@ ATXD, I believe the discrepancies (for those who see your examples as
discrepancies) exist because Prophets are human and not perfect. I also think
that polygamy was removed from our mortal life on the earth because men were too
imperfect in the way they practiced it, including, perhaps, Prophets. This is
just my personal opinion, but it supports the doctrine in the LDS church where
God has made a promise that He will never allow a Prophet to lead us astray.
There are two ways I can think of for God to keep His promise: death of the
Prophet or a repeal of one of God's laws. Again, this is my own personal
opinion, other than the doctrine I mentioned in this post, but it is the way I
have been able to personally understand some of the things that have existed in
our LDS history.
to: ATXD | 3:07 p.m. Oct. 2, 2011It seems reasonable to question why
God has approved things in some generations and disapproved them in others.
However, the 10 commandments have never changed and most likely never will.
Other commandments will also follow in this same pattern. I have faith in a
supreme and perfect Father who does things for reasons sometimes we will never
understand in mortality. Thank goodness we have a living prophet to lead and
guide us in these latter days.
Oh, how I love General Conference and hearing from our prophet, apostles, and
other leaders. ATXD, those are good questions and ones I have
thought on and studied. Here is what I have come up with so far, for what it is
worth - eternal truths are constant, as "truth" is in essence
unchanging and not dependent upon circumstance or whim. Our understanding of
truth and God's teaching of His children does change, however, because we are
like little children and, as we grow and develop, our ability to absorb and
process truth matures as well. Thus God does not teach us all His truth all at
once, nor does He use the same method of teaching over time or to each of His
children, and thus we see differences in commandments and communication, but
ultimate truths remain constant.As humans we all have agendas and
various methods of enforcing them, whether they are motivated by formal
religious beliefs or other philosophies. I don't think anyone is immune from an
"agenda," whether or not they believe in God.
God's law has remained constant? How come there have been so many changes then?
Polygamy is out, men of all races being able to hold the priesthood is in. The
"laws" of the Old Testament, the "laws" of the New Testament
and the "laws" of today are all very different from one another.
Joseph Smith was married to multiple wives some of whom were already to married
to other men and at least one who was 14 years old. Brigham Young had more than
50 wives and he once said: "Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to
the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his
blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the
spot. This will always be so."The only constant I see is a belief in
a deity that doesn't exist and a number of humans who use this belief to enforce
their own agendas.
"I QUOTE""Communication with Heavenly Father
including "our prayers to Him and His inspiration to us" is necessary
in order for Latter-day Saints to weather the storms and trials of life, said
President Thomas S. Monson".In Priesthood the Theme was
"TO REPENT".That goes "hand in hand" with
'Stand...in Holy Places' Good talk.