Big Questions

A critical look at my own paradigms in mormonism

By

Steve Warnock

 
 


Around the year 2000, I started to ask some questions...


I had been raised active Mormon (LDS) my entire life.  But at some point I realized that I had no more proof of my beliefs than anyone else has for theirs.  Despite that, I really wanted to believe.  So I set out to strengthen my faith by looking for additional light and truth...in the form of hard evidence. 


The questions were simple.  Does God exist?  Is there life after death?  And finally, Is there evidence to support my belief in the LDS faith?


I believed that scientific truth and religious truth are different views of the same thing...Truth.  I postulated that if eternal truth exists, it should stand up to careful examination just like scientific truth does.  If God exists, then His (or Her) existence should be rational, testable, and supported by evidence. 


This site represents an ongoing effort to find truth.  It also represents years of research and a profound change in my view of the Mormon Church and of the world.  It has not been easy.  At times I have felt like a kid who just found out there’s no Santa Clause.  I wanted it to be true, hoped it was true, and even hoped that believing it was true would make it so.


Now I have

“...all truth can be circumscribed into one great whole...”

accepted that the LDS church is not true.  I have also come to understand that if God exists at all, we do not have a good understanding of what or who he/she/it is.  While I feel like I’m getting closer to what the truth is, I’m still looking for a way to fill the huge hole in my life left by the departure of religion. 


I have also learned that I am not alone.  There are many around me who struggle with the same questions.  To those I say, read on, not just here, but wherever you can find good, sound information.


“Then ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:32


The one great paradox is that in understanding that there probably is not “one true religion”, I have felt a freedom that I never knew before.  I am free from the guilt that comes from not measuring up, free from the frustration that comes from not experiencing the spiritual feelings I had hoped for, and free from the confusion of trying to reconcile tragedy around me with some greater plan of God. 


I know that there are many others out there, brighter than myself, who have thought these issues through.  I have sought their insight.  I also welcome the comments of others (an email link is found at the bottom of every page).  My goal is not to defend my ideas.  It is to find the truth, but truth will be held to a high, rational standard. 


I have spent most of my life in the church maintaining an ostrich approach to questions:  Be careful what you read, be careful how you think, and don’t stray too far from the path.  The problem with that strategy is that it doesn’t allow for a very thorough examination of the issues.  We must not fear questioning unless we are trying to defend our paradigm.  If we ask honest, careful questions, and sort out the validity of the answers, we can find the truth.  If there is truth out there, it will stand up to scrutiny.  On this basis I have undertaken to scrutinize.  



“Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.”

Thomas Jefferson


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“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

Albert Einstein