I find myself stuck in a really rough spot.
Currently, the situation stands that I am a Christian. I am firm in my belief, and think that it would take quite a bit to sway me from that. I’m open to listen to opinions, but ask that those who have opinions listen fairly to my side of the story.
Lately, my wife and I have been trying to find a church, but not with much success in some ways. We’ve gone to the church my wife used to go to, and the people there are great, truly great. Some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.
This church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also commonly known as the Mormons, or the LDS church to it’s members.
I feel that the church has the basics right – the belief that Christ is the son of God, sent to cleanse us of our sins, and that the only way back is through him – no real problems there.
However, I hear a bunch of other odd things from people outside of the church who claim that the church is a cult, and that there are quite a few things not quite right with it.
I’ve been investigating things for awhile now, and I feel like, for the most part, the church has things right.
One of my biggest differing points is in regards to the book of Revelation, and whether or not to take it as prophetic, a record of history, or a mix.
I’ve always thought of it as prophetic, that someday (soon) Jesus will return, take his true followers, and sometime around that event the world will enter the last seven years before Jesus returns and sets up the Millenial Kingdom.
The content I’ve read about the LDS stance on things is a mix – that of the seven seals, we’re currently living in the sixth seal.
It does mention that Christ is to return and set up his kingdom, but nothing about a rapture beforehand, which leads me to believe that the LDS stance is that things will just get worse and worse, and at Christ’s second coming he’ll take over and fix things.
If you ask me, either way, it gets to the same endpoint, but the path traveled there is different.
There also seem to be some side doctrinal differences, things that I may have done slightly differently, or have lived by anyways (no coffee, etc).
What I wonder is this: What makes a church right? Is it just having the basics down? Will I ever find a church that meets everything I believe in?
I flop back and forth on the issue – I have some Christian friends who feel that the LDS church is just plain wrong, I have some other Christian friends who feel that, so long as the foundation on Christ is there, it’s okay.
I doubt I’ll ever find a church that fits with everything I believe, short of creating my own church, but then I’m just adding to the chaos and confusion, and I don’t feel my calling is to create another Christian church out there.
I have no question that the LDS church is Christian in basis, I just don’t know how the side points may affect my salvation.
Upon thinking this, I then realize that my salvation is truly just a point of interaction between me and my Creator, and nobody else. The church is there as a supportive mechanism, to help me along the right way.
I guess my worries are somewhat unfounded, and that no matter what church I go to, I’ll have conflicts – I don’t know what’s holding me back, but something is, and I just can’t put my finger on it yet.
This is a very personal thing, but it’s something that weighs heavily on me, and I want a solid answer to, so I just keep praying and hoping to know.