It also seems that over time, continuing revelation allows
That is a hard pill for many of us to swallow. Changing teachings? Prophets teaching some things wrong? If so, how does that make us any different from any other church?new “light and knowledge” that had erased previously “limited understanding.
All important questions.
It has led me thinking of this one:
What if the Word of Wisdom was not a revelation as our church policy is now, and taught as we are taught now?
It seems reasonable, in the 1800s, people thought that harmful substances restricted the spirit or showed lack of character unbecoming of a disciple of Christ. Many converts to Mormonism brought that with them from their prior religions.
It can't be traced to Joseph Smith. He received D&C 89 as a revelation, but it is not a ban on alcohol or any specific substance, and in fact is a word of wisdom, not by way of commandment. JS occasionally imbibed. BY encouraged Utah to grow tobacco to build the economy.
It seems people interpreted the D&C89 a certain way, and some High Councils in Kirtland and Missouri interpreted a certain way, and needed clarification from the prophet when they started excommunicating people for it. I actually don't know the history off the top of my head when it became a commandment, and became a condition for temple worthiness. (But I'm sure some of you or Mormon Heretic knows it).
In our present day, there is greater medical knowledge and scientific knowledge of substances and our health. And there are more things that didn't apply back in the 1800s, like energy drinks, prescriptions drugs, healthy aspects of wine, etc etc etc.
So, if you take the logic applied to Race and the Priesthood...isn't it a pretty good argument that the Word of Wisdom is outdated and will also go away?
My answer is no, and would like to hold my reasons until I hear others' thoughts on the subject.