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I have a question. Let's say you broke the law of chasity for about a year, then you decided to go on a mission and started a repentance process, but after 6 months you started comittimg the same sins again for about 7 months. Then you don't tell your bishop about it cause you still want to go on a mission but now you have stopped comittimg the sin. What happens is this situation?
Fellow Pilgrims, I've been watching this board for years and find that I'm in need of your help, I need the thoughts of the whole diverse lot of you guys. I stopped attending the LDS church about two months ago because, as I told my children, Daddy needs more Jesus. My youth consisted of Baptist and Methodist churches, and I joined the LDS church in undergraduate school after having fought against it. I joined based on my interpretation of the New Testament and the LDS doctrine of God. This was about 19 years ago, and it was only 1-1/2 years ago that I was emotionally able to open up and read the BOM. And I believed the best I could. A lot of influences have been floating through my head: George MacDonald, N.T. Wright, Tim Keller, Karl Barth, Dan Peterson and the folks at Interpreter, FARMS. There is much to sift through, but one primary issue stands out.
So it's all come down to this: whose version of God is best represented by the Bible alone? I don't trust the creeds and I don't trust "modern day revelation" or modern claims of authority. I don't trust my feelings, necessarily. What is most biblical, A or B? Or are there other possibilities?
A) Holy Trinity. One God in three Persons, coequal, cosubstantial, incomprehensible. In my opinion, no good evidence for the concept of the trinity can be found in a plain, straight forward reading of the Bible.
B) Elohim, Yahweh, Wisdom (Holy Spirit) as distinct and separate members of the Godhead. The Old Testament, and new, is riddled with references to El Elyon as the Most High God and Yahweh as the Son of El Elyon. Stephen's vision refers to this idea. In 1 Corinthians 15, God put all things under Jesus' feet, excepting God Himself, and at the end, Jesus will himself submit to God. All the demons call Jesus Son of the Most High God. Margaret Barker's research suggests this. Modern archaeology supports the idea that Israel worshiped Yahweh as their patron god while El Elyon was above Yahweh.
I think B is the best answer, but then why do I feel I need to go elsewhere to find my Lord? When I told my bishop that Jesus is everything to me, he answered Jesus isn't everything, that His purpose is to take us to the Father, who is found in the Temple and its rites. The true goal is the Father, not Christ. So I feel I have to leave the Lord that I know, whom I love, so that I can "progress", I just can't do it. But scripture points that way.
Any and all thoughts are well appreciated.
Does anyone else out there feel as though Marriage is overrated but also feel that you are obligated to get married because you don't want to end up in hell for all eternity?
Okay, I know we don't really teach that there is a hell as most people understand it; rather that hell is being cut off from the presence of the Lord. Which incidentally I don't want to have happen to me but frankly I see marriage as being vastly overrated. Your poor, you fight all the time, you constantly have to make up and have children who grow up to write a book about how you screwed up their life.
As for me I lost my interest in marriage a long time ago, and frankly I don't give a (you know what) about Sex. Frankly I don't see how you can be a righteous man when you are having sex, I don't care if she's your wife I still see sex as an obscene evil.
Yes I have issues, and frankly I am lazy and selfish, but so are a lot of people these days.
But back to the matter at hand, marriage seems to be hell on earth yet to avoid being cut off from God we have to be married. It seems rather odd to me, has anyone else dealt with this before or is it just me?
Anti-Mormon article from the Washington Post that's supposedly written by a ex-Mormon. Basically Carrie calls on the church to be 'less secretive', pro-LGBT, etc. in her simpleton article.
I'm only posting the link to it.
Thought this was a good article that, of course, comes from a religious newspaper that hasn't always been so friendly to the LDS faith-