The Spirit must whisper. The reason is simple. (more…)
I think the main problem is in the common negative attitude towards Mormons by other types of Christian – which means that correcting even egregious errors (e.g. I heard from the pulpit that Joseph Smith claimed he was Jesus) has little effect.
Because, even though the specific belief about Mormons may be, and usually is, false – the truth is often just as shocking to non-Mormon Christians as the false belief.
For example, those who repeat with horror the common error that Mormons are polytheists are wrong – but the truth (for example that our Mother in Heaven is God’s consort) is equally shocking.
So, in general, I feel that the best strategy is to try and expound Mormon beliefs without argument or defence; in the hope that – if someone listens for long enough – they will eventually recognize that these beliefs are coherent and Christian and at-least-potentially valid, despite their extreme strangeness.
After all, the beliefs are a ‘package’ (i.e. a metaphysical system) that only make sense when taken as a whole – and someone with a positive attitude who makes overall comparisons may, at some point (as I did), get a personal revelation that the Mormon package is the one that happens to be true!
Mountain canyon mist,
snow falls on ferns and spring grass,
the swift creek gives voice.
Laughing, children cross
from rock to rock. The family
chatter echoes with the creek’s.
The answer to ‘what kind of creator?’ does not come from drawing up some kind of ‘balance sheet’ of good and bad things, as we crudely and ignorantly suppose them to be. Of course we cannot really know what is good and bad in terms of motives and long-term effects – but even if we could this would be a ludicrous exercise – is that method how we know for certain a mother’s love, a wife’s, a son or daughter’s love? By compiling a ledger of hugs and treats minus sharp words and slaps?
Amending the Constitution would be more than worth it to make it happen. I’m pretty sure Simon Schama had to be carried out of this debate on a stretcher:
We live – in the West – in times of unprecedented physical comfort and convenience – and unprecedented spiritual darkness.
Most of the darkness relates (more or less directly) to sex and sexuality – the sexual revolution has been used as both a lure and a battering-ram to subvert and destroy religion (specifically Christianity), to hollow-out and recolonize its institutions as inverted parodies of the truth.
So why have you and I and so many others been born into this situation? (You can be sure there is a reason why we are born here and now, and not some other time or place.)
Given that God is our loving Father, the reason must be some version of ‘for our own ultimate good’ – or ‘because this is what we, personally, most need‘.
Everyone’s case is different – indeed unique – but I suppose that the main source of ‘opposition’ to good in our time does seem to imply the main necessity of our souls.
Presumably, many of us alive today most needed strengthening by this particular type of opposition – that the sexual domain was (in some way) the particular weakness of our pre-mortal selves – the main factor holding us back from spiritual progression, perhaps.
At any rate, overall the particular nature of corruptions and temptations – of opposition – in our time and place must be some kind of tough love, or bitter medicine; a necessary challenge for our particular souls and the souls of Men in general: a kind of make-or-break opportunity to deal with some extremely serious problem.
These are reflections on Elder Oaks’s talk at CJCLDS General Conference earlier this month.
One route to power is to claim that you are seeking good ends, and need power to achieve them. This kind of power is never about self-reformation, because one does not need power over others to achieve self-reformation. It is about making others be holier. The people who seek power this way have to claim holiness themselves, either by rigid outward manifestations like the Pharisees, or by claiming victim status like the SJWs.
On the other hand, people whose genuine aim is holiness and self-reformation will often accrue power and influence over others without seeking it. That they do not seek is critical, because seeking for power is corrupting.
There’s the problem. We need good people to have power over others. But people who seek power over others are not good.
One solution is hierarchy and organized religion. My bishop tries to reform me because he was assigned to do so, not as a way to exercise power.
But a religion without authority, like Progressivism, will turn into a power-hungry mob pretty quickly.
A democracy where only those who seek powers rule will break down also. It’s probably no coincidence that the Founders originally viewed the Electoral College not as an election mechanism, but as a hiring committee.
From Music and the Making of Modern Science by Peter Pesic, page 28:
In his earlier Tractatus de commensurabilitate vel incommensurabilitate motuum celi (Treatise on the Commensurability or Incommensurability of the Celestial Motions, written sometime during 1340-1377), Oresme staged this problem in the form of a debate between personified figures of Arithmetic and Geometry, enacted at the command of Apollo himself. The whole dramatic scene is unique among his works, which he generally phrased in the traditional Euclidean style of geometrical propositions.
Appearing as a character in his own drama, Orseme expresses his perplexity whether incommensurability is actually present in astronomy or only a purely theoretical possibility. Then Apollo, accompanied by the Muses, Arts, and Sciences, appears to Oresme “as if in a dream.” Apollo rebukes him for being “ignorant of the ratios relating the things of this world” and hence subject to “affliction of the spirit and an unending labor.” Apollo phrases the problem trenchantly; “an impreceptible excess—even a part smaller than a thousandth—could destroy an equality and alter a ratio from rational to irrational.”
… These are people suffering from a form of phantom limb syndrome. Instead having had a leg chopped off that they can still feel, it is their sense of the divine that has been amputated. The result is this weird nature cult run by billionaires.
There is that moment when you are in between sleeping and waking, when you think your night dreams are real.
I live in the high plains desert. Within recent memory, there was a year with no rain.
This morning I woke up and looked out the window into a thick and dripping fog. For a moment I believed that I was still back in Portland and that my oldest daughter was still alive and sick with cancer. For a moment I thought I was about to go start her medical routine.