President Joseph Fielding Smith, as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles who later became the tenth President and “Prophet, Seer, and Revelator” of the LDS Church, wrote the following that was published in 1954, in all CAPS: Continue reading ““If Evolution is True, The Church is False”?”
I don’t think the narrative is literally true, no. But I do perceive it to be deeply, absolutely, and universally Real. Let me explain.
We often progress through faith in stages. The American theologian James W. Fowler outlined these in a well-known book, Stages of Faith.
We’ve been surrounded by Christianity for many centuries, Mormonism for 200 years, yet it seems Christ consciousness hasn’t penetrated most Western people, even those in Utah. Most don’t know that Christ lives in them (Galatians 2:20). Continue reading “Our True Identity”
“I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”
—John 14:6, NIV
Much has been written, and there has been much contention throughout history, about this scripture and others like it that seem to justify the exclusive truth claims and saving power of Christianity. Other religions have made similar claims for their own paths, but for this post I’ll focus on Christianity. I believe these claims rely on an interpretation of scripture that is partially correct, but unfortunately misses a greater and far more glorious meaning.
Some Christians and other religious people believe that God is the author of divine law. I don’t think this is the case. Continue reading “What is the Relationship between God and Divine Law?”
The Fall is going from nonduality to multiplicity, from purity to defilement, from perfection to sin-full-ness, from unity to multiplicity, from oneness to diversity, from clarity to obscurity, from Godliness to the nothingness of the natural man and carnal mind. Continue reading “What is the Fall?”
Last night, in the dark night of the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was heavy in mind and soul, even unto death. He went a little ways off from his disciples and fell to his knees. He began his heartfelt prayer, the prayer, his contemplation, his meditation to commune with the Father within him. He uttered:
O, Abba, my Father, all things are possible unto thee, take away this cup from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Continue reading “As Jesus, our “Natural Man” Must Die Too”