Here's a little
story to illustrate the dangers of being a True Believing
Imagine you are called to serve as a jurist in a criminal
trial. The defendant is accused of murder.
prosecution presents only two pieces of evidence in the
case. First, the defendant's neighbor takes the stand and
says he overheard him talking about killing his boss. Second,
the defendant takes the stand and can't provide an alibi
for the night of the murder.
So you are the jurist. With just this evidence, would you
people would not convict, because there is reasonable doubt
that the defendant is guilty, right?
a good jurist, you come back and reach a verdict of not-guilty.
After the trial, you leave the courtroom and are confronted
by the media on the courthouse steps. A reporter comes up
to you and asks you how you could have possibly reached
a no-guilty verdict. You answer that there was reasonable
Then the clincher comes. The reporter asks you, "What about
the DNA evidence?! What about the signed confession?! What
about the fingerprints on the weapon matching the defendnant's
Come to find out, all that evidence was thrown out on technicalities
and didn't make it to the trial. Come to find out, as a
jurist you didn't come to the correct verdict because all
the facts didn't come out in the trial.
Believing Mormons do the same thing with evidence that incriminates
the church. In their minds, they act as the pretrial defense
lawyers throwing out any evidence and facts that could convict
the church. That's good for the church, but this tactic
does not lead to the truth.
The way to truth is to let all the facts come out. Let ALL
the evidence into the trial in your minds before you reach
a verdict of not-guilty.
In the case of the Church vs. Truth, there is hard DNA evidence,
written confessionals of wrongdoing and physical evidence
that the jury in your mind should examine. Merely dismissing
the facts as inadmissible (because they incriminate the
church) will never lead you to reality.