In this year of the Apocalypse 2012, there is a significant Presidential election between the first black President (Baruch Obama) and a Mormon candidate for President (Mitt Romney). Although one might dismiss this election as merely the asserting of the democratic principle of the equality of 'race, color, and creed' or the recurring battle of poor versus rich, it has a greater significance because it is occurring in this year when the long count of the Mayan Calendar runs out on December 21, 2012.
Given that either side could characterize the other as the 'anti-Christ' who is prophesied to precede the Second Coming of Christ, it is extremely important to look at the religious beliefs of these two candidates in respect to how their Christian or Mormon views relate to the Resurrection of the Dead, the Rapture, the Tribulation, Millennialism, the Last Judgement, and the New Heaven and New Earth at the End of the World.
The official name for Mormonism is the Church of the Latter Day Saints. The term 'later day saints' distinguishes its members from the traditional Christian saints implying that all members are saints! This is an important factor because it gives all Mormons priority in the Resurrection of the Dead. Although Mormons do allow non-Mormons, who perform good works, to participate in the Resurrection; a fact, that is subtlety hidden, requires them to convert in the afterlife.
Some like to claim that Mormonism is a form of Christianity because it recognizes Jesus and the Prophets, but considering that Islam also recognizes Jesus and the Prophets, this cannot be enough. Actually, the origins Mormonism and Islam have striking similar parallels: the angel Moroni (who sits atop the LDS Churches) showed the Book of Mormon to John Smith Jr., the founder of Mormonism and, in a direct parallel, the angel Gabriel revealed the Qur'an to the prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam. The Book of Mormon is the superior text to the Bible, just as the Koran is the superior text to the Old Testament.
If Mormonism is accepted as Christianity then John Smith must be accepted as a Prophet, and by the same logic, Mohammed might as well be accepted also. This would be a totally ecumenical event! Thus clearly, the Church of the Latter Day Saints is NOT Christian.
Ridiculously, some have called Baruch Obama a Muslim, especially from the confusion of his name with Osami (who he has now caught and killed), but he is clearly a professed Christian. Given the choice of first position at the Last Judgment, I will vote for Baruch Obama. Whether or not Christians will accept me is another issue, but it is preferable to a successor of John Smith, Jr.
The real Apocalypse is discussed in my book: 'The Seven Sisters and the Apocalypse.'
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