One of the reasons people reject religion is that it requires things of its adherents. Some of those requirements appear strenuous, especially when compared to contemporary popular cultures. They even seem strange, and to those immersed within those popular cultures, wrong and harmful. How you see the requirements of religious adherence depends on your worldview. … Continue reading Why does God make demands of us?
I read this very good article today, and want to share it, since it’s better than a blog post I could write. Many things are! The subject of the article is so important right now, as the ‘expressive individualist’ worldview is ascendant in power, and threatens to smother everything else. Here is the link: Continue reading Worldviews and the Gospel of Jesus Christ
“Don’t judge”. It’s something you hear all the time. At best, it’s misleadingly un-specific. We must judge – we’re called to judge (John 7:24, Alma 41:14, Moroni 7:15-16). One of the most important things we must learn to do in this life is to judge correctly between good and evil. The scriptures which say not … Continue reading Judging: it’s essential, not forbidden
‘Our Father in Heaven is a being who governs by law. Nothing is haphazard or accidental about the manner in which he dispenses his blessings. If men keep the commandments, they receive the promised rewards. If they disobey the commandments, they lose the proffered gifts. It is now as it has ever been: “I, the … Continue reading Obedience and Disobedience
I’m re-posting this entry from about a year and a half ago, since it’s continually relevant. Where do you think we are in this process? What is our role, as disciples of Jesus Christ? The rise and fall of the perfect Nephite civilisation in 4th Nephi: it’s always wonderful and kind of magical to read … Continue reading Secrets of a happy society… and how to lose it.