From a blog by the same title, written by a woman who left the church.
This idea of doctrinal infallibility places an enormous burden on church members. As a faithful Mormon, I had some serious mis-givings about some of the Mormon Church's teachings. I felt very uncomfortable with the church's stance on gay people. My heart told me that two people in love --- no matter their gender --- was something to celebrate. My church told me otherwise. And since "the Church is perfect", the implication was that my heart was leading me astray. The burden was on me to change myself in order to fit the dictates of Mormon doctrine.
I also had no avenue in which to try and change the Mormon Church. I was taught not to contact authorities about my concerns. Criticism of the authorities is a very serious matter within the Mormon church and can lead to excommunication. As a member, I was powerless to effect change. My voice was silenced. Since the church was perfect --- and the only true church on Earth --- the implication was that I had to conform my convictions to match that of the Mormon Church. My eternal salvation depended upon my ability to internalize the doctrinal teachings and make them my own. This led to quite a few mental gymnastics on my behalf as I struggled to conform my heart and my mind to the ideals that Mormonism demanded of me.
All of this leaves members in a very vulnerable position. Mormons are expected to give over complete control to authorities. There is no space for dissension. In situations where the Mormon Church's actions are less than perfect --- such as the priesthood ban on blacks or the support of Proposition 8 --- members have no room to voice their concerns. Authorities expect complete obedience, no matter how heart-breaking obedience may be to the individual.
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Do you think this same kind of absolute obedience to doctrine is common with most world religions? Do you see any problems with it, or do you feel that such it's beneficial for the churches to dissuade followers from questioning the wisdom or logic of the rules, tenets, doctrines or beliefs in general? I'm especially struck by how the author tags the lay clergy as imperfect as the rest of them (they're just human, too, after all) and notes how they become the scapegoats for the unquestionably perfect church.
Also, if you enjoyed reading that blog, you might enjoy another written by the same author, entitled "Why Ex-Mormons Keep Quiet About Their Experiences".Answer Question
Answer by Rosehawk at 2:23 PM on Aug. 13, 2012Credits: 85834 Level 36 Religious Debate 101
Answer by KristiS11384 at 2:28 PM on Aug. 13, 2012Credits: 189938 Level 44 Religious Debate Degree
The only time you see this POV with Mormon's are ex Mormon's. With my experience, no active Mormon will EVER speak a word against the church.
As for your question, I do think many (most) religion's encourage absolute obedience but I do not think it is wise to blindly follow without researching it and questioning it yourself. I was raised Baptist... as an adult I have read the Bible myself, prayed and researched and have come to see that many things that I was taught are incorrect, the Bible did not state these certain things at all but it was a person's interpretation, which I see now, was wrong.
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Answer by Jambo4 at 6:00 PM on Aug. 13, 2012Credits: 7491 Level 19 Religious Debate 101
The pope owns infallibility when speaking on doctrine.
Pope John XXIII once remarked: "I am only infallible if I speak infallibly but I shall never do that, so I am not infallible" It rarely has happened in the church outside of Tradition and Scripture
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