In reading my blog on Being versus Becoming, you don’t see any difference between the Greek verb, en, and the other verb, egenoto?]]>
When a baby’s life is cut short by a genetic mutation (or other circumstance over which it appears to have no control) — which happens all the time — are we to conclude that it was a result of its own choosing prior to this life, or as a result of an omniscient creator who intentionally gave it out?
Good and evil are concepts that only make sense in the context of mortality. That which is “good” enhances life (actually, our ability to propagate and thereby preserve our own genes), that which is “evil” destroys it — hence it’s a value system based on this standard. An immortal being would find this set of values completely irrelevant. (If you can’t die, what needs would you have? Certainly very few which resemble the needs of this life — perhaps the need to somehow avoid boredom, but that’s about it). Therefore, if this life is supposedly a preparatory state for the next, why is that which is claimed to be most important (i.e. our individual responses to choices of “good” vs. “evil”) almost completely irrelevant to the next?]]>
I write about what it means to be just a thousand years old.]]>
I think our pre-mortal life dominates who we are and how we will be judged ultimately. I think this life for most is a quick technicality to wrap up a few details in preparation for an eternal life after the resurrection.]]>
Great post. This life is way too short for it to be some kind of final test for all eternity for sure. I like the pattern given in our holy temples the best. We all are here on the Telestial kingdom right now and if we repent in our mortal lifes or in spirit prison from our sins we can be heirs to the Terrestrial Kingdom for the thousand years in order to perfect ourselves and our desires in a righteous and wholesome manner. If we endure faithfully through this 1000 year period, we will be given an inheritance on the right hand of God while all the rest will be cast out.]]>
I always thought of normal as “terrestial.” So good luck with that! (j/k)
I like to make the analogy of our vision. We can see straight ahead. If we concentrate, we can see stuff in our peripheral vision. But there’s all that stuff behind us we can’t see. That’s how I view mortal life. There’s so much going on spiritually around us, and before we came here, that we can’t see. And I wonder if that’s what we are in this life—a fraction of our true selves.]]>