Sunday, February 27, 2011

Zeus, Allah and Jesus, in Mormonism, They’re One and the Same!




By Rocky Hulse                                                                                           

     I picked up the Sunday, January 29, 2011 issue of Mormon Times and noticed the regular column, “Defending the Faith,” by Daniel C. Peterson [Daniel C. Peterson is a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at BYU, where he also serves as editor in chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative and as director of outreach for the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship (formerly Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS) BYU’s Mormon Apologetic arm). He is founder of MormonScholarsTestify.org.] The article was titled: “His sheep recognize his voice.”

Mormonism Is All Inclusive

     The first four paragraphs of this article set the stage of falsehood:

     “Trying to make their view seem merely a minor logical extension of my own, several atheistic acquaintances have assured me that there is little difference between us: They just happen to disbelieve in one more god than I do.
     They seem to imagine that being a Latter-day Saint entails rejecting all non-Mormon religious experiences and disbelieving every doctrine of every other faith. This, however, is not true.
     When Joseph Smith learned that the then-existing Christian churches were corrupt, that didn’t mean that they were totally wrong. To say that something is “corrupt” means that it has been damaged. We speak of “corrupted texts” or “corrupted files,” intending to say that they have been infected or tainted—not that their original content has been replaced by something completely different.
     In fact, many mainstream Christian doctrines were and are substantially correct. There is indeed a God. He has a divine Son who came to earth, atoned for our sins, rose again on the third day and now sits at the right hand of his Father. Those who taught prayer, preached of the Savior and translated the New Testament during the centuries between the early apostles and the Restoration preserved and transmitted many central gospel truths.”
  
     This attempt at revising the “First Vision” of Joseph Smith is grossly deceptive. Set in Mormon scripture is the “First Vision” of Joseph Smith which is day one, hour one, minute one, second one of Mormonism: “18. My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join.
19. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: ‘they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.’” (Joseph Smith History, Ch 1:18-19)
     Here in the “First Vision,” Joseph Smith says the “Personage” who addressed him (later identified as Jesus) told him all churches were wrong and all of their creeds were an “abomination.” The Christian Creeds are Christian doctrine. The word “abomination” is defined as follows: “1: something abominable 2: extreme disgust and hatred: LOATHING.” It is quite clear from the text that, according to Joseph Smith, Jesus has “extreme disgust, hatred and loathing” of the Christian creeds and specifically defines all churches as wrong and teaching the doctrines of men. Yet, in the first four paragraphs of this article, Daniel Peterson very deceptively tries to gloss over Mormonism’s absolute attack against all churches, all Christian doctrine and all who profess Christianity.
     Lest anyone say this is out of context or not the belief of early Mormonism, let me provide a quote of Brigham Young following a discourse by John Taylor who would replace Brigham as the 3rd Mormon Prophet: “Brother Taylor has just said that the religions of the day were hatched in hell.  The eggs were laid in hell, hatched on its borders, and kicked on to the earth.”  (Journal of Discourses, Vol 6, pg 176).

Allah is God!

     Unbelievable as it may seem, this BYU professor and Mormon Apologist goes on in this article teaching that the Allah of Islam is the God of the Bible:

     “But what about non-Christians? Do they worship false gods?
     Jews certainly don’t. Believing Jews accept the Old Testament, venerating the God who brought Israel out of Egypt, spoke through the prophet Isaiah and was proclaimed by Jesus (a Palestinian Jew).
     But what of Islam? Isn’t “Allah” a false god? No. According to the Qur’an, Allah created the earth in six days, placed Adam and Eve in Eden and then inspired prophets like Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. Sound familiar?”
     To draw the conclusion that “Allah” is the God of the Bible because a fictional book of scripture, the Qur’an, plagiarizes the characters and stories of the Bible is ludicrous, however, not without precedent. Mormonism does the same thing in our time. Mormonism draws from its fictional book of scripture, the Pearl of Great Price, claiming in creation that all human beings were born into a pre-existent world, having been sired by God the Father, who has a body of flesh and bones, and that Jesus was the first offspring of this Deity and that Lucifer was the second. This being foundational Mormon doctrine, Jesus and Lucifer are brothers, and these two procreated beings are our older brothers in this non-Biblical doctrine.
    
