That may be. I don’t have a need to worry about Trinity. Frankly I have always been perplexed by those who have a burning need to understand God. I don’t. I’m satisfied that God understands ME.
The ideal of a ‘transmutater’ God is definitely foreign to the Bible. If such is our image, how is it so inconceivable that we were formed in the image of God? I find nothing more in harmony with the scriptures.
I’m not clear on what you mean by “transmutater.” But I am familiar with Mormon confusion over what it means to be “formed in the image of God.” Again, as I have mentioned previously, Mormon confusion over this arises from Scripture interpretations that are askew. In the first place, Mormons don’t believe in the Bible. They only use it in company because it makes them seem more Christian that way. Left to their own devices, Mormons hardly ever crack the pages of a Bible. It is all D&C, Pearl of Great Price, Book of Mormon, etc.
Absolutely! I agree that this unity is important…very important! We ARE to be JUST LIKE the Son is in the Father…in purpose, unity, desire, will. While I respect the mainstream Trinitarian definition, I reject it because it is not consistent (and it doesn’t make sense—under that definition God must have been standing on his own hand in Acts 7:56).
More to the point, we are to be unified in doctrine. Mormon doctrine puts Mormons out of communion with every branch of Christianity, by quite a large margin! I see that you place a very high value on your own understandings. This is typical of the Protestant position. Sure, understanding is a good thing, and we should strive for it. But saying that the Catholic teachings about the nature of God don’t “make sense” doesn’t “make sense.” BTW I’ve had other Mormons say the exact same thing to me, that orthodox Trinitarian teachings don’t “make sense.” Well, as we’ve already concluded, there is no making “sense” of the Trinity. At the same time, Jesus established a visible, authoritative Church on Earth and commanded it to be unified. Do you value your intellectual abilities above God’s?
I’ve seen a number of Catholics get “offended” that others aren’t members of their church…odd.
It shouldn’t seem odd. After all, Mormons must want everyone to be Mormon. I saw two sets of Mormon missionaries out on the sidewalks this afternoon. Is that a sign of Mormons being offended that most people aren’t Mormons?
On the contrary, they’ve been wrong for 2,000 years…and for 2,000 years, they’ve held to inconsistent interpretations to fit their dogmas as I’ve already showed. So I reject your appeal to tradition whole-heartedly!
That is the Mormon appraisal, and I wouldn’t expect it to be anything else, since Mormons depend on Catholics being “wrong” in order for them to be “right.” The problem is that Mormons have no connection to the ancient faith. Your church started in 1830 after it was organized under the laws of New York. It specifically rejects the ancient faith, and relies instead on a steady stream of personal “revelation” from a line of “prophets” who have taught a variety of anti-Christian doctrines, among them polygamy.
Moreover, after 2,000 years, don’t you think the definitions could have been more clearly defined? For something that is, “beyond human understanding,” theologians have done a poor job of enlightening us, wouldn’t you say?
Well, if something is beyond human understanding, I wouldn’t expect ever to be able to understand it. I think that our theologians have done a perfect job of chewing the juices out of the Trinitarian meat. If you were to dig in a little, you’d find a lot to like. But as long as you’re intent on becoming a god, then you probably won’t like the taste of the Christian meat.
I think you’re an apostate and you think I’m a heretic! That being said, we can express our beliefs implicitly understanding our conclusions without actually stating them. Eh??
OK on the implicit thing. I can do that. But to be clear, I don’t consider you a heretic. You’d have to be a Catholic in order to be a heretic. I’m assuming you’re a cradle Mormon, which would mean you’ve never been a Catholic, so you couldn’t by definition be a heretic. You wouldn’t be an apostate, either. You’re a member of non-Christian religion, same as Islam, or Budhism, or whatnot. Now, if you were once a Christian who rejected the faith… that’s a horse of a different color.