Preface: A friend of mine started an interesting facebook discussion the other day, and it got me thinking about this. It is not my intention to offend or criticize anyone's beliefs. More often then not - about 98% of the time- religious discussions with my friends outside of my faith reveal several misconceptions about "Mormonism." That in mind, I recognize that the following may be misguided or inaccurate ideas I have about Christian faiths outside of my own. The information/ knowledge I have of the Doctrines taught by other Christian faiths is a conglomerate of many, many religious discussions with many, many people over my life.
#1. The Trinity. They say that God the Father, His Son, and The Holy Ghost are one in the same being. Jesus came to earth, was given a body, and makes references to His Father in Heaven. To my mind that indicates a second being, separate from Him. Later, He was resurrected. He took His body up again. He had his followers "handle me and see" He declared it "Flesh and bone." He ate. Later, He ascended into Heaven, still in His body. I just don't understand how the idea that The Trinity is one being, one spiritual being at that makes any sense.
#2. The being Saved thing confuses me. As it has been explained to me, all a person really has to do is verbally accept Jesus as their Savior and then they are good to go. That somehow saying it is all that is really necessary for Salvation. Never mind repentance, continued repentance, followed by obedience and devotion and a Christ-like life.
#3. That people who were not baptized while they lived are heading to Hell. There have been billions of people on this Earth, and probably more of them that not never had the opportunity to even know about Christ. How is that fair that they should be eternally damned because of the time or place they were born? Also, I just don't understand how babies and children taken from this Earth without baptism would be sent to Hell. I just can't wrap my head around such an unjust, unmerciful God. They were His children too, how could he do that? It makes no sense to me. None at all.
#4. The "Till death do you part." thing. For me to be married to a man I love, and raise a family with him, and spend a lifetime together, only to have all of that joy -all of that work- taken from me when I die, equally makes no sense to me. I would feel cheated and robbed. It would be cruel, and I don't believe God to be cruel.
So, there you go. If I wasn't a Mormon -those would be the main points of mainstream Christian Doctrines to which I'd be saying: Yeah. I don't believe it. Thanks, but no thanks. Have a nice life.
Please feel free to make comments, but let's all remember that we can politely agree to disagree.