After I read Geoff’s recent post I began writing a comment. Realizing it would unnecessarily derail the thread I decided to make the snark in my own forum. And because this is now a blog post rather than a comment I now have to make it like three paragraphs rather than one, just so it looks like I put a lot of time and thought into it. Sheesh, the lengths I go to prevent threadjacking…
Geoff’s post can be summed up thusly, “We often read X as instructions to do Y. I don’t think that is what X means. I think X means Z” (if you’re interested in X, Y and Z, go to Geoff’s actual post as his content is of no use to me here). How many Bloggernacle blog posts are a different shade of this same hue? “The word ‘perfect’ ACTUALLY means…”, “Feasting upon the words of Christ ACTUALLY means…”, “Exaltation ACTUALLY is…” All I have to say is… “COME ON!” (picture Gob saying this and try not to laugh) I mean, we’ve contradicted just about every major scripture that ever meant anything to me. Pretty soon you’re going to tell me that Lehi and Sam didn’t have huge biceps like Nephi.
Now, I’m not saying that I disagree with the conclusions the writers are coming to. On the contrary, I’ve learned a great deal and now read the scriptures much more critically. I’m grateful that all these wise bloggers have opened my understanding. I am, however, not so grateful for how stupid they’ve made me feel for not seeing what they saw first.