So, on one of the old AM radio talk stations here (the one I use to have a show on) each week a Mormon obfuscator comes on and attempts to distract, misdirect, fluff, and smokescreen the audience in regards to some of the more glaring issues that are really causing doubt among the "members." The Mormon author and obfuscating guest-host is Michael Ash touting his book "Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One’s Testimony in the Face of Criticism and Doubt" . . . which is a book specifically designed to wrangle doubting "members" back into the fold.
It was painful to listen to, but I tried . . . just long enough to hear one fellow who called the show saying, "Well, I'm glad you wrote your book, but I don't really see the need for it. In fact, I couldn't care less even if the Book of Mormon was a complete fairytale! All I know is what I feel, and so I know 'the church' is true!"
Yes, I know . . . it's pathetic, scary and frightfully distressing . . . but quite common, this line of "thinking" amongst church members. And as the fraudulent nature of Joseph's Smith's character and claims become better known . . . and as the lack of evidence and outright fraudulent nature of the B. of M. and related "revealed" texts becomes more obvious . . . this is indeed the new line of "reasoning" that apologists like Michael Ash are using and what I hear many "members" spouting.
That is, they say they don't really care whether the Book of Mormon is actually true--it doesn't matter--because what it teaches and what "the church" offers and does overall . . . FEELS so "good."
Truth? Awww . . . not that important. Feelings? Yes!
Which . . . is basically the same philosophy/religion the WORLD espouses. If it "feels" "good" . . . do it--whatever makes you FEEL better is A-ok!
This matter of the Mormon church losing members because of information now easily available on the Internet (showing "the church's sordid history and fraudulent foundation) is such a big problem, it was recently covered in the New York Times.
****On July 20, 2013, the New York Times published an article and video (“Some Mormons Search the Web and Find Doubt") featuring the testimony of Hans Mattsson, a Swede who once served as a local area authority in his country (third quorum of the Seventy, 2000-2005).
According to the article:
"When fellow believers in Sweden first began coming to him with information from the Internet that contradicted the church’s history and teachings, he dismissed it as ‘anti-Mormon propaganda,’ the whisperings of Lucifer. He asked his superiors for help in responding to the members’ doubts, and when they seemed to only sidestep the questions, Mr. Mattsson began his own investigation.”However, Mattsson--who is a third generation Mormon--felt his life “began to crumble” when he found out historical information on Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon that did not coincide with what he had been taught. The New York Times theorized:
“Around the world and in the United States, where the faith was founded, the Mormon Church is grappling with a wave of doubt and disillusionment among members who encountered information on the Internet that sabotaged what they were taught about their faith, according to interviews with dozens of Mormons and those who study the church.”The article quoted Mattsson,
“I felt like I had an earthquake under my feet,” said Mr. Mattsson, now an emeritus area authority. “Everything I’d been taught, everything I’d been proud to preach about and witness about just crumbled under my feet. It was such a terrible psychological and nearly physical disturbance.”**** http://www.mrm.org/hans-mattsson---------------------------
With this or any other idol, it all boils down to the FIRST commandment. Do you love your feelings, you idol, the present comfort of YOUR SELF . . . MORE THAN GOD? Or is God the Lord of your life--of your mind, heart, body, soul......?!?!?!
HE won't be fooled! He knows every hidden corner of your fallen, deceitful, wicked heart. And the only way you can be saved from your slavery to it, is in becoming the bond servant of the Master Jesus, whose pure and perfect heart stands in the place of your own, which then the Father sees!
The stakes are so high . . . . . . . It baffles me that people don't care enough to search for the TRUTH, no matter how uncomfortable it gets and whatever personal idol may be renounced.
Such people . . . I say . . . don't really believe in God. Well, actually, it's worse than that. They know God exists, somewhere in the depths of their being, but, they hate Him, they reject Him. So, with that, of course TRUTH is hated and rejected too.
Terrifying . . . that . . . . . ~!