Just my rambling thoughts about being gay and Mormon

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A false certainty

Mormons are pretty certain folks. They are absolutely certain about lots of stuff. Just read any conference report and you can make a long list of absolutes. Add in the faith-promoting-rumors and the list gets even longer.   

The trouble with absolutes is that they are rarely absolute.  Never and always are very long times and make fools out of most absolutes.  Everybody is a pretty large group.  To say that something applies for everyone is asking to be shown wrong.  

At various times Mormons and their leaders have been absolutely certain about many things that turned out later to be wrong. I'm not so much into rubbing anybody's nose in the past so I leave it to you to make the list of wrong predictions.  In fact, history shows that God seems to enjoy making exceptions to rules that folks thought were absolutes.  

I'm not faulting them for being wrong. We all make mistakes and we all believe things that later turn out to be false - that's life.  I'm just saying that I don't see much evidence that the LDS church is better at predicting the future than anybody else.

I just wish the church would tone it down a bit on the certainty scale.  They end up looking foolish and loosing loyalty when they make absolute statements then end up wrong.  Lots of Mormon's believe that when one of the Twelve or the First Presidency says anything, it immediately pegs out the certainty meter at the absolute top.  Now these guys may be smarter than most, they have lived longer than most, but they aren't God and they make mistakes.  Worst of all, in my opinion, is that the church leaders foster this mistaken belief in their infallibility by the personality cult worship they allow to exist in the church.  When they do make mistakes they NEVER admit they were wrong.  Kinda just makes you want to rub it in when they are wrong...

1 comment:

  1. I think its interesteing when you compare the current buzz of leadership infallability with Joseph Smith, who not only was fallible but admitted it. The historical record is decidedly against the notion of infallability, both anciently and in modern times. This looks to be a recent phenomenon in Church culture.