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New Harmony: When people call me a sheep, I say thank you

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  • sharrona layton, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 2:28 p.m.

    RE: Craig Clark . Gentiles and the half-Gentile Samaritans were viewed as enemies to be shunned (see John 4:9; 18:28; and Acts 10:28).

    RE: LeGrand Richards “he (Jesus) visited his 'other sheep' in America, known as the Nephites, and there chose twelve disciples and organized his Church, as he had done among the Jews, an account of which is given in some detail in Third Nephi of the Book of Mormon . . .

    “… Isaiah boldly says“I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me( .Romans 10:20) Neither the Nephites Nor the Lamanites can meet this qualifications.

    “…. in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves(Mt 7:15) false prophets

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Feb. 15, 2017 12:58 p.m.

    sharrona,
    " . . . . Though Jesus’ specific ministry was directed toward the Jew, this is not to say that Christ ignored the Gentile people living in Palestine during His mortal ministry. A classic example is Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well . . . . "
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    The Samaritans were not gentiles. They spoke Aramaic, the language of Assyria but their religion was the law of Moses indicating that Samaritans were Semites of mixed blood and culture, descendants of the ten northern tribes of Israel and Assyrian conquerors who colonized the northern region of Palestine after the conquest. When Jesus sent out the seventy, he told them to not enter the cities of the Samaritans.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Feb. 15, 2017 12:30 p.m.

    " . . . . Perhaps the time will come when people realize that thinking less of yourself doesn't make you less; it makes you more. . . . "
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    Don't think only of yourself but don't be afraid to think FOR yourself.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 9:13 a.m.

    RE: "Sheep". The Christian church has understood Jesus to be speaking of the Gentiles in John 10:16.
    Though Jesus’ specific ministry was directed toward the Jew, this is not to say that Christ ignored the Gentile people living in Palestine during His mortal ministry. A classic example is Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well (John 4:7ff).

    In Matthew 12:9ff Jesus heals a Jewish man’s hand on the Sabbath. When challenged by the Pharisees for performing such a deed on the Sabbath, Jesus again spoke of ministering to His sheep.

    Paul the “apostle of the Gentiles”( Romans 11:13)He then warned his Gentile readers to be careful lest they allow pride to enter their heart over the fact that Israel had been “broken off” of the tree while they were “grafted in.” This distinction between Jew and Gentiles fits perfectly with what Jesus predicted in John 10:16.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 15, 2017 6:09 a.m.

    The LDS church leaders are in a very envious position concerning a large percentage of their flock. You can see it daily on these pages and in this forum.

    It is one thing to follow the religious teachings of ones religion. It is another to elevate church leaders to a level of infallibility and blind trust.

    Example -

    It is a common theme that the LDS do not need or want to see a financial accounting of church finances because of this trust. This is a part of LDS culture that has been nurtured over many years by the leaders starting on day one. If one questions, it brings their commitment and devotion to the church into question.

    What religious leader would not want that level of obedience from their flock?

    Additionally, LDS church leaders weigh in on virtually every aspect of the faithful's lives. Many appreciate this guidance. Surely some of it goes well beyond religion.

    Like most religions, it is a form of control.