I’ve known her as my pen pal since I was 8 and she was 10. We sent letters back and forth for years, but now we use facebook instead. I’m 16, she’s 17-18. I learned the basic things that mormons believe in my religion class. My teacher (she’s a protestant Christian) advised that, when trying to evangelize mormons, we ask questions rather than preach, because they are taught to be very defensive of their faith. So that’s what I’ve been doing so far. I’ve asked questions and said that what they believe doesn’t really make sense to me (it doesn’t, as many of their beliefs are illogical) and asked her to explain and elaborate, in an effort to get her to realize that these beliefs are illogical.
So far, she has been very willing to answer any questions I have and elaborate if I ask.
Here’s what we said so far via facebook chat:
Me: “…do you mind if I ask you a question about mormonism? I learned
about it in school a little bit and I wanted to ask you about some of the
stuff I learned.”
Her: “Yes, go ahead.”
Me: “Thanks! OK, so I was wondering, do Mormons believe in an infinite number
of gods, all of whom were once human and attained godhood through good
works? If so, why do you believe this?”
Her: “Because I believe that you shouldn’t be able to stop growing … You know? Like we’re always able to progress.”
Me: “Thanks! That sort of explains why you would believe that humans can attain godhood, although I think that makes your understanding of godhood quite different from mine. But why do you believe in an infinite number of gods
with no beginning of the line? I mean, doesn’t there have to be some
beginning? Someone who created the others? Why do you believe that there
is even more than one God, period? That doesn’t really make sense to me.
Would you mind elaborating?”
Her: “We believe that there is no beginning or end… Because God is endless. It honestly goes over y head too, but basically we believe that God has a Father too, and so does He, and so does He… And it just keeps going back and it’ll keep going forward.”
Me: “Well that sounds more like you believe in an endless line of gods, not in a god who is endless. Can you explain further?”
Her: “We believe that God is endless and if we so what He says, we can be endless too. And we do also believe in an endless line of Gods.”
She seems to be dodging the “why do you believe this?” questions.
What should I say next? Is using the question technique a good idea? If not, why other technique should I use? Can you point out any mistakes I made?