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God is much grander than even many Christians allow. The universe is vaster, more intricate, more mind-boggling and complex and a more exciting place than is found in the confining strictures of biblical literalism that insist – quite unnecessarily - that the earth was created in six 24-hour days.
My religion not only allows for but encourages a cosmic view. Its scriptures teach that there are worlds without number, that many of those worlds are inhabited, and that as worlds pass away, others come into being as part of God’s grand design for the immortality and eternal life of man.
Author: Michael Otterson, Source: http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/michael_otterson/20...Saved by rickety in religion god man bible world scriptures earth christian universe cosmic immortality eternal 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Why would Satan care about such things as our view of metaphysics and epistemology? Because if he can shape our views on those issues, then those views provide a basis, as Alma declares, to “destroy the children of God.” (Alma 30:42.) The philosophy Satan taught Korihor is a rational system. It is not true, but it is rational! If we accept the assumption that there is no super-natural reality, then it logically follows that there is no God. If that is the case, then man is the supreme being. It also follows that if there are no eternal realities, then there are no eternal consequences for man’s actions. Korihor’s reasoning is that man himself determines what is right and wrong, not some set of rules laid down by a group of phony religious leaders claiming to speak for a God who doesn’t exist.
Author: Gerald N. Lund, Source: http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1992.h...Saved by rickety in religion satan god man right wrong philosophy consequences reality metaphysics epistemology rational 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
There are a few things I learned very early in my career as a television critic:

• No problem is so big it that can’t be solved in twenty-three minutes (thirty, counting commercials);
• For all of its talk about public service and art, commercial television exists to sell soap;
• There is often no discernible correlation between the real world and Hollywood’s perception of reality.
Author: Joseph Walker, Source: http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1993.h...Saved by rickety in art television reality hollywood 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I testify that wickedness is rapidly expanding in every segment of our society. (See D&C 1:14-16; D&C 84:49-53.) It is more highly organized, more cleverly disguised, and more powerfully promoted than ever before. Secret combinations lusting for power, gain, and glory are flourishing. A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing its evil influence and control over America and the entire world. (See Ether 8:18-25.)
Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: http://beta.lds.org/portal/site/LDSOrg/menuitem.b12f9d18fae655...Saved by rickety in conspiracy testify wickedness secretcombination america america evil 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Somewhere there is a message in the protest of a man who said: “You can’t tell me worry doesn’t help. The things I worry about never happen.”
Author: Boyd K. Packer, Source: http://beta.lds.org/portal/site/LDSOrg/menuitem.b12f9d18fae655...Saved by rickety in man worry 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Now, if you are in possession of a spirit or intellectuality of that kind, whereby you are enabled to read your own acts, do you not think that that being who has placed that spirit and that intelligence within you holds the keys of that intelligence, and can read it whenever he pleases? Is not that philosophical, reasonable and scriptural? I think it is....
Man sleeps the sleep of death but the spirit lives where the record of his deeds is kept—that does not die—man cannot kill it, there is no decay associated with it, and it still retains in all its vividness, the remembrance of that which transpired before the separation by death, of the body and the ever-living spirit.
Author: John Taylor, Source: http://beta.lds.org/portal/site/LDSOrg/menuitem.b3bc55cbf54122...Saved by rickety in remember spirit man reason intelligence scripture death 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The Social Security system, as it is conceived and operated today, is not social, does not provide security, and does not qualify as a real system. It should be made voluntary in order to become social; it should be backed by reserves in order to become secure; and benefits should be computed on an actuarial basis to make it a system that is fair and impartial, to all participants, whether young or old.
Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: An Enemy Hath Done This, 1969 edition, 226Saved by rickety in socialism security social young old secure secure 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I think it is an accurate statement to say that some people consider feelings of same-gender attraction to be the defining fact of their existence. There are also people who consider the defining fact of their existence that they are from Texas or that they were in the United States Marines. Or they are red-headed, or they are the best basketball player that ever played for such-and-such a high school. People can adopt a characteristic as the defining example of their existence and often those characteristics are physical.
We have the agency to choose which characteristics will define us; those choices are not thrust upon us.
The ultimate defining fact for all of us is that we are children of Heavenly Parents, born on this earth for a purpose, and born with a divine destiny. Whenever any of those other notions, whatever they may be, gets in the way of that ultimate defining fact, then it is destructive and it leads us down the wrong path.
Author: Dallin H. Oaks, Source: http://www.lds.org/newsroom/issues/answer/0,19491,6056-1-202-4...Saved by rickety in children purpose wrong parents gender characteristic physical born choices homosexuality 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
“Don’t legislate morality.” I suppose persons who mouth that familiar slogan think they are saying something profound. In fact, if that is an argument at all, it is so superficial that an educated person should be ashamed to use it. As should be evident to every thinking person, a high proportion of all legislation has a moral base. That is true of all of the criminal law, most of the laws regulating family relations, businesses, and commercial transactions, many of the laws governing property, and a host of others.
Author: Dallin H. Oaks, Source: http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1987.h...Saved by rickety in government truth business morality think law argument family legislation criminal legislate moral laws property gambling 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I believe that central to all enduring religions in society are the same principles and practices clothed in different language - meditation, prayer, covenants, ordinances, scripture study, empathy, compassion, and many different forms of the use of both conscience and imagination
Author: Stephen R. Covey, Source: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 1990 edition, 135Saved by rickety in compassion conscience prayer empathy ordinances scripture study meditation principles religions practices covenants scripturestudy imagination 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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