Worldview Analysis: Mormonism

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WORLDVIEW ANALYSIS

MORMONISM

BENNIE W. BAKER
APOL 500
September 30, 2012

Table of Contents
Introduction2
Summary2

Critique 3
Conclusion6
Bibliography8

Introduction

Mormonism is a multilayered religious organization with many faces. The words “multilayered” and “organization” are carefully chosen as they represent the bulk of what we will discuss as we seek to unveil the true essence of the Mormon world as they see it. We will summarize this organization and in so doing we will discover that it was built on human fallacy and deception from its inception. We will then follow with a critical look the claims, doctrines, and documents that frame their beliefs. Summary

Mormonism is one of the fastest and newest religions on the world scene today. It had its beginnings in 1820 in the woods of Palmyra, New York when 14-year-old Joseph Smith went out to pray. During this prayer session he was visited by none other the God the Father and Jesus, the son of God, who is Himself recognized by all true Christians as very God Himself; the second person in the Trinitarian godhead. This visit was the conception of what is one of the haughtiest worldviews among religious organizations to date. It was during this visit that the young Joseph received the message that he should not unite with any of the local churches because “…they are all wrong…all their creeds are an abomination…those professors are all corrupt.” This announcement set the stage for what was either the biggest revelation or the most cleverly devised scam in the history of mankind. Some three years later, while sleeping Joseph saw a light shining. It was an angel. The angel Moroni came from the presence of God according to Joseph, to give him the location of a book written on golden plates that contained “…the fullness of the Gospel…as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants.” Thus, the foundation of the Mormon worldview is built on the restoration of the Christian Church. They must be right because everyone else is wrong. Yet they insist that they should be considered on as an option categorically with Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, and other Christian denominations. Critique of the Mormon Worldview

This worldview has to be one of, if not the most pious that is and has been promoted as authentic to this day. Those who live their lives seeing the world through the looking glass of Mormonism exist under a varied range of exposure to the truth as seen by its founder. Regardless of their understanding of their religion, each layer has a measure of deception that feeds the ego of those endorsing and propagate its fraudulence. On the exterior layer they would have the world believe that they are a Christian denomination; that they are among those to be considered followers of the Jesus upon whom the Christian church is built. The church has a website for it’s official press releases. The Facts and Statistics page of this site boasts of 55,410 missionaries carrying this first layer of deception into 340 missions worldwide. To further cloak what lies beneath the organization has humanitarian aid missions in 179 countries. Thus, when pitching the depth of their Christian union they are quick to point out all the good that they do in the name of Jesus. If you scroll their sites there is nothing on the surface that leads you to believe that they’re any different from any other Christian denomination. Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson in their article Mormonism Christian, Cult, or??? tell the story of a child who came home from school confused after High School friends questioned her Christianity. When she came home here mother assured her, “As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you are a Christian, and I am too.” Later in this article the authors note the results of a survey conducted by The Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life on over 1,000 Mormons in the USA. The results show that 97%...
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