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Language and a Failure to Communicate

Communication only occurs if people agree on language; French and Germans can’t talk unless they agree on common language. But problems occur even if both speak the same language like English; language is only possible because we agree on the meanings of words. There’s no reason “table” could not be called “squid”, except for the reason we all agree on which is which. Yet in discussion (especially in politics and religion) not everyone uses words with the same definition – some people use different meanings (not commonly held) of words which prohibit communication and cause confusion.


Huckabee and Romney — Is Jesus Satan’s Brother?

This week in politics we’re focused on religion instead of the real issues after Romney’s response “They’re attacking my religion” as reporters asked a question of another candidate about what Mormons believe (it is a silly and irrelevant question, but it certainly isn’t an attack to ask what a religion believes). Are they really attacking Romney and Mormonism? What does the Mormon church teach about the relationship between Jesus and Satan?

Don’t guess or listen to the various parties spin and dodge, go to http://lds.org (the official web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons as they’re commonly known), and in the search box type in “Jesus Lucifer brothers”, and you’ll find the following question and answer (from “I Have a Question” Ensign, June 1986, 24-27 — currently the first search result, although that may change):

How can Jesus and Lucifer be spirit brothers when their characters and purposes are so utterly opposed?

On first hearing, the doctrine that Lucifer and our Lord, Jesus Christ, are brothers may seem surprising to some—especially to those unacquainted with latter-day revelations …

When our Father in Heaven presented his plan of salvation, Jesus sustained the plan and his part in it, giving the glory to God, to whom it properly belonged. Lucifer, on the other hand, sought power, honor, and glory only for himself. (See Isa. 14:13–14; Moses 4:1–2.) When his modification of the Father’s plan was rejected, he rebelled against God and was subsequently cast out of heaven with those who had sided with him. (See Rev. 12:7–9; D&C 29:36–37.)

That brothers would make dramatically different choices is not unusual. It has happened time and again, as the scriptures attest: Cain chose to serve Satan; Abel chose to serve God. (See Moses 5:16–18.) Esau “despised his birthright”; Jacob wanted to honor it. (Gen. 25:29–34.) Joseph’s brothers sought to kill him; he sought to preserve them. (Gen. 37:12–24; Gen. 45:3–11.)

So there it is, straight from LDS’s web site. Romney may not know the answer about his religion, but now you do.