false-religion

EMBLEMA VI. Ficta religio [False religion]
From Andrea Alciato’s “Emblemata” (1584), B1v f9v

REGALI residens meretrix pulcherrima sella,
Purpureo insignem gestat honore peplum.
Omnibus & latices pleno è cratere propinat:
At circum cubitans ebria turba iacet.
Sic Babylona notant: quae gentes illice forma,
Et ficta stolidas religione capit.

A beauteous harlot reclining on a royal seat wears a robe resplendent with purple, the badge of honour. From a full bowl she passes round the cup of drink to all, and round about the drunken crowd sprawls in stupor. Thus they indicate Babylon, who with her alluring beauty takes in the doltish nations with false religion.

Dream Catchers Are More Than Just A Decoration...

The Legend of the Dream Catcher

According to Native American Indian tradition, a Lakota Indian had a vision back when the world was young. In this vision, Iktomi, the Great Teacher of Wisdom, appeared to him in the form of a spider. While weaving a web with the Indian’s willow hoop, Iktomi explained the cycles of life— “in each time of life there are many forces; some good and some bad, … these forces can help or can interfere with the harmony of Nature.” When Iktomi finished the web, he handed it to the Indian and said, “The web is a perfect circle with a hole in the center. Use the web to help your people reach their goals, making

good use of their ideas, dreams, and visions. If you believe in the Great Spirit, the web will catch your good ideas and the bad ones will go through the hole”  Dream catchers are used by Indians and others to filter dreams. They are usually hung in windows or above beds (especially above baby’s cribs) to sift all dreams. During the night the good dreams pass through the center hole and slip down the feathers into the person’s sleep. The bad dreams are caught in the web and are burned away by the morning sunlight.

They are also thought to bring healing, good luck, and harmony throughout life. Because of their popularity today, there are many new versions of dream catchers with new significance. For example, the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota is producing “Path of the Spirit” spiral dream catchers— “The upward spiral is symbolic of our life’s journey. This dream catcher serves as a reminder to be patient, tolerant, and respectful of the places we and others are in on our journey” 

Native American Religion

Because dream catchers are considered a Native American spiritual gift, it is important to examine their spiritual beliefs and practices. While American Indian religion is historically unorganized and varied in practice from tribe to tribe, they share the common goal of participation in or a relationship with nature and spirit. Indians were complexly ceremonial as they sought healing, help from the spirit world, and individual success in things like hunting, warfare, and child rearing.

Their religion appears polytheistic (the belief in many gods) because of their particular devotion and reverence for animals and nature. Ultimately, however, they are pantheists (the belief that God is everything and everything is God). Their religious leaders are known as medicine men or women, shamans, diviners, herbalists, conjurers, healers, crystal gazers, or dreamers.

They teach a belief in what they call the Great Spirit— “the Spirit over, under, and throughout all the physical world, its guiding principle, present in individual phenomena yet not confined to it, not strictly singular nor plural, neither truly personal nor impersonal.” 

Right and wrong are determined based on the affect an action has on the tribe or nature. “Wrong actions are those that disrupt balance and harmony, jeopardizing the wellbeing of a people and the cosmos as a whole” 

There is an organized Native American Church which claims a membership of 250,000. The Native American Church, founded in 1918, is also known as Peyote Church. The worship services appear to be a combination of Native American religious rites, Christian traditions (praying and singing), the New Age Movement (use of crystals), and the Peyote Ritual. Native American shamans require eating the peyote plant as part of their membership ritual. The plant has a highly hallucinogenic affect on its users, and there have been reports of loss of consciousness. According to the shamans, peyote aids in the meditation, contemplation part of Native American worship.

Dream Catchers and Christianity

 Does God still speak through dreams? God spoke to people many times throughout the Scriptures in dreams. Examples are Joseph, son of Jacob (Genesis 37:5-10); Joseph, the husband of Mary (Matthew 2:12-22); Solomon (1 Kings 3:5-15); and several others (Daniel 2:1, 7:1; Matthew 27:19). There is also a prophecy of the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28), quoted by the apostle Peter in Acts 2:17, that mentions God using dreams. So the simple answer is, yes, God can and does speak through dreams.

