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  •  Funny thing about that (1+ / 0-)
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    As a Mormon, I've been taught that every single church (and even non-religious forms of morality) has a bit of truth in it, and that all of them have good, righteous people, with excellent and moral practices, but that they don't quite have the whole story. We teach that things have been lost throughout the years, whether forgotten or corrupted by Satan.

    We also reserve our version of "hell" for those who know the "truth" and have rejected it, so basically just the worst of the worst and very wicked Mormons.

    I'd say we have a lot more diplomatic version of "you're going to hell".

    Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

    by Gygaxian on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 10:15:05 AM PDT

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    •  Tell me, how does one "know" the "truth?" (0+ / 0-)

      Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville

      by ZedMont on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 11:24:50 AM PDT

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      •  That's why I put "truth" in quotes (1+ / 0-)
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        I was trying to explain that, according to LDS theology, that's how we view other faiths, and to what kind of afterlife we think their followers will go.

        I wasn't trying to say that I think every other faith is lying, I was just trying to point out what the religion I believe in (but am not fundie about) teaches.

        Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

        by Gygaxian on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 07:23:47 PM PDT

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        •  I knew what you meant. "Know" is the operative (0+ / 0-)

          word in my comment.

          Thousands of religious groups believe many stories, often mutually exclusive stories, and others believe nothing at all, but nobody knows anything.

          But I get what you mean.  Mormons who once professed to believe what the faith teaches as "truth" but who for whatever reason decide that they no longer believe it, are the ones deemed to be going to hell by those who are self-delusional enough to think they actually "know" an unknowable.

          Just like in my old religion, full of nuts who, by the way, thought you people were nuts.

          I, to my church's dismay at my consignment of myself to eternal hell, was not convinced I ever had reason to "know" anything at all about God other than on the basis of what I had been told by people no more capable of knowing the "truth" than myself, and so, like the Iris DeMent song, I decided to just "Let the Mystery Be."  Actually, I was incapable of doing anything else.  I could have said I was capable of believing I knew the truth, but if I had, I would have been lying.

          Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville

          by ZedMont on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 08:27:11 PM PDT

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