Great article about a question that comes up often. I’m so happy there are guys like Rob who can answer and explain these things.
The comments are good too.
In order to keep this blog somewhat relevant, I spend more time than I used to reading criticisms of the LDS Church. These range from misstatements due to clumsy research in the mainstream media to the foaming-at-the-mouth, Mormons-are-going-to-eat-your-children type of stuff coming from the fringes. In doing so, I have noticed that some of the same sound-bite attacks are thrown up repeatedly, often with little explanation of what the complaint is really about.
One example of this is the one-sentence indictment: “Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers!” Apparently that statement standing alone is proof positive that Mormons are nutballs, so no explanation is needed as to why.
Before we talk about what Mormons really believe, let me rhetorically throw a couple of questions back at the critics: Who is this Satan guy, anyway? Is there some traditional Christian doctrine regarding the identity and history of Satan that Mormon doctrine offends?
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