Though Mormon tradition has roots in Protestantism, unlike Calvin and Luther, who wanted to "reform" the Catholic church into what they felt was true Christianity, Joseph Smith wanted to "restore" the church to what it originally was when Christ and Peter were on the earth. Also, the Protestant leaders didn't claim prophetic revelation, whereas Smith did — so, as noted earlier, the origins of Mormonism have more in common with the origins of Islam than with the origins of Protestantism. Mormons and Muslims alike didn't consider themselves to be creating an entirely new religion, only returning the faith back to what it was originally intended to be.
Also it's quite easy to write prophecies with 250% accuracy if the part of the story where those prophecies come true is written after the part of the story where the prophecies are made.
The first 3/4 of my above comment lists things that are contained in the Bible that most Christians don't believe. But they are there in black and white.
The 10 Commandments, basis for Western morality
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And I feel extremely sorry for anyone who is thankful they are atheist. You poor, poor people. You have no idea what you are missing out on. And if you don't believe in miracles, life must be terrifying and horribly inexplicable for you.
As to life being inexplicable... no... actually... life is quite explicable if you believe in reality. Everything makes sense when you accept the truth. If you believe in a lie that renders life inexplicable, THEN you need to insert miracles and mystery into your understanding in order to make sense of things. I've been on both sides of this.
I've been the guy desperately trying to figure out why bad things happen to good people, why the supposedly divinely inspired book I'm supposed to believe in is so rife with contradictions and barbarity, why prayers go unanswered, why evil exists, etc etc, finding some small solace in flimsy old memes like "god has a plan" and "his ways are higher than ours" but still never feeling quite satisfied.
I've also been the guy who, after decades of believing something sincerely and passionately, was able to examine his own beliefs, consider the criticism of others, weigh all the evidence and admit that he was wrong. The guy who was able to take a step back, look at the things he believed before, consider an alternate explanation, and, even though it was painful, admit that the alternative made much much more sense. And, after doing all this, the guy who is able to say with authority that the world is *much* more explicable now than it was before, everything makes sense, because I'm not trying to make up excuses to account for my belief in nonsense.
Have you been that guy? Or are you the guy who has believed the same thing his whole life and then condescends to others about belief and what they're missing out on?
Why not take an interest in these things and actually try to figure out or research why they happen instead of blindly accepting what an ancient book tells you? (an ancient book which religious people seem to keep forgetting was written by humans with an agenda a long time ago when we did not know as much about how the universe works, and which has since been translated many times by other humans who all had their own biases, opinions and interpretations)
Polyester is not forbidden, but rather a garment whose fabric is made from wool and linen mixed together.
Slavery as what happened in past several hundred years would never be okay according to the Torah. The slavery that was in the Torah had to with monetary debts and it was not for life and there were very strict rules on how the person was to be treated. One such rule is that if there is only one good bed that bed must go to slave.
As for a death penalty it was for very specific crimes and for that punishment to given out all the judges had to agree not a majority rule and all the judges had to be of impeccable moral judgment.
Do not use christianity and their bible as a basis to make judgements on everyone else. Please take time to at least attempt to educate yourself first.
I also didn't mean that the *only* reason people are atheists is because they know a lot about religion. But... unless they were raised somewhere where they were not exposed to religion and are simply ignorant about it (like China, maybe), or unless they are the kind of person who has just never given it much thought (and there are millions of people like that, sure, and probably more in Europe where gandalf is from than in most places), I'd wager that most atheists at least know *something* about religion... even if that something is something as simple as "there's no good evidence that a god exists," or "my religious family members come across as kind of ignorant jerks and they seem to use their faith to justify this," or even just "church is boring"... and that this contributes to their belief
Also, if you accept the name of an adherent for all other religions (i.e. you take Christian for Christianity, Sunni for "Sunnism", Hindu for Hinduism etc), then you ought to accept Shiia I think. I got it but had to fiddle for a second.
Also, "Shintoism (etc.)"? Etc?
Also, I'm really surprised that so many people still follow Zoroastrianism
JK awesome quiz BTW