Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mosiah - Chapter 16

4 Thus all mankind were lost; and behold, they would have been endlessly lost were it not that God redeemed his people from their lost and fallen state.
As I read this I thought of a comment Stephen E. Robinson makes in his book, Believing Christ.  Essentially, he points out that rather than requiring us to toss a virgin into a volcano to appease God, or reconcile ourselves to Him, He sacrificed His Son to make that reconciliation.  Essentially, Satan would have it be the other way around.  How then could we ever, in this life or the previous one, choose Satan over Christ? 

The choice is so obvious!  How very grateful I am that I've been given the opportunity to understand this.


di said...

10 Even this mortal shall put on immortality, and this corruption shall put on incorruption, and shall be brought to stand before the bar of God, to be judged of him according to their works whether they be good or whether they be evil—
11 If they be good, to the resurrection of endless life and happiness; and if they be evil, to the resurrection of endless damnation, being delivered up to the devil, who hath subjected them, which is damnation—

Who says it isn’t black and white? “If they be good…” Are my works good? Not my judgment to make, but I certainly hope so. I kind of understand already about ‘endless damnation’. It is the state of addiction. That constant preoccupation with the ‘thing’ you need to turn away from. It is a kind of Hell. It is the corruption that longs for incorruption. It is feeling ‘delivered up to the devil’.

Candleman said...

I agree. Many of us are or have experienced hell already. The difference in my view is that after we lose our bodies we well no longer be able to self medicate and so will be forced to endure our pain unmitigated by drugs, twinkies, pain pills, lies or anything.