Notes for my writing

This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Christ on truth and "official" church doctrine

One of the trends of modern day, which seems to be an after effect of living in a highly bureaucratic society, is the concept of "official" church doctrine.

There are many discussions in the scriptures about whether something is true, or false. The discussion of whether something is official or not official is different altogether.

My favorite illustration of the correct way to view "official" church doctrine involves the Savior.

Mark 10:4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.
5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.
6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

There we have the official position of the Church written by Moses, but it is still the truth that it was suffered to be that way "because of the hardness of their heart"

Then Christ teaches that despite the official church position, there are still spiritually destructive consequences.

Continuing Mark 10.

10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.
11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

The church can apparently have an official position that just represents the hardness of the hearts of the general membership, but the spiritually destructive consequences still remain. We always should stand for the truth, teaching it frankly as Christ did. He made no bones about what the actual case was.

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