Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Correct answer is the Mormons

This video clip popped into my head earlier this morning and it got me thinking, Who is right?



[Now if for some reason this video is removed due to copyright infringement then just Google "The correct answer was Mormons"]

Now if you are unfamiliar with South Park's vulgar and unmerciful jokes at every religious establishment then you might not have caught the point they made. They weren't saying that the Mormons have it right and their religious dogma will buy you a ticket to Heaven, they were saying that all of the religions have beliefs and stories that are so far-fetched that every one of them has a very strong chance of being wrong. They only chose Mormons as being "right" because their beliefs are so beyond what everyday Americans can see as normal, acceptable theology that they can't possibly be right. Ironic? Very much so.

So let's dissect this a little more. Why would God make it so difficult for anyone to choose the right religious system that will get them to Heaven? Imagine a train station filled with dozens of trains all bearing the final destination, Heaven. The word Faith is printed on your train ticket and dozens of Station attendants are making the last call before the trains depart. Which one do you choose? They all have Heaven marked as the destination but how do you distinguish which one will really get you there?

Do you check to see what kind of uniform the train conductor and his crew of a particular train are wearing?
Do you take notice of their personality and their costumer service?
Do you even study the appearance of the train itself? Is it rusted or well maintained?
Or do you ask others their opinion on how well the ride has been so far?

No matter what religious text you read not a single one has 100% error proof evidence that their way guarantees that it will get you to Heaven. Anyone can believe that God will reward them with Paradise but no one has absolute knowledge. And I'm not here to take that belief away or cause doubt. So until someone actually gets to Heaven and comes back I can not say that one religion connects with or is more in tune with God than another. Do we need proof to get on that train? ABSOLUTELY NOT. That is the whole point of Faith to believe in something so far-fetched and without solid scientific evidence that you have to take that leap of faith. Believing without seeing.

What about Atheist? Do I think that there will be Atheist in Heaven? Well if Heaven does exist they'll be as surprised and awed as everyone else. I do not know God's mind therefore I can not say who will or won't get in.

I also believe without seeing. I may not believe the way you do but my ticket also has Faith printed on it. Does faith alone guarantee you anything? No, not faith alone. Because if you shove and push your way up to the front of the line to get on the train the conductor might not accept you. It's only when you take faith and love and weave it into your daily life, character, and soul will you have a better understanding of God. This is what I "believe" Heaven to be, not a bright place filled with clouds, harps, and martyrs but a love for your fellow Man and an understanding of and a relationship with the Creator.

4 comments:

Grégoire said...

If the Mormons are "right" then we're both in big trouble.

Luv,

G. (born a mormon, practicing atheist)

Eruesso said...

We are indeed, although I do enjoy talking to their energetic missionaries. I can always spot them a mile away.

~Eruesso~

(Born a S.D.A., practicing Monotheist?)

Woz Neak said...

Great posts gentlemen. I think we forgot to mention something. It's not just where the ride is taking you. It's more about what happens along the way. I have seen with my own eyes The transformative power of faith in Jesus Christ. Change lives in a powerful way. That I have never seen with anything else. Or put another way by their works you shall know them. The Latter Day Saint faith covers every possible need from cradle to grave and Beyond. Only God can do that Gentlemen. ~Woz~

Woz Neak said...

Great posts gentlemen. I think we forgot to mention something. It's not just where the ride is taking you. It's more about what happens along the way. I have seen with my own eyes The transformative power of faith in Jesus Christ. Change lives in a powerful way. That I have never seen with anything else. Or put another way by their works you shall know them. The Latter Day Saint faith covers every possible need from cradle to grave and Beyond. Only God can do that Gentlemen. ~Woz~

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