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The most profound doctrine in mormonism….for Mitt Romney

Christian J - March 11, 2007

Just to be clear, Mitt Romney is probably 5th or 6th on the list of candidates I would vote for in 2008. I offer him this advice only because I wish and hope people would realize the beauty of the restored gospel. Sure, all the mis-understood weird stuff is what the media are really going to throw at him. But as the race heats up, I offer our doctrine of the after-life as the most important doctrine Mitt Romney can share with the country.

My wife grew up in a predominantly baptist part of the country. She was told she was going to hell on a regular basis. I’d heard this before myself but am still shocked every time I hear it. They’re not saying simply, “you are not christians” or “we don’t agree with you”. No, instead its, “you’re going to burn for eternity regardless of what you did in your life because you claim mormonism”. What an insane doctrine!

As I thought about the major Abrahamic religions, the teachings about the after-life don’t vary much from the baptists. Its always the same heaven and hell and no chance for redemption after this life. How crazy is a religion that teaches that if you never had a chance to know Christ (or God), you are justly going to hell? How ludicrous is a religion that teaches that the non-christians who lived good lives are going to exist in the same place as the rapists and murderers? We teach that there are certain requirement to exist and dwell in the presence of God. But if you are not baptized you are still fairly placed according to the life you lived. Individuals who reject baptism but still live Christ-like lives = not going to hell.

Not only will we be judged based what we did with the information we had, some of us will even have a chance to catch up in the spirit world. Some christians throw the word grace around like they own it. The fact is, we ARE saved by grace in the end. The difference though between our idea of grace is that we believe that Christ’s mercy and grace applies to all of the human family. Other christians teach that grace is reserved for the so-called “saved”. Its because of grace that baptisms for the dead exist. Its because of grace that children aren’t damned to hell without baptism. No wonder the atheists are driven crazy by the christians. They drive me crazy too! The fact is, when you throw “works” into the salvation equation God’s mercy becomes even greater because it leaves room for those who never “got saved” but still lived good lives. Thank God for mercy and grace!

I wonder why this is not a well known mormon doctrine. If the general public really understood these teachings, it would certainly make every other religion look a lot crazier. It would also compel people to look at their own beliefs and questions them. For Mitt, it would certainly touch a chord with conservative atheists and people in general who are tired of the good/evil nonsense that the evangelicals throw out there. It would help people see the church in a more favorable light and though it might be sad for those of us who oppose Mitt, the fact remains, what is good for mormonism is good for Mitt.

6 Comments »

  1. CJ,
    Yeah man. We’re crazy for thinking God would want us to become like Him someday, but they’re not crazy to think that God is okay with damning the ignorant. Brilliant.

    Comment by Rusty — March 12, 2007 @ 8:45 am

  2. Great points, CJ. I wish we would talk about mercy and grace in such a way at church more often. (along with the differences between the two)
    CS Lewis (I know, I know, we over-quote him in the church) once commented regarding grace and works that we couldn’t distingush which was more important than he could which blade on a pair of scissors is.

    So would you say we believe in our own version of Limbo?

    Comment by Bret — March 12, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

  3. Don’t forget that even the wicked who lived wicked lives can be forgiven in the spirit worl and go on to perfection in all things through the grace of Christ- That leaves just the openly rebellious who love satan more than God to burn in the end!

    Comment by Rob Osborn — March 13, 2007 @ 6:47 am

  4. Yes Rob, another point that is lost on the world. I am just astounded as to why this info is not the first thing we teach to investigators. Most people believe this anyway inspite of their religion.

    Bret,
    I guess you could call it our own version of limbo. Although in general I have a hard time comparing our view of the after life with anything taught in catholisism. Its kind of a sore spot with me.

    Comment by cj douglass — March 13, 2007 @ 7:27 am

  5. CJ – excellent points that go along with what I believe is a total misconception about the church. I think the world believes us to be mindless followers of a group of old men who live in Salt Lake City. When in reality our church, and specifically our doctrine, allow great freedom in so many aspects of our life. I guess what I’m trying to say is that many people outside the church look at a practice like the Word of Wisdom and say, “How can you live with so many restrictions in your life?” When we know, in our hearts that WE are the ones that have freedom – freedom from addiction, freedom from poor health, etc. Likewise, the doctrine that you site is an indication of a truly loving Father who gives us so many avenues to gain salvation and, as Rob said, only those who truly love Satan will be the ones that are lost. We even teach that all those evangelicals who claim we will burn in hell will still have a chance for salvation. What a beautiful concept.

    Comment by Lamonte — March 13, 2007 @ 7:50 am

  6. lamonte,
    Don’t be suprised to see a follow up of this post called, “Why we have more in common with the atheists than with the evangelicals.”I really believe that.

    Comment by cj douglass — March 13, 2007 @ 10:25 am

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