Friday, August 6, 2010

Why does the Mormon church allow Indulgences?

One of the things that drove me out of the Mormon church is that there are 9 questions the Mormon bishops and stake presidents ask people in order to be allowed to attend the temple. In their belief system, a person must pass through the temple in order to make it into heaven, so answering those questions is tantamount to getting into heaven. Here are a few of those questions:
1. They must have sex only with their spouse.
2. They must sustain all the leaders in the Mormon church.
3. They must be current on their child support.
4. They must pay 10 percent of their income to the Mormon church (not to another charity or good cause).
5. They are not allowed to drink coffee, tea, alcohol or smoke.

My ex husband was 3 years behind in a portion of his child support but current on his tithing, so his bishop gave him a temple recommend. This is common practice in the Mormon church. As long as the tithing is being paid, many of the other 'sins' are overlooked.

I taught Sunday School for a long time in the Mormon Church. I was also an avid amateur learner/studier of other religions. As I read about other churches, one thing that struck me was how similar the Mormon church was to the Catholic Church in many ways. One of these ways was in indulgences in the medieval Catholic church and tithing in the modern Mormon Church; "Abuses in selling and granting indulgences[3] were a major point of contention when Martin Luther initiated the Protestant Reformation (1517)". (Wikipedia reference). The Mormon Church allows men to go through the Mormon temple even though they are not current on child support, or when they have child abuse charges against them, or when they have charges of adultery against them; as long as they are paying tithing. As I studied the true Mormon history, I discovered this link between the Mormon church and the Catholic church (this link comes through an organization known as the Campbellites):

There are smarter people than I who have done even more research into this link as well:

This is long, about an hour and 9 videos, but worth the time for those who want to know the truth, the real truth about the early beginnings of the Mormon church and how it really began.

I cannot belong to an organization that allows a person to buy their way into heaven.

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