One thing I've noticed about cults over the years is that they tend to be VERY confusing and full of so much "hidden knowledge" that they keep their followers so involved in such a maze of books and fairy tales that they end up bogged down in such a load of "hidden truths that the average person does not have access to" that they are exhausted and in bondage to the cult.
The simplicity in Christ is so simple that even the most uneducated and unsophisticated person can grasp Him.
That is the method of cults. They make things so difficult that their members often do not know what exactly they are following.
Jesus Christ is so very basic and simple. I say simple not that in it is simple to follow His commands but in that the basic acceptance of Him is really not a "big" thing. We believe He lived on earth as a man while at the same time being God. We believe He was crucified on the cross. We believe that on the third day He was resurrected. We believe He sits on the right hand of God, the Father. We also believe that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
We have no hoops to jump through. It is very basic. The difficulty comes in when people try to add things to salvation. There are many cults who do not even believe in eternal life.
When I posted the little article on Our Blessings in Christ it seems to me that we, each and every one of us, ought to be inspired to share those blessings in every person we come into contact with. We have such a wonderful future ahead of us that we should want everyone we know to be able to share in that same hope.
In Christ, George
(Galatians 5:1) Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Post by coveredinharmony on Jun 19, 2008 15:13:20 GMT -5
I've noticed this too, especially when I'm witnessing to people (most often, in my case, Mormons). I'll point out some strange unbiblical belief, and they'll say, "well, I don't believe that!" It's quite difficult at times for them to reconcile them believing something their religion teaches the opposite of...
The truth of the matter is that there are many weird "secret beliefs" that the Mormon hierarchy allows the Mormon "missionaries" access to that are as off the wall and ungodly as you please . . . but, then when the average Mormon church member is told about such things, the hierarchy just plain lies and says, "Oh no! We don't teach that! That's just a lie."
For instance, many years ago when I was a very young woman, we lived in Nashville and the Mormon "missionaries" would cruise the neighborhoods on bicycles in the short sleeve white shirts, ties and black slacks (while the husbands were at work) and proselytize for the Mormon church. That was their method of operation.
One day, before I knew anything about the Mormon church, two of them came by the house. Back then, almost 40 yrs. ago, it was a more innocent time and I was from a small town to boot; so I talked with them briefly that day. They left a couple of books with me to read as I didn't have time to "study" with them that day. So - I skimmed the books pretty thoroughly. One of them was a sort of apparently obscure Mormon study in which the jist was that the women who were proselytized into the Mormon church by these "missionaries" and if their husbands rejected the Mormon religion, then all these women would belong to the faithful Mormon men as part of their multiple wife harem INTO ETERNITY . . forever barefoot and pregnant, having spirit child after spirit child into eternity. (I promise you that I speak the truth, although the average Mormon will be likely to deny it, and honestly may not even be aware of such a teaching.) I don't think the "missionary" was supposed to allow anyone else to read it.
When they came back by the house the next day to pick up their books, I handed them back to them and told them when asked what I thought, I said, "I'm sorry, but I just can't buy that sort of a theory." (Even on the face of it, the specter of such a male Utopia and a female Un-Utopia would be unappealing to most women!) Now, thankfully, none of them come back in our remote area where we live. . even JW are wary. It looks like some mean old hillbilly lives back here! Ha!
I guess that cult "scriptures" just can't come close to the Living, breathing and powerful Word of God that we have in the Holy Bible! It speaks to heart like no other words can. Even thought its truths are simple enough for a child to understand, the more we study it, the more amazingly complex, convincing and convicting it becomes. Wow.
Post by SisterNancy on Jun 20, 2008 7:08:12 GMT -5
Oh Yes, mitchell, you forgot however, that if you are spiritually married to one of these men and you are a good wife then you get to be with him in your own little kingdom of which he becomes god over with all those spiritual babies.
The Mormon ladies do know about this. However, you must understand that they also believe that even here on earth their purpose is to bring heavenly bodies(babies who exist in heaven now) to earth through childbirth. hence the need to be married and have lots of kids. Unfortunately that is where the practice of polygamy comes in too. all the woman need to be married even if it is to someone else's husband.
now that polygamy is illegal they have spiritual marriages in their temple and when you die you are united with that husband.
When I posted about this on a large news forum where there are a huge number of people discussing religion as well as news stories and current events, the Mormons on the forum came out in force to call me a liar about this. I told them "uh-uh" Truth is Truth.
At the time this happened way back when, I had been into the Holy Bible enough to have read the scripture where Jesus said that in heaven there would be "neither marriage nor giving in marriage", so that settled that question anyway for me.