Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Where did the Mormon Gods come from?

Do Mormons believe in a first Creator God of all things? Is there a First Cause that caused all other beings to come into existence?

In the Mormon hymnal called If you could hie to Kolob (pg. 284) it reads, “If you could hie to kolob in a twinkling of an eye, And then continue onward with that same speed to fly… [you'd]... find the generation where the gods began to be?” Huh? A generation is all of the offspring that are at the same stage of descent from a common ancestor. So the Mormon chain of procreating gods goes back to a single source? Is this Originator personal or impersonal? male or female? Mormons have no answer. This sounds like the Hindu concept of Brahman that is the source of all the gods and "is the unchanging, infinite, immanent, and transcendent reality which is the Divine Ground of all things in this universe" (Wikipedia.com). Is this LDS doctrine? But wait, the LDS prophet Brigham Young said that “there never was a time when there were not Gods…” (See Journal of Discourses 7:333). So which is it, a Brahman-like orginal source or an infinite regress? Brigham Young's remark reminds me of the story of an old woman who insists that the world is carried around on the back of a giant turtle. So a reasonable young man asked, "Well, what is that turtle standing on?" And the woman retorted, "Oh no, you can't trick me young man! It's turtles all the way down!"

Where did the Mormon Gods come from? There appears to be contradictory doctrines in Mormonism; and maybe, just maybe Joseph Smith made it up?

Who do I pray to anyway?

In Mormonism there is a Heavenly Mother who gave brith to your spirit body that clothes your soul or your "Intellegence" that always existed. In Mormonism your eternal Intelligence, soul, or spirit-element is eternal and uncreated (D&C 93:21-23), and your heavenly parents merely organized both a spirit body and then an earthly body for your soul or Intelligence to inhabit (click here for more details).

Apparently your soul or Intelligence was just floating around in outerspace like sperm without a home. The Mormon Father deity named merely organized your mortal body from dust and eternal matter like an artist forming clay. But the Goddess Mother created your spirit body (gave birth to it anyway) so then shouldn't she be worshipped and adored the same if not more than the exalted man called Heavenly Father?

Mormons essentially ignore their Heavenly Mother in their worship services. Would you move to another country and only write letters to your Dad? The church teaches to believe in Heavenly Parents but publically only one is mentioned. Mom and Dad in heaven together make up the concept of "God" in Mormonism because both the Father and the unnamed Heavenly Mother "are Gods" (see D&C 132). So to worship God and pray to “God” in Mormondom is to pray to your Heavenly Parents, and this should include the Heavenly Mother.

Mormons should really pray, “Dear Heavenly Father, and my kind sweet Heavenly Mother ... Thanks for the body Dad, and Mom thanks for bearing my spirit to clothe my soul that always existed in space, and to both of you thanks for choosing my intelligence (or soul) that was just floating around out there in space … and to Joseph Smith, please give me your consent as you reign as a supreme being over my judgment... Oh and to all the holy Gods scattered throughout eternity, oh great, great, great, great, great, great, Grandpa and Grandma Gods, thanks for organizing my Heavenly Fathers and Mothers, and thanks to all the Gods; and whoever was the first God thanks for coming up with the idea of eternal procreation. Oh, and where did you come from, and what is my Heavenly Mother's name anyway?”

Milk before the Meat

Before I resigned I was trying to be a New Order Mormon and I remember going over in my head all the positive things about Mormonism but then I said to myself, “that may all be true, but I believe in full disclosure. A real estate agent must fully disclose all the problems with the home; if there’s a leak you should report it. In the Mormon religion they do the opposite. They give you the ‘milk’ instead of the ‘meat’ as they say. They leave out the seed of Cain doctrine, Joseph Smith practicing polygamy, Freemasonry used to create the temple endowment, the legendary development of the First Vision versions, and the temple penalties, garments, secret oaths, etc, etc. After you’ve invested some time, money, and made friends and got comfortable then you find out about all this stuff when you first join the church, and usually by accident.” I realized the church must be dishonest by omitting these things because otherwise it would be obvious it wasn’t what it claimed to be, and no matter how much good the church does it does not make up for its deceptive practices.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Birds in a Cage

I have many LDS friends and family who are like wild birds who over the years have slowly adapted to being caged by the church. When wild birds are first put in a cage they fly against the bars and seek to escape anytime the door is open for any reason. The older birds sit in the cage even when left with a chance to escape. Leaving the Mormon Church in my mid 20s (around 2001) after growing up in the church was easier to escape, i.e. it wasn’t as traumatic as someone born in the church that must face the truth at the age of forty with a wife and kids. I feel sorry for Mormons who are stuck in the cage and have lost interest in freedom. It reminds me of the movie Shawshank Redemption, in one scene an old man who has been in prison his whole life is finally set free but he doesn't know what to do with himself and becomes depressed and takes his life. Later in the movie the character Red is set free and has a hard time adjusting to life outside prison as well. He struggles with things like not having to ask permission to go the bathroom. On the way home one day he says to himself, "There is a harsh truth to face. No way I'm gonna make it on the outside. [pausing at a pawnshop window staring at an array of handguns]. All I do anymore is think of ways to break my parole. Terrible thing, to live in fear... All I want is to be back where things make sense. Where I won't have to be afraid all the time." But he finds hope in meeting up with his friend Andy who escaped prison. Many Mormons feel the same way as Red when they abandon the structure of Mormon life. They are truly in prison and many times are afraid to be freethinkers. Their minds are clouded by religious dogma and social pressures. They are not free to entertain doubts that leads to healthy questions that leads to discovery and awakening. Instead, they are prisoners to their fear and ignorance as they have been conditioned to feel terror at the mere sight of a book written by a critic of Mormonism.

Are Former Mormons Mirroring the Black & White mentality of the Mormonism they grew up in?

I recently came across an article where the author writes: "I wish my fellow ex-Mormons (or former Mormons, or disaffected, or wha...