When Free Will looks in the mirror, it sees the pitiless face of Justice.
Our ward Primary President introduced the singing of “Silent Night” this way: (more…)
Being a Mormon Christian is hard. No one is very good at it. (more…)
After the requisite soul-searching and angst and all that, Nephi cut off Laban’s head, snicker-snack. He probably did not know at the time that he was setting up a type of Christ. (more…)
Worth repeating: a comment by Silver Rain:
Justice isn’t ours. In fact, the very essence of forgiveness is handing our need for justice over to the Lord. Just as the Savior atoned for our sins and errors, He also atoned for the sins and errors of others. If we truly trust Him, we will find a way to allow Him to repay us whatever others owe us. Rather than expecting the Church to exact justice, which will only extend the misery this man has inflicted on your friend, taking advantage of the Atonement will free your friend from the shackles of this man’s sin. [...]
If there are Church courts where justice is being exacted, I submit the men ministering those courts do not understand their purpose. Excommunication and disfellowshipping are not exacted under the law of justice, but of mercy. If people are not keeping the covenants they made, it is mercy which requires they be released from those covenants until and unless they have repented to the point where they are prepared to make them again.
Excommunication and disfellowshipping may feel like punishment (or justice, depending on perspective) but that is not their purpose. In my understanding, courts are instructed to refrain from exacting those consequences unless the Spirit confirms it is necessary for the individual to truly repent.
As far as watching an ex-spouse be sealed in the temple when an individual cannot, I can certainly understand the pain that would cause. But that loops back to trusting Jesus Christ, Alpha and Omega, to exact the amount of justice necessary and no more or no less. Demanding He judge in a certain way means that you do no[t] truly trust His wisdom and love for the perpetrator AND FOR YOU. I have full confidence that if my ex is ever welcomed back into the family of God, it will only be once he acknowledges the damage he has done and repented for it. Who can justly ask for more than that? My ex cannot undo the pain he has caused me, nor the damage he has done to my life. But that isn’t his job, even though he was the one who committed the sin in the first place. It is the Savior’s job, and I rely on Him to “pay” me what I am owed: to make it all right again.
Fortunately for us, the Savior rarely simply pays us back. In my experience, when He pays someone’s debts for them, it comes with more interest than I would have ever thought to ask for.
Square Two has a response to Taylor Petrey’s attempt to imagine a Mormonism without the central Mormon doctrines of eternal marriage, descent, and ancestry. (more…)
(*I was going to list just singers, but I had a crush on Margaux. She was just a few years older than I, and I loved how she didn’t pluck her eyebrows.)
My name’s Bookslinger, and I’m an alcoholic. (“Hi Bookslinger!”) It’s been 10 years since I’ve had a drink…
Perhaps people don’t want to break with an unhappy past so much as to relive it; to return to some point on the road to ruin and make the one change, the single alteration that would make it all turn out differently.
Yesterday at church the speaker reminded us that the fall is our inheritance from Adam, on good scriptural authority. (more…)
There are many theories about the Atonement. All are at best analogies. What Christ did matters much more than our explanations about it do. Especially on Good Friday, we should probably spend more time at the foot of the cross instead of critiquing concepts and philosophies.
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Christ chose to let himself be in Satan’s power and in the power of the Romans. Its important that he chose, because it made him a willing victim. Its also important that he did not directly choose the garden agony or the cross. These were the choices of his tormentors. If he had chosen them himself, he would have been willing but not a victim. (more…)