Ask God not Men | Cautious Answering Religious Questions

Because of mistakes, I have made, I have learned it is wise to be cautious answering religious questions.  It is easy to place ourselves between God and the person who is asking for answers.  I have decided most of the time it is best to politely encourage people to ask God not men for answers.

It is not kind to impose unwanted knowledge upon loved ones

I have previously mentioned that I recently left the Mormon church.  I was a devoted member and diligently taught my children the principles embraced by the LDS (the abbreviated name for the Mormon church).  I have three children who left the church and three who remain very faithful members of the LDS church.  It is difficult for my children who remain faithful to understand why I left because I was a devout Mormon for over 50 years before I began to question the accuracy of Mormon history. Despite the difficulties we think we can overcome, it is best to let those we love, ask God not men.  God can always do more for our families than we ourselves can.

At first, I felt I needed to convince my children why I left the Mormon faith, but I learned quickly that it is not kind to impose unwanted knowledge upon loved ones who don’t desire to receive it.  To do so is a formula that causes contention.

Book of Mormon Scripture: Contention is not of me but is of the devil

For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.

Behold, this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine, that such things should be done away. 3 Nephi 11:29-30

A couple of contentious experiences that hurt my relationship with my children taught me to be cautious about answering religious questions. God is no respecter of person, everyone can learn to ask God not men.

Ask God not men – Kindly directing my son to consider studying and to ask God 

My son asked me the following question:

How does priesthood work in your new faith? Is there a line back to Joseph Smith? If so, through whom? Or maybe you believe in a new line directly from Jesus? Is so, through whom?

Here was my answer:

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Premortal Free Agency – Prior Choices Affect Us Now


My son, Darrell, has mentioned the trials he is enduring currently were chosen by him prior to coming to this earth.  He believes and possibly knows he is on the earth letting premortal choices play out to further his growth and development. I believe Darrell; however, I believe only a limited amount of current choices are blocked by prior decisions made with premortal free agency. 

Although we also have free agency now, my research indicates we made choices with premortal free agency prior to coming to earth that affects us now. 

I located scriptures that support the idea that we had premortal free agency prior to coming to earth that affects us now....Thus at times, even if we pray and pray, and have faith in the desired outcome, the plan and choices that were set in place before we came to earth may trump our "limited vision" desires now.

Scriptures

I located scriptures that support the idea we had premortal free agency prior to coming to earth that affects us now.  

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Curiosity for Truth – Related to Humility

I developed a curiosity for truth when my devoted and true-hearted daughter left our family religion of Mormonism.  I committed myself to find out why.  My new curiosity for truth began to teach me that I knew much less about truth than I thought.  Mormons teach they are the only true religion.  Why look for truth, when you belong to the only true church and feel what you have is better and more complete than all others?  

A relationship between humility and curiosity

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Faith in God not Men | Lectures on Faith Increase Faith in God

It is critical to grasp that basing our faith in God not men including, the Pope, a priest, a bishop etc. is the path to achieve salvation. When I began diligently studying and praying about my lifetime religion of Mormonism, one of the most disturbing pieces of information I discovered was that scriptures about faith unto salvation from the Doctrine & Covenants had been deleted.  In 1921, a committee of men deleted the first 70 pages of the Doctrine and Covenants, the first 70 pages were also referred to as the Lectures on Faith.  These pages are and have been needed to help us develop more faith in God not men.

Here is a brief summary of the contents of the Lectures on Faith that teach the importance of faith in God not men. What faith is The object on which faith rests How we know that God exists The effects which flow from faith A correct idea of God's character, perfections, and attributes Having assurance that the course one is pursuing is agreeable to God It is by faith that Deity works

Truth

Many copies of the Lectures on Faith  state in the preface…. “they were never presented to nor accepted by the church as being otherwise than theological lectures or lessons.”  This is a false statement.  I include documentation and sources to support that statement is false:

“On 17 August 1835, a general assembly of the church met for the purpose of examining a book of Commandments and Covenants (the book officially became titled the Doctrine and Covenants) that had been compiled and written by the publication committee (a committee that Joseph Smith headed). This committee having finished the said book according to the instructions given them, it was deemed necessary to call the General Assembly of the Church to see if the book be approved or not by the authorities of the Church. That it may, if approved, become a law of the church, and a rule of faith and practice of the same.” – Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations Vol 2, pg 307 

Sidney Rigdon, a presidency member, and committee member stood and explained to the assembly to vote for or against the said book.  Everyone present was given the opportunity to vote first by quorums (designated smaller groups).  After all the quorums had accepted the said book (I repeat, the first 70 pages were the Lectures on Faith), the General Assembly voted, including everyone that was present.  They all sustained the book as Doctrine of the Church.

Arguments

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Best NIV Study Bible – Or Second Best NIV Study Bible

There are numerous negative reviews against the NIV Bible (New International Version Bible).  I do not agree.  I really enjoy this version of the Bible.  A dear friend of my son introduced him to be the best NIV study bible.

Bible language is difficult for you  – Switch to the best NIV study Bible

The majority of Bible scholars and avid Bible readers do not comprehend those who don’t readily understand Bible language.  Many of the reviews put down people who have difficulty understanding Bible language.  One critic said, “Why don’t we make you smarter so you can read the Bible rather than dumb the Bible down?”  This is offensive to me.  I know there are like-minded people who also struggle to understand Bible language who most likely do not appreciate being spoken about in this manner.  In my opinion,  if Bible language is difficult for one to understand, then why not switch to the best NIV study Bible?

