The other day I posted on my son chatting up a cute Jehovah’s Witness. Silly B. and Don warned me that the JWs are a cult as are the Mormons. Oh, here’s the latest from one of those evil cultists: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/16/mitt-romney-lasts-2-rounds-with-evander-holyfield-in-charity-boxing-match/ Yeah, they’re dangerous……. and liable to bite your ear off!
Speaking to others did have me concerned on the Mormons and the Jehovah’s Witnesses. I’ve always thought that they were Biblically based from their literature.
Today I did some investigating and discovered that they veer from Christianity in that they believe in pre-existence. Oddly enough, this belief, presented by a 3rd-century Christian theologian called Origen, was voted down by a group of men (Second Council of Constantinople); so most Christian sects today go with the council’s interpretation of the OT verses.
Interestingly, the Jehovah Witnesses don’t believe in the Trinity. I suppose because their beliefs primarily rely on the OT verses to back up their claim of pre-existence, they can then explain why 144,000 are to be God’s chosen ones. This seems logical, as there are so many people in the world, it always seemed outrageous to me that God would exclude so many. But if souls are recycled, it makes perfect sense.
The Mormons believe in the Trinity, but view it in the manner of pre-mortal existence. From a Mormon:
Mormons most commonly use the term “Godhead” to refer to the Trinity. The first article of faith
for the Latter-day Saints reads: “We believe in God, the Eternal Father,
and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.” Latter-day Saints
believe God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are one in will
and purpose but are not literally the same being or substance, as
conceptions of the Holy Trinity commonly imply.
Now then, if we are to believe in the Trinity, would not the acceptance of God be the same as Christ as they are one? It would make perfect sense for the salvation of those who died before Christ; for logically, they could never have known Him.
In my opinion, Einstein touched upon this knowingly or unknowingly:
“The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
So is it by thought, word and deed that we are granted paradise? Is it by the belief and acceptance of Christ alone? Is it a combination of both? Is the sin of being a homosexual greater than the sin of greed? (I only mention that as Christ spoke on greed, not homosexuality…..)
Romans 9:18 states:
Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.