“The Church is true”

The phase “the Church is true”(TCIT) has done more damage in Mormonism that any other phrase other than “the Curse of Cain,” “Fanny Alger,” or “…that it will nourish and strengthen our bodies.”

Is cereal true? Is the bowling alley true? Is flossing true? Is the History Channel true? Do these sentences sound odd? So does TCIT if you’re not part of Mormon culture. Still, for those who think about the words said within the culture, the phrase points to the wrong issue.

Problems with TCIT:

  1. “True” as an adjective means “in accordance with fact or reality.”
    1. Mormonism, or the “Church,” is a corporation set up to administer and impart a message about God, often referred to as “the Gospel.”
    2. The Gospel teachings are based on things cannot be verified and must be accepted by faith.
    3. Calling a corporation “true” that teaches things that must be accepted by faith counters the definition of the word “true.”
  2. TCIT creates a binary view in a culture that is leaving binaries behind.
    1. God’s existence is not dependent on Mormonism, but TCIT insinuates the opposite.
    2. In a faith crisis, a binary view is an open invitation to toss the baby out with the bath water.
    3. If someone determines that “the Church is not true” (TCINT), then it is likely their faith in “the Gospel” will also diminish or die.
  3. Teaching children to use the phrase TCIT is an invitation for them to be disappointed.
    1. Hearing parents whisper into their children’s ear “I know TCIT” is possibly one of the most cringe-worthy moments while attending a meeting. The same parents tell the same children about the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus. It’s generally left for the children to find out that neither personages exists. The children also grow up to find that there are many inaccuracies with what they were taught and what the truth is regarding “the Church.”
  4. It doesn’t make sense to convey a “testimony” of something you literally cannot testify of because it’s a vague and indefensible position.
    1. You cannot prove TCIT
      1. You can’t, so don’t try.
    2. You can prove [this principle of “the Gospel”] [positive verb] your [noun].
      1. “I know that fasting give me better self control over my physical appetites.”
      2. “I know that prayers strengthens my resolve to be more forgiving to those who harm me.”

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