Enter at your own risk. There is religious content in this post. Not just religious mind you “MORMON” religious content. So those of you of a bigoted bent might not want to venture further. You might actually learn a few things that will disappoint you. They may surprise you. They may make you re-examine your prejudices and they might just tweak your halo and impact on your aura of personal self righteousness.
I’m am slightly furious. I probably should wait to post. I should gain some perspective, breath, regroup. But the fire in my heart and the roiling of my stomach will not pass ere I say what needs to be said.
We have become a nation of animals. When abortion Dr. George Tiller was killed by a lunatic in his church in Wichita Kansas I among many, many others condemned the act. While I strongly disagreed with Dr. Tillers way of making a living, I believed and still do that the rule of law must be our vehicle of redress. Taking the life of anyone especially because of a political opinion is beyond horrific. It is evil personified. There should be a sacredness of life that is missing in todays life thanks to the purveyors of filth and depravity that is the entertainment industry, the abdication of parental responsibly by parents who are too young or to tired or to busy to actually teach, guide and direct their children, a government so steeped in hubris and secularist-humanism and a school system peopled by those who seek to destroy all that is virtuous, lovely and of good report or praiseworthy in the name of progressivism They advocate socialism where the collective is all that is important. The individual is replicable, easily replaced and worth less that the matchsticks used to burn churches.
Then of course there are the “main stream religions”, the ones who feel they have the right and privilege to dictate what one can believe. They decide who is Christian and who is not. They decide whether the heavens are still open or whether we have been left alone but an absentee Father, to claw our way through this mortal existence with only a guidebook of indeterminate age and no actual interaction but the occasional miracle. God to them seems to be an esoteric being to many of these people, having no real interest in the lives of his creations, used only when in dire distressed then disregarded and forgotten while the “liven’ is easy”. Some of these “religious” folks repeat claims they don’t know anything about. They listen to disgruntled former members of other religions and believe whole cloth their claims instead of finding out the truth for themselves. After all if they find out those ideas are wrong they may have to change their thinking, rearrange their prejudices. They might just have to stop frightening their children with “if you don’t be good the (fill in the appropriate supposed cult) will get you”. Don’t believe this happens, I promise you I know personally it does.
So at the risk of alienating what few reader I have, I will give you an inside view of what this “Mormon” really believes.
I believe in God the Eternal Father and in his Son Jesus Christ. I also believe in the Holy Ghost.
I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins.
I believe that man will be judge for his own sins not for Adam’s transgression
I believe that to be “saved” a man must have faith, repent, be baptized, and confirmed by someone who holds the authority to do so.
I believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. I also believe the BooK of Mormon to be the word of God and another Testament of Jesus Christ.
I believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, I also believe all that God has revealed and believe he will reveal even more in the future and in the same organization that existed when Christ was on the earth, prophets, pastors, apostles, teachers and evangelists.
I believe we all are granted the privilege of worshiping God according to the dictates of our own conscience and that we should honor and sustain the laws of the land.
I believe the a man must be called of God by those who have the authority to act in his name and that there is a prophet on the earth today.
I believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent and in doing good to all I come in contact with. I seek after the virtuous, lovely and things of good report or things that are praiseworthy.
I believe in prayer, faith, good work, honesty, integrity and try to live these values every day.
There are so many more things that I believe but these are the guiding forces in my life. I learned them in church where I go every Sunday. Not to socialize or to look righteous before man but because I KNOW that the only way to return to my Father in Heaven is to learn to do His will and to do my best to love Him and my neighbor and myself.
I have turned a corner this day. I am done being afraid of what people my think, say or do to me because of my belief. I am done being tolerant of those who abuse, murder and destroy because of their selfish, willfulness and bigotry. I am done trying to placate those to whom violence comes so naturally. I’m done having my peanuts stolen my the monkeys.
So beware. I won’t force my religion on you, but I will not sit idly by while you destroy that which I treasure. I will use all the tools lawfully at my disposal to frustrate your designs and to shine the light of truth on your deceptions. I will not excuse violence, I will not participate in demagoguery but I will call out the liar, the thief and the dissembler.
One last question. Just who’s plan are the haters following again? By their fruits shall we know them (you)?