Gentle Awakening Part 5: Roadmap

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Part 5: Roadmap

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Presentation Outline

PART 5 OF 5:
The Journey
Courage required to stand for the truth and live according to the truth
Courage required to follow your heart
Courage to do what is right
Trials lead to our growth and an eventual better understanding

Sacred Bias
Gaining Perspective
How to Avoid Deception
Spiritual Experiences
Elder and Sister Mattson (Area Authority Seventy) were told by jogger: “God loves you.”
It is important for all people to have spiritual experiences, but these experiences are not exclusive to Latter-day Saints, and in fact happen throughout the world for people of every land and belief

Religious Feeling and Truth
Religious feeling is a poor measure of truth
Feeling the Spirit is perhaps a measure of spirituality or sensitivity, but not of truthfulness
If religious feeling (knowing in your heart or by the Spirit) was an accurate measure of truth, then almost every church on the earth would have to be the one true church
Bob Chauza (Methodist) has prayers answered
Baptist woman knows she is born again
Catholics know they have been helped by Mother Mary
FLDS know Warren Jeffs is a prophet
Terrorists on September 11

Trade Up
Replace error with truth
Replace “service” to the dead with real service to the living
Spend your tithes on something meaningful and charitable (the church was only donating 0.7%)
Make the world a better place
Show love, kindness, and compassion to all
Exclude no one
Christ said: “Ye must be more righteous than they” (paraphrasing Matthew 5:20)
In other words, demonstrate the good that comes from having built your life on truth rather than error

A Note Regarding Apologist Tactics
Denial: denying the information at first until it is proven to be true
Distraction: not addressing the actual issue but going to side-topics
Confusion: using confusing scholarly explanations that don’t make sense to thinking persons but satisfy non-thinking persons
Ad Hominem Attacks: discussing the presenter rather than the issues being presented
Retrospective Modification: changing the Church’s position or interpretation to fit the facts once they have been established

Dishonesty: giving untrue information to back up claims being made
Omission: failing to give important information
Deferral: using credentials or degrees to back up claims rather than truth
Blame: blaming the person asking the question of having doubts
Deflection: saying that the questioning person does not have faith or does not rely on spiritual promptings, or has been deceived by a devil
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