Wednesday, December 12, 2007

JESUS BROTHER?


Much is being made of Presidential candidate Mike Huckabees forthcoming article where he posits the question of whether or not Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan are in fact brothers. From what I understand Huckabee poses it as a question that he is simply asking, without knowing whether that is true or not. To be fair I find the notion that he does not know whether they believe this or not, disingenuous at best, and dishonest at worst. While I do not know if Gov. Huckabee knows this or not, I have to believe that by this time in the campaign, with Mormonism being such a hot topic, he has to know that this is what they believe. It does not pass the sniff test to believe anything other than Huckabee is putting the question out there because he does know and wants others to know. I find his form of bringing this to the forefront disappointing, although I guess I must leave open the possibility he does not know.

Having said that the Mormon teaching is that Jesus and Satan were brothers. I give you this from the LDS website;

"On first hearing, the doctrine that Lucifer and our Lord, Jesus Christ, are brothers may seem surprising to some—especially to those unacquainted with latter-day revelations. But both the scriptures and the prophets affirm that Jesus Christ and Lucifer are indeed offspring of our Heavenly Father and, therefore, spirit brothers. Jesus Christ was with the Father from the beginning. Lucifer, too, was an angel “who was in authority in the presence of God,” a “son of the morning.” (See Isa. 14:12; D&C 76:25–27.) Both Jesus and Lucifer were strong leaders with great knowledge and influence. But as the Firstborn of the Father, Jesus was Lucifer’s older brother. (See Col. 1:15; D&C 93:21.)"

D&C stand for Doctrine and Covenants, a Mormon document. There is much about Mormonism that is very very strange. Their beliefs come from Joseph Smith, a charlatan of the 1800's who was arrested as a teenager for charging money to tell people their fortunes from rocks. Then shortly after Smith supposedly had a visit from Angels and through, again, magic rocks a new revelation of God. Smith was shown by those contemporary with him to be a fraud and circus like character. But time has legitimized his beliefs, as time gone by will often do. The Mormon teaching is very strange. Having said that you probably could not have better neighbors than Mormons. They are upright, moral people who are quick to help when needed. Now the big question, would you vote for a Mormon? That is an answer you all will soon need to answer!

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