I was just remembering the South Park episode about the Mormons and how they're depicted as being really, really nice people.
I realize that a church that requires forgiveness of everything would be a really-really nice people.
On a side note, I just want to say that in my experience with the church, they didn't actually follow their own doctrine very well or at all, or properly or whatever, so maybe that's what my problem was.
Anyway, so when I'm complaining about Mormons and their forgiveness issues, my complaint isn't so much that they require forgiveness of everything. I mean, I think there are some things that just shouldn't be forgiven so that requirement to forgive doesn't always stand, but it's not the requirement to forgive all things that I completely disagree with.
I mean, if someone burned down my house, I suppose I really could decide to be completely benevolent and let them off the hook. But to say that I'm worse than the arsonist just because I one day remember his act of terror, that is complete baloney.
I mean, a church that completely forgives all wrongs really is a really nice church. And their desires to be perfect are admirable - it would be a really wonderful system.
But, unfortunately, in practise, it doesn't appear to actually work. They harp on you about little imperfections and then demand forgiveness for things that really shouldn't be just forgiven.
I agree with mormonism that doing your best at being a good person is awesome. I agree with Mormonism that you can decide to just forgive anything. But for the aforementioned paragraph the system doesn't really work in my experience.
I mean, in mormonism, people only achieve their forgiveness after they've confessed and repented. Sometimes mormons will require forgiveness despite a lack of any confession or repentance. Sometimes this works, sometimes this doesn't work.
Example:: If you have a child molester running around, it's probably better to report him rather than to let him off the hook all the time just because of a requirement to forgive even if he hasn't repented or confessed.
Can you imagine the church condemning an individual just because they didn't forgive the child molester enough?
It's in cases like these that the church's justice system or legality or any sense of justice or forgiveness doesn't work very well. The church would technically cater to the well-being of the molester rather than taking care of the victims or preventing any new victims.
I mean, there are so many different situations in which justice mercy and forgiveness can and should be applied in different ways, and the mormon way of just declaring a flat blanket law on how to treat all situations just doesn't work.
And even in situations where the requirement to forgive all men would work - in practice the church isn't very good at that anyways.
Example: When it comes to breaking sabbath day observance or drinking coffee or even masturbating, just forgiving an offender is probably way better than committing an actual greater sin of flipping out over small things. Unfortunately, certain church people like to completely harp others about these little things.
The requirement to forgive works really well about little imperfections, because flipping out about little things really is the greater sin, but requiring forgiveness for really terrible things just doesn't work as well. It's not that you can't forgive really terrible things, it's just that saying the victim is worse than the offender for just remembering the crime is complete lunacy.
I guess I've blabbered on enough for now. Some things about mormonism are good ideas. But the blanket flat tax rate on forgiveness they have doesn't work in all situations, as well as the system really just doesn't work in practice.
So I can agree that Mormonism has good things about it - but I'm pretty much done with them anyways. I just have a problem where I can't stop thinking about it.