He's married and has 4 boys. All posts by Pablo. Also, the Book of Mormon does not mention homosexuality. I have to throw this out there. Since I have seen Jacob used over and over as an anti-polygamy proof text. If you just read 6 verses later v. I am not by any means arguing for polygamy, but calling the BOM an anti-polygamy book is not quite accurate from my perspective. That was probably the weakest argument on my end. I debated whether to leave it or not. So which is it? Thumbs up. If the basic foundations of our faith do not make us and the rest of the world a better place, than what use is personal salvation?
One of the reasons I became a Quaker…. Well done, Paul. If the BoM were true, it would be a unique historical source unlike anything else historians consider evidence. We can't examine the manuscript, which was translated by magicial means, and we have no physical, linguistic, or genetic evidence to validate its claims. In the third grade at East Millcreek Elementary School I learned that "whatever the Book of Mormon might be, it was not History, or at least anything that would fall under any of the generally and socially accepted definitions of History.
It was church. Over the past year, as I've struggled with my own faith crisis, it is the power of the Book of Mormon to explain mortality and human nature that's kept me coming back to it, as much as I'd sometimes like to discard it. I like that you ordered this in an alternating list of things you do and don't like.
I think your reservations are well thought out and each deserves a more thorough answer than could be adequately provided here. I do think that if our perspectives are widened made more "eternal", so to speak many of those problem areas start to make more sense. Or, for the possible racism: putting the black skin of the Lamanites into cultural and narrative context is important. A racially homogenous group with symbolic connotations connected to "blackness" and "whiteness" is suddenly struck with dark skin, making them distinct from a part of their tribe that they drove out through seeking to murder them.
Later, the Nephites would arrogantly use their white skins as signs of their goodness while some groups of dark-skinned Lamanites are extolled as the most stalwart and true believers. The story is rife with possibilities for driving into understanding human nature that goes far beyond the color of one's skin.
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I believe that the Church fundamentally misunderstood the lesson of the Book of Mormon regarding race for many years, and when viewed properly the dark skins of the Lamanites isn't racist at all. This is already too long, so: good article. I think your reservations make sense if you're approaching the story from a post-modern moral paradigm, but I believe God's ways are higher than ours and that we get more mileage out of life if we seek to learn how He thinks about things than if we take a different approach. That is simply a cop out.
Putting it in an eternal perspective means that we can procrastinate making things better now. It lets the characters in Scripture off the hook and thus dissolves our own moral responsibility because they are supposed to be role models for our own behavior. I think we must take the teachings at their word. But then actively examine whether they could be moral and right. We can choose to reject those things that we consider immoral and wrong.
It doesn't matter if they come from a prophet or a criminal. We cannot afford to defer to some possible eternity, in the hopes that it will all work out in the end. Appropriately enough, so does one of the principal characters of the Book of Mormon:. The basic pattern the Book of Mormon teaches is that a conviction of personal sin, conversion to Christ, and the receipt of the Holy Ghost leads to a change of heart and, therefore, a change of behavior.
May be because it is not meant to be an issue. It just needs to be accepted and the folks loved just like anybody else. And one is left to wonder why African Americans became members at the time, some even being ordained into the priesthood. Just maybe there is more to this than is presently understood. The power is not in the history, or even the morality. The power in this book, fiction or not, is how it affects the reader.
Are you better or worse off for having read and applied its principles? If worse, then the answer should be obvious. If it has made your life better, then it is probably worth looking into a little further. Most of all you must dismiss the notion that God can kill without any sort consistency.
I think there is value in considering why things were done a certain way as opposed to another, but this sort of thing could be an endless exercise. Why does an angel escort Peter out of jail but John the Baptist languishes in prison until being beheaded? Why were even innocent children of the Amorites to be killed?
Why not a deep sleep until Nephi was safe enough? It seems there are a ton of different ways to avoid Nephi killing, God it seems in this story lacks creativity.
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It seems that the Nephi killing portion and the skin color is the only one that anyone will comment on, which has been a bummer. Laban had succeeded in robbing and attempting to murder Nephi and his brothers. As for why have Nephi be the executioner: experience. Nephi would be the king of a people who would eventually need to defend themselves by going to war. This experience began to prepare Nephi for the kingship role by introducing him to the harsh, terrible reality of taking a life. Couldn't you make the argument that it is literal but that the men describing these things were themselves imperfect and the book is subject to their own interpretations of events?
They are imposing their own meaning on what they experience? For example, the man who was struck dead before he could kill Ammon. Maybe he was just freaked out and had a heart attack but they assumed that God had killed him. I have no issue with human error, because we are all humans. The Jesus going Old Testament is a little harder to pass off as human error though. As long as you can dismiss the bad, I think you will be just fine. But as soon as we give god the credit for taking out one single dude or a whole population of men, women and children, then we have some theological issues to deal with.
When Ammon, et al. I think a reasonable interpretation is that, because of Mosiah's faith, God preserved Ammon. It was also the faith and prayers of Alma the Elder that allowed the angel to appear to Alma the Younger Mosiah Faith is the key aspect of these situations, as God "work[s] not among the children of men save it be according to their faith" 2 Nephi Not to derail the thread, but I went to East Millcreek Elementary in the early 80's. Good times.
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