And since eternal life means eternal increase, it wouldn’t make sense to me NOT to have the highest level of the CK be consisting of those who are married.
Incidentally, I think we are more likely to understand these things if we humbly approach God with an open heart rather than get frustrated and saying “this doesn’t make sense so it must not be!” Sort of what Cherly said, accepting without understanding and seeking for understanding in humility is what faith is all about.
The idea that families can be together forever is simply not a happy thought for the majority of the Earth’s people, since time began.
This seems like an ad-hoc statement. Can you support this idea with something concrete? I would say that most people want to be in a peaceful family relationship that can last, even if that isn’t their reality. Who really wants to be alone in life, without familyties? Really?]]>
There is a great post that touches on the family at One Cosmos I ignore the evolutionary part but the psot is otherwise apt.]]>
I know this sounds like an excuse, but don’t we have ourselves a Millenium with Christ reigning on the Earth to figure it all out? Of course God would never allow 2 people who didn’t love each other be together forever. A loving God just wouldn’t do something like that. And it wouldn’t be the Celestial Kingdom if that was the case!
About proxy baptisms/sealings: It is their choice. An unrighteous person on the “other side” may choose to have a sealing upheld, or not. Just as their baptism.
P.S. And just because the doctrine of a married couple and the highest degree of the celestial kingdom doesn’t make sense to you (or anyone else, for that matter) doesn’t make it any less true. Many things in the Gospel (and in the perspective of the eternities) doesn’t make sense (i.e. A VIRGIN had a what? Joseph Smith talked with WHO?!). And that’s the whole point. Our perspectives are extremely limited because of our Earthly state. Therefore, the Gospel, the Church, Prayer, Faith, the Temple, etc. etc. etc.]]>
When you say that “sealings will only work on people who are celestial material” and “the unrighteous will never be sealed to anyone”, how do you reconcile this with the doctrine of proxy baptism, and people accepting the gospel after death, thereby “becoming righteous”?
Just because two people may be righteous–even made righteous after death–that doesn’t mean that those two people will want to be together forever as a married, sealed couple in the hereafter.
As a feminist who has studied the history of family life and marriage in the Western Hemisphere, as well as the marriage customs and practices of many groups of aboriginal peoples, I am fascinated by the gospel’s insistence that all people must be paired (and properly so) to merit the Celestial Kingdom. It just does not seem possible. It makes absolutely no sense to me.
The title of the post is “Families? I don’t understand!” I’m adding my incredulous voice to this question because there are not too many places an active LDS person can speak freely about the confusion that the doctrine of sealings engenders. The idea that families can be together forever is simply not a happy thought for the majority of the Earth’s people, since time began.
It’s always confused me as to why sex, hormones, attraction and a piece of paper issued by the government becomes such a significant ordinance that will determine our place in the hereafter. Baptism makes sense as a gateway to heaven. What doesn’t make sense as a gateway to an even higher level of heaven is marriage–which involves (at least) two people and families (several people, each with their own free will). What happens when John loves Mary but Mary doesn’t love John? No matter how perfect they are, how can they be sealed and live in perfect union forever? We don’t love each other because we’re perfect; we love each other because we’re compatible and CHOOSE to love each other. We can’t be forced to love each other and be in relationships, yet that’s what it seems to me when we do temple work for 99% of the world who DON’T HAVE A CHOICE about who we’re sealing them to–we’re just sealing them to the person they made babies with while they were alive, even if they were forced into marriage and despised their spouse; even if they had secret partners the entire time they were married; even if they were not married but just had a zillion kids with whomever they happened to end up with.]]>