Tue - Jun 21, 2011 : 04:43 pm
Mormon : 9 - Love?
Growing up, I used to have a mis-conception that those who erred against God in their ways were best suited for rebuke the way God gives it in the scriptures. I was ignorantly judgemental, and for a long time, couldn't understand why people tended to shy away from my tactics.
Reading the beginning of this chapter brings back a lot of those memories.
I've recently had the good fortune to meet an Athiest who has an incredible amount of logic behind his beliefs. I've pelted him with the usual amount of questions regarding this belief, and he has taken them in stride, while explaining to the best of his ability, why he believes the way he does. What he says, believe it or not, makes sense to me. It doesn't fit at all within my personal framework of beliefs, but - it does make logical sense.
I find it interesting that Moroni fires up some seriously harsh rebuking during this chapter, aimed precisely at Atheists. Right now, I find myself pushed to do nothing but love those Athiests who I find, and do my best to be an example of Christ-like behavior, rather than tell them to read Mormon 9 (which I would have done a decade ago).
Just some interesting personal thoughts on the subject...
The rest of the chapter is awesome, but I've got to get back to work now.
I love how the same book can have so many different meanings throughout life. The Spirit of God is indeed great.