Allah is the Eternal Father

     Daniel Peterson continues:

     “‘Allah’ is simply the Arabic equivalent of English ‘God,’ related to the Hebrew ‘Elohim.’ Moreover, Allah is the God not only of Muslims but of all Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews. ‘In the beginning, (Allah) created the heavens and the earth,’ reads Arabic Genesis. ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with (Allah), and the Word was (Allah),’ says the Arabic version of John 1:1. ‘We believe in (Allah), the Eternal Father,’ says the first Article of Faith in Arabic, ‘and in his Son, Jesus Christ.’”

     This is pure blasphemy of John 1:1. Jesus was the Word that became flesh and then “dwelt  among us” (John 1:14), not Allah! “The first Article of Faith” is a Mormon document listing 13 Articles of Faith depicting Mormon beliefs. Just because it is translated into Arabic and says Allah is God the Eternal Father, doesn’t make it so; it just makes it another falsehood of Mormonism!
     Daniel Peterson’s next point is as follows:

     “Muslims, Christians and Jews disagree about God, but that doesn’t create numerically different gods. My neighbor regards Senator Foghorn as the greatest orator since Daniel Webster; I think he’s a noxious windbag. But there is, mercifully, only one Senator Foghorn. Our different opinions don’t spawn multiple senators.”

     This argument is pure Mormonism. Trying to justify a different definition of who God is has been a trademark argument and rationalization of Mormons trying to justify their false doctrine of God from the very beginnings of Mormonism. There is only one God. Period!
     II Corinthians 11:4 “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
    15th Mormon Prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, who passed away in January 2008 said the following about Mormonism’s Jesus: "In bearing testimony of Jesus Christ, President Hinckley spoke of those outside the Church who say Latter-day Saints 'do not believe in the traditional Christ. No, I don't. The traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of whom I speak. For the Christ of whom I speak has been revealed in this the Dispensation of the Fulness [sic] of Times'" (Church News, June 20, 1998).

“I will go back to the beginning before the world was, to show what kind of a being God is.”

  “I will go back to the beginning before the world was, to show what kind of a being God is. What sort of a being was God in the beginning? Open your ears and hear, all ye ends of the earth, for I am going to prove it to you by the Bible, and to tell you the designs of God in relation to the human race, and why He interferes with the affairs of man.
    God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by His power, was to make himself visible,—I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man; for Adam was created in the very fashion, image and likeness of God, and received instruction from, and walked, talked and conversed with Him, as one man talks and communes with another.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg 345)

     The above statement, made by Joseph Smith on April 7, 1844, is a complete departure from all that the Bible teaches about God, yet it is a foundational teaching of Mormonism.
     Peterson then attempts to discount a just God by saying the following:

     “But what of the non-Abrahamic religions? Are they too far wrong? It seems presumptuous to declare that mistaken but sincere devotion means nothing to our loving Father in Heaven.”

     It is obvious that Daniel Peterson has never studied the Book of Matthew, or chooses to ignore it: “7:21. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

     There is no question that this text in Matthew 7 is clearly identifying those who are declaring “sincere devotion” to the Lord; and he says “depart from me, I never knew you.”



In Acts 17:24-28, Paul is preaching God is Zeus?

     In another grand deception, Daniel Peterson attempts to make the claim that Paul is actually equating the God of Israel with the Greek god Zeus. “When the apostle Paul, preaching on Mars Hill, sought to connect with the pagan Athenians (Acts 17:24-28), he identified Zeus with Israel’s God: “For in him we live and move and have our being,” he taught, quoting the words about Zeus of a sixth-century B.C. Cretan philosopher. “As some of your own poets have said,” he continued, citing a third-century B.C. philosopher’s verse about Zeus, ‘“we are his offspring.’”

     This attempt at saying that Paul is preaching Zeus is the God of Israel is beyond the pale of deceit. Acts 17:23 clearly contradicts Peterson: “23. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.”
     There is no question that Paul is talking about the UNKNOWN GOD, not Zeus. This is truly deliberate deception and is despicable.

