Recently I took a 20 question quiz on belief.net called the Belief-O-Matic. After taking the quiz, it spits out a list (with percentages) of religions that are well-matched for you and the beliefs you proclaimed in the quiz.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) was 4th on my list at 75%. That surprised me.
The quiz asks some doctrinal questions about how you see your higher power, the purpose of life and the afterlife and it also asks a bunch of questions on social issues. Because of my answers on most of the social issues, I figured Mormonism would come in pretty low on my list. So I re-evaulated the quiz and determined that what made me specifically Mormon was the fact that I believe God has a body.
I think of myself as a Mormon for lots of different reasons but my view on God’s body doesn’t really link me to the community. First off, while I do imagine him with a body, it’s got to be quite different from mine, so basically something pretty much entirely different. I can call it body but it’s not the aging, slightly fatty, but still gorgeous body that I’ve got. Mostly I like to believe that God is like me and so He’s got a body. This of course is linked to Joseph Smith’s teachings about God’s body and that I have imagined Him my whole life in the context of this doctrine. Still it is not what defines me as a Mormon.
Take the quiz. It’s fun. My number one was liberal Protestantism. A little boring I know. 2 and 3 were tied: liberal Quakers and Ba’hai. or Baha’i. or B’ahai. And then my religion came in at number 4.
What beliefs make you Mormon (or not so Mormon for that matter)? What specific beliefs link a person to a specific religious community and should they? And if the belief-o-matic can’t even churn out Mormonism, maybe it’s time for you to repent. Heh. Though it’s very hard work to not get it on your list, even my religion-hating atheist Turkish friend got Mormonism to appear on her list at number 22.