Is It Reasonable To Accept Christianity After Losing Faith in Mormonism?

I have been contemplating this issue (Is It Reasonable To Accept Christianity After Losing Faith in Mormonism?) because my LDS believing husband says that the arguments that I have against Mormonism can, without much altering, be used against Christianity in general.

Side note: My husband is currently angry with me for being such a disappointment to him regarding LDS church belief (while not acknowledging his long standing porn-addiction behavior as being a disappointment to me) and so refuses to have this conversation with me, so I am having it with you, my Internet friends.

I realize that a lot of people who leave Mormonism become agnostic or atheists because they feel now that all religion is a big lie, that they can’t trust the spirit to testify of truth, that they don’t want to get burned again, etc., but I don’t think that it is necessary to lose all faith.

The good, warm feelings that one has being Mormon are largely due to seeking God and goodness. Christ’s message is a message of hope and love.  If one delves into Christianity and experiences the Christian churches in one’s community a whole new world can be opened up. I haven’t attended another Christian church regularly, but I have been a part of their MOPS program (a Christian support group for Mothers of Preschoolers held at various christian churches) , attended their special services at Christmas and read several books by prominent Christian authors. I have also purchased a lot of the Christian music which are very inspiring and uplifting.

In this way, I can keep my faith without having to believe in a prophet (Joseph Smith) who lied to his wife and his church community about polygamy in order to sleep with teenagers behind everyones back, while manipulating the young girls by promising them salvation for doing it.

At the same time that I plan on remaining a Christian, I am completely open to the idea of other faiths having truth and being able to find God. I will never be one to believe that I hold all the answers. I just know what feels good and right to me in my life right now. I think that as long as people are seeking for God and seeking to be the best person they know how with the knowledge that they currently have they are doing well.  I also completely understand agnostics and atheists. I have had too many prayers answered to go in this direction, but I understand it and I do not judge these people, nor do I think they are amoral.  Everyone has different life experiences and for the most part people make choices based on what they understand at the time.

For further excellent reading on the subject of accepting Christianity after Mormonism see this article and then watch this youtube video:

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5 Responses to Is It Reasonable To Accept Christianity After Losing Faith in Mormonism?

  1. BOMC says:

    You ignore the core of the Holy Book of Mormon; read it sometime from the view point of a non-believer, who knew nothing about it before hand.

    Indeed, you would not want to be a hypocrite (as your husband) by accepting the Bible with its lack of proofs, and reject the Book of Mormon on the same grounds!

    Ever read the account of the man who tried to burn the Book of Mormon?

  2. eric says:

    I haven’t had time to watch the video yet but as an initial response to your question and post I would answer both, “yes,” and, “no.” I think that under certain circumstances someone could very reasonably take up Christianity after Mormonism, as in the case of Lynn Wilder, but in my opinion this is only possible where someone is unaware of certain facts regarding Christianity as a whole, just as they were unaware of certain facts regarding Mormonism specifically.

    Christians have employed many less than respectable methods in order to create uniformity in their story similar to what the church has done. For example in translations of the Bible, they’ve translated certain passages of the Old Testament in order to make them correspond better with Christianity. Like the prophecy about the virgin birth in Isaiah. The Hebrew word does not mean virgin. Also in Isaiah the part about Lucifer is skewed. Isaiah was prophesying about the king of Assyria and centuries later Christians changed it to refer to Satan. In fact regarding Satan, there is no notion of a singular Satan that is an antithesis to God in Judaism. The word satan means adversary in Hebrew and is an angel that God sends to act as an adversary to individuals in the scriptures. It is often compared to the role of Slugworth if you’re familiar with the movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” This is why, for example, Christians have a difficult time making sense of the interaction between God and Satan in the book of Job, but Jews would have no such trouble. This information is not difficult to find but just like Mormons, most Christians don’t look for it.

    These are only a few of many examples but my point is one can’t have a double standard when it comes to scrutinizing the Church and Christianity as a whole if one are being totally honest. In this sense I think your husband is right even if he wasn’t thinking about it in these terms.

    Having said that, I think it’s important to not view the prospect of agnosticism or atheism as a negative thing if it seems so now. You have discovered that, “The good, warm feelings that one has being Mormon,” are not exclusive to Mormonism, but I think you will soon discover that neither are they specific to Christianity. They are universal to humankind. There are many happy, good atheists out there. I once tried to share the gospel with a nice couple I had just met and they said, “We don’t believe in God but do I believe in being kind to other people.” I was fresh off my mission and I almost couldn’t make sense of it because I knew they were being totally sincere. It was revolutionary for me at the time, but looking back it’s almost funny that I thought those things were incompatable. I haven’t held a belief in God for some time now and it hasn’t been the result of, nor resulted in, antagonism toward the church. Neither has it been the result of or resulted in an immoral or unhappy life. Making decisions is so much easier now that I don’t have to struggle over getting direction and answers to prayer. I enjoy life now for its own sake and don’t have to search for meaning in some other-worldly sense. At the same time, if you find happiness and a good community in Christianity, I don’t discourage that but I would suggest studying Christianity with the same level of scrutiny that you are examining the church before you make a decision.

    You are an internet, LDS blogger so it’s likely you’ve already seen it but just in case, you might be interested in seeing this youtube series: http://www.youtube.com/user/iamanexmormon I found it really helpful for someone coming from my perspective because it shares experiences of people leaving the Church but not necessarily for another Christian faith.

    • sarah says:

      I understand where you are coming from and I completely understand why you feel the way you do. However, I still do believe in God, but I have decided more recently that I agree that Christianity is dubious. I tried going to a Bible study at a Christian church. I really like learning about the teachings of Jesus and I think one can learn a lot from the teachings, but I can’t accept the miracles in the Bible as truth or that Jesus is God. In fact I think the Bible is mythology and history mixed together. This is largely because people in history tended to mix mythology and reality in day to day life all the time. I have decided to attend a Unitarian church. This church seems to be best in line with what I accept. Sometimes meeting as a group people can bring about much more good in the world than by themselves. You can read about the church here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unitarian_Universalism

      • eric says:

        Very interesting, I wasn’t aware of the nature of the Unitarian Church. Glad you’ve found somewhere you feel comfortable. It’s funny that when you start to study the Bible in depth with people who are more studied in it, you realize how shallow our understanding of it is in the church (leadership included). In light of that, it’s also funny that we’re taught to be proud of the fact that formal religious education isn’t a requirement for missionary work or Church leadership. After all, who needs learning when you have the Priesthood?

        Again, you’re probably way ahead of me but, in case you haven’t heard of it, I thought I’d mention that your stance on the Bible reminded me a lot of the Thomas Jefferson Bible: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Bible
        He removed all miraculous or superstitious elements from the New Testament and tried to leave only Jesus’s teachings and points of historical context… too bad Jefferson is Mormon now 🙂

  3. eric says:

    I’ve read some more of your posts now and see that you are already familiar with the youtube series. Also I apologize that I did not read this post more carefully, I would have written my paragraph on atheism differently if I had.

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