Ecumenism

ekumenik7At the time of Jesus Christ's Church founder Joseph Smith grew up in New York State on 1820 century was marked society of great religious antagonisms. The second great revival movement swept across the US and in particular the various free churches sharpened their arguments to their particular communities were the most accurate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Awakening

It was during this religiously tumultuous time that Joseph Smith decided to ask God about which church he should join after being inspired by James 1: 5 "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and he will get it."

The answer, he claims to have received from God has angered many members of other churches:

"I was answered That I must join none of them, for They were all wrong; and the Personage who Addressed me saidthat all Their creeds were an abomination in his sight; That Those professors were all corrupt; that: "they draw near to me withtheir lips, but Their hearts are far from me, They teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but They deny the power thereof."

He again forbade me to join with any of them; and many other things did he say unto me, Which I can not write at this time. When I came to myself again, I found myself lying on my back, looking up into heaven. When the light had departed, I had no strength; but soon recovering in some degree, I went home. " http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,104-1-3-4,00.html

Sometimes representatives of other churches defend their aggressive behavior towards the Church of Jesus Christ by referring to Joseph Smith's first vision where God should have expressed their total rejection to the already existing churches on the grounds that they had not only wrong, but also that their creed was an abomination, preachers were corrupt, that people were false and that what was taught was of men, with a form of godliness, but in the absence of power.

Perhaps that in light of this revelation would think that the Church of Jesus Christ completely disassociated from other churches and considered himself better than these.

Joseph Smith said yourself this question when he would answer the question of what his church differed from other churches: "In reality and essence we do not differentiating so far in our religious views, but That We could all drink into one principle of love. One of the grand fundamental principles of 'Mormonism' is to receive truth, let it come from whence it May. . . . Christians Should cease wrangling and contending with each other, and cultivate the principles of union and friendship in Their midst; And they will do it before the millennium can be ushered in and Christ takes possession of His kingdom. "

History of the Church (Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1932-1951), 5: 499

The answer was then that the theological differences were not greater than one could be part of a common principle of love. One of "Mormonism" great principles were right to receive the truth, wherever it came from. Joseph Smith believed that Christians would be allowed to fight each other and instead work for friendship and unity of Christ's return.

While other leaders of the church over the years have made similar statements. Church's third President John Taylor, who served as President of the Church 1880-87 stressed the pieces of truth that is everywhere: "I was going to say I am not a Universalist, but I am, and I am Also a Presbyterian, and a Roman Catholic, and a Methodist, in short, I believe in every true principle That is imbibed by any person or sect, and reject the false. If there is any truth in heaven, earth, or hell, I want to embrace it, I care not what shape it comes in to me, who brings it, or who believes in it, Whether it is popular or unpopular. "Journal of Discourses 1: 155

Brigham Roberts (1857-1933) was a renowned theologian in the Church of Jesus Christ. He believed that Jesus Christ had indeed been established by God as a means to proclaim the truth, but that truth was not only limited to this institution: "While The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is established for the instruction of men; and is one of God's instrumentalities for making known the truth yet he is not Limited To That institution. . . [T] here is but one man at a time who is Entitled to receive revelations for the government and guidance of the Church-and this in order to preventable confusion and conflict-still it is nowhere continuous thatthis man is the only instrumentality through Which May God communicate his mind and will to the world. It is Merely a law operative within the Church itself and does not at all concern the world outside the Church organization. "

Defense of the Faith and the Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1907), 1: 512-14

One of the church's leader, Orson F. Whitney (1855-1931) stressed that God not only used the members of the Church of Jesus Christ to carry out his work on earth: "[God] is using not only his covenant people, but other peoples as well , to consummate a work, stupendous, magnificent, and altogether too arduous for this little handful of Saints to accomplish by and of themeselves. "Conference Report, April 1921, 32-33

One of the latest statements of our time that Jesus Christ was the Church's relationship with other faiths was the first presidentsskapets statement about God's love for all humanity. Spencer W. Kimball, Marion G. Romney and N. Eldon Tanner: "The great religious leaders of the world Such as Mohammed, Confucius, and the Reformers, as well as philosophers including Socrates, Plato, and others, received a portion of God's light. Moral truths were given to them by God to enlighten whole nations and to bring a higher level of understanding to individuals. . . . God has given and will give to all peoples Sufficient knowledge to Help Them on Their Way to eternal salvation, either in this life or in the life to come. "Ensign, November 1988, 48

