Riley wrote:How can this be a cult, if Mormonism is not?
Mormonism is a cult also. Now it's true that the religion has sort of "settled in" so to speak and shed most of it's cult heritage, but mormonism is most definitely NOT a Christian religion. Neither is the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Both fail the most fundamental of tests to be a Christian denomination:
1. Neither of them believe that Jesus was God incarnate (in flesh).
2. both of them have their own "bibles" that replace the bible of Christianity.
Mormons believe that all males who follow Mormonism faithfully (and not the bible, but what's taught in the Book of Mormon)that after their deaths they will go to the planet Kolob to sit before the Council of Gods (Christianity believes in one God, not a council of them) where they will be judged, and if found worthy, will be assigned their own planet to be the God of. In other words, if you're a good mormon you will become God too. Mormon males marry lots and lots of women during their earthly life, but in "spirit marriages" only. Once they are assigned their own planet to be the God of, they call out the names of all these women they married in "celestial marriage ceremonies" while they were on earth, and these womens' souls are then released from the grave to go to be with him, where he will spend eternity having sex with all of them, creating "spiritual babies" who will become the souls of the human babies that get born on the planet he is God of. That probably sounds as goofy as hell, but that's because it IS goofy as hell. And it is NOT Christian. So no matter how good a life individual mormons live, they have been deceived.