If you spent more than 15 minutes last month trying to convince someone who is not a family member or friend that some aspect of the Mormon faith isn’t true, then I’m labeling you an anti-Mormon. I just throw that out there so you can understand the definition I’m using for the purpose of this post. Why do I exclude those who are trying to convince friends or family that the Mormon faith is false? Because I can see where they might be coming from. Your brother or sister, husband or wife, suddenly is interested in this strange religion and the two handsome young men or two cute girls who are peddling it…sure, I can see why you might spend 15 minutes trying to talk them out of it. You mean well. You’re not an anti-Mormon. I’m talking about the people who spend time online, probably much more than 15 minutes per month, trying to prove that Mormonism is false to an audience that likely includes no one they know personally.
My question is–what motivates you? I really want to know. If you really think that Mormonism is false, is it really the worst thing out there? Is it worse than porn, drugs, or Lady Gaga? Isn’t there something else you could campaign against? Ok, maybe you do think it’s worse than those things. But what proof do you have that it’s worse? You say the Bible tells you so, but how do you know your interpretation of the Bible is correct? Or are you exercising faith that the LDS Church is false?
From my perspective, spending time proving the Mormon faith to be false doesn’t make sense unless you know it’s false, and the only way you could make that claim with any certainty would be to say that God told you directly that it’s false. In that case we would just have to agree to disagree. But if you haven’t received direct communication from God on the matter, then you don’t have any proof the Mormon faith is false. This doesn’t automatically mean the Mormon faith is true, but we’re not talking about whether or not it can be proven true, only whether it can be proven false. If it can’t be proven false, but you’re spending your time working against it, then doesn’t that mean it’s a matter of faith for you? Are you not acting with the hope of things not seen? Or in other words, aren’t you merely showing that you wish the Mormon faith to be false? But why? Why would someone want the Mormon faith to be false? Even though I’m not Hindu, I don’t want it to be false. I don’t go around trying to convince anyone that it is false. I share what I believe, but that doesn’t include pointing out where I think others are mistaken. So why are you motivated to point out the perceived flaws of Mormonism?