THE MISSING HISTORIES OF ISLAM, MORMONISM & JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

All subchristian cults are devoid of the necessary historical evidences to back up their theological claims.  In one sense this is what makes them a cult.  How can a religious declaration assert an orthodox view of God and His plan of salvation if the doctrines are no where found in the archives of the past?  

Islam is a recent religious invention

Muhammad invented Islam 1,300 years ago

With the exception of ancient Gnosticism, we find that Islam is the world’s oldest subchristian cult. It is a 1,300 year old fraudulent religious invention which attempts to gain legendary status by its mere association with Judaism and Christianity. In order to substantiate the historicity of their faith, Muslim scholars deceptively trace their religion to the time of Abraham. This endeavor has never been successful.  The Qur’an was written by the followers of Muhammad more than 2,500 years from the time of Abraham and 600 years after the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. Ancient manuscripts and archeological digs of the biblical period do not reveal any religion called Islam and no religious followers called Muslims.  Efforts to prove Islam as a successor of Abraham, Jesus Christ, or any other biblical personality have failed.  

By reviewing the annals of both religious secular and historians we would expect to find clear reference of Islam or Muslims, or at the very least, recitations of the Qur’an if the religion had been decreed by the Creator of the universe, the God of History and Space and Time.  

Neither archeology nor literature has ever recorded any such religion called Islam, or any variation thereof, until the seventh century when Muhammad (MHBHF) arrived on the scene. The world knows of no people known as Muslims or any religion called Islam until the Muhammad came forth from his Meccan cave.  The Roman historians (c. 70 A.D. – 300 A.D.), no friends of the Christian faith, had made much ado about the Jews and Christians in their writings, and all the other religions they happened upon in their conquests; yet they know nothing of Islam or Muslims.

How Islam’s celebrated religious teaching escape the notice of every secular historian who has ever lived is an inconvenient reality for the Muslim apologist. Islam is omitted in the works of all historians because it is a comparatively recent invention of Muhammad and his companions, Abu Bakr As-Siddiq and Umar ibn al-Khattāb.

Islam is therefore not the religion of the one true God of history.  It is a corruption of the ancient faith found in the Judeo-Christian Scriptures. 

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Joseph Smith, Jr. (December 23, 1805 – June 27, 1844)

Mormonism did not exist before Joseph Smith

Next we have the Latter Day Saints, the religion of the Mormons.  Their prophet received an updated revelation, too, in much the same way as Muhammad did.  In the early to mid 1800s Joseph Smith, Jr. produced several ingenious extrabiblical religious documents such as the Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, and Doctrines & Covenants.  Smith also drafted an incomplete English Bible translation that supposedly corrected of all the “errors” of previous versions. Joe’s corrected translation remains unfinished to this very day even though he considered this work to be “a branch of his calling” as a prophet. We wonder how it came to be that he could lay claim as a bona fide messenger of God if his new Bible was not decreed for survival?  Furthermore, since the Smith translation was not based on the original languages and manuscripts, but instead copiously plagiarized the King James, it has been found to be fraught with error wherever it deviates from the established translation. The work is outright useless as an evangelistic tool and Mormon missionaries have largely abandoned using it.

Jesus Christ promised to build His church and that His church his would prevail against the adversity of hell itself. Yet, Mormonism believes itself to be the “restored church” having replaced the “apostate” faith that was dormant for most of Christian history.  Mormons are unsure when this great apostasy occurred (if you ask four Mormons, you get five different answers).  LDS apologists are perplexed to answer whether or not there were any true Believers in existence from 70 A.D. to the time Joseph Smith came to be.

Where was Mormonism from the undisclosed time of “apostasy” to A.D. 1830? Did the Lord Jesus Christ not have any witnesses on this earth? Mormonism is not the religion of the one true God of history.  It is a corruption of the historic faith found in the Judeo-Christian Scriptures.

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Charles Taze Russell (February 16, 1852 – October 31, 1916)

Where have Jehovah's people been for nineteen hundred years?

