and the point of using a stock photo of someone with their hands in a praying
position is what again? isn't mr zimmerman's hands in a praying position
adequate....please don't junk up your photo's of the story with stupid stock
photography.....thats all i'm saying..
How many people look at truth when it comes to religion and choose to go there?
Since God does not need instruction from his children on how to be saved and
true doctrine from above cannot be created by man and truths cannot conflict.
"That ye be no more like children, tossed to and fro by every wind of
people who change from one protestant church to another usually do so because
they tend to like the new minister more or some other personal thing. They
aren't changing churches because they are searching for truth - just a life
style change and personal preference. All protestant churches are basically the
same as far as doctrine goes - they all mistakenly follow the traditional Nicene
Creed and as a result are left wanting with unanswered questions regarding the
very nature of God as well as the nature of eternal life.
My heart goes out to those who face challenges in life and face uncertainty in
their current church. Discovering discord between your thoughts and the
teachings of your church is unsettling and can be the cause of much turmoil.During such times, as I see it, a person has two basic choices: 1) Go
in search of a church that teaches doctrine closer to your way of thinking; or
2) go in search of truth, beginning with the basis for the teachings of your
church in hopes of finding the truth. When truth is discovered, you're home.It seems to me that, if a person believes in an all-knowing, all-seeing
God, they would choose the latter path and go in search of truth, as God knows
it. I feel for those who go in search of a church whose doctrine matches their
own thinking. That's not a path back to God.Peace accompanies the
discovery of truth. Long-term peace comes from the discovery of the source of
all truth. We can either find a church that teaches what we believe ... or find
a church that teaches what God knows and yeild our beliefs to God's will!
I changed my Religion from Mormonism to the Episcopal Church, and I am very
happy with this change; I have NO PLANS on going back to Mormonism.
The "truth" is not the same for everyone. Appreciative of the fact
that there are many choices for all of us.I understand this is a very
difficult thing for the LDS to assimilate.
I find that religion is music for the masses. Leaving organized religion,
was the best thing that happened to me.Taking the great teachings absent
the dogma, leaves one with many truths and peace.Religion in general pits
man against man in some imaginary battle for the souls after life.God must
be challenged every day by those who purport to speak and act for him.Somebody once said, "None of the churches got a corner on the
truth," and it's still true.
Regarding the 'unsureness' of which religion to join- I would offer this:From Joseph Smith's King Follett discourse,"There are
but a very few beings in the world who understand rightly the character of
God... and consequently they know but little above the brute beast..."The beast "eats, drinks, sleeps, and knows nothing more about God;
yet it knows as much as we, unless we are able to comprehend by the inspiration
of Almighty God. If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not
comprehend themselves. I want to go back to the beginning, and so lift your
minds into more lofty spheres and a more exalted understanding than what the
human mind generally aspires to."-------Some argue
that religion is fancy, illusion, and/or arbitrary tradition- such claims lack
substance as much as the idea of religion they fight.However, in the
LDS faith our faith is built in works, revelation, and testimony. We preach a
true gospel, not a blind one. The Book of Mormon is a literal witness, an
account of others testifying of God's ministry on this Earth.It is
easy to see why, without revealed truth, so many are religious 'wanderers'.
There are so many choices out there, you'd think it's a buyers' market. But they
all claim exclusive 'truth'; it's a pretty safe bet that some of them at least
therefore must be wrong. Then, when you do choose you have to fully buy in
exclusively. This means you also exclusively buy out of all the rest; you then
associate this exclusivity with your political affiliation and there you have
it. Politics in America today, as divided by religion.
To Hutterite: That is very inconceivable as there are many Latter-Day Saints
that are democrats. In fact you will find that in the current Quorum of the
Twelve there are probably 3-4 that are. There is a greater number in the Quroum
of the Seventy so again to say what you said is just as wrong as someone saying
that you can't be a Mormon and be a democrat. The same can be said of Catholics
as not all are democrats. So I think you need to revisit and see that what you
said is totally wrong.
Either baptism is essential or isn't. The nicene creed is true or false. Truth
is truth regardless of belief. You could choose to believe or not believe in
gravity. But can you change the law of gravity by beliefs? Like science and
math religios truths are indpendent of beliefs. If everyone chooses to believe
or not believe something it still does not change truth of it.
Bill in Nebraska:I agree. I wish more people would recognize this
too. I'm typically one of these who say "those liberals are doing it
again!" but I only ever mean "Those people who take liberalism and
twist it to infringe freedom, rather than protect it." I consider many of
my views to be compatible with both conservative and liberal premises. I
generally don't find conflict between them nearly as much as the mainstream
does.The only problems arise when the mainstream teaches one
philosophical twist, which members choose over church doctrines instead. This
happens with both parties on different issues, imo anyway.
My religion is the one true religion, and yours isn't. My
scriptures are correct, and yours aren't.I'm right and you're wrong.
God is on my side, not yours.There, I think that pretty
much covers it.Right?