However, there is a difference in how we apply that truth today. We must keep in mind that the Bible is finished, having revealed everything we need to know from now until eternity. This is not to say that God does not work miracles or even speak through dreams today, but anything God says, whether it is a dream, vision, impression, or “still small voice,” will agree completely with what He has already revealed in His Word. Dreams cannot be put into a place of authority over the Scriptures. 

If you have a dream and feel that perhaps God gave it to you, prayerfully examine the Word of God and make sure your dream is in agreement with Scripture. If so, prayerfully consider what God would have you do in response to your dream (James 1:5). In Scripture, whenever anyone experienced a dream from God, God always made the meaning of the dream clear, whether directly to the person, through an angel, or through a messenger (Genesis 40:5-11; Daniel 2:45, 4:19). When God speaks to us, He makes sure His message is clearly understood.

Finally, and most important, dream catchers are a spiritual symbol of a pantheistic, pagan religion. Christians shouldn’t dabble in things associated with pagan religions. Solomon warned Israel about being influenced by ungodly religions. He said, Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments… Why did Solomon urge Israel to be wholly committed to God? So that all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God (1 Kings 8:60-61, emphasis mine). If Christians start participating in things which belong to or represent false religions, then they are endorsing other gods and are not wholly devoted to the Lord.

Symbols and objects, such as dream catchers, can interfere with your relationship with God. Gideon made an ephod, which actually represented something good in Israel , and yet it became a snare to Gideon and his household (Judges 8:27 ). With respect to images which come from other religions, God is clear, you shall not covet them … nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it, for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. And you shall not bring an abomination into your house  … you shall utterly detest it and you shall utterly abhor it (Deuteronomy 7:26).

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The atheist thinks there are no gods; the superstitious man wishes there were none, but believes in them against his will; for he is afraid not to believe. And yet, as Tantalus would be glad indeed to get out from under the rock suspended above his head, so the superstitious man would be glad to escape his fear by which he feels oppressed no less than Tantalus by his rock, and he would call the condition of the atheist happy because it is a state of freedom. But, as things are, the atheist has neither part nor lot in superstition, whereas the superstitious man by preference would be an atheist, but is too weak to hold the opinion about the gods which he wishes to hold.

Moreover, the atheist has no part in causing superstition, but superstition provides the seed from which atheism springs, and when atheism has taken root, superstition supplies it with a defense, not a true one or a fair one, but one not destitute of some speciousness. For it is not because these people saw in the heavens anything to find fault with, or anything not harmonious or well-ordered in the stars or seasons, or in the revolutions of the moon or in the movements of the sun around the earth, ‘artisans of day and night,’ or in the feeding and growth of living creatures, or in the sowing and harvesting of crops, as the result of which they decided against the idea of a God in the universe; but the ridiculous actions and emotions of superstition, its words and gestures, magic charms and spells, rushing about and beating of drums, impure purifications and dirty sanctifications, barbarous and outlandish penances and mortifications at the shrines — all these give occasion to some to say that it were better there should be no gods at all than gods who accept with pleasure such forms of worship, and are so overbearing, so petty, and so easily offended.
—  Plutarch, On Superstition
Should Christians Practice Yoga?

What is Yoga? 

Yoga is a practice that has become very popular in the United States.  For many Christians in the West who don’t understand the history behind it, yoga is simply a means of physical exercise and strengthening and improving flexibility of the muscles. However, the philosophy behind yoga is much more than physically improving oneself. It is an ancient practice derived from India, believed to be the path to spiritual growth and enlightenment.

The word yoga means “union,” and the goal is to unite one’s transitory (temporary) self with the infinite Brahman, the Hindu concept of “God.” This god is not a literal being, but is an impersonal spiritual substance that is one with nature and the cosmos. This view is called “pantheism,” the belief that everything is God and that reality consists only of the universe and nature. Because everything is God, the yoga philosophy makes no distinction between man and God.

