Fri - Oct 07, 2011 : 12:31 pm
Moroni : 7 - Part 1
I am SO glad that Moroni kept writing. Can you imagine the Book of mormon without the last 4 chapters of Moroni? The depth of explanation of faith, hope, and charity? The blessing of Babies? The promise and invitation to read the Book of Mormon, used by all missionaries? Yeah... There are some gems here in the last chapters... Let's dig in.
Interesting in verse 3, when he uses the phrase, "enter into the rest of the Lord". I always thought that meant in the afterlife. This one obviously means during mortality, because it's mentioned immediately after, "until ye shall rest with Him in heaven." - I wonder what "entering into the rest of the Lord" means for us mere mortals... Probably a good topic of study.
Now... Might I start a comparison which, hopefully, will generate some commentary, because I've found myself pondering upon these two points which seemingly contradict each other, quite often - and I still haven't found an answer which satisfies me:
In verses 5 - 11 of this chapter, it is explained to us that good people can't do bad things, and bad people can't do good things. We need to give gifts and pray with real intent, because God doesn't like hypocracy, or grudges. Toward verse 11, we get the feeling that Mormon is making the point that no man can serve two masters, and I have no confusion about that.
My confusion is this, and it may just be a stepping-stone Mormon is using to get to his main point, but the fact that he used it, and stated it as fact makes me wonder. "Giving a gift grudgingly" is counted evil before God. Yet, in Alma 32:13, it states that being compelled to be humble is still counted as righteousness, and blessings are given for it.
The more I think about the comparison of these two scenarios, the more confusing it becomes. Both are in and of itself, good things. Being humble, and giving gifts are good things. Being compelled to be humble, to me, means that should I not have been found in my current circumstances, I wouldn't be humble. Is this not the same as being "begrudingly humble"? So, in cases of humility, it's counted as a blessing, while concerning gift giving, it's counted as evil. Hmmm....
Maybe it has to do with the heart... Being humble in and of itself has to do with the state of our heart. It's impossible to be humble and prideful at the same time. It's not impossible to give a gift, while our hearts are full of pride and enmity. Yeah... That has to be it. Darn it, I guess I answered my own question.
So, in a nutshell, and this is just deductive speculation on my part, when it says that a good man can't do evil, and vice versa, I believe it's saying that with complete transparency. A person whose heart and intent is pure and righteous, cannot do evil. A person whose heart and intent is evil and wicked, cannot do good.
Yeah... That tastes good... I'll have to ponder on it for a bit yet, but I think that finally makes sense now.
Moroni 7 - To Be Continued...