Notes for my writing

This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sure, all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. But wickedness and righteousness are still real.

It seems that one of the standard responses in defense of any misbehavior is using "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" to really mean "there is no such thing as righteousness or wickedness and no difference between the daily faults common to mankind and serious or malignant sins". That isn't true at all.

When you read Christ's dealings with people during his mortality, as well as in the Doctrine and Covenants, does he call some wicked, and call others righteous? When he speaks of the strait and narrow path and the broad road does he say the strait path is empty except for himself, or does he say there are people following the strait path?

If Christ believes some people are wicked and calls them wicked and believes others are righteous and calls them righteous and tells his righteous followers to warn the wicked both in ancient times and modern revelation, doesn't it seem a little bit silly to go around using the idea that all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God to mean there is no such thing as wickedness and righteousness?

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