Hatha yoga is the aspect of yoga which focuses on the physical body through special postures, breathing exercises, and concentration or meditation. It is a means to prepare the body for the spiritual exercises, with fewer obstacles, in order to achieve enlightenment. The practice of yoga is based on the belief that man and God are one. It is little more than self-worship disguised as high-level spirituality.

THE ORIGINS OF YOGA

The word yoga means “yoke” or “union,” union of the finite jira (transitory self) with the Brahman (external self). Brahman is a term often used for the Hindu concept of God, which follows that yoga means to be yoked with Brahman, the god of your higher self. That’s why meditation or concentration is involved. One’s spirit and mind is now open to a spiritual occupant. The goal and practice of yoga can be traced all the way back to a part of Hindu scriptures called Upanishads, probably written between 1000-500 B.C. Therein is written, “Unite the light within you with the light of Brahman”. Therefore, union with Brahman, a false god, is the ultimate goal of yoga.

Scripture is clear that when we participate in idolatrous philosophy or religions, we are fellowshipping with devils (demons) and have opened the door to them.

THE EIGHT (8) LIMBS (LEVELS) OF YOGA

In about 150 A.D. the yogi Patamjali systemized yoga into eight distinct “limbs” in his yoga sutras. These limbs are like a staircase, supposedly leading the yoga participant from ignorance to enlightenment. The eight limbs are:

Yama (self control)

Niyama (religious observance) which means there is worship involved.

Asana (posture) the physical body is in worship positions

Pranayama (breathing exercises)

Pratyahara (sense control)

Dharana (concentration)

Dhyana (deep contemplation)

Samadhi (enlightenment)

All false religions offer some higher level of knowledge that promises peace, success, happiness and tranquility in life. Yet, Satan’s purpose is to deceive and drive mankind from the knowledge of God.  

Yoga is an ancient spiritual discipline rooted in the religion of Hinduism. This being so, we may honestly wonder whether it’s really wise for a Christian to be involved in yoga practice. The practice of yoga incorporates fellowshipping with devils and therefore, participants are partakers of Satan’s nature (I Corinthians 10:9-22).

There are different types of yoga, but what they all have in common is they are a way to earn salvation.  There are several practices within Yoga.  These include, but are not limited to meditation, repeating the divine name, breathing exercises, performing acrobatic exercises, trying to put one’s own body in difficult postures.  Meditation is central to all forms of Yoga.  Meditation helps its practitioners to be able to find release from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth.2   “Yoga is a method of spiritual training whose purpose is to integrate or unite the self.  A physical exercise, its goal is nonphysical-uniting with God.  Yoga teaches that people should attempt to yoke the individual spirit to God, to atman-the individual soul or essence of a person-and to Brahman.”3    So we see that Yoga is essentially physical exercises in which one tries to work his or her way to God.

The question becomes, is it possible for a Christian to isolate the physical aspects of yoga as simply a method of exercise, without incorporating the spirituality or philosophy behind it? Yoga originated with a blatantly anti-Christian philosophy, and that philosophy has not changed. It teaches one to focus on oneself instead of on the one true God. It encourages its participants to seek the answers to life’s difficult questions within their own consciousness instead of in the Word of God. It also leaves one open to deception from God’s enemy, who searches for victims that he can turn away from God (1 Peter 5:8).

 

Whatever we do should be done for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31), and we would be wise to heed the words of the apostle Paul: “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8, NLT).

 

We must first understand that yoga is taught within all sects of Hinduism, in which it is taught as a means to have salvation. As Christians we know that salvation is found only through Christ Jesus.

 

It is not recommended that Christians practice yoga since the intention of yoga is a path in order to attain salvation.  Some Christians do practice yoga and say that all Christians can practice yoga.  So let us answer a few basic objections.

 

Can a Christian practice yoga without getting caught up in the religious aspects of it?

The problem is that yoga is religious in nature.  The point of the practice of yoga is to unite oneself with God.  Take this quote from the Yoga Journal: “Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without labeling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment. The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind.”  As one can see, Yoga is more than just a physical exercise.  We as Christians do not want to leave our mind open to false teaching.

