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27 September 2012
at 12:31 a.m.
@ Mahanna - Sorry for the long post, but please read. :)
Every Christian church preaches it's own interpretation of Christianity and believes it to be the truest of interpretations. If they didn't think their's was the truest, why would they attend that Church? I don't believe it's a negative thing to believe your beliefs are truer than others'.
How did Joseph Smith feel about other Christian churches?He once said “I am bold to declare before Heaven that I am just as ready to die in defending the rights of a Presbyterian, a Baptist, or a good man of any other denomination”
On another occasion he declared: “If I esteem mankind to be in error shall I bear them down? No. I will lift them up, and in their own way too, if I cannot persuade them my way is better; and I will not seek to compel any man to believe as I do, only by the force of reasoning, for truth will cut its own way. Do you believe in Jesus Christ and the Gospel of salvation which he revealed? So do I. Christians should cease wrangling and contending with each other, and cultivate the principles of union and friendship in their midst.”
On the same note, Brigham Young once said, “Have [the Saints] enjoyed the light of the Spirit of revelation? Yes; and so, more or less, has every being that has been born upon this earth. I never passed John Wesley's church in London without stopping to look at it. Was he a good man? Yes; I suppose him to have been, by all accounts, as good as ever walked on this earth, according to his knowledge. Has he obtained a rest? Yes, and greater than ever entered his mind to expect; and so have thousands of others of the various religious denominations. ”
Regarding the Church of the Devil, Bruce McConkie has this to say, “The titles church of the devil and great and abominable church are used to identify all churches or organizations of whatever name or nature … which are designed to take men on a course that leads away from God and his laws and thus from salvation in the kingdom of God.”
As an active Mormon, I love and treasure my Christian brothers who preach love, faith, and repentance, and bring people worldwide closer to Christ. Taken as a whole, I believe they have been able to accomplish more for the good of Man than my own Church has. They preach 99% of the truth, and I believe deserve 99% of the praise I give my own Church.
As in all faiths, Mormons do not all have the same beliefs. The LDS Church's doctrines are not black and white. There is a large range of possible interpretations to every scripture. And I believe we should pick the most tolerant, accepting, and inclusive interpretations. It's there if you look for it.
14 September 2012
at 8:40 a.m.
@ taxslaveWe believe Jesus is the perfect Son of God.We believe we are all sons and daughters of God as well.Thus, we believe that Jesus is our brother.
We also believe all intelligent beings created by God, such as angels, are sons and daughters of God. The Bible says Satan was an angel. Thus, he too was a son of God. Following this logic, Jesus and Satan could be considered brothers.
Do they have any of the same characteristics? No, they are as polar opposites as could exist. Jesus died for us in love to save us. Satan hates us and wants to destroy us.
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