This blog documents my life in the Mormon church, my escape from it, and my transition into atheism. This is a place for ex-Mormons to share their thoughts and experiences, to discuss current Mormon issues, and for those people in the church who may be doubting their faith or feeling that something is not quite right. Comments are welcome from all points of view.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Is Intolerance Preached in the Scriptures?
On my mission, I had a little black book full of quick scripture references on various topics. I made this cheat book myself and I arranged the topics in alphabetical order. Today I pulled it down from my book shelf and opened it. The first topic in this book is Atheism/Atheists. Shall we see what the holy scriptures have to say on this subject?
Here's a goodie in Mormon 9:1-6
1 And now, I speak also concerning those who do not believe in Christ.
2 Behold, will ye believe in the day of your visitation—behold, when the Lord shall come, yea, even that great day when the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, yea, in that great day when ye shall be brought to stand before the Lamb of God—then will ye say that there is no God?
3 Then will ye longer deny the Christ, or can ye behold the Lamb of God? Do ye suppose that ye shall dwell with him under a consciousness of your guilt? Do ye suppose that ye could be happy to dwell with that holy Being, when your souls are racked with a consciousness of guilt that ye have ever abused his laws?
4 Behold, I say unto you that ye would be more miserable to dwell with a holy and just God, under a consciousness of your filthiness before him, than ye would to dwell with the damned souls in hell.
5 For behold, when ye shall be brought to see your nakedness before God, and also the glory of God, and the holiness of Jesus Christ, it will kindle a flame of unquenchable fire upon you.
6 O then ye unbelieving, turn ye unto the Lord; cry mightily unto the Father in the name of Jesus, that perhaps ye may be found spotless, pure, fair, and white, having been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, at that great and last day.
I laugh at the questions: when god returns and it is awful and terrible, will you believe then? Will you keep denying that Jesus is real even though he is shoving hot coals up your ass?
Well, duh! Of course I will believe when that happens! Key word: "WHEN". So I will ask a return question: Until that great and terrible day, will you not believe?
Verses like this are the reasons I was terrified to dare deny god! It would be better to burn in hell than to be unworthy in the presence of the lord! You will get doused with unquenchable fire! Sure sounds like a loving god to me... So to avoid all this terrible wrath, just say the words "I believe" so that god won't turn you into a pile of ash on that day.
Wow, great reason to believe: to avoid the potential punishment. Pathetic!
1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
So atheists are evil and can do no good. This does not sound like the word of a loving, forgiving god to me but the word of a bigot and and an intolerant bully.
8 And he that will contend against the word of the Lord, let him be accursed; and he that shall deny these things, let him be accursed; for unto them will I show no greater things, saith Jesus Christ; for I am he who speaketh.
He that shall deny these things, based upon complete blind faith, will be cursed by god. Whatever happened to merciful? This god is merciless and brutal. Unforgiving and evil!
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
What a shallow god! All he cares about is what you believe! It has nothing to do with your actions, knowledge, or the intents of your heart! If you are an intelligent person who just happens to not believe in mythical fairy tales, sucks to be you! You're off to hell for using the brain that HE gave you!
No wonder so many believers are intolerant of unbelievers. They are just following the example of their loving god.