Junior Ganymede
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The Fear of the Wicked

August 18th, 2014 by G.

The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him

Proverbs 10:24

In other words, what the wicked man fears is what he is going to get.

In a way, that is a mercy. Fear is often worse than the thing you fear.

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August 18th, 2014 08:16:37

Bruce Charlton
August 18, 2014

I suppose that means the fear of the unrepentant.

Perhaps because the reason he does not repent is because of what he fears will happen if he does repent.

Then, that is actually what will happen to him because he does *not* repent.

The feared thing happens, but for the opposite reason to what was expected; and the evasive action was what led to the outcome that was trying to be evaded…

(i.e. The only way to escape fate via Christ.)

August 18, 2014

Bruce C.,
that sounds all too right. Like your nihilism and distraction themes– the things people do to avoid facing up to the meaninglessness they are afraid of destroy their possibility of finding meaning.

August 18, 2014

A CES teacher once said that the worst thing God can do to someone is “nothing”.

The total absence of Heavenly Father/Christ/Holy Ghost/Light of Christ is perhaps a good definition of both Hell and Outer Darkness, places where niether the Spirit of God nor the Light of Christ reach/penetrate. Therefore, what atheists or God-haters want, “No God”, is what they get: the total absence of God.

I base this on D&C Section 19, where a “taste” of the “exquisite” agony of Hell is described as the time the Lord withdrew His Spirit/Light. Somewhere in the book of Alma there is also a passage that describes the Hell that is suffered by post-mortal spirits prior to the resurrection as an “outer darkness”.

Though Mormons have generally ascribed “Outer Darkness” (with caps) as a post-Final-Judgement location for Satan, his demons, and those mortals who shed innocent blood after having Heaven open to them, as described in Section 76.

Taking Section 76 and Alma together, the pre-Final-Judgment Hell could be described as a _temporary_ “outer darkness”.

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