I love it when Christians come a-knockin’ at my door. I always invite them in and serve them refreshments. Then I turn the proselytizing table on them.
One time, 2 young Mormon women came a-knockin'. They were both very attractive, polite and wholesome. One of them was black. I asked her why she chose to be a Mormon when the Book of Mormon contains insulting bigotry against black people. Here's the verse I'm referring to:
2 Nephi 5:21
"And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people, the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them."
See also: Mormon 5:15, Alma 3:6, Alma 3:9, Alma 3:14
Can you believe that? God made the descendants of Cain black so that they “might not be enticing” unto white people. Blatant, transparent racism right in the "holy" Book of Mormon! Not only is it racist, it's a bald-faced lie!!
The white woman spoke up for the black woman and said that racism has been renounced by the Mormon church. The black woman agreed.
I asked how the Mormon church got the authority to renounce a verse from their "divinely inspired" Book of Mormon: could they override God's word? They pulled out their "brown books" but could not find an answer.
I then pointed out that if God really inspired the Book of Mormon, it would NEVER need ANY part renounced. That only happens when humans pretend they're God.
I told them that there were already far too many religions in the world before Mormonism came along. How can God blame anybody for choosing the wrong religion? Will he really condemn billions of people to hell because they guessed wrong?
I suggested they keep an open mind and try to place their faith in scripture that doesn't contain ideas and practices that we know are wrong.
What I didn't say was that, if they really tried to follow my advice, they wouldn't find ANY scripture WITHOUT ideas and practices we know are wrong.
I must say that, despite the outcome of our conversation, the 2 young ladies remained open and engaged. I didn’t detect any animosity. However, when they eventually left, they were visibly shaken.