I think it is extremely important to distinguish between the Gospel of Christ ("Good News" of faith, repentance, baptism, Holy Ghost, enduring to the end), the doctrines (teachings) of Christ (as recorded in our scriptures, understanding the "translated / transmitted correctly" caveat), the doctrines (teachings) of the early Christian leadership (which sometimes contradicted the teachings of Jesus recorded in the New Testament "Gospels") and the doctrines of the LDS Church.
aren't the same thing, and I don't even classify all of the Biblical "teachings
of Christ" as eternal and completely binding - since I am not convinced
Jesus of Nazareth actually taught all of them. Move forward into the
Pauline epistles, the teachings of the "Christian fathers", the
teachings of the Popes, the teachings of the Protestant reformers, the
teachings of the early Mormon leaders, the teachings of the subsequent
Mormon leaders, the teachings of the current Mormon leaders, the
teachings of my parents and co-worshipers, etc. and I see generally good
people doing their best to understand the Gospel and the doctrines of Christ
in ways that help them in their own world. I'm cool with and honor that - but I don't see it as eternal or binding. I also see my own
need to "be the source" in my own life for myself - to establish my own
"doctrines of Ray" that govern my life - to be, truly, an agent unto
myself, as it says in the Book of Mormon.
I'm fine with some
compromise (quite a bit, actually) from what might be my own personal
ideal in order to work best with my immediate family, my church family,
my community, etc - but, in the end, I have to figure out what my own
doctrines are and try to live by them. After all, I am told that I can
receive revelation (obvious or not) and live by what I believe to be the
word of God. Really, that's all I can do - and I won't push that
responsibility onto others, even as I default to "doctrines of
the Church" when I lack a personal alternative about which I feel
strongly. If it doesn't matter enormously to me, I generally will
accept the group standard - but I still maintain my right and privilege
to change my view about anything if I feel I've gained "further light
and knowledge" about it.
I think that is a central tenet of Mormonism and indispensable within the concept of agency and accountability.
Saturday Remix, 1950 (3)
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