I receive a daily mailing from a fundie Protestant pastor that details every story that day that he feels is important for Christians to know about. Today’s mailing included such items as: Earthquake Shakes Chile’s Capital, Dengue outbreak in Argentina now ‘epidemic’, Mother kills son with a bullet to back of head at Florida shooting range, and, to my surprise, Gay marriage’ in Iowa more damaging than a 500-year flood! Pretty grim stuff. The pastor calls his daily post All The Good News OF Bible Prophecy. Huh??? Why is any of this stuff good news?
I guess, from the point of view of a pre-millenialist believer, it’s all good news. Things are getting really bad, and only the return of Jesus Christ can fix all of it. The worse things get, the closer we are to the eschaton. Fabulous! Bring it on!
Mormonism, I think, takes a different view. It avoids changing bad news into good news. Instead, it presents the Gospel as life-affirming and an eminently practical way to live one’s life.
My question: Are there aspects of Mormonism that aren’t, in the end, “good news”? Are there some aspects you’d change, not because you just don’t like them, but because they contribute nothing toward the ultimate message of good news for all people?