“Born agains” do not- do not- represent even a majority opinion among the extremely diverse, centuries-old collection of Christians.
Evangelicals do not represent all Protestants.
Mainline is not the same thing as Evangelical. At all.
To me, this is characteristic of one of the saddest things about Mormonism and the rest of Christianity- Mormons simply don’t get it. They generally don’t even have a passing knowledge of what the different denoinations and movements in Christianity are about. They don’t understand the different mindsets and worldviews that Christians take.
In my experience, the picture that Mormons have of the rest of Christendom consists of
1. a caricature of 19th-century frontier revival Protestantism (from Church history, etc.)
2. a distorted understanding of born-agains and fundamentalists
3. a caricature of the Roman Catholic Church
and those together paint an extremely misleading picture of what modern Christianity is all about.
Do you not realizee that there are almost 2000 years of incredibly educated, intelligent, and articulate theologians and scholars thinking about the hard questions of life, God,the universe, and everything? And you really think the best they’ve come up with it “because God was bored?”]]>
I’m not sure how “marriageability and sexuality” constitute cruelty on God’s part?
What is your basis for saying that “the majority of human beings will never attain ‘celestial marriage’ or ‘celestial families?’”
And, even if true that a majority will never attain, the question then becomes “why.” Did they not attain it because God somehow stacked the deck against them, or because they chose not to attain it?
What should “the best heaven… be based on” and do we really get to dictate the terms?
In Mormon thought God’s creation is an outpouring of love extended to His children and a purpose that they, since they are made in His image, progress to enjoy the fullness of that family relationship.
Heaven won’t be sitting on a cloud. It will be, at its best, a continuation of that outpouring of love as a perfect family.]]>
Heaven won’t be just sitting on a cloud singing songs to God. That idea not only exposes a shallow view of Heaven, it also exposes a shallow idea of worship.]]>
Case in point is Stoicism. Read Epictetus, both _The Enchiridion_ and _100 Golden Sayings_. The Enchiridion helped me understand some points of the gospel that I was missing. Both of those are online, in several different translations, including at Project Gutenburg.
You mean a cave. Plato has painted us into a cave…and I’m afraid of those shadows!
Truman G Madsen said one of the greatest tragedies that ever came to Christianity was its marriage to Greek philosophy. Amen to that! Even though greek philosophy has some great things to it and all (the Divine Comedy does a great job with it, though of course still badly flawed), the Gospel is much better coming through revelation:)]]>
Mainline Christianity takes its view of “perfection” from grafting Plato’s concept of the forms – namely the form of Good onto the language of the Bible. The idea is that there is some static, unchanging, self-sufficient, and self-justifying entity out there which is God. Since there can only be one ideal, there can only be one God. Since He is perfect, He cannot share His divinity or power with anyone else (since more for me would mean less for Him). Since He is perfect, He cannot ever change.
It’s an interesting idea and a lot of philosophical hay has been made from it. But I essentially think it amounts to one of those silly logic puzzles that tricks you into a nonsensical answer. It’s a fun intellectual exercise, but pretty-much worthless for practical religion.
The holes in the Platonic model of Christianity become apparent when one asks the very question asked in comment #1 -
Why would a perfect being need to create a universe?
He’s already perfect. Why change things? By the very same Greek logic mainline Christianity is stuck with, we have to conclude that if God was already perfect, any alteration of that state would mean things were no longer perfect. If you accept the Greek logic construct of God, He cannot change. Not now, not ever. Which would mean that the moment He messed around with things and created the universe, perfection was shattered, and God was no longer God.
Thanks Plato. Wonderful corner you’ve painted us into.
So I repeat, I don’t not think perfection means what you think it means.
Now, if only I could master that urge to challenge every Southern Baptist I meet to a left-handed duel…]]>