I'll be meeting with my local mormon missionaries once again today. I typed up a synopsis of the foolishness of Mormonism that I have found and thought I would share it here (Printable version of the Folly of Mormonism).
Questions regarding epistemology (i.e. the nature of truth & its origin; or how do we know what we know?)
1. According to what you said, the nature of truth is subjective in that it needs to be confirmed by the Holy Spirit. So, we cannot know that 2+2=4 without the Spirit’s confirmation (i.e. burning in the bosom). You then said that 2+2=4 is “man’s truth” rather than God’s truth. My response is twofold: A) Is not all truth God’s truth? B) Is not man’s truth supposed to be opposed to God’s truth? And does that not make it by nature wrong?
2. Your religion is built on a verse of the Bible, James 1:5, which you say could be wrong because the Bible has been corrupted. You refute your own religion with your own Scriptures.
Questions of a theological nature
3. In the “great apostasy” the word of your god supposedly became corrupted and thus needed to be corrected when J. Smith came along. This shows that your god was not able to preserve as perfect his own word (i.e. the Bible), and denies the fact that his word is supposed to “endure forever” (1 Peter 2:25) and be “perfect” (Psalm 19:7). This shows too that the “gates of hell did prevail” which Christ promised would not happen.
Moreover, it reflects badly on your god, in that he allows man to make a mockery of his word (and what is supposed to be a perfect reflection of his character).
4. Where is your god? So far, you have not been able to give me a definite answer on this. The only semi-positive answer I’ve got is that he has a body and is somewhere. This, however, means he cannot fulfill the promise, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
5. Your religion cannot explain Col. 1:17, where “In him [i.e. Jesus] all things hold together.” Being that Jesus is limited to a body he cannot hold all things together (as a jar holds water together).
Questions regarding metaphysics (i.e. the nature of the universe; what is the nature of reality?)
6. You cannot explain the philosophical dilemma known as “The one and the many.” How can we have two entirely different chairs (such as a desk chair and a lazy boy recliner) and still know that, despite their differences, they are both chairs. Christianity explains this easily with the fact that God himself is oneness and plurality.
Questions regarding the Book of Mormon
Regarding “the Testimony of Three” and “the Testimony of Eight.”
Why do we need these testimonies? Why can’t all testify by going and reading the plates? Doesn't it seem shady that they were taken away?
More than that, why must we trust a few sinful men who say they translated it? Why is your god so secretive about these things? If they are so important, should he not allow them to be accessible to all?
The Christian Bible has thousands of copies of the original Greek and Hebrew. Comparing them reveals very few differences (all of which can be easily reconciled), and not one difference in the copies affects any one particular doctrine of the faith. Moreover, anyone can access it and understand them by normal processes (that is to say, they don’t need special glasses, all they have to do is learn the original languages).
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