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Friday, January 20, 2012

Questions for Mormons to Ask

Here are some questions for Mormons to consider and try to find answers for:

  • If there is a lineage of gods, as Joseph Smith and subsequent prophets and General Authorities have taught, and if an actually infinite number of something is impossible, then there had to be a first god. Who was he, where did he come from, and why do we not worship him?
  • If Jesus could prove himself worthy without sinning, why do the rest of us have to suffer from sin?
  • The Book of Abraham said that the gods made the heavens and the earth (Abraham 4) but the Bible says Jesus did (John 1:3, Colossians 1:15-18); why the contradiction?
  • If Jesus was perfect and the example par excellence, why didn't he get baptized at eight years old?
  • If God organized the earth (Abraham 4), and matter is eternal, then why do we not worship eternal matter? Or if matter was made by the first god, we go back to the question, why do we not worship him?
  • Why do wives have to depend on their husband to call them forth at the resurrection, but the Bible says that there is neither male nor female in Christ (Galatians 3:28) and that resurrection comes through Jesus alone?
  • Why does Jacob 2:24-28 say that David and Solomon's many wives were an abomination and that the people of God should not practice plural marriage, but D&C 132 says the opposite? Does God change his mind? Are one of them wrong?
  • How are families forever if those who achieve exaltation eventually get their own planets, as prophets have taught? This means that the faithful children of faithful parents will be separate. Does families forever simply mean you have access to your family at anytime?
  • Since God was once a man, could he have been a sinner? The implication of us being able to become gods is that yes, he could have been, unless he was the savior. Even if he was the savior, then we, as sinners, can be gods of our own worlds over our own spirit children.
  • Brigham Young said that "...no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 289). Yet Jesus said that we get to the Father through him. Is Joseph Smith as great as Jesus?
  • In accordance with D&C 132, Brigham Young said ""Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 3, p. 266). Also, "The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 11, p. 269). Since many Mormons no longer practice polygamy, can they be exalted?
  • If Jesus is the Only Begotten Son, how could he have been conceived by the Spirit, who is not the Heavenly Father? And since Heavenly Father has a body of flesh and blood, how could he have impregnated Mary without intercourse? (General Authorities, including prophets, have said that God did have intercourse with Mary. Do you agree with this?)
  • If Heavenly had intercourse with Mary, isn't this incest?
  • If the Book of Mormon is the most correct book (History of the Church 4:461), then why does it have so many anachronisms?
  • If all but the sons of perdition are placed in a Kingdom of Heaven, and if even the lowest Kingdom is a paradise, what is the real punishment for the sinners who didn't even want to be with God in the first place?
  • If Adam and Eve eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, why was it a sin, and if its a sin, why is it a good thing for humanity? This means that God wanted rape, abuse, lying, cheating, stealing, adultery, murder, and everything else to come into the world to test us, knowing that we'd fail the test to at least some extent because everyone sins!
  • If sin was necessary and part of the Plan of Happiness, why did Jesus have to pay for it?
  • Considering that most children can't really made an educated or heart-felt choice in their beliefs, why is eight years old the age of accountability? What happens to the nine-year old who grew up in a non-Mormon home?
  • If the president of the church is a prophet, why doesn't he prophesy?
  • If Jesus was Jehovah God of the Old Testament, he gave the commandment to worship him only, but prophets say that only the Father should be worshiped. Why this discrepancy?
  • How could Jesus have been Jehovah God of the Old Testament when he didn't have a mortal body and prove himself in mortality yet? For that matter, why is the Holy Spirit enjoying Godhood without having received a body and proven himself in mortality?
  • Since polygamy was originally the New and Everlasting Covenant (D&C 132), could Heavenly Father be polygamous? Could some of us be only half spirit siblings because of different Heavenly Mothers?
  • Why are the fundamentalists so wrong, if they actually practice and believe the teachings of the early prophets that mainstream Mormons don't? Wouldn't Brigham Young, having taught those doctrines, believe the mainstream church to now be apostate?
  • Why is it that prophets can be just "giving their opinion" as doctrine from the pulpit if future prophets or current Mormons don't like it and either denounce it or don't ratify it, but the Old Testament prophets never just "gave their opinion" as doctrine and had to have it affirmed?

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