Zelph, Although I had posted to this thread, I had not read, until today, your very long posts.Zelph wrote:Now for the rest. If I were open an honest I would say that I am a closeted atheist that attends the LDS church. Given the breadth of my spiritual experiences I no longer had an issue with historical problems.
Thank you for sharing the stuff you have. I am not so much of a closet atheist, but fully and completely against the theistic definitions found in christianity and in some aspects of mormonism. Yet, to be spiritually attuned, as you obviously are from your experiences, begs the question as to the source of these amazing feelings.
My journey as a spiritual wayfarer has taken me literally around the world: to china, in search of original tao, to india, in search of enlightenment, to the depths of islam, catholicism, protestant christianity, and of course back to mormonism. It's all good. it's all bad. it's just what it is: religion points to something, but it is not that something, and any definition in religion is just speculation as to the nature of whatever it is we might call god or not.
I come back to mormonism because this is home to me: generations of family have lived in this culture, and i find in it enough of what I consider the truth that I stand by my personal, unorthodox way of looking at the faith.
I really appreciate the similarity you express in your point of view, and hope you find joy in your personal journey.