Great article! I appreciate the wisdom and insight that the Eyre's pass
sharrona,I once heard a Catholic theologian on a TV talk show argue
that it is not meant for man to understand God. He went on to say that if you
understand a relgious mystery, then it's not of God. He made it seem as
though God giving man a brain when he created him was a pointless effort on the
part of God, like putting a tasty morsel of food in front of a hungry child with
instructions not to eat it.Hearing bizarre arguments that God
created everything out of nothing suddenly makes Joseph Smith's teachings
sound much more credible to me.
RE:Craig Clark Tell someone about pre-mortal existence. Origen believed
in the Platonic pre-existence and transmigration of souls. The Council of
Constantinople in 453 CE posthumously excommunicated him.Christians,
and Jews believe that God created all that exists ex nihilo (out of nothing).
Mormonism is quite different in its cosmology, claiming that God
fashioned the universe out of preexisting material. God is eternal in some forms
of LDS theology, but so is preexisting matter, including the material used by
God to create human beings.(Ecc 12:7)… the spirit shall return
unto God who gave it) In (2Tim 1:9 & Titus 1:2)God existed
before time, implying he created time.… God who gives life to
the dead and Calls into Being things that were not.(Romans 4:17 NIV)Col 1:16, For in him all things( including angels) were created: things in
heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers
or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him
Tell someone about pre-mortal existence or degrees of glory and you’re as
likely to cause incredulity as you are to enlighten them. But telling them is
better than using metaphors like milk and meat if you truly believe it yourself.
Grown adult can decide what they’re ready for.To ask what was
'restored' is a logical question to expect from those who don't
think that Christ's gospel was ever lost. To them, Mormonism is one more
sect that believes its version of Christianity is the only one that knows what
Jesus was about. That's been going on for two thousand years. At intervals,
someone like Francis of Assisi would come along who realized it was more
important to understand than to be understood.