Chieko N. Okazaki (1926-2011) was the first non-Caucasian woman who appeared in one of the Church of Jesus Christ auxiliaries. She spoke from experience she had with roots in the Buddhist faith and stressed that despite different religions can still pray and that God has spoken to people about important divine principles in different cultures: "As you probably know, much of the practice of Buddhism takes place in the home with daily prayers and small offerings of food and flowers before a household shrine. . . . [C] An I pray with my mother at her household shrine When I visit her? Of course I can. My prayers are Addressed to my Father in Heaven, not to Buddha, and I understand That the sealing ordinances of the temple link families together eternally, but it Seems to me That bothering rituals turn the hearts of the children toward Their parents in a beautiful way , and I believe That God has found a way to teach this principle in at least three different cultures: in the Old Testament culture of Malachi, the prophet who tells us about turning the hearts; In The Culture of Buddhism; and in the modern Latter-day Saint culture. "
Disciples (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1998), 147-48

The term ecumenism covers primarily Christian unity efforts. It may also include dialogue with other religions, primarily Judaism and islam.Ekumenik strives for both believed Commercial and ämbetsmässig reconciliation between the divided Christian churches.

Within the Christian Church speaks of two different types of fragmentation; schism and heresy, heresy. http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%A4tteri The Roman Catholic Church sees the schismatic Orthodox churches as the Orthodox churches do not recognize the pope's supremacy (ämbetsmässig). The Protestant churches is viewed as heretical. In the Middle Ages was no distinction between schism and heresy, but representatives of both orientations were subjected to persecution; torture and the death penalty.

Not until the 1700 century Enlightenment began the churches to respect each other's faith.

"What that created room for and desire for dialogue was missionary work. It became obvious to both Protestants and Catholics to the highest extent prevented the spread of the Gospel in Africa and Asia in particular when the two groups that hate each declare that God is love. Ecumenism therefore began, albeit in very modest and pragmatic way, outside of Europe. Among other things, they made simple arrangements: it and the strain belongs to the Protestants and the Catholics, and it; or: north of the river seems to Protestants, Catholics south of the river. " http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ekumenik

Ecumenism can be divided into three periods; 1890-1963, 1968 and an ongoing period. The work of dialogue between Catholics and Protestants, but also by the dialogue within the Catholic and Protestant blocs. The ecumenical movement achieved success at a Protestant ideal meeting in Edinburgh 1910. At this meeting, participants felt the Spirit's presence, and to successfully add a common believed because of the various Protestant denominations.

"The single biggest obstacle to unity among Christians is the question of authority. Who, what or who it is who has the last word in the Church leads to the next question of what the Church really is. This question is key to the success of the ecumenical movement. "(Ibid)

One can in this context to understand the problems of the traditional Christian churches' relationship to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Partly regarded Jesus Christ as a heretical doctrine, and the problem arises with the question of authority as Jesus Christ claim to have the keys, authority, from God.

The official, major Christian denominations believe that Jesus Christ stands outside the Christian creeds, among others, the Nicene Creed which defines treeinigheten. Other important differences in terms of the Church's approval of additional writings, teachings and practices beyond what is in the Catholic or Protestant versions of the Bible.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a member of the World Council of Churches. Most Christian churches are members there, but not the largest Christian church, the Roman Catholic Church with 1,18 billion members. The requirement for membership in the World Council of Churches is among others to recognize other member churches' baptism, which is not Jesus Christ does.

Several attempts at dialogue between the Church of Jesus Christ and other Christian traditions have been made, including the Church of Jesus Christ and evangelical Christians.

There havebeen Independent Activities Among Individuals from bothering tradition who attempt to DISCUSS openly about issues of faith. In November 2004, Fuller Theological Seminary President Richard Mouw, and Ravi Zacharias, a well known Christian philosophical apologist, Addressed a congregation of Mormons and Evangelicals Gathered in the Salt Lake Tabernacle for an event sponsored by Standing Together Ministries that was well received despite the differences They acknowledged between Mormonism and the Christian Evangelical perspectives.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormonism_and_Christianity#Dialogue_with_other_Christian_denominations

 

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