My adventure in becoming a [Good] Mormon

27 “Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? That your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins?”

This reminds me of something, but I can’t remember what LOL

Also, I love listening to this soundtrack whilst reading scriptures:

Ok, an intriguing thought (I really need to stay away from any medium I can express my thoughts in while reading, I’ll never get finished XD) My sister, during one of our less compatible moments, asked me how I can believe the Book of Mormon is true (I tell you, 2 Nephi 31:21!!! Well…And prayer, both of those combined) when it clearly states in the Bible in John 3:16 ( “For God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten son and whosoever have faith in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life” Or something very close to that, my Bible is in the other room…) that you don’t need Good Works to be saved, just faith. At that point, I couldn’t argue because I didn’t even know if it said that you needed good works to be saved (in the BoM), nor did I want to argue religion with someone who I was going to be spending the next 2 weeks in a van with.

Anywho, so now I found where it says that (Alma Chapter 5), but I realized, you can’t argue this anyways, because people like my sister only accept the Bible as truth, whereas people like me accept 4 different books, Bible included, as truth. When explaining this, I tell people to think of the BoM as a sequel to the Bible, it’s still truth, just more has been elaborated on and sorted out. Like sequels in the Harry Potter series. No one says ‘Hey, I don’t accept this book as part of the series cause I don’t like what it tells me!’ because, you know, it elaborates and says ‘well, first Harry didn’t love Ginny, but now they’re married’ You can’tt just ignore that cause you wanted Harry and Hermonie together.

And anyways, I don’t like the idea of being able to say ‘Well, I believe in God, I accept Jesus as my Saviour, etc, but I can do whatever I like, cause I’ve been saved’. I don’t agree with that at all. I may be saved, Jesus may meet me wherever I’m at and accept me for who I am and love me unconditionally, but I’m not going to let His suffering be squandered like a rich person spends money. I think of His sacrifice as a safety net, not something to carry me through all of it and at the end, I’ll just get off and say ‘thanks for the ride, but I’m not paying for gas’.

I think I’ve adopted sort of a Jem’ Hadar outlook on it (Star Trek race). Every time they go into battle, they repeat a sort of mantra that they are dead and they fight to reclaim their lives…Even though they are already alive. I think I’ve got a similar perception. I view it as I’m doomed and I’m fighting for salvation…But I’m actually already saved.

Phew, ok, I think I’m done. Hopefully it makes sense. That felt nice, I don’t often rant like that. Looks as though some of my testimony actually took form in words XD.  I believe the line ‘That’s me in the spotlight, choosing my religion’ would fit nicely here. And no, I’m not going to apologize today if I offended anyone with that (that’ll probably only last the day though).

Live long & Prosper!

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Comments on: "Alma 5:27…And a rant…" (2)

  1. Charlene Vlietstra said:

    Hey Cass. I like what you wrote. The third and fourth paragraphs are very profound and I agree with you completely. I wasn’t trying so argue with you on our trip, I was just asking your thoughts on this subject. It is not my place to judge you on your choices. You don’t judge me for the faith I have chosen and therefore I have no place to judge yours. I am glad for you and mostly happy to see the changes in your life. I pray for nothing but the best for you and you know that. I know we weren’t the most “compatible” this summer but all is well and we both survived it. I am glad you came out this summer despite our compatibility issues and I look forward to seeing you in Sept. for Avi’s bday. Love you xoxoxoxoxo
    Charlene

    • I don’t mind you asking. In fact, if I know the answer or have speculations, you know I’d love to tell you them. It’s just that we had a bit of an argument before that and when you asked those questions, you seemed to act kind of…Triumphant…Over the fact that I didn’t have the answers and couldn’t back my faith up…Which is illogical, because faith is to believe something to be true without seeing it/hearing it/any physical interaction type stuff (I tried to actually back this up with scriptures, but i can’t find the verse…Which is bad cause it was a scripture mastery…)…And you kept firing the same three or four questions at me quite angrily…As mom would say ‘badgering’ LOL…

      And phone me, I have an idea about when you come in!

      Love you too….

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