Sunday, December 13, 2015

True doctrine can end religious strife

22 And also they had peace in the seventy and eighth year, save it were a few contentions concerning the points of doctrine which had been laid down by the prophets.
23 And in the seventy and ninth year there began to be much strife. But it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi, and many of their brethren who knew concerning the true points of doctrine, having many revelations daily, therefore they did preach unto the people, insomuch that they did put an end to their strife in that same year. (Helaman 11:22-23)

There are several neat things in these verses. First, true doctrine preached puts an end to religious strife. We’ve seen elsewhere that it has more effect on the minds of the people than the sword or anything else. It dispels doubt and ignorance and can become a shield against deceptions of the devil. (Of course, when people are more determined to carry their point than to learn the truth, it is another story.)

Another neat thing is that Nephi and Lehi and many others who knew the true points of doctrine still had many revelations daily. Their strong foundational knowledge did not prevent them from learning more, and they were able to perform a great service with their knowledge by helping end strife over doctrine. I also suppose some of their revelations helped them settle the strife as well.

So a good question for us is, when there is religious controversy do we remember important applicable points of doctrine that can help us settle it? Can we think of verses of scripture on the topic? Can we find applicable scriptures? Are there words of the modern-day prophets on the matter? I suspect that if we haven’t consulted the scriptures or the prophets on the question then we haven’t yet done all we can do, whether we have questions or whether we’re trying to help someone else with questions.


Ramona Gordy said...

I found this article on the Huffington Post dated 4/8/2013

"Boyd K Packer, Top Mormon, Warns of immorality Tolerance Trap.

Just because the nation may change its laws to "tolerate legalized acts of immorality" does not make those acts any less spiritually damaging, senior Mormon apostle Boyd K. Packer said Saturday (April 6) at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 183rd Annual General Conference.

"The permissiveness afforded by the weakening of the laws of the land to tolerate legalized acts of immorality," Packer said, "does not reduce the serious spiritual consequences that result from the violation of God's law of chastity."

I remember this and the uproar it seemed to cause, mainly with those in the church and those not of the church who disagreed. Some wanted to attach this only to the "Same Sex" agenda. But I think and know that chastity involves more than abstaining from.... premarital sex; consuming of alcohol, smoking tobacco or marijuana (which is legal in some state); violence and anger; pornography, etc
I am coming to the understanding that the doctrine of chastity is a "pillar" in the foundation of families, not only in the Church but also in the world.

As far as I know ( and my sphere is limited), I have only heard of one other Church supporting Mormons on this issue, the Catholic Church. I do know for a fact, that in my hometown (DC), many churches of various faith's opposed the same sex law, and the legalization of Marijuana. But in the end, they all were swayed to turn a blind eye and give their support.
This is religious strife.

Michaela Stephens said...

Case in point. That strife could be ended if people were willing to listen to the doctrine, but when they are not, the strife continues.