mercyngrace Posted November 23, 2009 Share Posted November 23, 2009 There seems to be a gulf that is almost impossible to bridge in some of the conversations we have about the gospel. One example that comes up routinely is the back and forth over spiritual experiences. Unbelievers generally denounce these as easily dismissable learned emotional responses to cultural cues. Believers deny this descriptions holding that their spiritual witnesses are much more than emotions, declaring that the mere fact that unbelievers don't recognize such reveals more about the unbelievers than the believers. A few scriptural principles came to mind this morning as I pondered this communication gap.1. We learn line upon line, precept upon precept. In other words, one may not be prepared to receive spiritual knowledge no matter how articulately or reasonably it is presented unless they have an already established foundation of knowledge. (Hence the pearls before swine idea - you can't discuss angelic ministrations with someone who believes the Holy Ghost is a merely product of synapse firing and drippy tear ducts.)2. In the post-mortal world, telestial beings will be ministered to (taught by) terrestrial beings. Terrestrial beings will be ministered to by Celestial beings. (D&C 76) The closer one gets to living the celestial law here, the more difficult it may be to communicate eternal truths to those who are embracing a telestial life. (Ever notice how as your personal spirituality grows, the scriptures and general conference talks have added dimension and seem even more profound?)I should clarify that while this happens here on the board between LDS and apostates, it also happens plenty between active members of the church. As I've encountered this challenge personally, I've received the impression that so long as the person with whom I am speaking is trying to live up to the best of his knowledge, and I am trying to live up to the best of my knowledge, the Lord in His infinite wisdom will allow each of us the experiences we need to eventually come to the same understanding of eternal truths - whether in this life or the next. (Our experiences will work for our good D&C 122) Even steps in what appear to be the opposite direction can lead back home if our hearts are pure. And if they aren't pure no amount of preaching will matter but the Lord will give us opportunities to be humbled, repent, and return unto Him.So, if we can't really cross the communication gulf, perhaps the best response is simply to follow the example of our church leaders and declare unequivically the truths we know without engaging in fruitless debate. In any case, denouncing an unbeliever who can't distinguish between a mouse and an elephant is ridiculous if unbeliever and animals alike are all standing in the dark. Link to comment
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