Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Are Mormons necessary?

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I am not a Mormon, however I believe that Mormons bears signs of being 'a people' who have been blessed by God.

By 'blessed by God' I  mean that - somewhat as the ancient Jews had a role in the scheme of salvation for Mankind - so do Mormons have some such role.

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And that role is to bear Christian witness to the core importance of marriage and family.

I suspect that Mormons were inspired, created and sustained to carry this message for and to the Christian world through times when it was first neglected, then brought under ever-greater attack.

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In other words, I think that this element at least was divinely-inspired in Joseph Smith and the other founders of Mormonism; and the faithfulness to this message of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (including the later revelation, or clarification, that marriage must be monogamous) has been the reason why the Mormons have grown and thriven; until now when they are the only large Christian denomination in the West which has an average of significantly more than two children per woman.

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(Consider - all other Christian denominations in the West have in practice embraced willed sterility; since the other examples of fertile Christians - like the Amish - are not part of the West. This unique witness in actuality, strikes me as a fact of huge significance.) 

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Furthermore, Mormons display what is generally regarded as the highest average level of good behaviour of any large group in the West.

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For me, these facts - plus the fact that this continues after 180 years, or eight generations; means that Mormonism is essentially-true and essentially-good - despite all that can be said about its theological concreteness, simplifications, errors and/ or incompleteness; its faults and its limitations; and the fact that like any human thing in this world it is fallen and corrupt.

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All that can be said against the Mormon people is overwhelmed by the vital nature of the core message they carry and exemplify, concerning the centrality of marriage and family to Christian life; a message which happens to be the single most important and urgent thing that the modern world needs to know.

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