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Hamba Tuhan

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  1. A dreadful situation. But where is the rebellion against God that is the defining characteristic of evil? We are left with people presuming that God is evil because he doesn't protect His offspring from every random harm or suffering, which presumption itself assumes a purpose for our existence that is outside of Restoration doctrine: A life free from all pain and privation is not the ultimate good to the Saints. The alternative is to determine that the father who puts a child on the back of pushbike knowing full well that she or he will fall off many times before finally learning to balance is engaged in evil.
  2. As a Latter-day Saint, I'm inclined to say no for a number of reasons, one of them being my understanding of death itself not being an evil.
  3. This is a very apt comparison. The demand is essentially that the Church treat late 19th-century social constructs as universal truths and then alter its doctrines to align with them. It's not going to happen, and if it did happen, it would be an act of apostasy equivalent to what happened in the early centuries following the deaths of the apostles. Like all social movements, this one will also crescendo and then decline at some point, and looking back people will wonder how it ever became ascendant in the first place. In the meantime, the Church is doing its damnedest to accommodate those who've been caught up in this ideological wave whilst protecting revealed truth from the onslaught -- something the early Christian leaders failed to do. I expect things to get worse before they get better.
  4. I think @Duncan answers this question perfectly: I have been startled on a number of occasions to discover that people whom I consider friends were in 'enmity' towards me. It happens. It's not about me; it's about them and their choices. I like to give them space to get over it. God seems quite happy to do the same. Of course! In part, that's because God is never in enmity with us. That's not what motivates Him. Punishment isn't His thing. By means of the Atonement, He's put in place a mechanism specifically to protect us from punishment. But like all wise parents, He is willing to let a tiny bit of the natural consequences of sin to sneak past the Shield of Christ specifically because sometimes that's the only thing that wakes us up. And again based on personal experience, the instant I wake up, the 'punishment' is withdrawn.
  5. It's not about power. Agency is a gift from God, something that He granted us wilfully.
  6. As Latter-day Saints, this one is super easy. First, God didn't create us, and we are not creatures. We are children, entities that are essentially co-eternal with Him. Second, God did know that sending us out of His presence and into a natural (fallen) world world create opportunities for both sin and mistakes, but He also knew that no one can grow without experiencing both wickedness and righteousness. This is why there was a plan for our redemption in place before any of this even happened. This plan allows us to keep all the wisdom that comes from trialling doing things some other way (i.e., being His enemies) whilst escaping all of the eternal consequences of that encounter with evil. As the philosophy instructor I used to work with confirmed to me after our conversation on this topic late one afternoon, the Restoration has completely solved the 'problem of evil'.
  7. Or water! Seriously, an elaborate scheme that requires not one but multiple fake pandemics to convince people to accept a secretly deadly vaccine is something that a Batman villain would dream up. Real people would just put whatever is supposedly in the vaccine in our government-run water supplies and then wait the two years for everyone to die off. Easy!
  8. I don't think I've ever seen an official reason given, allowing for speculation. I'm glad this may be gone.
  9. I think this is very serious. I just looked up the title page of the Book of Mormon online. It used to read, 'Wherefore, it is an historical textbook of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites', but now the Church has changed it to 'Wherefore, it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites'. Very troubling ... What's next? 'Wherefore, it is a completely made-up story about the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites'???
  10. No wonder you hate attending elders quorum! It must be dreadful to spend nearly an hour in the midst of men who prefer the teachings of the living prophets over your special insights.
  11. Yep. Which is precisely why people who don't accept basic public health protocols designed to protect vulnerable patients should not be working in healthcare. Similarly, people who don't believe in the germ theory of disease and refuse to wash their hands after toileting should not be working in food service. It's not complicated.
  12. When I enter a hospital, I have a right to expect that the people who serve me accept and follow basic health protocols: washing their hands, wearing PPE, being vaccinated against infectious diseases. None of these things is foolproof, but not doing them in such a setting is criminally negligent.
  13. 250km north of where I live, an unvaccinated nurse working on a cancer ward pre-mandate infected a number of patients, 11 of whom have now died from COVID. That's what can happen when frontline workers who should strike don't.
  14. The answer to 'What shall we do?' is actually provided by the authors if one reads to the 'Interpretation' section of the piece:
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