As always, Mr. Johnston is quite right.One very minor quibble. As a
former Catholic, I see much in the traditions of Catholicism that are, to me,
very ancient shadows of the faith I now practice.
The parable about the good Samaritan was not aimed at Samaritans. It was meant
for Jews who regarded Samaritans as inferiors. But in the story, Jesus made a
Samaritan the hero. Today, we could tell that same story with a Christian in the
place of the Jew and a Muslim in the place of the Samaritan.
Funny how quickly, and in what manner, this 'joining hands' has
come. I know Baptists and Methodists and people from all manner of
denominations (from when I lived in a Bible Belt state) who can not and will not
vote for Obama. They are still just gobsmacked that soon they are
are going to vote for a Mormon President when they seriously wouldn't have
voted for a Mormon dogcatcher a couple of years ago.....
RE: The era of "Bible bashes" and dust-ups over doctrine needs to come
to a close . “…all their creeds were an abomination in his sight;
that those professors were all corrupt...( Joseph Smith History).The
Christian response: ”ye should earnestly Contend for the faith which was
once Delivered unto the saints. (Jude 3) But anyone who remains in
the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son. If
anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ(exalted
man), don’t invite that person into your home…(2John 2:9-10 NLT)
"We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates
of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship
how, where, or what they may." - Joseph Smith
"Inside the LDS Church, we tend to make things an "all or nothing"
proposition: If Joseph Smith saw God, then it's all true; but if he
didn't, then it's all for nothing."Theology
shouldn't be a straitjacket. How long until the LDS Church thaws enough to
open up to ecumenical interaction? That will be a big first step that
needn’t require any compromise of the integrity of the Mormon belief