Questions Mormons Can’t Answer?
I was reading an ethnography of Mormonism that will be released in the next few months (I got an advance copy) and a thought struck me when the author started describing some Mormon beliefs: There are some aspects of Mormonism that really cannot be explained. In other words, Mormons can’t answer some questions about their religion. I could be wrong, of course, but here the questions that came to mind:
- Why do people have to have ordinances performed on physical, mortal bodies, thus necessitating proxies? If the ordinances can transfer to spirits via proxies, why can’t the spirits be baptized?
- And if there is some reason why they have to be performed on physical, mortal bodies, why can’t this wait until the resurrection?
- If god is omniscient, why do Mormons need to learn handshakes and passwords to get into his kingdom? Wouldn’t god know who is worthy and who isn’t?
- If priesthood is required for performing ordinances, then how are female temple workers able to perform washings and anointings?
- When does a prophet speak as a prophet and when does he speak as a man?
- How will god not let a prophet lead the church astray (per, “The Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as president of this Church to lead you astray.” – Wilford Woodruff)?
- And, of course, the infinite regress question: Where did the first god come from? Joseph’s regression of gods doesn’t actually solve the problem of “who created god”, it just regresses it.
Any other questions that Mormons just can’t answer? And are there answers to these questions and I’m just not aware of them?