Yeah Ray, I am with you. I get why it is the way it is, and i can't judge too harshly, I used to think that way. I'm glad that I don't anymore, and I believe in a much larger amount of mercy than I did previously.Ray DeGraw wrote:I get your point, but we certainly don't frame it in that way. Oh we say that if someone is a good person in another faith and in the next life they accept OUR baptism with OUR authority then they could receive exaltation. But if you had a chance to hear it in this life and you rejected it, your chance at exaltation is gone. If you were a part of the church and no longer a part of it you better repent and come back to our church or you are done.
If "we" is the general church membership, you are correct - and I understand completely why that is and don't condemn or ridicule anyone for seeing it that way. However, it simply isn't part of our actual theology (framed as you worded it), and I also simply leave that in the hands of the only person / being in our theology who will make that final judgment. (and I see the final judgment very differently than most members, anyway) Our Article of Faith about worship and conscience is my basic standard, and I believe deeply it applies to ALL (wo)men EVERYWHERE, including those who are active in the LDS Church, those who are inactive, those who don't listen to members and missionaries, those who leave the LDS Church, etc. just as much as to those who never hear about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We have no freaking clue how anyone's actions will be judged in the end, since we have no freaking clue exactly why they made those decisions. Leaving it to God to take care of his children is one of my core beliefs, and I am convinced it is solidly within our theology - even if many members see it differently.
We're on the same page.