“Can’t we all just get along?”
We can agree to disagree on theology, and treat each other with love and respect. That was my goal when I posted:
In response to that, I received the following comment on this blog:
Natalie Says: April 18, 2008 at 7:23 pm
As a member of the LDS church, I first want to say that I appreciated your kindness in your post at HA. I also want to say that the vast majority of Mormons do not hate or even dislike other Christians (those who do are not living as they should). We also absolutely do NOT think that you are the spawn of Satan. It is true that we believe there is more to the Gospel than only the Bible, but we try to tell others about our beliefs out of love and because we want to share something that makes us happy. No member of the LDS church should ever try to force others to believe what we believe.I wanted to clarify a very, very important part of our doctrine. We believe that every one of us is a spiritual son or daughter of God the Father, but we believe that Jesus Christ is the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON of the Father (see John 3:16). There is a HUGE difference in that; because of this, Jesus is God, and that is why He was able to resurrect and why He was (is) perfect, and it’s also why He was able to atone for every single person.We consider ourselves Christian because we believe that Christ is our Savior. We obviously have differences in our doctrine, but we do believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and the only one who can save us.I don’t usually try to clarify these things, people like Saint Olaf won’t listen either way. But I was impressed with your post because you seemed sincere rather than just spouting non-sense. I hope you found this interesting and that you take it into account.
It is of paramount importance that Christians speak the truth in love. Always the truth, and always spoken in love. That is Jesus Christ’s example to us and for us, and it is our duty and honor to follow His example.
I know that I fall short of that example a lot myself. And I believe that SaintOlaf falls short, too. It appears SaintOlaf believes it is loving just to speak Biblical truth, no matter how harshly he delivers the message. I believe it is vitally important to speak Biblical truth, but to do so in a way that clearly communicates your love for the other person. If the other person does not sense love in your words, you have become a clanging cymbal to them.
Evangelicals and Mormons don’t have to fight each other. In fact, the bible says that our struggle is not against flesh and blood (each other), but rather it is spiritual warfare:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 6:12 (New International Version)