I'm concerned that the comments on this blog are becoming too contentious and devoid of the Spirit of Christ. The last thing I want to do is to start moderating comments. You all deserve to be heard. But I would like to reiterate some ground rules for posting on my blog. I articulated them several months ago, and I realize that most of you did not have the opportunity to read them.
Anonymous, your concerns are valid. And I understand how anyone can have them. I'm not offended in the least bit and want to express my love for you. If you have questions that you don't already have an answer to, please continue to ask them, and I will answer them as best as I can, even if you think the question might offend me.
That goes for everyone.
If any of you feel I'm judging you, forgive me. Mormons DO NOT believe we have a monopoly on Goodness, Truth, Love, Faith, Knowledge, or Miracles (notice the capital letters). (Please see Dallin H. Oaks, "Miracles," Ensign, June 2001, 6). Our claim is of FULLNESS, not exclusive Rightness. Yes, that means we believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's True Church, but we believe that we are all children of God. And as children of God we have access to Him, regardless of religion, race, gender, social class, nationality, and skin color. (Please see James E. Faust, "Communion with the Spirit," Ensign, March 2002, 2-7). In other words, all religions that strive to make men and women better people possess Truth (again, note the capital letter).
This Sunday, I will talk about the Mormon concept of Heaven. Hopefully, this will help all to understand what I mean by this.
Until then, now and forever, I plead that you will adhere to these seven simple rules for religious discussion:
1. Never attack someone else's beliefs.
2. Declarations of sincere belief are always welcome. And if you wish to rebut someone else's belief, then do it by expressing what you believe. NOT by pointing out which points of doctrine you find to be silly, erroneous, or misguided.
3. If you want to know what members of another religion believe, go to them and not to their enemies.
4. Never judge a church by its worst members. Those who fail to live according to the tenets of their religion are not representative of that religion.
5. Leave room for divine envy.
6. Everyone has the right to believe or not what you are saying.
7. Listen (in this case read) for understanding, not to plan on what you will say to refute what the other is saying.
With Warmest Regards,