Lastly we review the history of Jehovah’s Witnesses founded in Brooklyn, New York by Charles Taze Russell nearly 125 years ago.  Despite the incessant declaration that their Organization uses the Bible, and the Bible only, as a rule of faith, the doorknockers are more eager to distribute extrabiblical materials produced by the Watchtower Tower & Tract Society than to supply Holy Writ.  The Society claims to need only the Bible as their spiritual guide, but we know this is not true by the great preponderance of Watchtower publications that exist and are aggressively promoted by its membership.  When asked if they could mention a name or two of Jehovah’s Witness spokesmen of the past 2,000 years, they are unable to do so.   Nor can they cite any pre-Russellian writings as evidence that their faith had been upheld by Jehovah’s people throughout the centuries.  Here again they cannot comment.  No writings of Jehovah’s Witnesses can be produced prior to the American Civil War period because no such writings or teachings exist. The Jehovah’s Witness cult is another invention of yet another clever religious entrepreneur. The world is full of them.

Where were Jehovah’s people before 1870? Jehovah’s Witness is not the religion of the one true God of history.  It is a corruption of the historic faith found in the Judeo-Christian Scriptures attempting to find virtue by its association with the Bible.

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How does one find true Christianity in an age of religious counterfeits?

All true Christians accept the Nicene Creed

Christians of every branch accept the Nicene Creed

The first source to which Christian theology looks is the New Testament.  It is the New Testament (written by Jews) which unfolds the divine plan introduced in the Old Testament (written by Jews) to reveal God’s plan of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ (King of the Jews).

It is to the New Testament that the earliest church fathers turned to formulate the doctrines of the Trinity. Records of first-century Christian teaching on the Trinity can be found in the Didache (A.D. 80-120?), the writings of Clement of Rome (A.D. 70?), Barnabas (A.D. 75?), and Hermas (A.D. 78-85?). In his book Against Heresies, the church historian Irenaeus (ca. A.D. 115-190), a disciple of Polycarp, who was in turn a disciple of the Apostle John wrote Trinitarian statements to combat false teachers.  Here we have an example of an early chain of dependable witnesses for all the world to see.  Their writings are still with us today. History is on the Christians’ side.

In one form or another, and depending on the nature of the cult being refuted, the nature of God and His plan of salvation was summarized in what is known the early Apostles’ Creed.  The Creed was expanded over time to include rebuttals against new false teachers that had made their way into Christian spheres.  The form most widely accepted throughout orthodox Christendom since the fourth century is the Nicene Creed. It is used by all orthodox denominations the world over to this very day.  Rejection of the Creed is cause for great alarm and a symptom of heretical opinion.

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  1. Bot December 24, 2009 at 6:46 PM #

    Mormons Are New Testament Christians, not Creedal Christians

    The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) is often accused by Evangelical pastors of not believing in Christ and, therefore, not being a Christian religion. This post helps to clarify such misconceptions by examining early Christianity’s theology relating to baptism, the Godhead, the deity of Jesus Christ, and His Grace and Atonement.

    Baptism:

    Early Christian churches, practiced baptism of youth (not infants) by immersion by the father of the family. The local congregation had a lay ministry. An early Christian Church has been re-constructed at the Israel Museum, and the above can be verified. The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) continues baptism and a lay ministry as taught by Jesus’ Apostles. Early Christians were persecuted for keeping their practices sacred, and prohibiting non-Christians from witnessing them.

    The Trinity:

    A literal reading of the New Testament points to God and Jesus Christ , His Son , being separate , divine beings , united in purpose. . To whom was Jesus praying in Gethsemane, and Who was speaking to Him and his apostles on the Mount of Transfiguration? The Nicene Creed’s definition of the Trinity was influenced by scribes translating the Greek manuscripts into Latin. The scribes embellished on a passage explaining the Trinity , which is the Catholic and Protestant belief that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The oldest versions of the epistle of 1 John, read: “There are three that bear witness: the Spirit, the water and the blood and these three are one.” Scribes later added “the Father, the Word and the Spirit,” and it remained in the epistle when it was translated into English for the King James Version, according to Dr. Bart Ehrman, Chairman of the Religion Department at UNC- Chapel Hill. He no longer believes in the Nicene Trinity. . Scholars agree that Early Christians believed in an embodied God; it was neo-Platonist influences that later turned Him into a disembodied Spirit. For example, it was an emperor (Constantine) . who introduced a term, homousious, which defined the Son as “consubstantial” (one being) with the Father. Neither term or anything like it is in the New Testament. Harper’s Bible Dictionary entry on the Trinity says “the formal doctrine of the Trinity as it was defined by the great church councils of the fourth and fifth centuries is not to be found in the New Testament.” Furthermore, 11 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were non-Trinitarian Christians http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2009/01/richard_price.php The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) views the Trinity as three separate divine beings , in accord with the earliest Greek New Testament manuscripts and the Founders.

