Article - Is the LDS Church Actually True?



This article is an expression of my personal ideas and opinion based on an academic understanding of LDS doctrine. I say it's academic, because The Book of Mormon's position on the Jews does not necessarily represent my personal views.


Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints actually true?


This is an interesting topic to discuss.
There are two big indicators in my life’s experience that tell me that there is some sort of reality and truth to the church:
1. When I got baptized I was overcome by a great and wonderful feeling, presumably the Holy Ghost and;
2. When I got my patriarchal blessing, I had a vision, my eyes were closed yet I saw a light of pure white shine in my sight behind those closed eyes, and I think most people would agree that it is not normal to see pure white when your eyes are closed.
Those are two of the biggest indicators to me that there is a reality to the LDS church.
The church encounters problems and imperfections in its people and the leadership that guides it. There are some serious imperfections that I have encountered among the membership and in communications with people of leadership positions. Sometimes these, and often times quite serious, imperfections can lead a person to believe the church is not true.
What really is interesting however is The Book of Mormon teaches that God will scourge the Jews until they accept Jesus Christ as their messiah. My dad tells me it is not for the Mormon church to scourge the jews, that this is not our responsibility. However: the Mormon book still says the Jews must be scourged, and if the Mormons themselves do not pursue this undertaking that must be committed for mankind to be obedient to God, it must be assumed that the LDS church is NOT the ONE AND ONLY true path to heaven.
If the Jews were still Jews and every heavenly person on earth were to decide to become Mormon, either the Mormon church must at that point engage in scourging the Jews itself or the prophecy would be false.
Would God allow a non-mormon people to scourge the Jews at his own behest and then not allow them into heaven simply because they are not LDS? This seems like a fallacy.
So, in the end, it could be said that part of the LDS chuch is true, part of the church (or the people) are not true, and I do not expect that you really need to be an LDS to go to heaven.
If you had to be an LDS to get to heaven, well, like I already explained, it doesn’t make sense, and also having to be LDS would mean you’d have to put up with some seriously imperfect church-members who really aren’t worth the time and effort to deal with.

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  1. The "scourge of the Jews" is referring to the Holocaust. God did not command man to scourge the Jews, but He let it happen. Man did it by themselves. He could of stopped it, but He let it happened. Though those who endured it, and even were killed, did it in the name of God. So I do not think the "scourging" was a punishment but a trial of faith. Yes, they did not know Christ but this is why God let this happen. Their ancestors rejected Christ, but I believe that all men, including the Jews in the Holocaust will have a chance to receive Christ in the Spirit World. The best person to ask about these things is God Himself.

    Moroni 10:
    4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

    5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

    You said that you have felt the Holy Ghost after you were baptized, so you know what it feels like. I know that God will answer your prayers, maybe not in the time and manner you want it, but in the time and manner you need it.

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    1. I'm going to look directly at 2nd Nephi 25:16 and reprint what it says about the scourging of the jews::

      It says "The Lord God hath scourged them".

      In plain english it is saying that God actually committed, carried out, planned the extreme suffering forced upon the Jewish people.

      I really don't care for this baloney LDS thinking that the scripture means he only "allowed it to happen". In plain english, it clearly states that GOD DID IT.

      As for feeling the Holy Ghost, I have personally felt the Holy Ghost tell me that Avril Lavigne was actually singing about me, but the Bishop wouldn't let me believe that --- therefore knowing anything by a feeling alone is no longer valid.

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  2. Whether He did it personally or not, it has been fulfilled. God is not against the Jews. They are Children of God like the rest of us.

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    1. Satan was a child of God too - is God therefore not against Satan?

      As for the prophecy being fulfilled:: I still see that the Jews have not accepted Jesus and I still see nations attack them. According to the scripture, they are supposed to be scourged until they accept Jesus.

      Of course, according to 3rd Nephi 29 the rule about punishing the Jews was changed shortly after Jesus returned to earth, and therefore the first Nephi (in 2nd nephi) made a false prophecy.

      I am actually so confused by so many things about the church, the people and the doctrine that I am inclined to let go of the church at this point in my life.

      Joseph Smith admits that The Book of Mormon may contain error at the beginning of The Book of Mormon - but the church seems unreasonable when you can't criticize leaders or their error even though it's clear that there may be error even according to Joseph Smith.

      As for the fact that there may be error --- how can any of the document be trusted if there is a possibility of error in it according to the original "translator"?

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