Submitted by Geoff Johnston
1. God exhaustively knows the future.
Unless you are ready to embrace fatalism dump this one immediately. And don’t spout some nonsense about why a fixed future and real free will are compatible. They aren’t.
2. Our spirits gestated in the womb of a resurrected celestial woman.
Look, you can believe this one but it means spirits have a beginning and Joseph Smith clearly taught that spirits have no beginning. It takes way too many mental gymnastics to avoid that contradiction. Besides, since when did resurrected persons with physical bodies bear children with no physical bodies?
3. This life is our only chance to become at one with God and there is no progression between kingdoms.
If believing this motivates you to be a better person in this life then by all means stick with it. But it’s not true in my opinion. If we always retain free will then we can always choose to turn to God and God will never shun his prodigal children.
4. The world is coming to an end any day now.
I highly doubt it. Sure, you might die soon but I doubt all of humanity will. Further, expecting everyone to die soon encourages slothful stewardship over the earth.
5. We really understand the atonement.
Turns out we don’t. In fact we are mostly taught a smorgasbord of old atonement theories lifted from creedal Christian theologians. (Popular theories to lean on include penal substitution theory, satisfaction/commercial theory, and ransom theory)
Further, it turns out God hasn’t clearly revealed the details on any of the above five issues and GA’s opinions on them vary as much as ours do.
Happy 5th birthday 9Moons. I’m sure no one will disagree with any part of my post…