Via the InstaPundit I found this rant by Bloodthirsty Liberal against Al Sharpton. It seems Al Sharpton questioned Mitt Romney's belief in God and is now trying to say it never happened. Sharpton originally said:
“As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don’t worry about that; that’s a temporary situation,” Sharpton said Monday during a debate with Hitchens at the New York Public Library’s Beaux-Arts headquarters.
He now says:
“What I said was that we would defeat him, meaning as a Republican,” Sharpton said. “A Mormon, by definition, believes in God. They don’t believe in God the way I do, but by definition, they believe in God.”
The idea that Sharpton wasn't saying that Romney didn't believe in God is laughable. He clearly did. What I want to address is something else entirely. I have no qualms with Romney, as a Mormon, being elected President. I know of nothing about Mormonism that cause me to believe his religion would be a problem in the presidency. That being said, I would not agree that Mormons believe in God.
Mormons definitely believe in a god. If you ask them will certainly tell you that they worship the God of the Bible. However, I've studied with Mormons and I've read good sections of the book of Mormon. It's been a good long while so I don't remember the specifics, but I do know that I didn't recognize the god I found there. When I compare what I read there to what I find in the Bible, there just not the same.
I have seen some people argue that "clearly" Christians and Muslims worship the same deity because they're both monotheistic. However, the god of the Koran, while identified as the same god, does not behave like the God of the Bible and I would not describe them as worshiping the same God that I worship either.
I'm sure that a lot of people would blast me for this and if I was more widely read there would be a good chance of a hate storm. That would be in error. This is not a slam against either of these religions. I simply don't see my God when I look in their scriptures.
Consider an example. I believe in Dad. I know other people who also believe in Dad. Yet when I describe my father and they describe theirs, it doesn't sound like the same person. We may call him the same thing, but it's not the same person.
Now obviously this analogy isn't perfect. This goes one step further. Not only is the god they describe not the same as the God I describe, but I don't believe their god exists.
I'd like to try to flesh this out, but I'm not all here right now.