Friday, May 6, 2011

Interesting Scriptures

D&C 98 33-35: 33 And again, this is the law that I gave unto mine ancients, that they should not go out unto battle against any nation, kindred, tongue, or people, save I, the Lord, commanded them. 34 And if any nation, tongue, or people should proclaim war against them, they should first lift a standard of peace unto that people, nation, or tongue; 35 And if that people did not accept the offering of peace, neither the second nor the third time, they should bring these testimonies before the Lord;

America has had a lot of recent engagement in war type things. I think the number of peace offerings should outnumber the number of bombs dropped, but that's just me. Christ of all people had reason to take vengeance on those who were seeking to kill him, and destroy him. Yet he did not, he offered peace, He was not going to condemn or accuse even those killing Him. A legion of Angles was at his call but not called upon. Buying up of armies and navies isn't going to be successful according to the constitution I treasure and the scriptures that speak to my heart. I love the country I live in, and want Gods blessing upon it.

Mark 7:15 "There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man."

This one seems to be commonly understood exactly backwards. What a person consumes is often culturally viewed as making them defiled, it also prohibits many from participating in many Church activities (but I can't disagree with the measurable standards set forth on what we consume). The attitude that things from "outside" going in a person is what defiles him seems to reign. What about Christ's teachings to the contrary.  That it is actually what comes out of the man that defiles the man.  How come no one ever talks about that?  We only talk about the reverse.

Doctrine and covenants 1:38. ".... whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same."

Meaning that we have no reason to doubt anything a leader of the Church says, because it’s the same as if the Lord Himself had said it, right??  Wrong.  Tuns out our use of "...." is very costly when we ignore scripture context.  Here's the full verse. 

38 What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.
Here we learn that this phrase is actually just a small part of a whole idea. That idea is a continuation of the preceding verse, and is basically stating that the Lord has given us many prophecies and they will all be fulfilled. The Lord will not make excuses for seemingly unfulfilled prophecies or things He has said.  They shall all be fulfilled.  Even though the heavens and the earth, which are practically eternal in comparison to human lifespans, will pass away, His Word will never pass away. All His word will be fulfilled.  Not all man's words, or all mans philosophies or all the false and vain things said in the name of Jesus Christ.  The only thing promised to be fulfilled are His actual words.  Then comes the familiar part where He says, whether that fulfillment comes by His own voice or by the voice of His servants, "it" is considered the same.  It = "What I the Lord have spoken".  Whether He speaks it Himself or He authorizes someone else to speak it, it is the same.  But if He didn't speak it, nor authorize it, and someone is just spouting off their own ideas then it should be obvious that there's no promise.  We have to discern if what we hear is from God or not.

What that verse is not saying is that a person's Church office or calling automatically makes their words the same as if God spoke.  That's backwards.  The words have to be God's words, or else it's clearly NOT the same!  You can't just make stuff up, or pontificate, or share your own ideas and opinions and then claim it is the same as if God said that stuff.  And therefor will be fulfilled.  Nope.  That's quite ridiculous when you think about it.  As if whatever someone claiming a Church office says somehow binds God to ownership of whatever that man says. If the message didn't come from God, then the hope it will be fulfilled is vain.   No matter how many warm fuzzies it gave you. 

Doctrine and Covenants 84:55 -57 "Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation." 56And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all. 57And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written

When we hear about the amazing financial success of the Church, their downtown investments, and all the amazing growth, statistics, and growing acceptance it's real easy to forget some of the more unnerving descriptions God has of us. If we wonder what God thinks of the church it's right there and it ain't pretty.

Many scriptures refer to people forgetting the Lord their God. I don't so much think people forget that there is a loving God that governs in the universe. Or maybe it is. Could it be more forgetting what He has said, forgetting who he actually was and is and is to come? We often don't do what Jesus Christ taught, then forget it, and then ignorantly think that it's other people who have forgotten the Lord their God. At least this has been the tendency I see in my self.

Here's another one from D&C. 3 Wherefore, a commandment I give unto you, that you shall not purchase wine neither strong drink of your enemies; 4 Wherefore, you shall partake of none except it is made anew among you; yea, in this my Father’s kingdom which shall be built up on the earth. 5Behold, this is wisdom in me; wherefore, marvel not, for the hour cometh that I will drink of the fruit of the vine with you on the earth, and with Moroni...

Christ drinking of the "fruit of the vine" with us. haha that one makes me laugh.  Most LDS folks would retract in dismay at wine being served.  From reading scriptures I see many examples of folks who historically refuse to participate in what Christ offers because they view it as unclean or incorrect behavior.  I wonder if the same occurs today, and will occur in the future. "This man eateth and drinketh with sinners (Mark 2:16)".  We project our own misunderstandings upon Christ.  But he is patient with us.  I love Christs teachings, His light is captivating.

My intent with this post today is to remember the things the Lord has said to us in scripture, not just some scriptures, but ones we tend to not focus on as well.

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