    Theosis

    Divinization, narrowing the space between God and humans, was also part of Early Christian belief. St. Athanasius of Alexandria (Eastern Orthodox) wrote, regarding theosis, “The Son of God became man, that we might become God.” Irenaeus wrote in the late 2nd Century: “we have not been made gods from the beginning, but at first merely men, then at length gods” Justin Martyr in mid 2nd Century said: “all men are deemed worthy of becoming ‘gods,’ and of having power to become sons of the Highest” Jerome wrote that God “made man for that purpose, that from men they may become gods.” Clement of Alexandria said worthy men “are called by the appellation of gods, being destined to sit on thrones with the other gods that have been first put in their places by the Savior.” Origen in reference to 1 Corinthians 8:5-6 said “Now it is possible that some may dislike what we have said representing the Father as the one true God, but admitting other beings besides the true God, who have become gods by having a share of God . . As, then there are many gods, but to us there is but one God the Father, and many Lords, but to us there is one Lord, Jesus Christ.” The Gospel of Thomas (which pre-dates the 4 Gospels, but was considered non-canonical by the Nicene Council) quotes the Savior: “He who will drink from my mouth will become as I am: I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him,” (Gospel of Thomas 50, 28-30, Nag Hammadi Library in English, J.M.Robinson, 1st ed 1977; 3rd ed. 1988) For further information on this subject, refer to http://NewTestamentTempleRitual.blogspot.com The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) agrees with Early Christian church leaders regarding theosis.

    To paraphrase Origin’s thoughts in the words of Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) Apostle, Bruce R. McConkie: “There is and can only be one who is supreme, who is the head and to whom all others are subject”. Becoming like God is not saying we will ever be equal to Him, frankly we won’t and can’t He, and only He, will forever be worshipped by us.

    The Deity of Jesus Christ

    Mormons hold firmly to the deity of Christ. For members of the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS), Jesus is not only the Son of God but also God the Son. Evangelical pollster George Barna found in 2001 that while only 33 percent of American Catholics, Lutherans, and Methodists (28 percent of Episcopalians) agreed that Jesus was “without sin”, 70 percent of Mormons believe Jesus was sinless.

    The Cross and Christ’s Atonement:

    The Cross became popular as a Christian symbol in the Fifth Century A.D. The Emperor Constantine first used it as a battle symbol for his soldiers in his quest for the Roman Empire . Members of the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) believe the proper Christian symbol is Christ’s resurrection, not his crucifixion on the Cross. [If your son died in a car accident, would you hang a replica of the smashed car around your neck!] Many Mormon chapels feature paintings of the resurrected Christ or His Second Coming, which give us assurance of the re-uniting of our bodies and spirits. Furthermore, members of the church believe the major part of Christ’s atonement occurred in the Garden of Gethsemane as Jesus Christ took upon him the sins of all mankind.

    Grace Versus Works

    One Evangelical Christian author wrote of his sudden discovery that his previous beliefs about salvation were very different from those held by the early Christians:

    “If there’s any single doctrine that we would expect to find the faithful associates of the apostles teaching, it’s the doctrine of salvation by faith alone. After all, that is the cornerstone doctrine of the Reformation. In fact, we frequently say that persons who don’t hold to this doctrine aren’t really Christians…
    Our problem is that Augustine, Luther, and other Western theologians have convinced us that there’s an irreconcilable conflict between salvation based on grace and salvation conditioned on works or obedience. They have used a fallacious form of argumentation known as the “false dilemma,” by asserting that there are only two possibilities regarding salvation: it’s either (1) a gift from God or (2) it’s something we earn by our works.
    The early Christians [and Latter-day Saints!] would have replied that a gift is no less a gift simply because it’s conditioned on obedience….
    The early Christians believed that salvation is a gift from God but that God gives His gift to whomever He chooses. And He chooses to give it to those who love and obey him.”
    —David W. Bercot, Will The Real Heretics Please Stand Up: A New Look at Today’s Evangelical Church in the Light of Early Christianity, 3rd edition, (Tyler, Texas: Scroll Publishing Company, 1999[1989]), 57, 61–62.

