I think God would establish a church or a religion through anyone who was a good person at heart and had the type of personality to believe God would talk with them and establish a church or religion through them.
think just about the only people who have any chance of establishing a
church (or any organization) that has the potential to change the world
in some way walk a balance beam of sorts - and fall off
regularly. I think the main difference is whether they get up - and which
side of the beam they walk the most.
When it comes to who we accept as inspired religious leaders, I think it is VERY easy
to dismiss Jesus, of Nazareth, as a crackpot and a fraud, if one is so
inclined. I'm not comparing Joseph Smith to Jesus in any way that involves
divinity by saying that, but I am comparing the two of them to Mohammed,
Moses, Luther, Calvin, Confucius, Ghandi, King and others in saying it -
and I am comparing them to Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Herod and any
number of people who got up and walked primarily or exclusively on the
other side of the line. Every one of them had something that set them
outside the norm in their field of focus, and every one of them was
magnetic for those who followed them. Charismatic leaders are
extraordinary - for good and/or bad - sometimes clearly one, but
sometimes a difficult mix of both.
I think God understands us far better than we understand ourselves and each other - and I think he
works with people we assume naturally he wouldn't, including, often
outside our own awareness, us.
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