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.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Many cannot choose both their media and thier eternal family - a first attempt

I think many of our members could take their media, their movies, television shows, books, music, websites, and computer games, and place it in one big pile. Then, opposite that, they could place their spouse and their children. And the reality is that many of them can choose the whole of only one of those two stacks.

Whether they can be engaging consistently in watching much of what hollywood offers up and still gain their own spouse for Eternity is beyond what I can say for certain. But whether they can do so and save their posterity is another matter altogether.

And I can say for certain that they cannot have the Holy Ghost while watching that which offends him. And if we do not have the Holy Ghost, we cannot gain eternal life.

Let us read these verses together properly with the JST.

Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
 29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
 30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And now this I speak, a parable concerning your sins; wherefore, cast them from you, that ye may not be hewn down and cast into the fire.

A sin that is symbolized with our eye is talked about immediately after we are told that lustful looking is committing adultery in our heart. Far better for us to cast away that which we should not look at then to enter into hell while holding on to it.

Christ speaks again of eyes not long after in the same sermon.

Matthew 6: 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Can we watch the movies we own and the television shows we like and say that our eye is single to his glory? Can we even watch them and say that our eye is not darkness?

Whether we can find the full measure of exaltation ourselves without sacrificing our media is more than I can say. But whether we can save our posterity is a different matter. As is whether we can have the Holy Ghost. And we cannot find exaltation and not have the Holy Ghost. If we do not live so as to have God the Holy Ghost here, we will not live with God the Father hereafter.

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