Thursday, August 13, 2015

Judgement Day

Basic logic and The Book of Mormon share an interesting concept.  Overall, we all claim that we want to go to heaven and live with God for all eternity.  I certainly hope that is generally true.  However, we find some intriguing questions in LDS scripture such as, in paraphrase, do you actually think you would be comfortable living with God, being in His presence, with a full consciousness of your continual rebellion against His laws?  It states that we would be more miserable in those conditions to live with God than to dwell with the damned souls in hell.  

I have a most beloved relative who found herself involved in morally dire straits many years ago.  She was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, divorced her husband, and lived in horrible circumstances for over two decades.  She eventually came to herself and found the strength to return to church and plead with the Church leaders to allow her to be baptized again.  It was an arduous process, and I know she wept bitterly alone in her room many times before she finally received approval to come back into the fold.  She has since found herself embraced in full fellowship with her brethren and sisters of the Church.  

During her religious exile as it were, I heard many people talk of her as though there was no hope for her, no redemption possible, and no point in even trying to help her.  I wonder, if we were brought to the judgement bar today, who would have a better chance for exaltation in God's kingdom; the woman who found herself honestly excommunicated or those who held full religious membership and attended meetings externally but inwardly behaved as dark and loathsome hypocrites.  I wonder how those will find themselves who make it a point to attend to the visible duties of religious worship but come home and engage in hatred and severity toward those in their home.  It isn't for me or for you to judge anyone, but perhaps it may prove something we might question in ourselves.  True it is that my relative lost a marriage that can never return to her, but in so doing she gained her own salvation when she had almost irretrievably lost it.  What does it profit a man or woman to gain the whole world and lose their soul? 

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