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  1. Maybe he had Christian progressives in mind; as in Jesus "the great teacher and rebel" and whatnot, but nothing particularly miraculous or salvific.
  2. I'm slowly on and off listening through his Genesis series.
  3. The 'war in heaven' is right now. This is it. One son has been giving his presentation for thousands of years and we have had that captivity because we have chosen and embodied that plan (collectively, not necessarily individually). I think the term 'struggle' is better than war. The struggle is for the purpose of coming into union (love) with one anther while preserving freedom. In 1 Nephi 14 we are taught that there are only two paths. One path is captivity and destruction. One path is liberty, peace, and life. Hopefully, the presentation of the second son (the second who
  4. Justice is not a penalty. Justice is not subtraction. It is restoration. Justice IS mercy. What you have done unto the least, you have done unto me. You can come into the feast at any time. Isaiah chapter 1:11-17 What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts? Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath an
  5. Really beautiful. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx I don't consider CHRIST or GOD to be one person, but rather the union of all beings in a state of joy. So the Christ or atonement template works differently with that.
  6. I hear you. I've been reading it on and off for over two years and I'm almost halfway through. I can only read one chapter a day because then I have to really digest it.
  7. My favorite is found in A Course in Miracles. And also the New Testament but most people don't use it that way. I just started reading The Forgotten Way by Dekker, I'm curious to see where he takes it. But he has begun by saying that a true Christian keeps no record of wrongs, so that is similar to ACIM. A Course in Miracles is really hard to put in a nutshell, I know that the one I am going to will be misunderstood. But it is that we are innocent, and the atonement is that we remember that. Also I am starting to read some Bonhoeffer and I am seeing shades of that in his writing.
  8. Don't get stuck on the English word 'God'. For as much good as it can hold, it can also lead astray. Hebrew is better for understanding the depths of the history of this reality we now say in English as 'God'. The main point is, is that as Beings we have the capacity for unlimited potential and we are on a journey to reach that, in time and eternity. It's really not that mysterious. But it is wonderful.
  9. You're welcome, sis. The topic made me think of it, lol.
  10. I couldn't find a smaller clip, so go to 38:50 for a short scene.
  11. A church leader quote can be found for everything within two hundred years of speeches. I read the scriptures and come to my own understanding. I can find a quote for that, too. As far as I can tell from this quote (without reading the whole speech), I think Elder Oaks' point is that preparation is real, not just getting a ticket for being in the (so-called) right Church (or whatever token). P.S. You don't even have to be Christian to be prepared.
  12. I recently wrote this bit about the Shiz/Coriantumr story etc.: /////////////////////////////////// The Book of Mormon is the parable presentation of two societies whose end became complete destruction with only one man left alive. In one example, the man was the individual who "won". He was the last man standing after killing the second-to-last-man standing. He looked out on vast fields of dead and rotting human beings. The armies had been kin of the same nation with their main point of conflict being blood revenge rules (stupid!) and fighting over which of the ruling class wou
  13. Great questions. I want to caution you as I often take the opportunity to caution anyone on the same matter. Scriptures (Book of Mormon, Bible, Quran, etc) aren't true or valuable or 'a feast' because they are reconcilable. Lots and lots and lots of things don't make sense and match up within the scriptures. You'll find many contradictions. Many reject the scriptures when they become defeated in their inability to reconcile everything all together, as if that was the promise the scriptures held out. "We promise you," the scriptures say (do NOT say), "that we are completely reconcilable an
  14. Most numbers in the scriptures are symbolic. Are you Christian? Does it mean 50 percent of Christians? Or 50 percent of humanity? Or is there something more important to be gained from it? It's possible the number doesn't matter at all here, simply the binary of prepared-not prepared. Not all LDS are permanently stuck in scripture interpretation kindergarten. I mean, that's what it says in the scriptures. 🙄
  15. There are two Ways. Getting gain at the cost of/sacrificing innocence/human life (bloodshed and captivity). Or being willing to and sometimes actually releasing all gain for the purpose of saving/giving life and innocence (liberation, redemption).
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