    The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) agrees with the earliest Christians that grace is conditioned upon obedience to Jesus Christ’s commandments.

    Definition of “Christian”: .

    But Mormons don’t term Catholics and Protestants “non-Christian”. They believe Christ’s atonement applies to all mankind. The dictionary definition of a Christian is “of, pertaining to, believing in, or belonging to a religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ”: All of the above denominations are followers of Christ, and consider him divine, and the Messiah foretold in the Old Testament. They all worship the one and only true God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and address Him in prayer as prescribed in The Lord’s Prayer. The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) teaches that good Christians of any denomination will be able to dwell with Jesus Christ in the Eternities. They do not teach (as some denominations do) that people who don’t worship “their Jesus” are destined for Hell. It’s important to understand the difference between Reformation and Restoration when we consider who might be authentic Christians. . Early Christians had certain rituals which defined a Christian , which members of the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) continue today. . If members of the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) embrace early Christian theology, they are likely more “Christian” than their detractors.

    • The Need for a Restoration of the Christian Church:

    The founder of the Baptist Church in America, Roger Williams, just prior to leaving the church he established, said this: “There is no regularly constituted church of Christ on earth, nor any person qualified to administer any church ordinances; nor can there be until new apostles are sent by the Great Head of the Church for whose coming I am seeking.” (Picturesque America, p. 502.) Martin Luther had similar thoughts: “Nor can a Christian believer be forced beyond sacred Scriptures,…unless some new and proved revelation should be added; for we are forbidden by divine law to believe except what is proved either through the divine Scriptures or through Manifest revelation.” He also wrote: “I have sought nothing beyond reforming the Church in conformity with the Holy Scriptures. The spiritual powers have been not only corrupted by sin, but absolutely destroyed; so that there is now nothing in them but a depraved reason and a will that is the enemy and opponent of God. I simply say that Christianity has ceased to exist among those who should have preserved it.” The Lutheran, Baptist and Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) churches recognize an apostasy from early Christianity. The Lutheran and Baptist churches have attempted reform, but Mormonism (and Roger Williams, and perhaps Martin Luther) require inspired restoration, so as to re-establish an unbroken line of authority and apostolic succession.
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    • Christ-Like Lives:
    The 2005 National Study of Youth and Religion published by UNC-Chapel Hill found that Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) youth (ages 13 to 17) were more likely to exhibit these Christian characteristics than Evangelicals (the next most observant group):

    1. Attend Religious Services weekly
    2. Importance of Religious Faith in shaping daily life – extremely important
    3. Believes in life after death
    4. Does NOT believe in psychics or fortune-tellers
    5. Has taught religious education classes
    6. Has fasted or denied something as spiritual discipline
    7. Sabbath Observance
    8. Shared religious faith with someone not of their faith
    9. Family talks about God, scriptures, prayer daily
    10. Supportiveness of church for parent in trying to raise teen (very supportive)
    11. Church congregation has done an excellent job in helping teens better understand their own sexuality and sexual morality

    . LDS . Evangelical
    1. 71% . . 55%
    2. 52 . . . 28
    3. 76 . . . 62
    4. 100 . . 95
    5. 42 . . . 28
    6. 68 . . . 22
    7. 67 . . . 40
    8. 72 . . . 56
    9. 50 . . . 19
    10 65 . . . 26
    11 84 . . . 35

    So what do you think the motivation is for some Evangelical preachers to denigrate the Mormon Church by calling it a “cult”? You would think Evangelical preachers would be emulating Mormon practices (a creed to believe, a place to belong, a calling to live out, and a hope to hold onto) which were noted by Methodist Rev. Kenda Creasy Dean of the Princeton Theological Seminary, as causing Mormon teenagers to “top the charts” in Christian characteristics. It seems obvious pastors shouldn’t be denigrating a church based on First Century Christianity, with high efficacy. The only plausible reason to denigrate Mormons by calling the church a “cult” is for Evangelical pastors to protect their flock (and their livelihood).

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