PUNT

The major news on all the Big-Time LDS themed blogs today is the collection of 21 questions Fox News presented to the LDS church. The story is here. I thought the answers given by the church were strange. The answers to the 21 questions were obviously carefully calculated. On several occations, identical answers were given to multiple questions. I realize it’s a news release, but isn’t it also a missionary opportunity? Why are the answers so mechanical and dry? It sounds more like a legal deposition given by someone dead set on not giving too much information. While the intentions of Fox 21 in asking questions about cryptic teachings like Kolob are probably less than honorable, some of the questions were open invitations for the church to deliver a sermon to everyone reading Fox News Online. If every member is expected to be a missionary, I thought the church PR department could have done a little bit more too.

I wasn’t impressed with several of the answers the church gave, but one in particular rubbed me the wrong way:

Q: Does the Mormon Church believe its followers can become “gods and goddesses” after death?

A: We believe that the apostle Peter’s biblical reference to partaking of the divine nature and the apostle Paul’s reference to being ‘joint heirs with Christ’ reflect the intent that children of God should strive to emulate their Heavenly Father in every way. Throughout the eternities, Mormons believe, they will reverence and worship God the Father and Jesus Christ. The goal is not to equal them or to achieve parity with them but to imitate and someday acquire their perfect goodness, love and other divine attributes.

That was a simple yes or no question, but the answer is likely to leave many readers scratching their heads. I’ve been taught my entire life by various members of the LDS church that we can become gods and goddesses. I have heard some claim that this is merely a ‘folk doctrine.’ … but I think anyone who grew up in the church, as I did, has been taught this more times than they count. Wheter this is ‘official doctrine’ or ‘folk doctrine’, I guess I can’t say. But if it is the official church’s standpoint that this is merely ‘folk doctrine,’ most members of the church, including myself, don’t realize it.

1 comment to PUNT

  • I would have to agree that some of the responses are too cut/paste. Some of the questions are out of left field. I wonder why they didn't just say, "we have no official stance on caffeinated drinks outside of coffee and tea." Because we don't. Or in response to the question about the family. One line? They didn't want to address more of what's in "The Family: a proclamation…."? Oh well.