NIV study Bible enables more people to read God’s word

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Prayer for Protection Against Evil – Evil From Different Creations

Some evil entities often referred to as aliens do not respond to the power of the creator of the earth where we reside.   It is my understanding since aliens or foreigners belong to a different creation or a different realm, they respond to the power of the Heavenly Father who has jurisdiction over many creations.  This means a prayer for protection against evil from a different creation needs to be approached a little differently.

Prayer for protection against evil in the name of the Father

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Power of Words | Words Have Power

Power of Words in Bible Scriptures

When God created the world, the Bible tells us it was done using the power of words.

And God said, let there be light and there was light. Genesis 1:3

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. Genesis 1:6

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. Genesis 1:9

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. Genesis 1:11

When God created the world, the Bible tells us it was done using the power of words. Words are powerful.  Job lost everything after he said these words.......

Words are powerful.  Job lost everything after he said these words:

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Higher Self | Higher Consciousness

Higher Self or Higher Consciousness

I define the highest aspect of myself as my higher self or higher consciousness which resides with God (or whatever you refer to as your higher power).  Because my higher-self resides with God, I believe this portion of my spirit knows more than the portion of my spirit housed in my physical body. 

Dr. Melvin Fish

I have read various opinions about the higher self or higher consciousness, and my heart feels the warmest about the “higher-self” Dr. Melvin Fish describes.  

The spirit that dwells within your body is a fragment of the higher self. That higher self is the part of you that is in the image and likeness of God.

At the time of our creation, we were at one with God and with each other. We were so connected to each other that we were aware of each other’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions, much more than mortal man can comprehend.  We felt so connected to each other and to everything that we did not relate to our own uniqueness.  We wanted to experience separateness so that we could more completely comprehend and appreciate our individuality. To do so, a part of our spirit separated from the remainder and it came to earth to experience mortality where we feel completely separate from everyone and everything.

This condition was never intended to be permanent.  It is a school where we have come to gain experience.  We start life by feeling totally separate yet dependent on others. As we mature we learn to relate to others and we become aware that we are all very much connected.  As we reconnect with each other and with God, yet at the same time maintain our individual identity, we become enlightened.” Melvin C. Fish, Ph.D., pages 5-7, Become a Being of Light 

Various Names for Higher Self

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Spirit Guides and Angel Guardians

I was raised in a religious culture that did not teach about or share any information about spirit guides and angel guardians.  In fact, when I talk about my spirit guides or angel guardians with my siblings, and three of my children, I can tell it makes them feel uncomfortable.  It sounds weird and even crazy to them.  I would love to share more about my spirit guides, especially with my family, because my dad who passed away 6.5 years ago is my lead angel guardian who oversees guidance I request (we generally have a number of spirit guides and angel guardians so one is assigned as the leader)

Spirit guides and angel guardians – My dad

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New Jerusalem | Zion – City of Love and Peace

I believe not too far in the distant future, the New Jerusalem or Zion will begin to be built somewhere in the mountains (my personal belief is that it will be in the Rocky Mountains).

And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. Isaiah 2:2-3

I feel the movings of deep hope and longing as I anticipate the forthcoming events leading to the development of this city of love and peace.  

The Heart and Mind of God will be a Requirement 

Those receiving an invitation to the New Jerusalem or Zion will learn of God’s higher path.  Each person in this city will have the heart and mind of God because they have individually been connected to God.  After each of us has become one with God, and only then, can we become one with each other. It is impossible for men to become one with each other until after each individual has become one with God.  

Authoritative men, pride, envy, jealousy, strife, stealing, deceiving, and adultery, will be non-existent in this city of love and peace.  Humble, meek servants of God full of virtue, long-suffering, and patience will take care of the poor and will use all property and abundance for the common good of all. Sacrifice will be required of all those residing in the New Jerusalem.

Description of the New Jerusalem or Zion

Authoritative men, pride, envy, jealousy, strife, stealing, deceiving, and adultery, will be non-existent in this city of love and peace.  Humble, meek servants of God full of virtue, long-suffering, and patience will take care of the poor and will use all property and abundance for the common good of all.  Sacrifice will be required of all those residing in the New Jerusalem.

Denver Snuffer describes the New Jerusalem or Zion in a series of blogs titled “All or Nothing”. Here are some highlights:

  • No police
  • No lawyers
  • No courts
  • No prisons
  • No commerce
  • No taxes
  • No business licenses to regulate
  • No administration
  • No social assistance from governments of men

Snuffer also explains the exciting newness of Zion:

  • A new form of government introduced and taught by God. Personally, I believe there will be a large portal of light opened that will connect earth with heaven so all those in this city of love and peace will be able to move freely between heaven and earth.
  • Entirely new laws
  • A new way of thinking
  • A new social order
  • A new economy of exchange without money
  • No contention
  • A desire to serve others.  A great example of this is Jesus Christ:

Christ, came not to be served but to serve others. He did not “lord over” others, but He knelt to elevate them. He came as a meek and lowly servant and went about doing good. He died to save the lives of others. When He arose from the dead, He went to the Father and advocated forgiveness for those who despised and abused Him.

  • A place of safety.  God will be our protector as taught in the Bible by Daniel.

Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands (no violence), which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold (all these metals represent various places that will become like chaff and be carried away by the wind), broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. Daniel 2:34-35

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