I agree, but human nature is not a one size fits all. We are created complicated. Some need earthly shepherds as well as Our Lord. Our Creator made a perfect world that is imperfect. It is in these imperfections that we are prepared for our final place that has been prepared for us.All I know is this, "Once I was lost, and now I am found"
Jesus is doing this type of saving and redeeming in people's lives all over the world every single day.
Denominations, religions and beliefs mean nothing if Love's not involved.
Fake religions simply melt away in the awesome presence of the source of true Love.
I'm so sorry but if your'e wrapped up in the legalistic denominations and rules of an organization then you are missing the whole point which is Love. Trust me, if you haven't experienced the Love of God, forget about everything else until you do. There is nothing like it in the universe nor will there ever be. it's the single most needed thing in existence. The Love of God can cure every disease, every sickness, every depression and every single thing that isn't perfect. It's the only thing that heals in existence.
Excuse the rant, but this is absolutely the unbdefileable truth that will never go away or change. It is always has been and always will be the Love of God that Saves, NOT RELIGION!!
The Garden of Eden episode led to sin. Perfection by design included free will which allowed an imperfect decision. I'm no theologian but just my perception.I believe that our Creator made a perfect world, and through sin it has become imperfect. Scripture says that our sin can even defile the land. I think that's a bit more accurate
Not to argue for the Catholic side of the discussion, but to be fair, I don't think the Catholics would agree that it's an oral tradition. While it's true that these traditions come from non-scriptural writings, they do come from texts that are, in many cases, centuries old so aren't quite as prone to the natural distortions that come from oral traditions in general.I will put bluntly why the scripture must be the rampart of our faith and not oral tradition. Because oral tradition over time changes and is not a good measure standard. If the scripture is given to use through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and it is written and defined for us, that is the best standard we have. Oral tradition has been manipulated, changed, and used to advantage many times in history.
Just a correction: The scriptural canon of the LDS Church doesn't claim to be greater than the Son of God. It's simply additional writings that support and testify of Jesus' divinity.the Mormon religion did the same thing taking the visions of a boy in the wilderness of some new revelation after Jesus Christ, as if there would be something New and greater after the son of God
I'm not sure I'd agree with you here. Protestant Christianity all draws form the same scriptural canon and yet has literally thousands of separate denominations, some of which differ quite starkly from each other. Further, there have been plenty of cults who drastically distort the message of Scripture even though it's the same Bible the rest of us use. Christianity's lack of unity is far more complex and nuanced than just the idea of different scripture.the JW do not accept Jesus as Divine only as human. Further, JW beliefs in annihilation at death which is not what Jesus describes in Matthew, ie gnashing of teeth were the worm never dies. Hence it is the scriptures that could correct these flaws, but because these beliefs have written their own addendums it has frustrated the unity under the common flag of Christianity.
Another correction: LDS Doctrine does not hold that you have to be a Mormon to go to Heaven. Being a Temple-worthy LDS will get you to the highest kingdom of Heaven, but there are other kingdoms and plenty of non-LDS Christians will be there.LDS which are all exclusive religions, if you are not of that belief you will not go to Heaven.
I agree with you in that only Heavenly Father can judge what's in our heart, but Jesus Christ did clearly state that He is the way, the truth and the light. Loving Him is a part of following Him, but plenty of people love Him yet refuse to follow Him.I know God will look into my soul and make a determination of where I go for eternity and it will not be because I was Catholic, LDS, or JW, it will be because I loved Christ.
I understand your point. I agree that Scripture is ultimately the only reliable source. (For the record, Mormons regard the Book of Mormon as equally authoritative to the Bible, both are considered primary scriptural sources.)I of course never said it was all oral, simply that the written scripture should be the measure of such and not any extended text. and I mean the same for the Mormon religion.
From your point of view (Which I respect even though we disagree.) I think generally speaking, we agree that scripture is the only reliable basis for doctrine, even if we disagree on what constitutes that canon.It may not claim to be greater but of equal weight which is wrong.
My comments weren't intended as a defense of JW doctrine. I really don't know enough about the Jehovah's Witnesses to comment on their beliefs either way. I only meant that there's already plenty of doctrinal divergence among Christian denominations even if you leave out restorationist perspectives.I am sorry you do not agree with what I have said about the JW but they simply do not accept the Divinity of Christ or the Trinity. I will add that Any delineation away from the words of Christ would be no longer following Christ that is why I listed the scripture about Jesus speaking of eternity versus annialation. Thus causing a conflict in Jesus words and the JW belief and therefore following something else, and leaving the Christian doctrine of Hell.
That's true. I just wanted to clarify the point. LDS theology concerning the nature of Heaven is rather more detailed and nuanced than what you'd normally get from most other branches of Christianity.Hmm highest levels of Heaven reserved for LDS, hmm sounds like the same thing but ok it is still exclusive to the Religion
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