Religion is the poison that gets stock by tearing this nation limb from limb.
The very fact that there is 'interreligious diplomacy' is a testament
to this. If we're going to succeed as a nation and society, we need to
separate much of ourselves and our society from whatever evidence free
supernatural veneer anyone can choose to apply over reality.
This is the kind of reporting that represents the future of media--leading us to
stories and innovative ideas that we might not otherwise have noticed nor
understood without the reporter's guidance. These two ideas were especially
mentally-stimulating: “Land now describes it as a fourth Abrahamic
religion along with Judaism, Islam and Christianity.” and "What will
happen when an atheist or a pagan runs for president?" Keep on enlightening
us, Mr. Brown.
Religions is the glue that keeps our nation cohesive, and gives live to
men's good will. It is in the Sunday Schools that we learn that kindness
matters more than what kind of color your skin is, or how much money you have in
your bank account. It gives hope to those who should give up from the beginning,
and holds wealthy men accountable to a force outside their own means. It feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, and reaches out to all people. It
speaks to the conscience, and makes a man more precious than gold. Sure there are disagreements and conflicts, but most religions that survive
today see the idea of killing a nonbeliever for God is blasphemy of the highest
calibre and that free will and freedom of belief is a necessary component for
the free exercise of faith. Those who fear religion, have created a boogeyman
imagining a world when all was the "Crusades".The greatest
threat to our nation is not religion, but the absence of it. Humanity's
baser nature has not changed, our potential for cruelty still remains, but
religion keeps that nature in check. And has for centuries.
How can a religion based on New Testament Christianity be labelled a "Fourth
Abrahamic Religion"? Mormons’ theology is based on New Testament
Christianity, not Fourth Century Creeds. The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) views
on Baptism, Lay Ministry, the Trinity, Theosis, Grace vs. Works, Pre-Existence,
the Divinity of Jesus Christ are closer to Early Christianity than any other
RE: BrentBotMormons’ theology is based on N.T. Christianity, not Fourth
Century Creeds. The (LDS)views on Pre-Existence.Mormonism is quite
different in its cosmology, claiming that God fashioned the universe out of
preexisting material. God is eternal in some forms of LDS theology, but so is
preexisting matter, including the material used by God to create human
beings. Christians, and Jews believe that God created all that
exists ex nihilo (out of nothing).(Ecc 12:7)… the spirit shall
return unto God who gave it) In (2Tim 1:9 & Titus 1:2)God
existed before time, implying he created time.… God who gives
life to the dead and Calls into Being things that were not.(Romans 4:17 NIV)For in him we live and move and have our Being...(Acts 17:28)Creation is
dependent on God for it’s very existence.Col 1:16, For in him
all things( including angels) were created: things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all
things have been created through him and for him
Thanks to the Deseret News and Matt Brown for getting a complex story so right.
Thank you for raising this issue, discussing the new documentary FRD, and
helping navigate a way forward beyond uncritical religious relativism and
religious combat. I am pleased to be a part of the Evangelical Chapter of the
Although this article has some comforting data, such as the fact that those of
the Evangelicals who did voted overwhelmingly for Romney, we need to know of the
very disconcerting data. Most of them didn't vote for that perceived
"cult" member. And that's the sad fact. I place the bulk of the
blame on them. We will have face their consequences now.
@ Sharrona,I submit that the definition of “Christian”
would include those who believe in Christ as the promised Messiah. That he
condescended to come to earth where he wrought a perfect atonement, suffering
pain and death so we could live with our Heavenly Father again. He asks us to
repent of our sins and have faith in Him. He is the only way back to Heaven.
There are many things we disagree on, but I hope we can agree on that.This is what I believe and what is taught at my LDS church. He expects us to
love one another as a condition of discipleship. Please see John 13:35. His
redemptive atonement for our sins and His resurrection are the core basic
doctrines that give us hope and sets us apart as Christians. We love Him
because He loved us first. We are indeed unprofitable servants. Please see
Luke 17:10 and Mosiah 2:21 in the Book of Mormon.The greatest
commandment is to love Him and His Son. These are some of the foundation
principles of being Christian.
To: very concerned, he wrought a perfect atonement, suffering pain and death .
True, Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his
life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.(1John
3:16)God on the cross. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die
in your sins: for if ye believe not that* I(ego) am(eimi) he, ye shall die
in your sins.(John 8:24Or (Mosiah 2:39) …therefore hid final doom is
to endure a never ending torment. In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God.(John 1:1) The Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among vs. V. 14.). *references,(Ex 3:14). Jesus is
@raybies"It is in the Sunday Schools that we learn that kindness
matters more than what kind of color your skin is"Is that what
you were always taught?"The greatest threat to our nation is not
religion, but the absence of it."Tell that to the middle east.
Try living a day in their religious shoes.
To Hutterite and others that say religion is what tears apart:Religion definition 2) Details of belief as taught or discussed.Therefore I contend that it is your religion that is tearing us apart not
mine. Your religion (atheism) has become the government religion and does not
allow any freedom of religion in our world today.You hide behind the
masses with your religion and watch as it kills people in other nations (Russia
and China come to mind), and say nothing about that, but when morals of others
are involved you become very vocal.Please let me worship how I wish
and stop pushing your religion on me...
Until a devout Muslim can get elected POTUS or Supreme Court Justice, then all
this will continue to be unresolvable.What makes us Americans is the
notion that we can agree to disagree, but our civil government is based on the
principle of separation of church and state. Until the majority of the voting
citizens can have an assurance that devoutly faithful adherents of a
non-traditional christian religion will not be influenced by their
non-traditional doctrines and practices, when serving at those high levels, it
will continue to be an unresolvable problem.