The Catalog of Antimormon Accusations
by Woody Brison
This is one leaf of a review of "Inside Mormonism: What Mormons Really Believe" by Isaiah Bennett
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|Bennett's statement:||"How could anyone believe this stuff?" I wondered. Plural gods? Plural wives? Plural wives in heaven?|
Let's see, we've got a priest, who is under a vow of lifetime celibacy, and from a dysfunctional family; he might well have a hard time understanding the simple doctrine that God is a loving, kind father. The false doctrines he's been trained in, that children are born in sin, and that being a celibate priest is a higher calling than being a real father, and that God the Father is a vast, shapeless spirit larger than the universe, would not help. People with such handicaps sometimes find it almost impossible to understand the doctrines of eternal life with the real God, and families in heaven. These doctrines are in black and white in the Bible, however.
Training and scholars' theories should not pre-empt the word of God in a church, but they often do in the churches of the world.
Bennett's confusion must have been further excaberated by the unhappy antimormon technique of hitting the audience with semi-accurate information about advanced topics. The student who is prepared for these can understand them easily enough, but to get them without the necessary preliminaries, in garbled form, and coming thick and fast, can make them seem strange, yes.
At this time Bennett was under vows.
He details his family problems on p. 14.
Compare this situation with John 6:51-66, where many of Jesus' disciples departed from him on hearing what to them was advanced doctrine (about the Lord's Supper).