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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Religious zealotry waxes ambiguous! Joel Osteen must know whether or not Mormonism is a Christian Religion or not when asked during a CNN Wolf Blitzer Interview

Wolf Blitzer asked Mr. Osteen if he believes Mr. Mitt Romney (a Mormon) is Christian?

This is the answer from the interview story

"(CNN) – Famed pastor Joel Osteen reiterated his position that Mitt Romney is a Christian on Tuesday, saying as long as the likely GOP presidential nominee believes that Jesus is the Son of God then he subscribes to the Christian faith."

Interesting response, because my experience with zealous Christians like Mr. Osteen is that being a Christian demands more than an ambiguous response. 

Rather, it requires Baptism and the internalization of the belief that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary and Resurrected from the Dead.  Osteen's response to Blitzer is much less precise than the proclamation of Christianity he would expect from one of his Born Again converts.

Typically, I'm not interested in discussing Mr. Romney's Mormon faith. a religion which is not based on traditional Biblical teachings, professed as doctrine, by many like Mr. Osteen.  Mr. Romney and his family appreciate the religious freedoms shared by every American.

What's absolutely hypocritical is how the Bible fundamentalists, like Mr. Osteen, would leap to criticize a candidate they disagree with as being other than Christian when the political occasion calls for criticism.  As a matter of fact, many continue to be unfairly, extremely critical, of President Obama's faith, even as he demonstrates, by church attendance, that he is Christian.

As Mr. Osteen knows, in purely theological philosophy, an ambiguous Christian is one of the first signs of being led into becoming"un-Christian".  I am now questioning Mr. Osteen's Christian belief as a result.

So, the point of this blog is:  Mormonism is either a Christian religion or not.  Dear Mr. Osteen, Don't make up ambiguous apologetic arguments to make the religion of a presidential candidate fit in a Christian mold, unless it does.



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