The Gospel of Starbucks and a Pyramid Scheme?

Still lots of biking. Here’s one for the Mistborn readers out there: If you see a pale Koloss with the majority of the tears around the leg areas riding around on a bike in two years, it’s probably me. Still lots of troubles with megachurches.Talk about great and spacious buildings. Throw a Starbucks in there, and the people will come. I’m pretty sure whatever they do in there is non-denominational enough to be taxed by the federal government.

Haha, but whatever. My purpose is not to disparage other organizations. My purpose is to *breath*
“InviteotherstocomeuntoChristbyhelpingthemreceivetherestored
GospelthroughfaithinJesusChristandhisAtonementrepentancebaptism
receivingthegiftoftheHolyGhostandEnduringtotheend.”
*breath*

(That’s just a little something they taught us in the MTC.)

There was a man we met who thought he was rather close to the “truth.” He had researched many other religions, read various holy books, and had come to the conclusion that all religions point toward a single, underlying set of truths untainted by the dogmas of men.

He visualized it as a pyramid. We were at the bottom, so he said, along with the rabbis, and priests, and other people who professed to preach the truth. Above us were what he considered prophets, which consisted also of rabbis, priests, and other preachers, but was limited to those who had brought forth some sort of holy book. And at the top of the pyramid were those bare, underlying truths. Things that more or less all of us believe to be true items of morality.

I considered this for a moment. I’ve talked to atheists and agnostics like this man before, those who lead honorable lives but do not adhere to a certain religion but believe in a central code of living. But when I placed the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ at the top of this pyramid, everything fell into place. Suddenly all those people just below the top of the pyramid were closer to God than this man thought. Lower on the pyramid were the many seeds of that underlying truth that had belonged to the Gospel but were lost during times of apostasy, which found root in other philosophies and faiths which in turn help people to live as honorably as they can.

So in considering dilemmas of morality, I would invite everyone to place God at the top of that pyramid, and get as close to it as you can.

“Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in Him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind, and strength, then is His grace sufficient for your, that by His grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.” –Moroni 10:32

If that makes any sense.

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