The real reason most people who leave the LDS church and become atheists is because they have been trained to believe that the false traditions and true doctrine are inseparable. When they discover the false traditions, they conclude the true doctrine must also be false without having experimented with it independently. The reason why so many former members become Atheist is because the LDS Chruch is one of the only churches to proclaim that they are the ONLY true church and that their leaders and God are inseparable. When members realize that the brethren are in fact fallible, that they are just men who can indeed lead you astray, these unfortunate souls reject the church outright, and in the process, throw-out the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, the Restoration, and Jesus Christ. They take the bitterness and anger they have for the church and direct it towards God, thus becoming Athiest. It is the biggest tragedy in the world. This is poison the “precepts of men” has had on religion.
I read his whole article. Something in it struck me forcefully. I have been reading a book by John Robison published in 1790 about the Illuminati and their influence on the French Revolution and the reign of terror. In it, and in virtually any literature about the philosophy that drove the French Revolution, I see this notion about the equality of man and all of the horrors perpetrated in pursuit of that supposed ideal of equality. This author points to that same notion of equality existing in the atheistic philosophy and attitudes today. That is a frightening observation. But, it does go to verifying the source of all of this which is Satan!
In our day "faith" has been cast out by "knowledge", which changes every decade. The world supports only tangibles, while the earth is full of the love.
Do as Joseph Smith did (leave the i-pad home) go into the Creation and apply James 1:5 and receive more light to brush away the darkness!
I did it. It works!
Your words have resonated with me today. Especially the ones about opposition and respect. How those seeking to destroy our society are desperate for respect and vindication of their own views, and no other views can be allowed.
And the eternal truth of opposition, which great gift our loving Father gave to us.
Thank you for writing, and keep on doing it.
Respect is earned, and not demanded!
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