 

If there are medical benefits from practicing yoga, then why should Christians not be able to practice yoga?  With any physical fitness, there are going to be some positive medical benefits.  There are many other great physical fitness programs that are out there with great benefits. Such as practicing Pilates.

 

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates (1880-1967), a German gymnast, diver and body-builder. Pilates called his method “Contrology,” because he believed his method uses the mind to control the muscles. The program focuses on the core muscles, those that surround the spine and internal organs, which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine and aim to strengthen the deep torso muscles. According to Pilates instructors, the goal of the exercises is to create a fusion of mind and body, training the body so that without even engaging the mind, it will move with economy, grace, and balance. Pilates is based on certain principles to condition the entire body: proper alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement.

 

From this description of Pilates exercises, there is nothing to alarm Christians or cause us to fear or mistrust Pilates. All Christians should be concerned with proper diet and exercise so that our bodies, which are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), are kept in as good condition as possible. All types of exercises are improved by controlled breathing, and strengthening the core muscles that support the spine, and therefore the entire body, is crucial to maintaining good health. All the Pilates principles mentioned above are commonly accepted methods of strengthening and conditioning the body.

 

Jesus is the only way in order to have salvation.  Salvation is not found in any other religious system, practice or founder.  Jesus told us that he was the only way to the Father in John 14:6: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

 

Acts 4:12: “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Pilates (pronounced pih-lah’-tiz) is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates (1880-1967), a German gymnast, diver and body-builder. Pilates called his method “Contrology,” because he believed his method uses the mind to control the muscles. The program focuses on the core muscles, those that surround the spine and internal organs, which help keep the body balanced and which are essential to providing support. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine and aim to strengthen the deep torso muscles. According to Pilates instructors, the goal of the exercises is to create a fusion of mind and body, training the body so that without even engaging the mind, it will move with economy, grace, and balance. Pilates is based on certain principles to condition the entire body: proper alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement.


From this description of Pilates exercises, there is nothing to alarm Christians or cause us to fear or mistrust Pilates. All Christians should be concerned with proper diet and exercise so that our bodies, which are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), are kept in as good condition as possible. All types of exercises are improved by controlled breathing, and strengthening the core muscles that support the spine, and therefore the entire body, is crucial to maintaining good health. All the Pilates principles mentioned above are commonly accepted methods of strengthening and conditioning the body.

We are not saved from any works that we can do ourselves.  It’s all by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior.

Ephesians 2:8-10: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

We as Christians are to be different than the world.  We are not to do things the same way as the world. 

Romans 12:1-2: “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

As Christians we are not to be conformed to this world.  We are to be different and set apart from the world.  When we try and use the methods of the world in order to get to God, then we are in direct disobedience to God.  Even if a Christian can practice yoga without any of the religious practices getting involved, would you want to take the chance of hurting your witness with Hindus or those of the New Age who think that Yoga is religious in nature?

As Christians we are to meditate only on God and His Word.  We are not to focus on ourselves or to clear our minds.  The Bible never gives us a prescription to free our mind.  The prescription that the Bible gives us is to only meditate on God and His Word.

Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

When one clears his mind, he is opening himself up to demonic powers.  We are to only let our minds dwell on Godly things and meditate on Scripture.  Again, we are not to clear our minds, empty ourselves and open ourselves up to anything but God. 

We were bought with a very high price that Jesus paid at the cross…

50 Questions To Ask A Mormon

1.    Why does the Mormon Church still teach that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God after he made a false prophecy about a temple being built in Missouri in his generation (Doctrine and Covenants 84:1-5)? 

2.   Since the time when Brigham Young taught that both the moon and the sun were inhabited by people, has the Mormon Church ever found scientific evidence of that to be true (Journal of Discourses, 1870, v.13, p.271)?   

3.   Why did Brigham Young teach that Adam is “our Father and our God” when both the Bible and the Book of Mormon (Mormon 9:12) say that Adam is a creation of God (Journal of Discourses, Apr. 9, 1852, vol.1, p.50)? 

4.   If Brigham Young was a true prophet, how come one of your later prophets overturned his declaration which stated that the black man could never hold the priesthood in the LDS Church until after the resurrection of all other races (Journal of Discourses, Dec. 12, 1854, 2:142-143)?

