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True Nature of God
By ETTE
11/18/2013 2:19:32 PM
I currently work in a blue collar setting in the Bible belt. My interactions with one of my coworkers have made me stop and wonder about who God is and how I see Him.

One of my coworkers is a young and humble woman who lives in the poorest part of my city (I’ll call her Becky although that’s not her name). Becky has a nine month old son she almost never gets to see because she’s always busy working, and she has no husband or man to provide for her little family. This young woman is also a smoker. From my sheltered Mormon point of view, she’s basically everything we tell our youth not to become.

She does some things that have shattered the stereotype I was quick to put her into. She is always praying, always asking God for help as well as thanking Him. Sometimes I pass her in the warehouse and hear her praying out loud as she works. She naturally talks about God in everyday conversation as if He is literally one of her acquaintances. She talks about His mercy and love and looks to Him to help her endure our physically demanding job. Becky knows she has been saved from her sins.

A lot of times, I think God can only help those who are worthy. God wants our works to demonstrate our righteousness. He wants us to show him how much better we are than the other sinners around us. God does not baby or coddle us. God destroys sinners from time to time when He gets angry. He sends people to everlasting pain and regret when they fail Him. Somehow, somewhere, I’m afraid I’ve missed the mark. I think Becky has a much clearer view of God than I do. I’ve heard people at group talk about firing their old perception of God and hiring a new God. I think it’s time for me to get the type of God-relationship that Becky has.

Have any of my fellow Mormon addicts had similar struggles with how they see God?

Comments:

The checklist of commandments    
"Mormons who think God will only love and accept them if they follow the commandments are definitely missing the mark. God loves and accepts us where we are--he loves and accepts Becky, regardless of her past choices or her membership in his Church. And, if she truly DESIRES to follow God with all her heart (it sure sounds like it), she will be saved.

Her failure to follow certain commandments does not condemn her to hell. The atonement is for her.

AND, if she had followed the commandments throughout her life, and still allowed herself to get to know God, she would be even happier and healthier. That's all the checklist commandments are, in my opinion: directions for having a better life, not requirements for returning to God. There are, truly, very few of those."
posted at 14:31:05 on November 18, 2013 by beclean
Do you really believe that?    
"You said that there are truly few requirements for returning to God, is that how you really feel?

I wish I could have that type of faith. I get so down on myself. I think the worse part of this addiction is the wedge it has driven between me and God."
posted at 14:47:51 on November 18, 2013 by ETTE
Absolutely    
"Think about it--if keeping all the commandments were required to return to God, NONE of us would get there.

So, which ones are required?

Well, when I go through the temple with Sven Olafsen's name, that guy didn't do ANYTHING that we typically think of as being required. He didn't get baptized, he didn't get the priesthood, he didn't get endowed, and he didn't get sealed. And yet, we all believe he can still make it to the highest degree of the celestial kingdom, so long as he RECEIVES the work done on his behalf.

In other words, for Sven, the entire gospel is by proxy. ALL the work is done for him. The only thing he needs to do is RECEIVE the work.

Personally, I believe the gospel is by proxy for EVERY ONE OF US. Jesus has done ALL the work for us. The only thing we need to do is RECEIVE the work.

What does that mean? It's different for each of us. It depends upon our DESIRES and our UNDERSTANDING. If our desires truly are to receive the work, I'm pretty sure that our faith in Christ will carry us through the necessary process. And we don't need to keep track of which commandments we're keeping and which ones we are missing. As I mentioned earlier, the commandments are there just to help us be happy. We should obey them, if we want to be happy. But the truth is, none of us obeys them all. So, we have sorrow and frustrations in life. Thankfully, Christ can take care of that, if we receive the work he's done for us.

I think I expounded upon this even more here: http://ldsar.org/ViewBlog.aspx?EntryId=21521 "
posted at 18:12:51 on November 18, 2013 by beclean
she has it right    
"And is leading you to the true nature of God. Learn more from her and you will know God too."
posted at 00:05:48 on November 19, 2013 by Anonymous


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