Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Something I have been trying to figure out.

Ok so if you are reading this I'm sorry. I needed to get this out and in writing so that it will leave me alone. Just a quick disclaimer, I can be wrong and don't profess to know any more than anyone else who reads the scriptures.

I'm sure everyone knows or has heard of a person that says they pray about everything and that they get answers to everything. Even Angels have come and told them or they have had visitations to instruct them. Not just for big, major events but for everything. This has always bothered me because it is not how things work in my life and it is not how I picture God would handle it. I think God gave us brains and expects us to use them. After all we are here to prove ourselves not to be spoon fed or carried. "it is only after all we can do." Let me try to explain:
First, to those that say God spoke to them or that God has visited them. In my studies the only thing God has appeared for or said was to introduce his Son, Jesus Christ. That's it. There is no need for anything more and to claim more thean that goes against anything I have ever read in the scriptures.

Second, to those that say angels have come to them or have visitations. From what I have read angels have only a few reasons for appearing to man. One is to rebuke. Remember Laman and Lemuel when they were beating Nephi with a rod. Another reason is to teach or instruct that which cannot be known any other way. Think of Joseph Smith and the angel Moroni. There are others but none of them deal with telling us what we can find out for ourselves or that which we can logically deduce.

I'm not going to get into the Holy Ghost but the point is God is going to let us make our own choices. He teaches us right and wrong and lets us go from there. Unless there is some extenuating circumstances where God needs you to do something that is an exception, you're not going to hear or see anything from heaven. God is up there and knows where you are and what you're thinking and feeling but he is not going to intervene. If any of you reading this are one of those people described above and you think you are getting a visitation to tell you ever little thing you are to do or not do in life, you might want to really think about where your direction is coming from.

Don't forget, we are here for a reason and that is the only thing God is really worried about. It doesn't matter to him what job you have or where you live. Use your brain and make your own decisions. If God needs you to do something specific he will tell you but for the most part he has already given you everything you need to accomplish that which you have come here to do.
If you are thinking of commenting and brining up how we are told to pray before everything we do, don't. That is not what this is about nor is that what is meant by those scriptures.

Thanks for reading and I hope this is enough to give those of you who know people like this enough courage to stand up to them. It is a mockery of God's great wisdom to think He needs to give us a play by play to get us through life. There is a reason for faith and a reason you have a brain. Don't waste it.


jubilant jess Ü said...

I know we talked about this last night and you made it clear in this post not to bring up the things I brought up during our conversation. The short of it is... I agree with you. If I ever hear someone making these claims I'll confront them on it. love you.

Mommydew said...

I believe people shouldn't go around talking about their experience because they are sacred and should be treated as such. I also don't believe everyone that says they have seen angels have, but I do believe amazing things happen. I believe that the heavens are open and that angels are constantly around about us. Think about places you go that you are told that angels are witnessing...

"But I testify that angels are still sent to help us" - Elder Holland.