That's my current view. I see it as good or bad, rather than true or false. If I have issues with historical claims of the church it actually has little to do with my current lack of belief. The church could be true even if the leadership were "bad" men. By it's nature it is only the spirit that dictates "truth". Even then there is a line of thought within the church that I absolutely love. I'd actually argue that it's the one true way within the church. D&C 9 sums it up perfectly. Study it out in your mind then get confirmation. Nothing galls me more than people who roll the bones. They do nothing and think they'll be guided. They do no search or ponder, they just want answers handed to them on a silver platter. Watching a missionary decide where to knock on doors by closing his eyes and pointing at a map, or searching for an answer to a problem by dropping his scriptures and reading the first verse that it opens up to hoping that it contains the answer. Magic 8-ball revelation is complete BS and the antithesis of everything I find of value in the church. Again this doesn't reflect on the leadership, just the members.Brian Johnston wrote:
If a religion makes someone a better person, but the reasons they thought it made them better are inaccurate, does that make it true or false? It gets pretty fuzzy when you start to inject human beings as variables into the equations.
So yes absolutely I find a great deal of value in the church. So many lives of those I love the most have been completely changed by it, I am a better person because of it.
My belief only breaks down with the spirit itself. I make do with searching and pondering.
If an FLDS member prays to know if the Book of Mormon is true, he gets an affirmative, based on the common premise of it being the keystone. So what does he do with that information? Is the FLDS church true because the BoM is true? Community of Christ? I do not and can not believe that there is a single line of truth with the current prophet as arbiter. This then means that EVERYTHING is open to being truth/not truth, every claim whether historical or spiritual needs to be "studied out in your mind". So here I am. I cannot implicitly trust everything that flows from the mouth of those who have "stewardship" over me. I cannot implicitly trust myself as I am quite fallible. The only answer for me is to study everything out in my mind. Because I doubt that the spirit is communication with a god whose only true and living church is the LDS church based on the fervency of religion and lack of monopoly on the holy spirit, I then can only rely on the spirit as my own intuition empowering me with the things I have prepared by studying them out in my mind.
Even Brigham Young said that there are no miracles. Only things that we do not understand. IE, there is always a physical law in effect when a miraculous event occurs. By the nature of the LDS gospel and the reasoning behind the atonement god cannot break the laws that he has set forth. This makes him an architect or programmer of the world, who at one point compiled and ran the universe So when I say I am currently an atheist it is only because I don't believe in a personal god right now.