Religion is as vast a subject as Universe. Just like Universe, it expands, modifies and extinguishes in some parts each day. Every person on this Earth puts his faith into something. There are followers of Jesus Christ, Prophet, Hindu Gods, Satan, nature and then there are other followers who follow none. Mormonism is a sub-sect of Christianity. Mormons are the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saint`s Day. They have their own set of bizarre beliefs which may seem odd to non-Mormons. The following are some of the weirdest Mormon beliefs-
12. Multiple Worlds and Gods
Mormons believe that we are not alone in this world. Just like our universe, plenty of other worlds exist. Each one has its own God. For the ones who are wondering what’s weird in this, read this- According to Mormons if you spend your life doing good deeds, you will become a God yourself one day. So basically, if you do not commit any sin and stay true to Mormonism you will get your own world to rule! Joseph Smith proclaimed the existence of multiple Gods. But he cleared that people should heed to just one God among all of them.
11. Stay away from Water
This fear is just plain weird. Mormons feel that Satan has control over water. Rivers, oceans, lakes – everything takes you away from God and into the hands of Satan. This is why Mormons are taught to avoid swimming, boating or going anywhere near the water body. The doctrine mentions the dangers of water bodies-
Behold, I, the Lord, in the beginning blessed the waters; but in the last days, by the mouth of my servant John, I cursed the waters. Wherefore, the days will come that no flesh shall be safe upon the waters.
10. Mormonism can change your skin color
Mormon Doctrine explains: “Cain was cursed with a dark skin; he became the father of the Negroes, and those sprits who are not worthy to receive the priesthood are born though his lineage. He became the first mortal to be cursed as a son of perdition.”-Page 102.
Until, 1978 Black people were banned from joining the priesthood in LDS church. Mormons believe that Black people are the descendants of Cain and are thus cursed. If they put their heart into following Mormonism, the God will bless them. With his blessings their skin color will turn into white. This belief created an outrage among non Mormons due to the racist nature of the statement. However, not many Mormons are aware of it.
Tithing can be called and offering in the name of God. Almost every person who believes in a higher power offers his gratitude in some form. Mormons donate 10% of their income each year to church. The best part is that the money is used up for good causes. Development of churches, Mormon books, shelters and other facilities. The money is collected and is sent to the highest authorities of the church. No matter how low the income of a Mormon is, he pays tithing amount with all his heart and faith in God. Only a full time paying member can enter a temple. The people who fail to pay tithe are not subjected to any punishment.
8. God impregnated Virgin Mary
The story behind birth of Jesus Christ is taught differently in Christianity and Mormonism. Mormons believe that God like any other human being had intercourse with Virgin Mary and impregnated her with Jesus Christ. It is specified clearly in the Mormon doctrine.
“Christ was begotten by an immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers”
However, Christians still go by the Virgin Mary theory. Virgin Mary was impregnated by special powers of God and that there was no intercourse.
7. Sunday is a holy day
Sunday is a Sabbath day. God created the world in six days. On the seventh day, he rested his body and soul. Mormons are not allowed to go out to work on a Sunday. It is a day meant for rejuvenation. Sports, movies, exercises are not allowed on a Sunday. Any activity that can distract a person from God should not be performed. The only people exempted from this rule are people employed in emergency services- hospitals, firefighters, police etc.
6. God lives on a planet
Christianity believes that God lives in Heaven. But according to Mormon teachings, God resides in a planet, Kolob. It is the first creation of God and this is the reason for its proximity to Celestial Kingdom. Time moves slowly in Kolob, a day is equal to a thousand Earth years. It is at the center of the universe. Another interesting fact- Earth used to orbit Kolob, home to Gods. When Adam and Eve fell, God angered by the betrayal kicked Earth out of its orbit.
5. Posthumous Baptism
Although it sounds weird but its true. Mormons believe that people can be baptized even after death. Hence, many relatives seek the help of church priests in order to baptize their dead relatives. It is never too late to seek the right path. God welcomes each follower even after they are dead. So, a living person gets baptized on behalf of the dead person.
4. Multiple Heavens
Mormon teachings state the existence of not just one but three heavens. Celestial Kingdom, Terrestrial Kingdom and Telestial Kingdom are the three heavens. Celestial Kingdom is reserved for the God and true Mormon believers. If you tread by all the rules in doctrine and commit no sin, you might end up here after death. Children who die before the age of 8 automatically go to Celestial Kingdom as they are pure. Terrestrial Kingdom is next- it is for the people who followed Moses laws but faltered on the ones created by the founder- Joseph Smith. Telestial Kingdom is the lowest berth in the heavens. Mormons who didn’t follow any religious laws but didn’t commit a crime either go in this kingdom.
3. Married even after Death
Even death can’t separate the Mormons from the bond of marriage. Mormons are taught that even after a death of a spouse they are considered married in heaven. In case of polygamous marriages, women in heaven share their husband. People have sex in heaven too, apparently plenty of it. In fact, the only role of women in heaven is to produce spirit children who will become Gods of other worlds! The gestation period is of nine months in heaven too. The rule of staying married in heaven doesn’t apply to Non-Mormons.
2. Rules of Heaven
Just like Secret Seven had a password to enter in meetings, Mormons believe that secret handshakes and passwords exist in heaven too. Mormon believers are given passwords in Temple endowments. You can enter the heaven only after Joseph Smith`s permission. Once you are in heaven, you can visit only the lower heaven. If you are in Celestial Kingdom and your brother is down in Telestial, only you can go visit him.
1. God: A body of flesh and blood
Mormons believe that God has a body like humans. He is tangible with blood running through his veins. He became a supreme body with divine soul by following a righteous path. It is this path that every Mormon must follow in order to attain highest level in heaven. The following lines in Doctrine prove this belief.
“The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s,” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22). “Therefore we know that both the Father and the Son are in form and stature perfect men; each of them possesses a tangible body . . . of flesh and bones,” (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 38). D&C 129:1-5.