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The Irony of the Rainbow

This week marked a few landmark decisions from the Supreme Court. They demonstrated unquestionably that that rule of law has ended in the United States, that the opinion of a majority of justices is sufficient to replace the Constitutional law of the land with society's current view of what is right and good.

One of those decisions was the ruling that gay marriage is now a right protected by the federal government. Many, including myself, view this as a turning point in our nation. However, I feel my reasoning is probably different to most.

Homosexuality is a sin. However, I personally am not aware of anytime where God said it was the one sin that all Christians should be fighting against. After all, we are all sinners. What makes the sin one person struggles with greater than the sin another is tempted with? I will not judge my homosexual brothers and sisters, because I cannot afford for them to judge me.

So why is the court ruling such a big deal? Many, including myself, believe …

D&C 87

How much of D&C 87 has been fulfilled? It seems to me that the common understanding is that it was fulfilled with the Civil War. Not so. Though the revelation speaks about the Civil War (verse 1), it's almost in passing. The subject of this revelation is events still to come.

 1 Verily, thus saith the Lord concerning the wars that will shortly come to pass, beginning at the rebellion of South Carolina, which will eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls;
Is the even that will eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls the Civil War (which started with the rebellion of South Carolina)? Or, is it "the wars that will shortly come to pass" (later described) that will eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls?

What are these wars, anyway? Could they have included World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the gulf wars, Afghanistan, and the many other wars involving the US that we don't really talk about? Have those ca…

The Gospel is Like

My dog gets ear infections every time he gets water in his ears. He gets water in his ears every time he drinks from the sprinkler. My dog does not know that he gets an ear infection every time he drinks water from the sprinkler. He loves drinking water from the sprinkler. Would he love it if he knew that it causes an ear infection?

To me, the gospel is information. It is the kind of information that makes drinking from a sprinkler less enjoyable, but brings with it the prevention of ear infections.

Judge Righteous Judgment

This evening I was poking around in the scriptures when I came across this verse. Jesus said,

"Don't judge by appearances. Judge by what is right." (John 7:24, CEV)

This verse set off a chain of thoughts in my mind. The context is important. Here, Jesus was defending himself against the religious folks in his day who didn't like that he had healed someone on the Sabbath. It wasn't that Jesus was telling them that there was no scriptural basis for their disapproval of his actions. Instead, he highlights that that their understanding of God's word did not come from a relationship with God directly, but from inherited tradition:

"Moses commanded you to circumcise your sons. But it wasn't really Moses who gave you this command. It was your ancestors..." (John 7:22)

It seems the kneejerk reaction in dead (as in unconnected from God) religion is to automatically decide an issue by comparing it to the tradition of the elders which has been handed down. …