Heber13 wrote: ↑
03 Jan 2019, 16:28
In the end, I'm not sure how much it all matters in the grand scheme of things, right? If someone lied to go do service like baptism or other covenants for the salvation of others, besides that being kind of odd, it also isn't causing anyone any pain. Is it? God isn't calling those ordinances void to the names on the temple records, right? So...wherein is the harm? I guess it becomes the principle of the matter.
I fully agree, maybe even moreso. I don't think the beauty of the temple, or its holiness is effected by any "unworthy" entering into it (though the Church may disagree). Even in the worst cases of sacrilege, I think it does good in so far as it helps us to scrutinize the holy (but it makes people feel uncomfortable and angry, which should be avoided). Even so far as recording the ceremony, while I have qualms about the integrity of the individual, I am grateful for the result. It has allowed me to learn of the many changes which have taken place, and provides a more thorough analysis of the endowment ceremony.
We are, I think, taking two different ethical approaches. There's utilitarianism, which states we must act in such a way that provides the most good for the greatest number (of our family members, specifically). Therefore, if our family is benefited while no one else is being harmed, it is permitted to do or say whatever you need to, in order to receive a TR. The other ethical approach is Kantian Ethics (FWIW, Kant was an atheist). His approach to ethics was, we should
Kant wrote:"Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law."
Hence, as an extreme example, we shouldn't be willing to kill one person in order to save the lives of two, even though that would follow in utilitarianism, because a society where people were legally killed whenever required to save lives is not a just society. Likewise, I would rather live in a society where everyone is open, honest, and forthright, even if it means sometimes that honesty causes others (the Bishop and SP in this case) act in a way I wish they wouldn't. Universal openness and honesty is a good thing, and even though we live in a world where that is NOT the case, and even though I will be disenfranchised by following such a maxim in a world where it is not a universal law, I should still live by that maxim.
In other words, we should do what we do, not because it will give a desired outcome, but because its the just thing to do. But I'm not going to go so far as to fault anyone who feels they are looking out for their family. Of course, any approach when taken to the extreme won't turn out well. But personally I still feel I should ethically act in a way I wish I was treated (even if I'm not). I still wish others would deal with me likewise (even though they won't).
"The whole world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel." - Horace Walpole
"Even though there are no ways of knowing for sure, there are ways of knowing for pretty sure."