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About Flyonthewall

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    Separates Water & Dry Land
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  1. Once saved always saved?

    Read the very post you responded to. It is plain as day... or can you not understand the plain and simple words of Christ?
  2. Once saved always saved?

    To me, the words of Christ in the parable of the sower, in addition to what everyone else has said here, refutes everything about OSAS. The majority of the words of Christ become false doctrine if OSAS is true.
  3. Whether or not the object is unnecessary is a different matter. The object is a tool as I see it. Could Lehi have led his family through the wilderness on faith alone? I think yes, as long as God was willing. Moses did not have a Liahona... of course he wandered for many years before arriving at his destination... Lehi arrived in a more expedited manner. Blessings of the sick are a matter all to themselves... one hears of miraculous healings without the aid of a Priesthood blessing - so is it possible - yes. I see the temple garment as a tool... a reminder of covenants, so do they help - yes indeed. Of course wearing the garment is a promise one makes so is there extra help in keeping yoru promises? sure. Can anyone pray and get an answer....well Joseph Smith believed it. As I understand it, answers to prayer depends on the stewardship of the one doing the praying. Could I get an answer to prayer concerning the direction the church should be led? No - that's not under my stewardship.
  4. And thus, as I see it, it is something or someone other than the object that the power comes from. If the object had the power, then whoever has the object has the power. It is a bit as an electrical appliance - it is built for a certain purpose but is useless without being plugged into a power source.
  5. I do not believe objects are imbued with "magical" properties - if they were, they would work more consistently. Any and all miracles or "supernatural" events are only brought about by God. Not even the power of the Priesthood can work without God's consent.
  6. No Death Before the Fall?

    My thought on "No death before the fall" is that it is a point of reference. This rock may have had one or more previous uses, but after it was created or re-organized or flipped for our use, there was no death until after the fall. The Biblical narration only concerns itself from the time it was prepared for the use of man forward and does not take into consideration anything that happened before. Who knows, perhaps each one of the extinction events in the past was an ending for the current use and set the stage for the next use.
  7. This from Wikipedia about the term "Homophobia" : Opposition to the term homophobia People and groups have objected to the use of the term homophobia.[108][109][110] Non-neutral phrasing Use of homophobia, homophobic, and homophobe has been criticized as pejorative against LGBT rights opponents. Behavioral scientists William O'Donohue and Christine Caselles state that "as [homophobia] is usually used, [it] makes an illegitimately pejorative evaluation of certain open and debatable value positions, much like the former disease construct of homosexuality" itself, arguing that the term may be used as an ad hominem argument against those who advocate values or positions of which the user does not approve.[111] In the Journal of Applied Philosophy Gary Colwell stated that "the boundary of the term 'homophobia' is made so elastic that it can stretch around, not just phobias, but every kind of rational fear as well; and not just around every kind of fear, but also around every critical posture or idea that anyone may have about the practice of homosexuality".[112] In 2012 the Associated Press Stylebook was revised to advise against using non-clinical words with the suffix -phobia, including homophobia, in "political and social contexts." AP Deputy Standards Editor Dave Minthorn said the word homophobia suggests a severe mental disorder, and that it could be substituted with "anti-gay" or similar phrasing.[113][114]The AP's decision was criticized in some media outlets, especially those in the LGBT area,[115] who argued that homophobia did not necessarily have to be interpreted in a strict clinical sense.[116][117]
  8. The way "Homophobia" is used is not in keeping with the way other "....phobia" words are used. It has morphed into something akin to - "If you disagree with me, you must have a phobia" This is from Wikipedia: A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, defined by a persistent fear of an object or situation.[1] The phobia typically results in a rapid onset of fear and is present for more than six months. The affected person will go to great lengths to avoid the situation or object, typically to a degree greater than the actual danger posed. If the feared object or situation cannot be avoided, the affected person will have significant distress. With blood or injury phobia, fainting may occur.[1] Agoraphobia is often associated with panic attacks.[6] Usually a person has phobias to a number of objects or situations.[1] "Homophobia", the way it is thrown about, does not fall in line with the common useage of the suffix "-phobia". To believe that homosexuality is wrong and/or immoral is not the same thing as having an irrational fear of it. Is believing fornication or adultery is wrong or immoral a type of phobia?
  9. Bread and Water in the LDS Sacrament

    Bread is the default, but as pointed out, it matters not what is used. The Sacramental prayer focuses us on what is important. Obviously if bread is available nothing else will be used.
  10. Bread and Water in the LDS Sacrament

    In the mission field at one evening Sacrament meeting we had no bread for the Sacrament. We did find some oil, and some un-popped popcorn... It may have been a little distracting but it was used.