Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Parable of the Boiling Pot

A father set a large, lidded pot of water on the stove to boil and asked his kids to watch it. The kids almost immediately walked away from the pot and began playing in the living room. The water began to boil, but no one noticed. The kids continued to play. The lid began to rattle, but no one noticed. The kids continued to play. Eventually, the water spilled over, creating loud hissing sounds. The father returned and punished the children for not paying attention.

The disasters that will precede the second coming have already begun. Those who are watching the pot can see the water boiling. It has been a slow, steady process, causing changes that are imperceptible to most. Demographic groups have segmented. Violence has become a prominent reaction to societal displeasure. Several powerful groups have created a system to broadcast lies to manipulate the ignorant masses. A substantial portion of the United States relies upon government money to subsist. Riots are more prevalent than they have ever been. Child trafficking is occurring in shocking frequency among the elite. There is no future for those under 30. Our economy is in the worst shape it's ever been, and there will be no recovery. Jobs are being lost to automation. Food costs are skyrocketing. The quality of our goods has fallen dramatically. Most are not paying attention. They may begin to notice the waves of destruction when they reach the point of sudden, massive, obvious events, such as large earthquakes in populated cities, tsunamis in unusual places, large terrorist attacks, wide scale rioting, massive plagues, financial collapse, famines, wars, etc. Some will die when these events strike, and for them it will be too late to repent. With each successive event, others will finally wake up. Most will not.

Many question the idea of taking scriptural warnings of destruction seriously. They mock those who do. They say, "many thought the disasters of their day signaled the second coming." Their observation is true. Even Jesus' disciples thought that the second coming would happen in their lifetimes. Yet, have you ever noticed that Jesus did not correct them? It turns out that a correct understanding of our insignificance in this vastly unstable world is a wonderful motivator for respect for God. We ought to live every day like it is our last. We ought to prepare to meet God, familiarize ourselves with the scriptures, and take his word literally. 

And it came to pass that when Jesus had ended these sayings he said unto his disciples: Enter ye in at the strait gate; for strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to life, and few there be that find it; but wide is the gate, and broad the way which leads to death, and many there be that travel therein, until the night cometh, wherein no man can work. (3 Nephi 27:33).