When you own the band, it plays your tune.
Religion is a set of values and a compass by which one lives their life. The
problem with religion is that too many think it is a Sunday only activity. By
outwardly living those values tells me agreat deal about your faith.
I read the LDS Newsroom article. It has an overall feel of an "op ed"
piece--written by an educated PR professional, rather than a religious leader.
That's okay. Just reaffirms the spiritual difference between the two.
"The relevance of religion"... Or, rather, the increasing irrelevance,
as shown by the dramatic rise in non-believers in the world.
Under the heading of the article, Modernity in Fragments, it says, "With its
teeming plurality of choices and possibilities, our modern world presents unique
challenges to religion."We read in the scriptures that God is
not a changeable God, that His laws and ordinances are irrefutable, that He
neither turns to the right nor to the left. With the Restoration of the Gospel
of Jesus Christ in its fullness, how do we reconcile the changes that have
occurred since Joseph Smith? Will the Lord be accepting of our "modern"
LDS Church if we've changed the doctrines?
Hold on a secondWe do know that in the true Church of God as
revealed throughout the Bible, ongoing revelation by a living prophet did set
and sometimes change doctrine according to God's will, combined with the
degree of faith exercised by the people who made sacred covenants (i.e.
Moses).Does this mean changes to conform with the modern world is
synonymous with changes to doctrine and practices as given by a living prophet
in God's church once against restored to the earth? Accommodation of worldly practices to attract members in churches made by man
is often grouped together with an active God who steers His Church with change.
One who can discern spiritual things knows the difference.The
patterns in the bible of a living prophet, new scripture, and ongoing guidance
given according to the will of God is ironically, something most of the world
only believes was possible by dead prophets in the Bible, while denying such
could be on the earth today. Never in the history of any period has the words
of a prophet called of God been more needed than in the midst of the chaos and
confusion of today.
Eternal Perspective,Good point.We must wonder, however,
why god and his alleged spokespersons are always behind the curve and trailing
society, often by several decades or more?