Religion plays a very vital role in a person’s individual life as well as in the collective lives of people. Religion first of all brings discipline in a person’s life; religion offers a complete code of life which a person has to follow. Secondly if something unpleasant happens to him, his faith in God gives him hope that everything would be alright. If justice is not given to him, he knows God will give him justice. The biggest hope which a person has in his life is the heaven, you do the good things you will go to heaven and if you do the bad things you go to hell. The heaven urges him to do the right things.
The question which arises here is what is the right thing, who told us about a phenomenon being right or wrong; it is the religion, the teachings which the religion provides. If it would not have been the religion then what would have told us that killing someone is a sin, or that if you lie you will go to hell, that cheating is not a good thing, and that is if justice is not given to you then it will be definitely be given to you in the end. So the religion is not merely a code of life but it is form on hope, faith and inspiration.
We have uncountable religions; every religion has its own values, ritual, customs and history. Every religion has its own book, its own prophet, and its own nature of God. Some are the minor religions because the followers of that religion have decreased in number as the decades passed and there are some major religions which has a very vast number of followers. Then we have some religions which itself is divided into different components. People belonging to one religion have completely different faiths from each other yet they follow the same religion. For examples we have Mormons here who address themselves as Christian, but there faiths are very much different from the many other Christians living. Generally they are the followers of Jesus Christ but there are a number of places where their ideas are completely different from Christians. The top 10 things which we know about Mormonism religion are:
Their history is dotted back to the time when the later day saint movement was initiated by Joseph smith Jr. the main focus of this movement was that the values of Christianity should remain as they were at the time of apostolic early church, which is the period of the 12 apostles. After Jesus the people who manipulated the teaching of Christianity as per their own wishes are today known as the ordinary Christians but those chose to stick to the original values as much as possible are known as the Mormons.
9. Family oriented religion:
The Mormons are very much family oriented, they have a very strong bond within the family, and for them the family comes above everything and anything. They prefer to live together, eat together and take care of each other. Their family trees are often much expanded for they believe in staying in contact with all the relatives. In mesmerism the families are put together in a box and are sealed with a label plate and then nothing can tear them apart.
8. Forbids addictive substances:
Normally vines and hard drinks are very common when it comes to Christianity, they prefer to drink at every occasion but Mormons unlike other Christians have a very strict health code. They not only avoid alcohol but also stay away from coffee, tobacco, beverages, hard drinks, tea, etc. Mormonism forbids them from all those substances which can either causes them addiction or makes them loses their senses.
7. Their book:
Generally bible is the holy book of Christians, but Mormons have many other books which they follow. Another special book which is titled as “book of Mormon”, this book is very dear to the Mormons. This book contains the sacred text of the latter day saint movement. The book of Mormon is also said to have contain the writing of the ancient prophets of the years spanning over 2200 BC to 421 AD.
6. Live as normal Christians:
Mormons refer to themselves as Christians but they are not. The beliefs of Mormons are very different from those of the Christians, their life styles, cultures, code of life are poles apart yet they call themselves Christian. Most of the time it becomes very hard to differentiate between Mormons and Christians.
5. Law of Chastity:
Law of chastity explains that you are forbidden to some in physical contact with a person of opposite sex rather than your own spouse. Mormonism completely forbids sexual relationship outside marriage; it also forbids fidelity within marriage. Phenomenon such as adultery is strictly not allowed among Mormons. Either a woman or a man, both are supposed to remain pure till their matrimony.
4. Plural Marriage:
Plural marriage means that a man is allowed to have more than one lawfully wedded wife, the man is allowed to have numbers of women at the same time as his wives. Plural marriage is a very old phenomenon which came into being during the 19th century, the leaders of Mormons preached plural marriage yet most of the other religions are against it. Even today many religions completely opposed it, the debate on this subject has been going on for a very long time yet no fruit full result has arrived because the Mormons utterly refuse to step back from plural marriage.
3. Similar to Judaism:
The faith of Mormonism is very similar to Judaism because many conceptions and beliefs found in the Old Testament incorporate with those of the Jews. In Judaism we read about the 12 tribes of Israel, According to what we hear of Joseph smith’s teaching, he taught that many Mormons were the members of the those tribes of Israel. Also if a Mormon succeed in linking himself with those tribes either it be by blood or by adoption, he however manages to prove it then the receives Jacob’s blessing. Jacob’s blessing refers to the blessing which Jacob gave to each of his son at the time of his departure from world. Mormons have a very deep respect for the Jews.
2. Similar to Islam:
Although the beliefs of Mormonism and Islam are poles apart from each other but the basic principles are similar to each other. Tithing is a very important factor in Mormonism as well as in Islam, in both religions you have to give away a portion of your income. Similarly Islam also forbids alcohol like Mormonism. Adultery, fidelity and sexual relationship out of marriage are strictly prohibited. Both the religions support plural marriage. Apart from all these things an argument has long been going on about who is the real prophet, Joseph smith Jr. or the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), because both existed at nearly same times.
1. Their God:
In Mormonism the form of God is divided into 3 parts, first is the son who is Jesus, and then the father and then the Holy Ghost. Holy Ghost is in the spiritual form while the father and Jesus both exist in materialistic physical form. When these three combine they complete the idea of God of Mormonism. Also they call themselves the children of God and believe that they are the equal heirs as Jesus is, they say that their father would forgiven them for all their sins. They also believe that if they do enough good deeds, they can rise in rank and they become God.