Reading From The Same Book?

by Cold Steel 6 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Cold Steel
    Cold Steel

    I'm reading a brief book -- a critical analysis -- of Muhammad and Islam. The following sounded familiar:

    As the cult steadily grew, Muhammad strictly forbade followers to keep contact with family members in Mecca or even befriend unbelievers. For obvious reasons, the purpose was to form an impenetrable wall of silence, a cultural and spiritual membrane between the two cities. Enforcing outright excommunication* as a tactic to fulfill his desire to completely control his followers in Medina would allow him to engage in a system of psychological manipulation without unwanted interference.

    J.K. Sheindlin, The People v. Muhammad, Psychological Analysis

    * Disfellowshipping

    Fascinating, eh? I haven't read the entire book yet but it seems worth the read!

  • Crazyguy

    The amount of religions or sects of religions that do things similar to the JW cult does is staggering. Its plainly all about control.

  • anointed1

    viewed from this context, atheists are the God’s gifts to mankind—without them the world would have been reeling under extremist religious leaders.

  • Vidiot
    anointed1 - "...atheists are the God’s gifts to mankind..."

    ...he said, without a trace of irony...

  • ScottyRex

    Yet you give reverence to the BOM? really......???

  • wizzstick

    I'm reading a brief book -- a critical analysis -- of

    Next - LDS?

  • Cold Steel
    Cold Steel
    ScottyRex » Yet you give reverence to the BOM? really......??

    Yes, so what does the Book of Mormon have to do with the Qur'an? No one ever witnessed anything revelatory with the latter. The angel was only seen by Muhammad. His "revelations" were only witnessed by Muhammad. The scriptures state, "In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established."

    In the first century church, the apostles witnessed the miracles and healings of Christ. They were on the mount of transfiguration when Moses and Elijah appeared to them. They witnessed the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ and spent 40 days with Him.

    In like manner, there were many witnesses to the gold plates of the Book of Mormon, even more than the official witnesses. There were those who felt the gold plates through the burlap bag in which they were kept. There were witnesses of the angels who appeared to Joseph Smith and there were angels who appeared to others.

    But for those who know much about the LDS movement, the Qur'an has more in common with our Doctrine & Covenants than the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is the record of another people at another time, while the Qur'an and the Doctrine & Covenants are collections of revelations.

    The doctrines and revelations found in these volumes are mutually exclusive. There's nothing taught in one that's espoused in the other. Either one is correct or they're both wrong. But Islam rests on the shoulders of Muhammad and him only. Mormonism and first century Christianity, on the other hand, rests on the testimonies of many. And neither uses the mind control tactics used by Scientology, Jehovah's Witnesses and Islam -- tactics that cut off their adherents, use their families against them and use excommunication as a tool to destroy or torture.

    As for evidence, I know of no doctrine, prophecy or belief peculiar to Islam that has been shown to have subsequent merit. Such is not the case with either first century Christianity or Mormonism. In fact, there are things that neither Joseph Smith nor anyone else living in the Western Hemisphere could have known about in 1830, when the Book of Mormon was first published.

Share this