning of this epoch of peace.  I don’t blame …

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“I totally disbelieve th…

“I totally disbelieve that the Almighty ever did communicate any thing to man by any mode of speech, in any langauge,or by any kind of vision, or apearance, or by any means which our senses are capable of receiving, ortherwise than the Universal display of himself in the works of creation, and by that repugnance we feel in ourselves to bad actions, and disposition to good ones. The most detestable wickedness, the most horid cruelties, and the greatest misteries that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in the thing called revelation, or revealed religion. It has been the most dishonorable belief against the character of dvinity, the most distructive to morality and the peace and happiness of man, that was ever propagated since man began to exist. It is better, far better, that we admitted, if it were possible, a thousand devils if there were any such than that we permitted one such imposter and monster as Moses, Joshua, Samuel and the Bible prophets to come with the pretended word of God in his mouth and have credit aong us. Whence arose all the horrid assasinationns of whole nations of men, women and infants, with which the Bible is filled…It is incumbent on every man who reverences the character of the Creator, and who wishes to lesen the catalogue of artificial miseries, and remove the cause that has sown persecuations thick among mankind, to expel all ideas of revealed religion as a dangerous heresy, and an impious fraud. What is that we have learned from this pretended thing called revealed religion? Nothing that is useful to man and eveything that is dishonourable to his Maker. What is it the Bible teaches us?- rapine, cruelity, and murder. What is it the Testament teaches us?- to believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married and the belief of this debauchery is called faith.”

Thomas Paine, Age of Reason

If there is a God and Heaven, I think he would disapprove of all the things done in his name: things done by those claiming to have received revelation from God.  

The Biblical prophets committed horrible crimes against humanity. Not only did Joshua kill the men of the lands he conquered, he killed their women and children. Samuel instructed to Saul to “utterly destroy” a people leaving nothing alive.

We speak of ethnic cleansers with disgust and rightly so. But somehow some Christians can justify some of  the worst acts of ethnic cleansing in the History of the World by saying God commanded it. That’s messed up!

 

 

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Afraid to be Persauded

I remember watching Bill Maher come onto the Fox News Channel to discuss his movie “Religulous.” He was hosted by Mike Huckabee. Huckabee told Maher that Faith should be open to inspection and criticism. Well said Huckabee! Mormons shut the door to inspection and criticism.  Some openly acknowledge that they are afraid of being persuaded and …

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Healthy vs. Unhealthy Faith

I believe that there is a healthy type of faith and an unhealthy type of faith.  As a teenager, I possessed an unhealthy type of faith. In Church, I was taught that faith is “believing.”  It’s not to possess a “perfect knowledge.”  It makes sense. When I turn on the light switch it is because …

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“Burning in the Bosom” there when you need it, gone when you don’t

As a youth, I was fascinated by Mormon History.  I began studying it on the Internet only to find out about several controversies: Adam-God, Blood Atonement, Polyandry,  and Racism. As I was learning about Mormon History, I had friends in high school who were Protestant Christians who always told me that I was going to …

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Becoming a Non-believer as a LDS missionary

As a youth, I felt power in everything about the Mormon Church, I possessed an “unwavering” faith in it and I wanted everyone to be Mormon. When I arrived at the MTC, I wanted to obey every single one of those rules and have a mission which I would never regret. My experience in the …

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