5.   Since the Bible’s test to determine whether someone is a true prophet of God is 100% accuracy in all his prophecies (Deuteronomy 18:20-22), has the LDS Church ever reconsidered its teaching that Joseph Smith and Brigham Young were true prophets? 

6.   Since the current LDS prophets sometimes contradict the former ones, how do you decide which one is correct? 

7.   Since there are several different contradictory accounts of Joseph Smith’s first vision, how did the LDS Church choose the correct one? 

8.   Can you show me in the Bible the LDS teaching that we must all stand before Joseph Smith on the Day of Judgment? 
 

Mormon Scripture 

9.   Can you show me archeological and historical proof from non-Mormon sources that prove that the peoples and places named in the Book of Mormon are true? 

10.  If the words “familiar spirit” in Isaiah 29:4 refer to the Book of Mormon, why do familiar spirits always refer to occult practices such as channeling and necromancy everywhere else in the Old Testament? 

11.  Why did Joseph Smith condone polygamy as an ordinance from God (Doctrine and Covenants 132) when the Book of Mormon had already condemned the practice (Jacob 1:15, 2:24)? 

12.  Why were the words “white and delightsome” in 2 Nephi 30:6 changed to “pure and delightsome” right on the heels of the Civil Rights campaign for blacks? 

13.  If God is an exalted man with a body of flesh and bones, why does Alma 18:26-28 and John 4:24 say that God is a spirit? 

14.  Why did God encourage Abraham & Sarah to lie in Abraham 2:24? Isn’t lying a sin according to the 10 commandments? Why did God tell Abraham and Sarah to lie when 2 Nephi 9:34 condemns liars to hell? 

15.  Why does the Book of Mormon state that Jesus was born in Jerusalem (Alma 7:10) when history and the Bible state that he was born outside of Jerusalem, in Bethlehem? 

16.  If the Book of Mormon is the most correct of any book on earth, as Joseph Smith said, why does it contain over 4000 changes from the original 1830 edition? 

17.  If the Book of Mormon contains the “fulness of the everlasting gospel”, why does the LDS Church need additional works? 

18.  If the Book of Mormon contains the “fulness of the everlasting gospel”, why doesn’t it say anything about so many important teachings such as eternal progression, celestial marriage, the Word of Wisdom, the plurality of Gods, the pre-existence of man, our mother in heaven, baptism for the dead, etc? 

19.  Why do you baptize for the dead when both Mosiah 3:25 and the Bible state that there is no chance of salvation after death? 

20.  Since the word grace means a free gift that can’t be earned, why does the Book of Mormon state “for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do” (2 Nephi 25:23)? 

21.  Does the LDS Church still regard the Pearl of Great Price as Holy Scripture even after several prominent Egyptologists proved it was an ancient funeral scroll? 

22.  Why does the Book of Abraham, chapters 4 & 5, contradict Alma 11 in stating that there is more than one God?  

23.  Why does Doctrine and Covenants 42:18 say there is no forgiveness for a murderer when 3 Nephi 30:2 says there is forgiveness for him? 

24.  If the Adam-God doctrine isn’t true, how come Doctrine and Covenants 27:11 calls Adam the Ancient of Days which is clearly a title for God in Daniel chapter 7? 

25.  Why does the Book of Mormon contain extensive, word-for-word quotes from the Bible if the LDS Church is correct in teaching that the Bible has been corrupted? 

26.  Why do the Bible verses quoted in the Book of Mormon contain the italicized words from the King James Version that were added into the KJV text by the translators in the 16th and 17th centuries? 

27.  If the Book of Mormon was engraved on gold plates thousands of years ago, why does it read in perfect 1611 King James Version English?
 

Bible Questions 

28.  If marriage is essential to achieve exaltation, why did Paul say that it is good for a man not to marry (1 Corinthians 7:1)? 

29.  Since the Word of Wisdom teaches us to abstain from alcohol, why did Paul encourage Timothy to drink wine for his stomach (1 Timothy 5:23)? 

