SamBee wrote: ↑
31 Mar 2019, 14:12
I think LDS' theology's elements are often not unique but the way they are mixed together are - a bit like a recipe.
I belive this is very true. It's also fascinating how religions, ALL religions, change overtime, while trying to remain "consistant". Right now, our societies heavily focus on aspects like equality, fairness, universal love, feminism, racial equality, freedom, etc. We value these things, and therefore attribute them to our perfect God. But in order to maintain universal consistancy in our religion, we end up redefining prior doctrines. Hence, God did not curse Cain with dark skin, like Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and most of their era believed. The curse of "dark skin" was symbolic only, because God loves all races equally, and dark skin is beautiful.
Catholicism is one of those religions which has historically been very un-universal, but has since become very universal. In the past several decades, they even published the "Catechism of the Catholic Church", which in effect made universalism Catholic doctrine (including conversion and joining the Church post-mortem). I'd even say most Protestantism has become universalist; God loves everyone, has a perfect plan, and will grant everyone every opportunity to come unto Him and be saved. But of course, there are plenty of doctrinal contradictions to this stemming from God's perfect word, the scriptures. The ability of a religion to be molded by the society it is in, really helps it to last much longer than it might've otherwise.
Curt Sunshine wrote: ↑
31 Mar 2019, 13:57
General Protestantism, even much of liberal Protestantism, certainly does not. Catholicism's core theology is universalist to a great degree, but the Catholic Church membership has widely varying views about universality.
I'd say most protestantism is universalist, maybe even more than the LDS. Most would say final judgement is up to God, and don't believe in any particular ordinances required for salvation. Some are not, but views will vary. It's not cut and dry what is doctrine and what is not. Plus, all Christian religions (especially LDS), have a strong focus on "correctness of belief", and will seek to convert all others to the "truth", regardless of their belief in universalism. Where anyone purely "universalist", there would be much less bickering between the sects, or "worry" over those on a "different path to God".
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