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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Sunday
    Dec022012

    On Mormonism (and Consequently, Other Religions)

    This past weekend, my family and I were hosts to three Mormons. We discussed many concepts, beliefs, and details about Mormonism for nearly two hours, and our guests left us with a deeper understanding of Mormons than we had had before.

    During our talk they emphasized six main teachings of Mormonism:

    1. The importance of the priesthood
    2. The importance of sacrifice
    3. The importance of the temple and the work that is done there for both the living and the deceased
    4. The importance of reading the Book of Mormon
    5. Discerning truth by Divine feelings

     

    Having studied a variety of other religions, it occurred to me these teachings are far from unique. Judaism, Islam, paganism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism, witchcraft, and even most Protestant churches maintain beliefs in a sacred space, a sacred hierarchy, honoring/connecting with the dead, offering physical sacrifices, reading sacred writings (other than the Bible), and an emphasis on emotions to determine right and wrong.

     

    When describing the New Testament church, the Bible makes it clear there is now no need for a temple, priest/mediator or priesthood, physical sacrifice, magical rites or formulas, or honoring of the dead*.

     
    I have already written extensively on these various topics (except honoring the dead; that one hadn’t occurred to me until now), so I will post links here.

     

    For my writing on what the Bible says about New Testament priesthood, sacrifice, altars, and temples, see:

    Does the Old Testament Still Apply?

    Altar Call

     

    For the importance of reading the Bible and its uniqueness, see:

    Seeking God's Power

    Can We Know God's Will for Sure?

    We are One! Or are We? The Uniqueness of Christianity

     

    And how to discern truth:

    Follow Your (Deceitful) Heart

    The Still, Small Voice

     

    *I will post something soon concerning the honoring of the dead in other religions and what the Bible has to say.

     

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