Saturday, December 21, 2013
# 16: None of the Other Churches are True Either
You might as well stay LDS because none of the other churches are true either. I've looked in to some of them, I've visited some of them, and while many of them are good, great, grand and wonderful, I'm convinced that not a single one of them bears the distinction of being exclusively TRUE.
However, there is one true God, and that's Jesus Christ.
And there is a Church where God wants you. And what church is that? Um... if you grew up Mormon and your whole family is Mormon and you live in an area with a large Mormon population, then it's probably the Mormon Church. God is doing great things through Mormonism.
Pray to God to know what church you should be a part of. Visit other denominations and see what you think. If you find "the one true church" let me know. I'd like to join it. So far I haven't found it. So far I think God wants me to stay LDS.
It's also helpful to change our way of thinking about Truth with a capitol "T." Orthodox, literalistic members of many religions believe that they have found the one true Truth, and that their way is the only way. I used to be like this.
But Pope Francis teaches us about what Truth with a capitol "T" really is. At a General Audience in St. Peter's Square, on May 15th, 2013, the Pope gives a sermon called, "Truth is a Person." In it he says,
The question arises: does “the” truth really exist? What is “the” truth? Can we know it? Can we find it? Here springs to my mind the question of Pontius Pilate, the Roman Procurator, when Jesus reveals to him the deep meaning of his mission: “What is truth?” (Jn 18:37, 38). Pilate cannot understand that “the” Truth is standing in front of him, he cannot see in Jesus the face of the truth that is the face of God. And yet Jesus is exactly this: the Truth that, in the fullness of time, “became flesh” (cf. Jn 1:1, 14), and came to dwell among us so that we might know it. The truth is not grasped as a thing, the truth is encountered. It is not a possession, it is an encounter with a Person.