Monday, August 6, 2012

Look-alikes

Here are some religious look-alikes that aren't much alike that may in fact confuse a lot of people.  I mean them with a bit of humor because it's good to have some of that in all of this.  The differences between some of these are important enough that....well... they may be crucial to the test of life.

Sometimes we mistake:

Group depression for reverence (attend any ward in Utah a few times)
Boredom for reverence
Sincerity for faith
Sincerity for truth (It's possible to be sincere, and yet mistaken. Happens all the time)
Sincerity for The Spirit (they are not interchangeable)
Academic credentials for spiritual credibility.  Why else do they cite a bibliography at BYU? (2 Timothy 3:7)
Personal Apostasy for Spiritual starvation (Amos 8:11-13)

We may sometimes also mistake:

Emotional stories for doctrine.  (Look at LDS.org)
Faith among historical saint's for faith among us now (TPJS, p. 324.)
Success of an institution for personal righteousness.  (total membership means nothing)
Priesthood authority for priesthood power (Boyd K Packer Conference address)
Religious platitudes for actual knowledge of God (2 Timothy 3:7)
Financial success for God's approval (Mosiah 12:14-15) (Luke 6:24)
Casserole for comfort
Worldly acceptance for heavenly acceptance (John 15:19) (Luke 6:26)
"Following The Prophet" for following the Lord (D&C 76:98-101)

We may also mistake:

Uniformity for unity (see blog post here)
Human talents for Gifts of the Spirit
"Cult of personality" for following The Spirit  (D&C 76:98-101)
Following the printed program/manual for following the Spirit (Moroni 6:9)
Uninspired words of leaders for truth (Mormon news room link), (TPJS also)
Praying to be "heard of men" for praying to be heard of God. (Alma 33:8)
True prophets for "wild men" (Moses 6:8)

And a few more mistaken look-alikes could be mistaking:
Trials for sin, or the contrary, mistaking lack of trails for righteousness.
Superiority in athletic achievements for word of wisdom adherence
Believing that have the fullness of the Gospel ins criptures means we have it personally. (3rd Nephi 16:10)
Wolves in sheep's clothing for prophets.  (3rd Nephi 14:15)
Rebellion for following the True Master (Matthew 12:1-8)
New stories about common religious principles for revelation
Official policy changes for revelation

There are who knows how many more.  There is always a counterfeit, look-alike, or some distraction.  I think at one point or another I've made mistakes with every single one of the things mentioned above.  Scriptures say that in the latter days folks will be, among other things, confused, and will be going around calling good evil and evil good (2 Nephi 15:20).  I have a feeling some of that may be due to look-alikes that are NOT alike.

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