I have been doing some reading on Jehovah`s Witnesses and Mormons and was struck by how much they have in common with Adventism. I also never realized they were founded around the same time. Mormons were founded in 1839, Seventh Day Adventists in 1831, and the JWs began as Adventist religions. Moreover, all three of these religions claimed to know the exact date of the Second Coming, and all were discredited when their predictions failed to come true.
Adventists taught that a man does not have a soul, that is is a soul, and at death, the soul goes into a “sleep” until the second coming. They also taught that hell is not eternal and that at the Second Coming all the wicked will be annihilated. The JWs borrowes thises two beliefs with a few changes.
Adventists and Mormons both believe that hell is termporary.
All three religions today have removed doctrine that their church used to teach.
As many of you know from my previous posts, I enjoy (and highly recommend) the Beginning Apologetics Series by San Juan Catholic Seminars. I have been reading the How to Answer Jehovah`s Witnesses and Mormons (by Father Frank chacon and Jim Burnham) and noticed how Adventism has many similiarities. But when I look at the dates when these religions were “founded” it makes sense.
Jesus taguht us “Behold, I am with you always” and said that the gates of hell would not prevail against his church. It seems that all of the above groups teach that Jesus was lying.
The more I read the Bible, the more I realize how many religious groups founded in the past couple hundred of years really deviate from the Gospel. I wish more people would read the Bible and the Early Church Fathers. It is funny how so many religious groups claim to believe in the Bible, but believe the Church was corrupted even before the New Testament was compiled. If you believe the Church was corrupt, than how can one believe the Bible has any authority, since there is no way to know the Bible has not been corrupted?
If anyone would like to discuss this Beginning Apologetics #2, please let me know.