The “Chronicles of Narnia”- scripture?

     Peterson finishes his article thusly:

     “In the final volume of C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia,” a Calormene soldier named Emeth (=Hebrew “truth”) has been a sincere worshipper of the false god Tash all of his life. When, at the end, he meets Aslan and recognizes the true God, he expects severe punishment. But Aslan graciously reassures him that “all the service thou hast done to Tash, I accept as service done to me,” explaining that, although Emeth had been unaware of it, his honest devotion was actually to Aslan, rather than to Tash. ‘No service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him.’”

     This teaching by BYU Professor Peterson is absolute blasphemy. Trying to use the “Chronicles of Narnia” as scripture to rationalize that any worship given to any god will be accounted by the God of the Bible as valid, is the epitome of reaching for straws; it’s pathetic really. God will not be mocked. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life! There is none other and any devotion offered to false gods will not be accepted by the God of the Bible as worship to him. The Old Testament is clear that God is a jealous God and will not tolerate worship given to false gods; however, since Mormonism has incorporated polytheism (many gods) into their doctrine, the god of this world has blinded their eyes (II Cor 4:4).



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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Book of Mormon vs. The Bible

Mormon words don't mean the same thing. 
Anyone who tries to witness to a Mormon will soon find that the words they use do not always mean the same thing to Christians.  Below is a list of terms that are important for Christians to know when discussing the truth with Mormons.  It is important that you know what the Mormons mean by the same words used by Christians.
ADAM LDS - Father of physical mankind.  Adam is also known as Michael the archangel, the ancient of days, (D&C 116). Bible - the first created man by whom all of humanity descends.  He was not Michael the archangel.
ATONEMENT LDS - The sacrifice of Christ that made resurrection possible along with the possibility of our earning forgiveness of sins. Bible - The substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf. He died for our sins (1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 2:2).
AARONIC
PRIESTHOOD
LDS - A lesser priesthood in the LDS church.  It is still used in LDS church practices and is held by the very young, (D&C 107:1, 6, 10). Bible - A priesthood that is no longer necessary now that we have the full revelation of Christ.
BAPTISM LDS - A necessary ordinance for salvation in the Mormon church.  By it sins are washed away. Bible - An ordinance of the Christian church that is not necessary for salvation (Rom. 5:1).
BIBLE LDS - The Bible is correct only as far as it is correctly translated. It is basically trustworthy. It is the only one of the four standard works (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price) that is not considered infallible. The KJV is the official Bible of the LDS church. Bible - the Bible is the inspired inerrant word of God (2 Tim. 3:16).
BISHOP LDS - an office in the Melchizedek Priesthood of the LDS church.  D&C 20:67), Bible - An office held by a male member of the Church.
CELESTIAL
HEAVEN
LDS - The highest of the three levels of heaven where faithful Mormons are exalted to Godhood. Bible - There is no such thing as a celestial heaven.
CHURCH LDS - The LDS church with its organizational structure, laws, and proper name. Bible - The body of believers in the true and living God through Jesus.  It is comprised of those who are redeemed and is not limited to an earthly structure.
DAMNATION LDS - Basically, anything lesser than exaltation (becoming a God). Bible - The state of condemnation, judged by God in eternal hell (Matt. 25:46).
DEVIL LDS - See Satan. Bible - See Satan.
ELOHIM LDS - The name of God the Father. Bible - The Hebrew word for "God."  The name of God is "YHWH," which means "I AM,"  (Exodus 3:14).
ETERNAL
LIFE
LDS - Exaltation (exaltation to a Mormon means obtaining Godhood) in the Celestial Kingdom. Bible - Forgiveness of sins and life eternal with God (John 17:3; Rom. 6:23).
EXALTATION LDS - The state of becoming a god in the celestial heaven. Bible - There is no such thing as becoming a God in the Bible.
FALL OF
MANKIND
