In the pierced heart of the Crucified, God's own heart is opened up--here we see who God is and what he is like. Heaven is no longer locked up. God has stepped out of hiddenness.
~Pope Benedict XVI
I always knew Mormonism was all bull...
The bulls symbolize the 12 tribes of Israel. It is based on the Molten Sea from the Temple of Solomon.
There is also other symbolism tied in to the bull motiff in Mormon mythology.Kerry Shirts is a Mormon archaeologist and tells of an ancient Jewish Messiah, Ben Berechiah Joseph whose ancient symbols were the bull and the unicorn, both symbols used for a specific purpose of deity in the Bible.Also,according to Mormon mythology, "Jahweh", has horns like, "a wild bull".D.H.
Fr. Richsteig, is there an eschatological significance to the bulls? I don't remember bulls in the Vision of St. John.Those horns look, um, dangerous. I can just see a Dan Brown novel where some person is found impaled by the horns.
Interesting in the context of the 'Golden Calf' of Exodus. The scripture scholars tell us that we should imagine the Israelites thinking of Yahweh in the form of a young bull, a sort of virile fertility god.
Mormon aesthetics is an oxy-moron (hey, could be a pun in this instance!). The whole religion is based on one, big, fat lie, conceived by one mid-19th century grave-robber, so it's not surprising their wards and temples are so tacky.
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