Thursday, December 12, 2013

If Possible, Even the Very Elect Shall be Deceived

In reading the Speak of Christ blog today, I noticed that my friend, Jeremy, had posted a link to one of the posts from my now defunct blog. I thought I would repost it here and update the link on that blog. (I know how frustrating it can be to click on a link to something I am interested in, only to find the content has vanished.)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
If Possible, Even the Very Elect Shall be Deceived

Hm, it has been a while since I've been here. Anyway, onward.

I'm at a college library and don't have my scriptures. I apologize for any inconvenience.

There is a scripture in the New Testament that says, "If possible, even the very elect shall be deceived." Joseph Smith added, "who are the elect according to the covenant."

I have heard/read many people say "even the very elect will be deceived," which is not true. Apparently, it is not possible for this group to be deceived. But, why?

I think the answer lies in what Joseph was inspired to add. Then we are left with the question, "What is the covenant?"

Is it baptism into the LDS church? Temple covenants?

I submit a thought that has been going through my head lately:

"The elect according to the covenant of eternal life Jesus made while standing face to face with said person, speaking to him or her as one person speaks to another." I submit that these are the only ones who cannot be deceived, because they have a knowledge of the truth. Not faith masquerading as knowledge. Not belief, superstition, or traditions of one's fathers, but actual and true knowledge.

Yet another reason to seek the literal face of our Lord.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Corporations - the nature of the beast

I was reading this book this morning and read this. I found it interesting enough to post here.

Corporations are bound by law to make decisions that produce the greatest profit for their shareholders. Profit-driven corporations disperse decision making across departments and formulize the process so that decisions with destructive outcomes are made by no single person.*

My questions: Does this also apply to entities that are a mixture of profit and nonprofit corporations? Where does the money-making mentality of one arm end and the charity mentality of the other begin? Or do they begin to swallow each other up, with either the money-making mentality or the giving mentality winning over the other? What shareholders profit? What if the corporate arm that is supposed to be nonprofit consists only of one person? How many persons are in the for-profit corporations that connect to it, I wonder? If only one entity is nonprofit and 75 others (to pull a number out of a hat) are for-profit, how can those for-profit corporations not taint the one nonprofit entity?

*The Good Life Lab - Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living, by Wendy Jehanara Tremayne page 162
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