Tuesday, August 28, 2007

False Doctine

As I've researched the LDS church in recent years, with a new understanding and different view-point on what I'm reading, I've come to realize that there are a lot of teachings taught within the LDS church that are taught as if they are scripture yet have no basis in anything remotely authoritative. These teachings are unknowingly taught as if it came directly from the prophet or from the Book of Mormon, yet are usually rooted in hearsay and half-truths.

One of these has to do with garments. I'll discuss this topic knowing that many may be uncomfortable so I'll tread lightly. When my wife went through the temple for the first time, weeks prior to our being sealed and married, my mother instructed her that she should always wear the garments underneath her bra. I have no idea what was said exactly, but my wife told me that it was said in a way that instilled in her mind that this came from on high, and it would be a sin if worn any different than what was taught. I've searched the Internet and standard church manuals and have yet to find any reference to this practice, although this teaching may be kept tightly within the Church executive team. I've searched through forums and found that there are many garment wearers who have been taught the opposite, that its OK to wear your bra underneath your garments.

If many members are taught one way so passionately and others are taught completely different, it begs the question... how many of the current church doctrine are made up by man? Many apologetics responses to problems with Church history and doctrine have been to downplay the authority of some teachings to the point that the doctrine is just not valid because a revelation on the subject has never been added to the Doctrine and Covenants. If this is the case, why can't the church just come out and say that many things taught in the church are not necessarily correct and that many church leaders have erred and should not have said certain things and that they should not be considered to be authoritative? Wouldn't this clear up a lot of confusion?

This just doesn't happen. It should. The Church would have much more respect in the world if it just owned up to its problems and fixed them. Instead, the Church goes quiet and won't address the issue any further. We are all left to decide for ourselves if certain teachings are correct or not using the "pray and find out for yourself if it is true" method. The church leaders who spoke wrongly are never publicly corrected and many Church members use these examples in class lessons which continues the problem.

The LDS Church is supposed to be all about "truth", yet they allow half-truths to run rampant among their flock by not correcting mis-spoken General Authorities and those in authoritative positions in the church.

2 comments:

Jonathan Blake said...

It's not about truth. It's about keeping butts in the pews. The church leaders seem to think that admitting mistakes will lead people away from the church as they lose their trust in the leadership. This might be true in the short term, but I can imagine a new kind of loyalty developing. Their following would perhaps be stronger but there would be fewer butts in the pews.

paranoidfr33k said...

Jonathan,

I agree. Since the church portrays their own as being authoritative and right regardless, they have to keep up the charade. They use silence to fight off the attackers and hope that they will just go away. I agree that if they owned their mistakes the loyalty of its members would be stronger. The culture of "don't question your leaders" only exacerbates the issue to the point that mis-quotes and incorrect doctrine cannot be corrected.

Need I mention the blacks/preisthood issue? The church would have much better relations with people of color if they owned their mistakes. Instead of continually trying to explain why things were the way they were, they could say that it was wrong, we have corrected the problem.

I doubt this mentality will never change, which is sad because I would consider sticking around if the church owned their mistakes instead of claiming all sorts of crap that is easily debunked.

Anyway, I'm rambling, so I'll leave it at that.

/paranoidfr33k