This is a post I wrote concerning my personal experiences with faith.It's not obvious to me that there's value in writing a post purely to poke a stick at people for not sharing your views. Is that meant to open up a debate, or just take shots?
If you want to write about your faith, then write about it by all means. It's a good thing to testify to.This is a post I wrote concerning my personal experiences with faith...
I'm sorry you feel that way, but this was not meant to be divisive.Yeah, I'm disappointed you decided to target another Christian faith with your initial post as well. I certainly could find logical fallacies with many other Christian faiths as well, but I don't do that. Why not? Because regardless of our different denominations, we're all brothers and sisters in Christ. Rather than divide ourselves based on doctrinal differences, we really should be uniting in a solid front against our adversary.
Another thing to keep in mind is that most people in this world are not driven by logic. This is especially the case when it comes to faith, which is more emotion-driven than rational. (And if you want to get into faiths that are primarily focused on logic and reason... well, you've already dismissed atheists and agnostics. )
What I have often seen is that those that justify their religion by logic alone are just as likely to use those same tools to pull themselves away from religion. They come up with (to them) perfectly rational, justifiable reasons not to go to church, or follow a certain faith, or whatever. The thing is, this is exactly what Satan wants - people to stop worshiping God and find ways to pull other people away as well.
I would say stop trying to use logic and reason, and use the Holy Spirit. Pray for the answers you seek, and act on the promptings you receive. God won't steer you wrong, but you need to trust in Him. Even if it makes no logical sense.
What was the effect you anticipated on people from those various systems you mentioned had read your post?I'm sorry you feel that way, but this was not meant to be divisive.
The Book of Mormon frequently quotes from the Old Testament in its various passages. To say that it doesn't "conform" is an indicator, to me, of someone who hasn't read and studied the Book of Mormon him/herself.... I cannot put my faith in its specific teachings because they do not appear to conform to what existed prior to them. Christianity builds on the basis of Judaism and Jesus often cited prior teachings from Judaism, even explicitly confirming his message was not a repudiation but an extension of prior tradition.
So another question for you - is this a conclusion you have drawn based on your own logic and reasoning, or is this a path that you feel God has specifically told you to follow? If the former, then I would like to know your interpretation of Proverbs 3:5.Until then, I choose to follow my own personal convictions divined by God's truth as established by his Word.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
We're given both hearts and minds for a reason. Generally called to use both. God uses it all, after all.In my opinion, spiritual decisions are something that can't be determined through logic and scientific or historic study.
That's appreciated, and apology accepted of course... but for me, it isn't about being offended. I just think we're living in a time when we should really avoid being divisive with each other. There are already so many forces in the world trying to divide us up, and we don't need to give them any help. I do believe it wasn't your intention to be divisive, but please be aware that any time someone sends a message that contains criticism of others' beliefs, that's definitely NOT going to be received kindly.In my reply to both of the obviously offended gentlemen in this thread, I would like to apologize, I was clearly in gross underestimation how much I'd offend certain people.
Fine with me. Just wanted you to be aware.That said, I refuse to recant a single word.
You offer an apology, and then you say something like this.Entertaining fanfiction
Up for a debate on those points?As for beliefs I consider heretical or at the very least not supported, here are a few of the major offenders (and this list is not exhaustive):
1. The idea of a Heavenly Mother in addition to the Trinity. (While Jesus' mother is honored to a degree, no actual doctrine would elevate her to equal status with the Trinity)
2. The concept of Apotheosis (the very idea we could stand as equals to Christ, that would make us equals to God, which is blasphemy)
3. The idea of other worlds under divine purview (even if they exist, this would be irrelevant for us and assumption to presume true at best)
4. The concept of performing penance for souls that have passed on (the old heresy of indulgences revived in another form, only revived in a nominally Prostestant-ish form)
.. in your opinion.I have other objections, but these four alone are more than enough to confirm to me that Mormonism does not factually square with the Bible,
It doesn't trouble me. What bugs me is when someone says they don't mean to be divisive and insulting while saying divisive and insulting things. If you really don't care about being insulting toward people for not sharing your views (and this isn't just about LDS, but all the examples you provided in your OP) then just be honest about it.If my refusal to see Mormonism as valid troubles you gentlemen, I apologize, but I must adhere to what my conscience guided by reason and logic (and both I credit to God) has divined as truth. If you do not agree, we shall have to agree to disagree.
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