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Part 5: Roadmap
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Gentle Awakening PART 5 OF 5: ROADMAP 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 Examples: 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 Further Online Resources truthisrestoredagain.wordpress.com cesletter.com mormonthink.com