Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Shoots and ladders

 So I am really picky when it come to people talking about the salvation of God and Perfection and salvation and I am also really verbal about it with others (including my teachers) when I see something that does not makes sense. 
Every single Latter-Day Saint has seen a picture of stick people looking up at this ladder trying to get to heaven.
I hate this ladder and everything that it represents
Strongly about this ladder I cannot be
The main crux of what they teach is that you are saved after all that you can do and you have to be climbing on the ladder.
We are saved by grace after all we can do.
That is an amazing scripture that everyone quotes or rather many people mis-quote
After all we can do?
First off we can do nothing in the sense that most people use this. 
"Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?"
Secondly after is an interesting word, as in the English language it has 6 tenses
The Spanish version translates, después de hacer cuanto podamos or after making as we
That does not help much
Other items include the fact that "after all"
after all 
used to emphasize something that should be taken into consideration in spite of what has happened or been said
with the placement of punctuation this does not seem unlikely either
So bottom line. 
Obedience, or what we can do does not pay for salvation or exaltation any more that piano practice pays for piano lessons.
We as Christians hope that we can become more like the Savior, more loving, more kind, more perfect and holy.
We are in a sense practicing to become like Him.
He paid for the lessons.
We become like Him and show our gratitude for His payment by practicing. 
That is all
We can in no way contribute to our salvation through obedience
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."
What does He want us to do?
"Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am."
If you do not want to be like the Savior then the answer is simple
Don't practice
If you do, then the answer is simple
Stop complaining and start practicing 
Of coarse it is hard at first
You have no idea what you are doing
The Atonement makes it possible for us to do that, to access the grace or power of God to overcome our natural, evil, carnal self.
We do everything that we do trying to consecrate out lives to Him.
If you are doing to buy a ticket into heaven and are not only saved by grace, but changed by grace, then you will no more want to live with God than you do right now.

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