Tuesday, June 17, 2008

John Welch's Discovery of Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon

I remember how excited I was to learn of the discovery of chiasmus, or Hebrew poetry, in the Book of Mormon. This article at mormontimes.com tells exactly how Bro. Welch made this amazing discovery:

http://mormontimes.com/DB_index.php?id=1265

Monday, June 16, 2008

Gay "marriage"

Thank God the gay marriage ban recently qualified for the California ballot, but there are still some troubling issues, like who do "gay Mormons" think they are? A recent article, found here, reports on a so-called "support group for gay Mormons" that has asked the church to stay out of the recent affairs surrounding the fight over whether to legalize or ban gay "marriage" in California. My problems with this are manyfold, but a few are prominent. First, are you a Latter-day Saint or not? If so, then you believe that a) the scriptures are true (which clearly denounce homosexuality), and b) that the leaders guide the church under the direction of the Lord (who has also made it abundantly clear through modern prophets that homosexuality is unacceptable). Which is it? This is not liberal Christianity, where we can mold religion to our own whims, this is TRUE religion, where we are held accountable to our obedience to the Lord's commands and counsel. Who do you think you are to counsel the Lord's representatives?

Second, who do you think you are fooling in attempting to claim that allowing gay "marriage" "affirms the worth of families?" Homosexuality, by its very nature, is anti-family. No homosexual union is able to produce a family of their own accord. This is by design. By God's design, and not the church's, I might add. And don't give us your Liberal crapload about how you "encourage LDS leaders to find a new focus by preaching and living a
Gospel of love and respect toward all peoples and all families," because you are well aware that even as the Lord does indeed love all people regardless of their choices, He is just as adamant about our obedience to Him, including the heterosexual lifestyle that He has proscribed for us (or celibacy, as one of the New Testament apostles points out). The scriptures are clear: We cannot enter into God's kingdom if we choose to live in opposition to His plan. Period. End of sentence. We can love God, and He can love us back just as much, and more, but being Latter-day Saints (or so we're told) you know that we will only be rewarded to the degree to which we are obedient to God. We can't philosophize with God, as we can with man, and justify and excuse our actions. It just doesn't work that way.