The sidebar teaser for this article read like this:"LDS similar
to other faiths in need for..."And immediately upon reading it
the thought that snapped into my head was, "My money."Seriously - you think that an all-powerful, omni-present, all-knowing
super-being, the timeless creator of everything in the universe, _really_ needs
@CommonmanIf you were to count all the things religion did to cause harm,
then you must also count all the things religion did to cause good. I daresay
good things will far outnumber the bad.Religion is a tool, just like other
social institutions, and can be wielded for good or evil depending on who is at
the helm. The crusades 100s of years ago was much more complicated than saying
we all kill for Christ, anyone that says otherwise hasn't even touched a
history book on the subject I daresay.
Some folks have managed to do a lot of real harm without discernable religion.
From here in Asia, Mao and Pol Pot come to mind. This does not diminish the
shameful harm caused in the name of religion, but seems to contridict those who
hold that religion is the cause of all the world's ills.
The need to belong is really strong. The "culture" of any particular
religion is the draw to its membership and participation. That feeling of being
a part of something makes for a very powerful bond where much is said and done
in the name of religion. Conviction makes adversaries out of everyone
that is not the same. It's a sad commentary on organized religion. I "belong" to the human race and do my best to do a good job of it by
caring, laughing, smiling and helping. I'll leave the "cultures"
to themselves. They seem to have a lot to worry about on their own.
Dear LValfre,True enough, but again, one must first determine
whether the acts of violence are inspired by or in spite of the ideology. Then,
of course, one must define "real." Please, feel free to explain your
definition of reality.
@Commonman,Any ideology that can influence people to conduct real
acts of violence, under unreal beliefs, is potentially dangerous for any
society. By unreal beliefs I mean things we can't prove, show, or that can
tangibly affect things. A bullet is very real .... but if it's coming
through the rifle of someone's faith to a questionable and unreal source of
faith .... that's a very scary thought.Keep your faith to
yourself and don't let it affect the real things in life.
Dear LDS Liberal,Did the majority of those in the religions
mentioned participate in overt acts of Holy War or killing in the name of God?
Is it possible that those who did actually participated in spite of their
religious doctrine rather that because of it? History is not
simple, cut or dried. Have non-religious persons participated in wars and
killing in the name of an ideology? Did they do it in spite of or because of
the ideology? Perhaps a comparison of the number of dead in such conflicts,
religious and ideological might be a more fruitful way to look at this.
"We would do a lot better to judge Mormonism – and for that matter,
Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the left – by their fruits. And if we do,
the religion of the Republican presidential candidate looks pretty good."100% agree with this article. I am a recent convert to the church and
grew up attending "Church of Christ". My family had a hard time with it
all and were full of the same mis-conceptions that I read on here everyday. I
just kept telling them to look at the good the LDS church does and that if the
LDS Church brings me closer to Jesus and Heavenly Father than I have ever been
in my life then be happy for me.
Religions – ALL Religions, would do well to just Live their Religions; Peace, Love and Harmony.They lose credibility not over Doctrinal
issues – but via such things as Holy Wars or killing in the name of
God.I don’t think anything can be more blasphemous.Jews.
Muslims and Christians are all guilty of it at one time or another. Even
us Mormons have our own 9/11 to content with – 1857… Mountain