Thursday, September 24, 2015

Response to a Comment

I recently got a comment to my blog post on the seer stone. I did not intend on spending as much time as I did responding to it. But after I did return their comment, I figured I mine as well share it in a post. I think this comment is very typical of some (not all) Mormons. My response is I think how most or many former Mormons feel. I just copied and pasted the section below:

"Urim & Thummim or Magic Stone? How Smith claimed to translate the Book of Mormon"

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
I don't know if you've ever read the Book of Mormon with a pure heart and an open mind, but I know that if you do you will feel the power of God emanating from it. I am saddened to think that the logistics of translation have blinded you from the feelings the Book of Mormon can stir in the heart of the honest truth seeker. Let's not try to think about the Book of Mormon merely in a logical sense, for man cannot comprehend all things that the Lord can comprehend.
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Blogger William Kempton said...
Dear Anonymous,

I did read the Book of Mormon with a pure heart and an open mind, if you are pure in heart and have an open mind please read my story here: http://www.postmormon.org/exp_e/index.php/pomopedia/Dear_Bishop_Im_Leaving_the_Fold/

I know you "feel" that way, but I know from my own experience reading the Book of Mormon and praying about it, more than once, that I felt nothing even close to what you have described as "power of God emanating from it." Did I feel good sometimes reading it, yes; but I also at times felt bored, and other non-lofty emotions. Reading the Book of Mormon was no different than reading any other kind of "spiritual" text I have read over the years. And quite frankly, I have been moved more emotionally by other books, like one I recently read on Mindfulness called Wherever You Go There You Are, etc. Besides, even if I did have the feelings you speak of would that prove Utah Mormonism is true (assuming you are a Utah Mormon)? There are others who pray about the Book of Mormon and declare Brigham Young a false prophet? How are you so certain that their claim to revelation is inferior to yours? How can you disprove their claim to personal revelation?

I am sad to think that you think that the mere logistics of TRANSLATION have somehow "blinded" me from these feelings you speak of. Do you see your psychology here, I am not allowed a different opinion, because as you put it I can only feel its true if I am an "honest truth seeker." Can you see that you invalidating my own personal experience is not very Christlike and is an ad hominem attack? Can you see that implying I am not a truth seeker and you are sad for me is also condescending? They say in LDS culture, every member a missionary, is that how you engage in missionary work? You then said, "Let's not try to think about the Book of Mormon merely in a logical sense ..." So I should shut off my brain's intellectual faculties? I end with a quote by Galileo:

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them."

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