Saturday, March 10, 2007

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I was thinking a little bit about hell today (maybe it helps to be prepared). About how I think hell is feeling all the hurt you caused (and didn’t repent of). I was thinking, what’s the point of that? Merely, justice? There doesn’t seem to be a lot of point to that. So, I decided that it was, if we are not going to learn to be good, thoughtful, kind, loving, and compassionate the easy way - can you believe that this life and all those Sunday School lessons and all this struggle is the EASY way???! but I think it probably is, heaven help us, and it will if we let it - if we refuse to learn the easy way, then we will get to learn the HARD way by feeling the all results of our unrighteous actions. One of the cool things about this perspective is that it indicates the opportunity for continued growth and progress, even in hell. But just because this offers hope even to the so-far unrepentant, we must remember, this is not a good thing to plan on because 1) it was just me thinking and 2) if it is the way thing are, it is going to be possible to progress, but even more painful and harder than it is here.

What do you think?

4 comments:

  1. First off, you know you aren't going to hell. Are you trying to say that whatever imperfections you haven't overcome are worse than murderers and drug dealers, etc.? Whatever. And we know that even those end up in the Telestial Kingdom, which I hear isn't too bad.
    Overwhelming ideas and feelings are just the way that the world and the devil try to get us down so we won't try. And why wouldn't he want you to try? Because you will succeed.

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  2. I really liked our Sunday School lesson this week, because we talked about Repentance and how it is not an awful dreadful thing. (Although there are times that it is hard and painful.)
    For most of us, most of the time it is just looking for ways we can improve. I especially liked one comment that was made. She said it's like soccer practice. It's not that she's a terrible soccer player, it's just that even the best soccer player can find things to practice and improve on. We just need to look at how we are doing and pick something to work on. Sometimes our coach can help us know what we need to work on or how to do it. I think if it seems too overwhelming, you are probably trying to work on too much at a time. If you pick one small thing to work on, then you can focus on that and be happier. It's like Pres. Hinckley says, "We will not become perfect in a day or a month or a year. We will not accomplish it in a lifetime, but we can keep trying, starting with our more obvious weaknesses and gradually converting them to strengths as we go forward with our lives." "Let us all try to stand a little taller, rise a little higher, be a little better. Make the extra effort. You will be happier. You will know a new satisfaction, a new gladness in your heart."

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  3. I just had really good institute class last night. We were talking about the three degrees of glory and so it was neat that I had been thinking about this stuff already. I learned something new, or was straightened out and clarified at least. You are right, there is the possibility that we will go through hell. But I still believe that you don't have to worry about it too much.
    If we have not repented of our sins, we must pay the price for them ourselves (so if this is what you mean by hell, yes we will deserve it). However, we can avoid it by using the Atonement of Jesus Christ "For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; " (Doctrine and Covenants 19:16)
    This is for justice, but also for another reason. After we are resurrected we must stand before God and be judged. Since no unclean thing can stand before God, we must be cleansed before the judgement takes place. So we have the choice of being cleansed through the blood of Christ or through our own suffering.
    Then, I thought of how no matter how good we are, we will always make mistakes and no matter how diligent, we can never repent of all of them. But the promise of the Atonement is that we will be saved after all we can do. This is where Mercy comes in. If we are trying our best, and have a desire to do what is right, the mercy of Christ saves us. This is similar to how the Atonement covers the sins of the innocent.
    I am so thankful for the Atonement and for the overwhelming love and mercy that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for us. We have to remember that the plan is for us to return to them, and Heavenly Father created that plan, so we know it will work. It is His work and His Glory to help us along this plan. (see Moses 1:39) "For with God nothing shall be impossible." (Luke 1:37)

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  4. That was me again. Sorry for taking over your blog. I think that you are right too, that it would be a learning experience. I hope that helps to answer your question.

    We also talked in our class about how we will have opportunity for growth eternally (in each kingdom of glory). Otherwise living forever would get really boring!

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