> -----Original Message-----
> From: John W. Redelfs [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2003 6:05 PM
> Subject: RE: [ZION] A Question for George
> Ron Scott wrote:
> > > Well, good doctrine drives out bad, and vice versa.  We are
> not free to
> > > just believe whatever we want.  Whatever we believe has to be
> in harmony
> > > with true, ie. correct doctrine.<
> >
> >Obviously we are quite free to BELIEVE whatever we choose to BELIEVE.
> >Preaching "false" doctrine is another matter. More often than not "false
> >doctrine" is an eye-of-the-beholder thing anyway and. In most
> (but not all)
> >cases, BELIEF is not nearly as important as how one DOES.
> Well, of course you are right that actions speak louder than
> words, or even
> beliefs for that matter.  But there is a connection between beliefs and
> actions.  All actions originate as thoughts first.  And beliefs, right or
> wrong, very much shape our thoughts.  And it is hard to do what is right
> without first knowing what is right. --JWR

Well, this could turn into an endless debate. So I'll try for some
shortcuts.  Short of taking a crash course in Mormon doctrine, there are
many non-doctrinal ways one can *learn* what is right.  For instance, Jimmy
Carter learned correct *do good* principles in a Baptist Church in Plains.
Richard Nixon was taught (apparently he didn't learn very well) similar
principles in a Quaker meetinghouse and so on and so forth. Presumably they
both believed similar basic principles, even though each of them applied
what they'd learne very differently. To wit: DOING counts more than the
learning, which I will modify this way: good learning often leads to good
doing, but you never can be too sure.


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