Mormons In General and In Russia
Martin Lewis writes: "A little-known Mormon adage is apposite here: "As man is, God once was, and as God is, man may become." Apparently, they do believe that if one keeps to the straight and narrow, that person (well, that man) may one day reach divine status for some distant planet. Mormon hymns sometimes take in this extra-terrestrial dimension. One is entitled, if memory serves me, "Hie thee to Colob." The Mormon passion for missionary work is well-known. It is more successful in some places than others. Some reports now claim that Tonga, recently a bastion of Methodism, is now roughly one third LDS". RH: This is serious and it hits home. The person who takes care of us is a Methodist minister fromTonga. I have more respect for Methodists than I have for Mormons. I looked up Colob in Google and still do not know what it is.
Concerning Mormon theology, I said "I looked up Colob in Google and still do not know what it is". Linda Nyquist says: "Isn't is "Caleb?" Hank Greely says."Try spelling it Kolob. According to one Mormon site I found, it's the star closest to God's home. It's also a town in Southern Utah". RH: It looks as though the Mormons have a spelling problem, and their astronomy does not convince me. This takes us back to cosmology involving the seventh heaven, etc.
Randy Black tells us about the Mormons in Russia: "The Mormons have been active in Russia since I was living there a decade ago. They attempt to spread their version of religion throughout Russia, as do the Baptists, Presbyterians, various evangelical groups and all the rest. Foreign religions are perceived by the Orthodox as interlopers who pose a danger to the Orthodox monopoly on the proletariat. Make no mistake about it when considering the Russian Orthodox Church’s objection to these religions. This is about money and monopoly, something that the Orthodox Church does not want to share with anyone, not even the Salvation Army, which has fought for the past decade to keep its presence known in Russia, after having been marched into the streets and shot by the Bolsheviks 85 years ago".
Jim Bowman writes: "Randy Black is on the mark. The Russian Orthodox Church is highly threatened by the idea of freedom of religion in Russia....more than Lenin ever was! Mormons are considered a "cult" by "mainline" Christian denominations. And well they should be. Their take on traditional Christian doctrine is based on the idea that the visions that their founder, Joseph Smith had, supersede revelations given to the Apostles, and even if they contradict the teachings of Christ himself. Their view of God the Father is that he is an elevated human! They do not believe in the co-equal nature and divinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They teach that Jesus is the savior of mankind, but do not believe in his equality with the Father. They teach that to be married in a Mormon temple guarantees marriage in heaven (even though Jesus categorically states that nobody is married in heaven). Mormon doctrine is not remotely consistent with "mainline" Christian doctrine. However they are in the main good and trustworthy people, and their commitment and support of the family is both commendable and highly attractive to potential converts. Traditional Christians could learn a great deal from them in this regard.
There is a sense that Mormons are not as hung up on doctrine as they are in the practice of their family values. Their doctrine is self-inconsistent, but few members are aware of it or even care about it" RH: Surely this is true of many denominations.
Ronald Hilton -