It seems to me that a good deal of apologetic for the church essentially boil down to the old phrase "that was then this is now". When I've had talks with Mormons about things like blood atonement or Blacks and the priesthood the answer is usually that we have more knowledge now or that we should trust contemporary prophets rather than older ones. As if we should pretend like the past never happened and that everything is all right now.  But this raises the question, How can an eternal God, with eternal laws and eternal truths change? The rebuttal is that God didn't change but the way he does things on Earth did. Am I the only one who sees that as God changing?

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Comment by Phil on July 24, 2011 at 3:57pm
Good question, but I'm not sure I have the answer. Await further light and knowledge from some of the members of LAM.
Comment by MikeUtah on July 24, 2011 at 5:19pm
The answer I usually hear from TBMs is that God directs the church to adapt to changing times, but they fail to see how that makes the church look more like any other, than as an inspired organization which would either direct the changing of times itself (be ahead of the game instead of at the tail end), or never have to change in the first place, had it been setup as a perfect organization with unchanging "truth"/doctrine from the beginning.

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