LDS - A blessing (Mosiah 3: 11-16).  A necessary step in the progression of humanity to the level of Godhood. Bible - The open rebellion of Adam and Eve against God resulting in their condemnation and the fall of mankind.
GOD LDS - One of countless gods in existence.  An exalted man from another world who created the earth who's name is "Elohim."  He became a god by following the laws and ordinances of his god on the other world.  He has a body of flesh and bones.  D&C 130: 22-23. Bible - The one and only God in all the universe, (Isaiah 44:6,8).
GODHEAD LDS - An office held by three separate Gods: the Father who is a god; Jesus who is a god; and the Holy Ghost who is a god. Bible - God Himself, not an office. Three persons in one God. A Trinity: The Father; the Son; and the Holy Spirit.
GOSPEL LDS - The laws and ordinances of the Mormon church. Bible - The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus for the forgiveness of the sins of all who would trust in Him (1 Cor. 15:1-4).
HEAVEN LDS - Divided into three Kingdoms: Celestial, Terrestrial, and Telestial. The Celestial is for perfect Mormons, the Terrestrial is for moral people and lukewarm LDS, and the Telestial Kingdom is for everyone else. Bible - The dwelling place of God (1 Kings 8:30). Christians go to heaven.
HELL LDS - The temporary abode in the spirit world between death and resurrection for those awaiting telestial glory, (D&C 76: 84-85, 106).  Hell will come to an end. Bible - the eternal dwelling place of those who rejected the atoning work of Christ.
HOLY
GHOST
LDS - "A spirit man. He can only be at one place at one time... " (Mormon Doctrine by Bruce McConkie, p. 359.) The Holy Ghost is contrasted with the Spirit of God, which is the influence of the Godhead that fills the immensity of space which enables God to know what is going on.  It is likened to electricity." D&C 130: 22-23. Bible - Third person of the Trinity. Same as Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4).
HOLY
SPIRIT
LDS - The presence of God as distinguished from the Holy Ghost who is a god in the mormon trinity. Bible - An equivalent term to Holy Ghost, third person in the Trinity.
JEHOVAH LDS - The name of Jesus in the Old Testament. Bible - The name of God is "YHWH," which means "I AM,"  (Exodus 3:14).
JESUS LDS - Literal offspring of God the father.  Spirit brother of Satan. A god in the Godhead. He is Jehovah of the O.T. compared to Elohim being the Father. He was the first spirit child to be born to the Father and Mother gods. Ordained as the Christ in the pre-existent Grand Council before coming to earth. Bible - Jesus is God, second person of the Trinity (John 1:1,14; Col. 2:9).
KINGDOM
OF GOD
LDS - Celestial heaven. The kingdom of God on earth is the LDS church. Bible - All the believers of Christ (Matt. 13:41-43).
MARRIAGE LDS - An eternal bonding of husband and wife that continues into the afterlife.  These couples will continue to have children.  (D&C 132:15-20). Bible - the holy covenant between a man and a woman that is broken at death.
MELCHIZEDEK
PRIESTHOOD
LDS - A greater priesthood in the LDS church held by elders, (D&C 107), Bible - A priesthood held by Jesus alone.
PRE-EXISTENCE LDS - We existed in heaven with God our (literal) Father and mother before we became human. Bible - We did not exist before we came to earth (1 Cor. 15:46).
SALVATION LDS - Two fold meaning:  Simple bodily resurrection of all people.  Also, forgiveness of sins. Bible - Forgiveness of sins with the result of a present new life and in the future eternal life with God (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Rom. 6:23; 10:9-10).
SATAN LDS - The opposer of God, literal son of God, brother of Jesus and all people begotten in the pre-existent spirit world. Bible - A fallen angel who rebelled against God.
SCRIPTURE LDS - Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price. Bible - Only the Bible is scripture.
TEMPLE LDS - A present day temple used to practice the ordinances and ceremonies of the gospel of the LDS church on behalf of the living as well as the dead. Bible - The Old Testament building where God dwelt, sacrifices were offered, and holy priestly rites were administered.  There is no longer a need for temples.
TRINITY LDS- Three gods:  a god called the Father; a god called the son; a god called the Holy Ghost. Bible - The one and only God in all existence who is comprised of three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  See Trinity.
Go to http://scriptures.lds.org/bd/contents for a list of Mormon words and definitions produced by the LDS church.



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