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Krister Stendahl on Mormon temples

Krister Stendahl was a world famous Swedish Lutheran theologian who was working as a professor at Harvard. He was very sympathetic to the Mormon Church, although he did not always have an exact theological interpretation. Stendahl had wanted to visit a Mormon temple and experience God.

He said that worship in a Mormon temple was a "wonderful thing." "I could see myself taking part of the act as a way to extend the blessings that have come to me in and through Jesus Christ," said Stendahl in a church video .

"It's a wonderful way to let the eternal mix with the worldly, which in a sense is what Christianity is all about. ... It is to make porous wall between time and eternity. "Read more

Krister Stendahl was a close friend of the Mormons, and helped so that it was possible to build a temple in Västerhaninge in Stockholm, when the anti-Mormons wanted to stop the construction. He had very much wanted to meet God in the temple, and the church has a movie where he talks about the temple.

He also wrote an article about "baptism for the dead" (vicarious baptism) in the Encyclopedia on Mormonism, which he defends the Mormon Church's tradition and shows the Christian urkyrkliga traditions that existed. In other words, nothing new as some accuse Mormons.

The Swedish Lutheran theologian Krister Stendahl (1921-2008) specialized in the New Testament.

He has questioned the research done from Augustine and forward, and try to convey new ideas concerning the study of Paul, then you have to see the surrounding environment, and given to the historical context of the society in which Paul appeared in.

There were tensions between Jewish Christians and Gentile converts, just as we see today between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) and on the other hand, the Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox churches.

Stendahl created Stendahl's three rules for religious understanding (on the blog right column). He was a friend of the Mormons, and defended them when there was vocal opposition of the temple in Västerhaninge.

1) If you want to know something about a religion, ask the faithful members, not the enemy.

2) Do not compare your own religion best qualities of others 'religions' worst sides.

3) Leave room and allow the holy envy. It's ok to admire other religions even if you do not want to become a member. Read more

Stendahl was not a member of the Mormon Church, and never wanted to be there, but he very much appreciated the faith of the Church.

Stendahl appeared in the video "Why Mormons Build Temples" and "Between Heaven and Earth."Read more Read more Read more Read more Read more Read more Read more

Things you did not know about Mormons

  1. top secretUsually carries no religious symbols. It's just Mormons who are priests (chaplains) in the United States military that has a cross on the collar of his uniform.

  2. Not all Mormons have the holy underwear, only those who have permission to visit the temples, that have a temple recommend.

  3. About 40% of the members are active in the church (go on at least one meeting in the quarter).

  4. About 20% of members have a temple recommend.

  5. The average life expectancy in Salt Lake City is 11 years higher than the rest of the United States. Church rules are good.

  6. Anyone who becomes a member of the church restored as both a Christian and know the Israeli tribal affiliation. Israel was divided into Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom, later deported the ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom, followed by the nomadic tribes (assimilated) north towards non-inhabited areas and ended up among others in Europe.

  7. Because of our Israelite tribal affiliation we have inherited from our ancestors, combined with our faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we get very often the answer to prayer (in a survey members had more answers to prayer than Catholics, Orthodox, Evangelicals, etc.).

  8. Think they are saved because of their faith in Jesus Christ, not because of deeds / work (Christian leaders in other churches would love to stretch the truth a little bit about our faith, to scare people who are curious about us and maybe would like to become members eventually ).

  9. Those who visit us experience that they have come to the early church, as it was at the time of the apostles. A similar organization as Jesus Christ organized when he lived here on earth to 2000 years ago.

  10. Men and women are equal, need each other.

  11. Both men and women are allowed to speak (preach) in sacrament meeting (worship service). All mature active members may offer to speak.

  12. The priests have no pay for their work, it is a lekmannakyrka.