Sunday, January 25, 2015

Milk versus Meat

I had an interesting thought (to me, anyway). In the scriptures, we read of babies drinking milk and, when they get old enough, they eat meat. And we talk on and on about how we've got to be careful not to feed people meat (hard to digest and all that).

But, I think we forget that the word translated as "meat" in the KJV of the Bible simply means "food". "He sat at meat," means, "He ate a meal." If there is no more information, we don't know what he ate. It could have been barley bread and cheese.

So, the conflict is between a baby who is still suckling at the breasts and a two-year-old who can chew and eat most foods or a seven-year-old who can chew and eat all foods, not between a baby and a thirty-year-old or eighty-five-year-old.

You really don't have to be very old to be able to eat solid foods. All you need are enough teeth to chew the food without choking . . . and enough sense to take the time to chew thoroughly.

Read what Joseph Smith said are the first principles of the gospel (when speaking to his people).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Jesus' Bread Recipe

Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:35, 50-51). Wheat, when it dies, brings forth life (John 12:24). Jesus gave us the bread recipe, though not the measurements.

Take some wheat (Matt 3:12). Throw out any tares (Matt 13:25). Add oil (Matt 25:3; Mark 6:13). Add water (John 3:5). Add salt that is pure (3 Nephi 12:13; Luke 14:34). Add leavening (Luke 13:21; 1 Cor 5:6).

There are hidden meanings here, pieces of a puzzle. Separately, they don't mean as much, but put them together and bake them in the fiery furnace of affliction or in the refiner's fire and you come out with a finished product, if you will. One worth saving. One worth partaking of in the household of God just as food becomes one with us when we partake of it, thus becoming one with the Gods - thus we can all share the Mind of God and be one.

Created in the Image of God

We were created in God's "image." 

What is my "image"? What I see in the mirror. It looks like me, but it is not me. It mimics me, but it cannot think. It cannot escape the two-dimensional space it resides in. There is an illusion that it resides in a three-dimensional space, but it actually does not.

We were created in God's image. We are not exactly like Him. We don't think His thoughts. We dwell in very limited dimensions of time and space. At some point, we hope to be able to be like Him and to "see as we are seen" - to have the fulness of autonomy and dimension that God now had.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Critique of Those Who Claim to Believe Denver Snuffer

Upward Thought has a post entitled A Critique Directed to Those Who Claim to Believe What Denver Snuffer Teaches. Rob doesn't allow comments on his blog as far as I could tell. Since this post (an anonymous email he received) is directed to those like me, I would like to briefly state my stand (but I will not address all that the email states. If anyone reading that post, like me, is frustrated at the lack of ability to discuss it, feel free to discuss it here).

I will not quote any of the email here. Anyone who is curious should go to Rob's blog to read it.

My reply is simple:

Patience. Give people time to figure it out.

Forgo judgment, criticism, and condemnation. You don't really know what these people should be doing.

First, they should be getting themselves, individually, right with God. Setting their own houses in order as it pertains to their individual souls.

Second, they should work on their marriages (if they have any).

Third, their children.

Fourth, extended family, friends, communities.

There is absolutely no need to rush into living the law of consecration. Learning to help others, learning to agree with how money is to be spent, is a good beginning.

The priesthood that you call Melchizedek is now the holy priesthood after the order of the Son of God. It is no longer divided. It is what men seek because it can only be given by the voice of the Lord, in His own time, not yours.

As far as leaving an apostate church instead of keeping a foot in both camps, the Lord has specifically told some people to stay. There are loving, sincere followers of Christ in that church (if it is the one I think you are referring to) and some of us may be able to lift others up or open their eyes to something better. It is up to the Lord to tell people whether they should stay or not, not you.

What are we doing differently than has already been done? We are seeking the face of Christ - literally, face to face, as one person speaks to another. We are noticing that that which we once thought was virtue is sin, is pride, is an abomination before God. We are partaking of the sacrament of the Lord's supper according to the pattern found in the Book of Mormon. We are baptizing according to the pattern set by Alma the Elder. The Holy Ghost is falling upon us and we are understanding scripture better than we ever have before. It is astonishing what we thought we knew, yet missed.

God is speaking to us - in our minds and hearts, in dreams and visions. We are seeing angels. We are gaining knowledge of things, yet not knowing how we know. The Lord is supporting us in our trials and tribulations. He is pointing out where He is helping us and where we need to improve.

God is in no hurry. Why are you?