Date: December 24, 2013 10:56PM
I think the LDS doctrine has been expressly designed to mask things people find unpleasant or scary regardless of the truth. The prime example is the concept of "the eternal family". In our western society death has become so alien and remote concept that the promise of everything eventually being again as it was is exceptionally alluring to many people. Of course, it is very unlikely that it is how the universe works. Like many other popular churches, the LDS church (even more so) projects the human society to the spiritual existence. This can be seen over and over again in the LDS materials, including God the father essentially being portrayed as an advanced humanoid entity. But how could anyone believe in that? And more so, how could many otherwise rather intelligent men and women believe in that? Perhaps a mental blind spot that appeals to a host of men and women who might otherwise be intelligent, but for whom one or more of the seemingly unpleasant aspects of life became too much to bear, and the LDS doctrine offered an apparent way out?