30.  If obeying the Word of Wisdom - which tells us to abstain from caffeine, alcohol and tobacco - is important for our exaltation, why did Jesus say that there is nothing that can enter a man to make him defiled (Mark 7:15)? 

31.  If Jesus is the Jehovah of the Old Testament and Elohim is referred to as God in the Old Testament, can you explain Deuteronomy 6:4 to me: “Hear, O Israel: the LORD (Jehovah) our God (Elohim) is one LORD (Jehovah)? 

32.  Why does the Mormon Church teach that we can be married in heaven when Jesus said in Matthew 22:30 that in the resurrection men neither marry, nor are they given in marriage? 

33.  How can worthy Mormon males become Gods in the afterlife when God already said that before him no God was formed, nor will there be any Gods formed after him (Isaiah 43:10)? 

34.  If God had a father who was a God, how come Isaiah 44:8 says that he doesn’t know him? 

35.  If God was once just a man who progressed to becoming a God, how do you explain Psalm 90:2: “…even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God”? 

36.  How can God be an exalted man when Numbers 23:19 says that God is not a man? 

37.  Why does the Mormon Church teach that Elohim had sexual relations with Mary to produce Jesus when both Matthew and Luke teach she was a virgin (The Seer, January, 1853, p.158)? 

38.  Why does the LDS Church teach that Jesus paid for our sins in the garden of Gethsemane when 1 Peter 2:24 says it was on the cross?  

39.  Why did Bruce McConkie write that a man may commit a sin so grievous that it will place him beyond the atoning blood of Christ (Mormon Doctrine, 1979, p.93) when the Bible says that the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7)? 

40.  Why does the LDS Church teach that man first existed as spirits in heaven when 1 Corinthians 15:46 says that the physical body comes before the spiritual? 

41.  Since Jesus statement, “Be ye therefore perfect” (Matthew 5:48) is in the present tense, are you perfect right now? Do you expect to be perfect soon? According to Hebrews 10:14, how are we made perfect? 

42.  Why do Mormons say the sticks in Ezekiel 37 represent the Bible and the Book of Mormon when Ezekiel 37:20-22 tells us that the sticks represent two nations, not two books?  

43.  Why does the LDS Church teach that Jesus and Lucifer are spirit brothers when both the first chapter of John and Colossians teach that Jesus is the Creator of all things, including Lucifer? 

44.  Why do worthy Mormon males hold the Aaronic priesthood since Hebrews 7:11-12 clearly teaches that it was changed and superceded by something better? 

45.  If your leaders are correct about the complete falling away of the true church on earth, was Jesus in error when he said that the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18)?
 

General 

46.  If having a physical body is necessary to become a god, how did Jesus become a god before he had a body?  

47.  Do you think the LDS Church will reconsider its teachings that the American Indians are descendants of the Jewish race now that DNA evidence has proven that they are actually descendants of the Asian race? 

48.  If polygamy was officially re-instituted by the Mormon Church, how would your wife feel about you taking another woman? 

49.  Since the LDS Church teaches that there was a complete apostasy of the true church on earth, does that mean that the 3 living Nephites and the Apostle John went into apostasy also? 

50.  Why are Mormon Temple ceremonies secret to the public when the Old Testament temple ceremonies were open to public knowledge?

random thing that annoys me: when people blame the devil for their problems

and not because he doesnt exist or it has to do with a false religion but because their are 7 princes of hell and depending on what the problem was it is likely that what they are complaining about had nothing to do with the fallen angel, Lucifer.

for those who didn't know, theses are the 7 princes of hell and are consider responsible for possession and sins. if you are going to blame a higher power blame the right one.

Lucifer - Pride
Mammon - Greed
Asmodeus - Lust
Satan - Wrath
Beelzebub (also called Baal) - Gluttony
Leviathan - Envy
Belphegor - Sloth

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Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word (by bball1989)

Wow, Im an agnostic bordering on atheism and this is deep. 

anonymous asked:

Are Satan and Jesus brothers? I am starting to question my religion.

