Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Satan Made me Do It, Done Made me Think

In the future I will be writing about some of the positive aspects of Mormonism. Today I am going to talk about this video clip of an LDS leader blaming people leaving the church on the devil:

This LDS leader basically undermines science and historical scholarship with an appeal to the devil. I thought this was 2017 not February 1692. His irrational remarks made me think of the movie Water Boy:

Source: https://www.costaricantimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/the-waterboy-the-devil-460x270.jpg

This guy needs to read The Origin of Satan by Elaine Pagels. I read this book after leaving the LDS church and it made me realize that the Satan character was used to demonize those outside your in-group.

I'm currently reading Michael Hardin book, The Jesus Driven Life and so far it is very interesting. He also has a lot to say about the "satan" myth here. As a Christian, Hardin has a more nuanced and rational view of the devil character as a projection of the shadow side of our own humanity.

Even when I was an active LDS member I did not really believe in the devil. I knew others did but just ignored them. I actually completed my LDS mission not really believing in the devil. For in my mind the devil was just a personified metaphor for human instincts toward vice. I did not know the history of the devil myth like I do today after researching the origins of the Devil in college after my LDS mission.

The LDS church itself rejects this guy's message anyway, for the LDS essays at lds.org basically acknowledges that there are some real problems in LDS history that leads to Mormons questioning and doubting. So the childish excuse of "the devil made do it, done made me think" is irresponsible and an insult to any thinking adult. 

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