I feel obligated ;) to write because Sideon is implying that I've been away. My in-laws are here, and also a friend of ours from NC, so I've been pretty busy. The men have torn up our driveway, and today they're dumping gravel. Then tomorrow we'll get some concrete poured, and YAY, we'll have a nice, smooth driveway.
I love Spring because I get all sorts of inspiration for home improvements. After this driveway is done, I'm going to make a nice walkway next to it.
I got the latest Ensign magazine and decided I would read it to see what inspiration it could give me. Well, there wasn't much. In fact, I found myself doing what I used to do to my scriptures: I picked it apart, cross-referenced, and underlined. But the result in doing this was that the authors are full of shit! They don't prove their points with proof, they "prove" them with circular logic. Let's take an example:
In the article titled Agency on page 18, the author (unknown) makes a statement in the 2nd paragraph. "Agency is essential to Heavenly Father's plan for His children, for without it we cannot become as He is." But then they say that agency is a eternal principle, so I'd say it's not really Heavenly Father's plan, it's more of a Universal plan. Except I don't really believe it.
Later, it says, "We do not believe in a deterministic God--that is, one who determines in advance the eventual fate of His children. Rather, we believe in a God who has perfect foreknowledge of the choices His children will make. He may use this foreknowledge to guide us or even to warn us..." (emphasis added)
Now, doesn't that statement contradict itself? He's not deterministic, but He's got perfect foreknowledge, and with that He guides us or warns us. But He knew in advance that He'd guide or warn us, and what the outcome of that guidance/warning would be, so isn't that deterministic?
Further on it says, "But we know our Heavenly Father did not create us out of nothing....He merely places us, His spirit children, in spheres where we can learn and grow by exercising our agency, if we employ it correctly." I had to laugh when the word "employ" was used, because while reading this whole paragraph I was thinking that us spirit children sound more like employees rather than children. If God didn't create us, why are we called His children? Why are we accountable to Him at all?
I have some other stuff to do right now, but these are some of my currents thoughts. Thanks for stopping by!