I’ve given some thought to this question, probably not enough thought. Here are some of my thoughts: First the longer eternity is, the shorter our mortal life is. And since eternity is really really long then mortal life is really really short and for some even shorter. How then can so much importance be placed on something so short?
Our mortal life is less than a blink of an eye in the eternal perspective, how can so much rest on what I do in less than a blink of an eye?
One of my “cop-out doctrines” is that our pre-mortal life lasted for a really really long time…some would say an eternity. During that time, some of it under the direct influence of God and Jesus I pretty much formed who I really am. How could I not become the core me considering the circumstances. I was taught, associated with others, had a chance, or chances to rebel, and became me. If I beleive that then this mortal life is a place to gain a body and continue being who I really am.
Yes, having a mortal body does offer different experiences than my pre-mortal body had. Does that make me a different person? Does that really change who I am? Many have entered this life and left it in short order. We have been told that they were so righteous all they needed was to gain a body. What’s up with that, they get a free ride to the other side?
Ok, what about our Millenium life? Those who are living when Christ comes again, and those who will be in the morning of the first resurrection will have 1,000 years to work on perfecting themselves before the final judgement. So if I didn’t do quite well enough in my mortal life and I make it into the Millenium I have 1,000 years without Satan and his influence and problems to become who I should be.
Considering the small changes I see in myself, my attitude, my living the commandments as I look back over the years, I can see the Millenium as a great gift. I actually think I can become a pretty good person if I have 1,000 years to work on me.
So can I answer my own question? If you’re good enough in the pre-mortal then this mortal life is nothing, or might have been nothing. And if that’s so, then that type of person should do well in the Millenium and pass final judgement with flying colors. If not so good in the pre-mortal then you get a real mortal life with everything it offers. Hopefully you make it out good enought to get a full 1,000 years in the Millenium. If not so good, or bad in the pre-mortal, then you get a real mortal life with everything it offers, you screw up here and you end up coming at the end of the Millenium, no time to fix things and you’re screwed for eternity.
I had better repent some more!!!