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  1. The last 4 or 5 times I've gone to the temple I've become increasingly convinced that there are 2 different actresses that play Eve. It seems to me that Eve makes a change of appearance once they leave the garden of Eden. When they're walking out of the garden she looks very different. Other facial expressions after the garden look different than the facial expressions of Eve while in the Garden. It looks like her eyes are very light green/blue in the garden and then brown at the end of the movie. Also, she has a few freckles on her face in the garden, but they're not visible after the garden. If it's not the same person, they look staggeringly similar, but I'm curious if anyone notices the differences in appearance, expressions and mannerisms between garden Eve and lone and dreary Eve. Not sure why they would have more than 1, unless the garden Eve was prego but they still wanted her to play the role. Also, from what I read on another post it sounds like Adam and Eve are married in real life. One individual says he saw them at church together. Curious to know if anyone knows whether it was the same actress or not. Go to the temple and check it out and let me know what you think.
  2. There have been some really great comments on here and I appreciate the insights. I don't believe that God is a changing God, or that any of Christ's attitudes or intentions have changed over time. I believe that he was perfect, lived perfect, and is now perfect. I also believe that he is no respecter of persons. I don't question that the Old Testament is scripture. It definitely is. What I question is how much of the ideas of man, and the culture of man was written into the OT, both during the time it was being written and in later times when it very easily could have been corrupted by those with an agenda to distort the truth. The situation was certainly different during the Old Testament times. Using Moses as an example: His people saw miracle after miracle and couldn't be obedient. I believe that there is greater condemnation to those that have seen signs and turned away from them, which might be justification for the actions of what seems to be a more "vengeful" God in the OT. We could apply the same philosophy to people during other times as well, but in the end it's just philosophy. Another thought is whether the spirits that were born in that area at that time needed different tests and a different life experience than the spirits that are living today. Maybe those spirits only responded well when God became angry with them. You'd have a much easier time convincing me that the people, or spirits were different, than to convince me that God was different during that time. Although my original question asks if the OT should be regarded the way we regard the Apocrypha, the root of my question is this: Why does it seem like God was less loving and more vengeful in the Old Testament? Were the people just different in the Old Testament times, or are some of the things that are written in the Old Testament just the philosophies of men and Jewish cultural norms mingled with scripture? I certainly believe that the OT is scripture. I just wonder if it's all correct, or if we need to use the spirit to discern between the ideas of man and what was really given by God. Or was it all truly given by God as most Christians believe. I'd like to believe that, but there are parts of the OT that make that fairly difficult. :)
  3. I started reading the Old Testament at about the beginning of the year, and had to stop for a while about a month ago half way through Leviticus because I hadn't felt the spirit with anything I was reading for weeks. I just picked it back up again and feel the same way. I have read several Apocraphal books or parts of books, some of which I feel the spirit strongly about and some that I either don't feel anything at all or a bad feeling that the text has been manipulated or inspired by false spirits. The sad thing is that I don't feel any different about many of the parts of the Old Testament than I do about the apocrapha. Some parts feel right, some wrong, and some I feel nothing on which makes me feel like I'm wasting my time reading them. “Speaking of the Apocrypha the Lord says: ‘There are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correctly; There are many things contained therein that are not true, which are interpolations by the hands of men. Verily, I say unto you, that it is not needful that the Apocrypha should be translated. Therefore, whoso readeth it, let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth; And whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom; And whoso receiveth not by the Spirit, cannot be benefited. Therefore it is not needful that it should be translated.’ (D. & C. 91.) . . . I basically feel the same way about many parts of the Old Testament. Am I off base? Reading the OT makes me question if I even know/understand God at all, because he's so vastly different in the OT than in the New Testament, Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants. I have several different ways of rationalizing God treating people differently in parts of the OT than he does now, but I don't know if that's a correct way to look at it, or if its more correct to say that much of what's contained in the the OT (cultural practices, punishments, incredibally detailed rituals, etc...) is the philosophies of men mingled with divine inspiration. Some books are full of inspiration and wisdom, and some seem to be filled with almost the opposite. I really hate feeling that way about some of the books and I'm just trying to get some insights into what I'm missing. Thoughts?