(Mormonism & Islam, part 8)
What might one conclude from this comparative study? It seems that the similarities of the two religions seem to outnumber the dissimilarities. Most of the policies and practices of both religions seem to coincide enough to conclude that they are similar in purpose and both originate from the same God. Although wars have been waged over the points of doctrine which are in variance between Moslems and Christians, when the lifestyles of two groups such as Moslems and Mormons are so similar, it should not be worth continually bickering to argue over beliefs which could be considered abstract when so many practical aspects are shared. So if someone does or does not believe that Jesus was the Son of God, that will be clarified at the time of death. Meanwhile the manner of treating ones neighbor or showing kindness to parents and families while maintaining high moral standards can be emphasized and whether we are literal sons and daughters of God or not can be discussed after we move on to the next stage of existence and should not cause frustrations and bitterness here on earth. It seems that when disagreements on points of doctrine result in violence and harm to individuals and society, the whole purpose of religion and the desire that God has for our well-being is undermined.
By studying both religions as well as other religions, a person can more clearly understand certain common precepts which reoccur throughout the world's history and through the writings of various nations. If we seek truth wherever it may be found we are richer for it and are more able to love and respect those we did not formerly understand.
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