Tuesday, September 23, 2014

THE BIG TEN

The Big Ten

Moses was given a set of commandments that mysteriously appear in other religions too.  They are the basic requirements for civilization.  For men to get along, seven of the ten must be adopted as law.  What is the purpose of the other three?  God needs love and respect – he commands it.  How did God choose these commandments?  I contend God once lived as man does – in a human body, detached from his heavenly father, and finding his way through life – by trial and error.  He made mistakes that influenced his life negatively.  The Big Ten are what God learned – Not to Do.

Organized Religion

A group of men sought to compile an official Bible and organize Christianity for the first time in 325 A.D..  The Council of Nicea gathered a group of Christian Bishops/Scholars?  Experts? to vet which books would be included in the official Bible. 

What credentials did this group individually, and collectively, hold? Who made them boss?  What motivations directed them to categorize an official Bible?  What did they stand to gain by so doing?  This last question is so very important as that question remains with us and must be considered every time we confront the organized religion. 

Christians were not well received after Christ died.  They often met in secret, if they met at all.  Death was a common fate if discovered.  Coptic Christians comprised the majority back in 325.  Coptics are individuals who compile a unique set of beliefs based upon their own study and prayer; and they act to expound those beliefs by doing Good Deeds - in keeping with God’s commandments.  That practice was not organized and it was inhomogeneous.  There was no commonality in Christianity that described the rites and rituals - save baptism for remission of sin.  There was no official Sunday fare. Importantly, sans organization, men were unable to direct the behaviors of other men, or capture their incomes.  Coptics did what they thought best – a confederation of beliefs and behaviors derived from study of scriptures and any divine influence they received.  The Coptic's did not adhere to wants and wishes of men like those who comprised the Council of Nicea. 

Christianity did not then enjoy elaborate and garish buildings or temples.  Many thought that a corruption of Christ's message to live a life freed from earthly possessions.  Man-made commandments and behavioral edicts had yet to be devised or adopted as Church policy.  The accrual of vast wealth contradicted Christ’s admonitions.  No rules for worship were formalized.  The CHURCH was not yet able to commandeer the lives of men and deliver verdicts that could end those lives or severely compromise the lives of the Church membership – or anyone else who came under the authority of the Church by residence/geography or holding a system of beliefs.  

The Roman Empire persecuted Christians from the time after Christ’s death until 311.  Just before Constantine’s conversion, the church confiscated Christian property and burned their scriptures.  That act is why few examples of those scriptures exist today and helps explain why the Dead Sea scrolls were hidden away. The CHURCH was powerless at that time.  

Emperor Constantine did not choose Christianity until 313 A.D.  Constantine fought a battle, had a vision, he ordered crosses placed on his army’s shields and were victorious in the battle.  Constantine converted to Christianity.  A few years later, he and Licinius (emperor in the West) conspired to create the “Edict of Milan” – legalizing Christianity.  When an Emperor makes something legal, his subjects best pay attention and follow along.  Laws were adopted following the Milan decision – all property confiscated by the empire was transferred to the Christian Church – FYI Constantine was the un-official head of the church.

Edict of Thessolinica – made Christianity the OFFICIAL religion of the empire.  Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire at that time. 

Those men who are unable to motivate others using love and behavior examples adopted into their own lives were unhappy.  They wanted control and power and money and exquisite buildings to display their power and money.  They also wanted to influence government or the monarchy to expand their power. This facet of Christianity is a great misfortune as it works to discredit a system of beliefs that contradict the actions of some men in leadership positions.  Once the church gained dominion over men and governments the worst of human behaviors were displayed by leadership for the same self serving ends.  God was misused as an instrument of force.  The first gift God gave man, free agency, was confiscated by the church and many churches perpetuate that practice - using a threat of salvation to control behaviors.  

The church, any instrument claiming God must go the extra mile, perform ridiculous redundant behaviors to remove any appearance of conflict of interest with God's Commandments.   Scripture state God has a special place reserved for men who misuse his name and authority.  

It was similar reasons I chose to seek God on my own terms  - for now.  Yes, that is a cop-out that I am working my way thru.  

I study and ponder many scriptures.  Being raised a Mormon, I hold those scripture dear and they are the group translated the fewest number of times.  I trust they are more credible as such.  The Dead Sea Scrolls; the Nag Hammadi, the Septuagint – Greek Old Testament, The Book of Enoch, and the journals/diaries complied by those who knew Jesus personally are useful sources of information.  Most religions reject these sources of information, and some historians have worked to verify the authenticity of the works.  They can’t positively verify, or discredit, them.  All they can do is date the paper and the symbols used to write the documents and postulate upon those findings.  

I’ll trust God to direct me spiritually.  Does it matter if they are genuine if after reading them I become positively inspired to “do Good” in Christ's name?  If them make me closer to my Father, do they remain heretical?  

Doctrine and Covenants – sections 130 & 131 are few of my favorite scriptures because these accurately describe physical matter and the uses for that matter.  The use and benefits of Intellect are also described.  God declaring his house is an orderly abode is not unique to the D&C and copious references are found throughout many other scriptures.  Dad has a full plate.  Order helps organize his life.  We should follow his example – if we wish to become like him. 

Many organized religions work to discredit and defame other organized religions of the same type - Christians attacking Christians - Lucifer could not have predicted his good fortune  Men claiming a religious and Godly mantle are not always pure in their motivations, or their calling.  The desires to reap the most income possible and to control the lives of as many souls as they might brings even more income.  Mankind, including men declaring a Godly calling, have shown a remarkable ability to corrupt God’s wishes and the models he provided.  They twist or ignore the commandments God gave to men.  A large percentage of Religions claim a unique status – the ONLY True religion – God’s favorite.  The competition for a man's soul can never include deviation from God's Commandments.  Deviation is enough.  The consequences of breaking the Commandment(s) are clearly described.

We know God has a deep love for the Jewish people and has stated how they as a people are a preferred group.  I've read no other scripture contradicting or usurping those references.  It is true Christ brought a new dispensation and a new order, but the Jewish people did not lose God's affections.  The Gentile are not specifically ordained as unique or special.  

Gentiles can increase God's affections by obeying the Commandments.  However, God has not overtly stated men who through prayer and doing good works in the name of God, will be banished forever into Hell  - if they fail to belongs to a specific religion.  The opposite is more true.  All men will be judged on their faith and works.  Completion of rituals and rites while on earth will probably enhance the next phase of development - avoiding completion of those rites and rituals in the afterlife.  Or, I may be entirely backwards thinking.  But I trust God's words - the literal words - not a man's interpretation.  God wants all of his children with him.  He is a loving Father.  He will not defer his children's salvation to any man subject to the temptations of the flesh.

D&C Section 131:
Whatever principle of intelligence we gain unto in this life it will rise with us in the resurrection.  And if a person gains more knowledge than another and intelligence in this life through diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.

There is a law irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated, and when we receive a blessing from GOD it is by obedience to the law upon which the blessing is predicated.

Section 130:
There is no such thing as immaterial matter. All spirit is matter, but it is more fine and pure and can only be discerned by purer eyes.  We cannot see it, but when our bodies are purified we shall see it is all matter. 


…Behold, mine house is a house of order, saith the Lord God, not a house of confusion.  

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