No, Jesus and Satan are not brothers. Jesus is God and Satan is one of His creations. Not only are Jesus and Satan not brothers, they are as different as night is from day. Jesus is God incarnate—eternal, all knowing and all powerful while Satan is a fallen angel that was created by God for God’s purposes. The teaching that Jesus and Satan are “spirit brothers” is one of the many false teachings of the Mormons (Latter Day Saints), and to some degree also the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Both of these groups are properly labeled as cults because they deny essential Christian doctrine. While they use Christian terms such as Jesus, God and salvation, they have heretical views and teachings on the most basic and essential Christian doctrines. (Please note that most Mormons today will vehemently deny that they believe Jesus and Satan are brothers. However, this teaching was most definitely a belief of the early Mormons).

The teaching that Jesus and Satan are “spirit brothers” is born out of the Mormons’ misunderstanding and distortion of Scripture as well as some of the extra-biblical teachings they consider to be authoritative. Simply put there is no way you can read the Bible using any type of sound hermeneutical principles and come away with the idea that Jesus and Satan are “spiritual brothers.” The Scriptures are very clear that Jesus is fully God, not some type of lesser god as the Mormons or other cults believe. The Scriptures are also very clear that God is transcendent above His creation which simply means that there is no comparison between Christ the Creator and Satan His creation.

Mormons believe that Jesus Christ was the first “spirit child” born to God the Heavenly Father with one of his many wives. Instead of acknowledging Jesus as the one true God, they believe He became God, just as they will one day become gods. According to Mormon doctrine, as the first of the “spirit children” of God, Jesus had preeminence over Satan or Lucifer who was the second “son of God” and the “spirit brother” of Jesus. It is ironic that they will use Colossians 1:15 as one of their “proof texts” because it says that: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” Yet they ignore verse 16 where we see that “By Him (Christ) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth. Visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. ALL THINGS were created through Him and for Him.” All things—thrones, dominions, principalities or powers—include Satan and his demons.

In order to believe that Satan and Jesus are “spiritual brothers” one must deny the clear teaching of Scripture. Scripture is very clear that it was Jesus Christ who created all things and that as the second person of the triune Godhead Christ is fully and uniquely God. Jesus claimed to be God in many passages of Scripture. In John 10:30 Jesus said, “I am the Father are one.” Jesus was not claiming to be another lesser God. He was declaring that He was fully God. In John 1:1-5 it is clear that Jesus was not a created being and that He Himself created all things. “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:3). How much clearer can it get? “All things” means what it says, and it includes Satan who as an angel was himself a created being just like the other angels and demons are. Scripture reveals Satan to be a fallen angel who rebelled against God and Jesus as being God. The only relationship that exists between Satan and Jesus is that of Creator and creation, of the righteous Judge Jesus Christ and the sinful created being, Satan.

Like the Mormons, the Jehovah Witnesses also teach that Jesus and Satan are spiritual brothers. While some Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses might sometimes try to sidestep this teaching because it is so antithetical to what the Bible actually says, it is nevertheless what these organizations believe and is part of their official doctrine.

Mormons believe that not only were Jesus and Lucifer “spirit children of Elohim,” but that also humans are spiritual children as well. In other words they believe that “God, angels, and men are all of the same species, one race, one great family.” This is why they believe that they themselves will one day become as much of a God as Jesus or even God the Father. Rather than seeing the clear distinction in Scripture between God and His creation, they believe that one day they will be a God themselves. Of course this is the same old lie Satan has been telling us since the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15). Apparently the desire to usurp the throne of God is endemic in the hearts of men.

In Matthew 16:15 Jesus asked the important question: “But who do you say that I am?” This is a question that is essential to salvation and one that the Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses get wrong. Their answer that Jesus is the spirit brother of Satan is the wrong one. Jesus is God the Son, and in Him the fullness of the Godhead dwelt bodily (Colossians 2:9). He created Satan and one day He will cast Satan into the lake of fire as the just punishment for his rebellion against God. Sadly on that Day of Judgment those who fall for Satan’s lies will also be cast into the lake of fire with Satan and His demons. The god of the Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses is not the God who revealed Himself in Scripture. Unless they repent and come to understand and worship the one true God, they have no hope of salvation.  God bless you!!! :):):)