1. Aside from the introductory 1st paragraph, I did not create/write a single word.
2. The amount of times (phone, email, comments) I was told that my drinking of beer would lead me to hell or lose my temple recommend, etc. Let me just say that if I were to have a temple recommend interview right now, we wouldn't even make it to the Word of Wisdom question...
3. Why do Mormons only care about history when it matches their current life view? Why do you ignore the past by simply claiming the authoritative interpretation of a current mouthpiece? When the views, doctrines, interpretations and positions of Mormons have changed so often, why should we take today's position as an absolute?
A few comments were made that the interpretive view of the history of the Word of Wisdom was a justification of someone who wanted to sin and partake of beer.
Well, that door swings both ways. To steal a phrase, it is intellectually dishonest to say that someone is justifying their sins with liberal views in an interpretation of history and doctrine while at the same time ignoring history to justify their faith.
As one who has essentially lost their testimony and is back to ground zero, I ask you this:
How do you look at the growing number of coincidences, errors, and outright lies in Mormon history and continue to justify your membership and faith?
How do you look at the history of the Church and claim that we have a direct link to God through a mouthpiece, when we have had to change our stances and beliefs given as authoritative doctrine?
How do you deal with an absolute authority while yet claiming an evolving Church?
If the Prophets are only fallible men who can be wrong, but won't lead us astray in official capacity, how can I know when they speak in official capacity?
Are they always right...except when they're wrong? That's a nice loophole. When they were wrong, they were just speaking as men...
So the question I want comments on is this:
How do you justify your membership in the face of history?
And I don't want testimonies about how I'm going to burn in hell if I don't repent. I am currently (to steal a Ross and Rachel phrase) "on a break." I am not saying that the LDS Church is not correct or true. I am saying that I choose not to participate right now and at some future point will make a decision on my membership.
I don't see the value in having a "current LIVING PROPHET and MOUTH PIECE OF GOD" if I (A) cannot trust what they are saying, or (B) cannot determine when they speak in official capacity.
Help me understand.