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Published: Saturday, Oct. 5 2013 10:10 p.m. MDT

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Admiring Gentile
Salt Lake City, UT

As a Jew, I've always admired so many Mormon values, especially the desire to care for our fellow humans.

But--also as a Jew--I'm always perplexed by the metaphor so often used by Mormons and other Christians to describe that help: "a shepherd and his sheep."

A sheep follows blindly, without considering anything but where his "shepherd" (and a sheep dog) want him to go. Surely humans can't realize their highest fulfillment with that nature.

(Yes, I know the 23rd Psalm encapsulates that metaphor--but its meaning is that God is always with us and watches over us, not that we're to *live* like sheep.)

I'd much rather see Mormon leaders refer to themselves as Mentors rather than Shepherds. Or maybe just Encouragers.

Finally--again as a Jew--one of the most magnificent Mormon teachings I've ever heard is "The glory of God is intelligence." No sheep-like human could ever fulfill that.

MrNirom1
Aloha, OR

@Admiring Gentile We follow the Master.. Jesus Christ who gave the example of the care of Shepard over his flocks. Not so much that the flocks were sheep.. or the character of the sheep.. but the character of the Shepard. It was his use of metaphors to the simplest level of his listeners that he spoke to. So much is delivered in reference to fishing, farming, and herding of animals.. all things that were very common to most Jews of his time. One who is a shepard knows how he cares for all the members of his flock.. that he would even leave the 99 to find the one that wandered off. That care of the Shepard was what was being taught.. not the stupidity of the sheep that runs off and gets lost. :-)

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