Here's the definition as a die-hard Mormon explains:
"Apostates: individuals who once had a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel, but through disobedience and sin, fell from grace. These individuals oppose Joseph Smith and the servants of God because the existence of such oracles is a constant reminder that they chose darkness over light. Their opposition is the fruit of their bitterness and hatred." ~ Greg West of SPAMLDS (and Greg can't figure out why no one likes him)
This definition is FULL of stereotyping and 90% of it is not true at all. It assumes that ALL apostates:
- left because of disobedience and sin.
- oppose Joseph Smith.
- still know the church is true but fight it anyway because they prefer darkness.
- are full of bitterness and hatred.
Let's correct those extremely misleading assumptions:
- A very select few leave the church because of sin. 99% leave the church because they discovered that the church has been dishonest with them.
- They don't believe Joseph Smith was a prophet. Some oppose him. Some just forget about him.
- People don't leave the church and fight against it because they still know it's true. That's absolutely absurd and is nothing but a testament to the churchs' untrue propaganda about those who leave. Those who do fight against it do so because of the overwhelming evidence that shows it's not true.
- Some apostates are bitter. But wouldn't you be too if you discovered that your entire life was based upon a deliberate lie? 99% of apostates do not hate. The few that do, unfortunately, are the ones that the church makes examples of.
Apostate: an individual who once believed in the truthfulness of the LDS gospel, but through study and soul searching, was made aware that the things the church claims are true are actually half-truths and the white-washed version of their history. These individuals realize that Joseph Smith was very charismatic and had an elaborate imagination. They oppose him because they found out that he was involved with magic, money digging, glass looking, and all the pussy he could get his hands on. The existence of LDS leaders is a constant reminder that they chose truth over myth and reality over fantasy. Those who choose to publicly criticize the church are fueled by the desire to share what they have learned with their friends and family. The only bitterness they feel is knowing that the LDS church purposefully misled them. The only anger they feel is knowing that the LDS church continues to spread it's lies as the ultimate and literal truth.
The very fact that these extreme beliefs exist about so-called "apostates" is a testament to the lies that LDS, Inc. continues to promote. They do it to scare their members into conformity. If you paint the apostate in evil, hateful, angry colors, then your members will be manipulated into continued servitude.
Its funny to me how Mormons are so adamant that you learn about the church only from them. Then they turn around and claim to be the experts on EVERYONE who leaves the church. How many TBM's used to be ex-Mormon? Very, very few. So do they really know all about our motives and feelings? Do they KNOW our thoughts and intents? They sure think they do!
Have you ever noticed that in Mormonism, the most extreme punishments and penalties are reserved EXCLUSIVELY for those who fall away? Being a Son-of-Perdition and cast into outer darkness is only for apostates. Leaving the church (denying the spirit) is the only sin that is unforgiveable. If you leave the church, YOU WILL BECOME FULL OF HATE, ANGER, AND BITTERNESS. You will still know the church is true, but you will be driven by some unseen power that takes away your free will and makes you fight against the "light". And you will hate yourself because you know you are fighting against the truth. You try to escape this self-loathing by sinning. But that sin only makes you hate yourself more and you get caught in this spiral effect that multiplies again and again. Hate adds to sin. Sin adds to hate. And it goes on and on.
This is reality to a Mormon. Sure fucked up, isn't it?
Have you ever known an ex-Mormon? Does the description above even remotely describe what they are like? If you live in the SLC area, you are probably exposed to ex-Mormons on a daily basis. Chances are, you don't even know they used to be Mormon. So if ALL ex-Mormons are so full of bitterness, hate, and anger, how come you can't even pick them out from the crowd? You can't pick them out because THEY ARE NORMAL PEOPLE! And even if you can't pick them out based upon their behaviour, you should be able to detect them by warning from the spirit, right? Yet, I am around faithful Mormons every day and they are completely unaware that I am an ex-Mormon and that I am involved in the online ex-Mormon community. The spirit, which supposedly warns of danger, can't even detect an evil, angry, bitter ex-Mormon.
That should tell you right there, that the church spreads hate and lies about those who fall away. It's just another example of their blatant dishonesty and is simply another reason why our non-belief in its truthfulness is reinforced. For a church that is supposedly lead by Jesus, it sure puts out a lot of hate propaganda against those who leave.
And since your so-called "spirit" can't even detect the "apostates" that are all around you, you might want to question if it even works at all. I mean, if an apostate is so dangerous and threatening to your eternal salvation, then the spirit should warn you to get the hell away. But since it doesn't, it becomes obvious that your posession of the "spirit" is just another LDS lie.
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