Junior Ganymede
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The Two Great Commandments and the Father of Souls

December 02nd, 2014 by G.

Bruce Charlton had a very interesting insight into the Mormon belief that God the Father literally begot our spirits in some way:

It is by being children of God that we enter relationship with Him (and Mother in Heaven) – this makes us siblings in a divine family; then by being born to a human father and mother we are related in overlapping human families (which are intended to persist eternally). I think this corresponds to the two great commandments – …thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

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December 02nd, 2014 11:30:34
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Bruce Charlton
December 5, 2014

The explanation just came to me, but seems to make sense.

There (usually) needs to be a reason to love God (rather than simply being terrified of Him – which is the usual reaction to gods) – and the same applies to our fellow humans (which is why ethical ‘universalism’ is associated-with and leads-to selfish and exploitative wickedness – since people who actually love nobody (except themselves) can imagine that they love everybody; and indeed advertise themselves as such).

Family love, or more exactly an expectation/ desire for family love, seems to be built-in; and is (for some or many people) the essential basis of divine love.

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