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A Mirror for Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses

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By Dan Delzell, Special to CP
October 23, 2011|8:28 am

It is amazing how easily we as human beings can lose our objectivity. We become lost in our own little world. It is like looking in a mirror which reflects an inaccurate image of reality. What we see in the mirror is not a true reflection of our condition before God. It is almost like someone has cast a spell over us. We need to look in a different mirror in order to break the spell. We need a mirror that will help us to see ourselves correctly and in a new light.

This is what can happen for a Jehovah's Witness or a Mormon. They need to see their religion accurately rather than viewing it "under the spell" as they gaze in the wrong mirror. One of the things a Jehovah's Witness can do to help "break the spell" is to look in the "mirror of Mormonism." The same is true of a Mormon looking in the "mirror of the Jehovah's Witnesses." It puts a whole new perspective on things.

By only looking at themselves in their own mirror, these groups don't see any religious reality other than their own perception of themselves and their organization. There is a "spiritual haze" hovering over all that they do. They need to allow their mind to go to a place where they investigate a similar kind of religion with an open heart. When you see how another group has spun off the path following the man-made doctrines of a false prophet, you are a step closer to looking at your own religious organization with objectivity.

A Jehovah's Witness really needs to wrestle with Mormon history in order to see how the Mormon prophet who began that religion is very similar to the Jehovah's Witness prophet who founded the Watchtower Society. Both of these men came up with new definitions for God and a new system of trying to follow God. Just because it was new didn't make it true. These two prophets from the 19th century were good at "casting a spell" so to speak over their followers and getting them to stop being objective regarding the Bible and historic Christianity.

When a Jehovah's Witness or Mormon examines the other's man-made origin, it becomes easier to see how their own religion got started in a similar fashion. Both religions exist outside of Christianity, even though both religions employ many biblical terms that make their organizations sound "Christian."

If a Jehovah's Witness will look in the mirror of Mormonism, he will begin to see himself. If a Mormon looks in the mirror of the Watchtower, he too will start to see himself. The doctrines of the two organizations are different in the letter of the law, and yet extremely alike in terms of the "spell" that is cast upon the followers of both groups. The spiritual atmosphere within the two groups is eerily similar.

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If you are a Mormon or a Jehovah's Witness and you want to see how you are truly under a spell, just do this: Try to find other Christian denominations that recognize your organization to be legitimately Christian in doctrine. You won't find them. And yet, your leaders deceptively tell your missionaries to identify yourselves as "Christian." They do this because it is good for business. Never mind the fact that it is extremely unethical and dishonest. If your own leaders are teaching you to be deceptive, how can they possibly be doing God's will?

There are many times in life when we desperately need to see our situation for what it really is rather than simply seeing our perception of it. There is a saying that "perception is reality." What we see in the mirror is "our reality." That doesn't mean it is the true reality. We must open our mind and become willing to see it in a new light.

Albert Einstein said, "Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one." Einstein was intelligent, but he got that one wrong. When it comes to the reality of Jesus Christ, He is not a "persistent illusion." He is eternally real and there is only One of Him. Unfortunately, there are cheap imitations that attempt to capitalize on His name for their own profit and the advancement of a man-made organization.

If a Mormon or Jehovah's Witness will study the other's religion, he will see himself in that mirror and be a step closer to meeting the real Jesus. You don't have to be afraid to look at things in a different mirror. That is the only way to come out from under the spell and to finally start seeing Christianity from God's perspective.

Dan Delzell is the pastor of Wellspring Lutheran Church in Papillion, Neb.
 

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