lakerfan wrote:Glad I could entertain. ;)
I got the impression when reading that post that he was regurgitating some falsehoods he had 'learned'.....and I was right. What better place to find cold hard facts than a couple books by disgruntled ex-members.
Everyone is an expert, and someone thought their expertise was in the 'secrets' of the LDS church. As the true expert, I was kindly helping to debunk that.
Well, independent of what he thinks, I find very little good in a religion that has roots based on violence, corruption and deception. It contains most of the characteristics that make it a cult in my book.
Sure, there are a lot of very good people who are Mormons today but then there are also a lot of people in this world who suffer from blind faith because the thought of contemplating the fact that God doesn't exist scares the living shit out of them.
If I could have a nickle for all the times I've heard the "Mormons are very good people," always followed by "but" . . .
It's the religious equivalent of "some of my best friends are black." (And no, I'm not comparing religious bigotry to racism.)
It's already been pointed out that the one thing you think that makes it a cult, that if you leave or are excommunicated, your family is forbidden from seeing you, is false. SInce you think it fits "most of the characteristics of a cult, at least in your book, I'm curious what they are.
It is comforting, at least, to know that you've been able to get into the heads of Mormons and understanding why they believe what they do (fear that God might not exist). How arrogant and condescending of you.