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  1. Are there other problems/struggles in your marriage? Is there a specific reason he could be drawn to infatuation with another woman?
  2. Really? Like how Lucifer lived in the very presence of God and rebelled against Him? Knowledge is only one part of the path to perfection.
  3. person0

    Does Character Matter?

    I couldn't agree more.
  4. person0

    Does Character Matter?

    I find the following to be applicable to the principles of this discussion:
  5. Oh, I have no doubts about that at all.
  6. I have been obedient to this policy, but I'm nowhere near convinced that it is right, nor that it was the direct result of revelation.
  7. person0

    Doctrine and Covenants 122:8

    His father might have been God, but He was still raised by Joseph and Mary. Biologically, God is still a man. Other than that, I'm not sure what kinds of differences you might be referring to.
  8. person0

    Doctrine and Covenants 122:8

    If we are to compare ourselves to Christ and seek to emulate Him, how could it be anything other than an apples to apples comparison?
  9. I would suggest that if we weren't all too lazy to do it and if so many people weren't inordinately wasteful, the most accurate way to calculate tithing could be to determine one's total net worth as of January 1st of each year and to make a lump sum payment equal to 10% of the increase in net worth over the prior year. Something like that is how I presume Abraham paid his tithes. Given that most people don't live or account in such a way that would enable them to do that, I think people need to shut their traps and just teach that tithing is on 10% of our increase as the scriptures state and let people figure out what that means between them and the Lord. I have no problem with someone stating the specific way they pay tithing, but imposing their view upon others is inappropriate, especially as it pertains to tithing. If one lives the law of tithing, they live the law of tithing, and that is sufficient to merit any associated blessings.
  10. I think you just might be right, haha. Yup; confusing.
  11. The Lord seems to think so. His ways are not our ways. Once again, you are applying a mortal understanding to an eternal being, not limited by our finite understanding. ??? Since when are you and I discussing God creating things ex-nihilo? I assumed that as a Latter-Day Saint you would already be in on the belief that He created ex-materia; is my assumption incorrect? I have clearly laid out in another thread that if God were to have created all things ex-nihilo that determinism would in fact be the only logical conclusion, and God would be 100% responsible for the actions of all His creations. See here: I am arguing that given creation ex-materia, we can yet identify God as an all-powerful being once one understands that abstract 'powers' that can be imagined in the mind but that do not actually exist cannot be included as part of the 'all' in all-powerful. The ability to create an immovable rock does not exist, hence it does not detract from designating God as omnipotent. Anyway, I feel I have adequately explained my logic; if there continues to be a disconnect, I am not sure what more I could explain.
  12. If I am reading your words correctly it sounds as though you are suggesting that if God has the ability to cause an effect, He therefore is responsible of said effect? If so, that makes no sense whatsoever, because the ability to cause an effect or produce and outcome is not the same as actually doing it. Even if we go to your original example (a few posts back) and suggest that God is able to designate whom you will love, that is not the same as Him actually doing it. Okay, upon seeing this I am realizing that we have a fundamental disagreement that I don't think is resolvable. I think I remember this from a few years ago in the huge thread about agency. God's ability to do something does not require him to do something, nor does it make Him responsible if/when he chooses not to do something. You may suggest that not doing it, being a 'choice' in and of itself would make Him complicit in the outcome; I would disagree. Yup. Fundamental disagreement. Your transposition of such a rule onto God will, by its nature, implicate God for your mortal and imperfect definition of what it means to 'do good'. Could one not argue that the greatest good would be to allow for every man to be wholly aware that his eternal reward is perfectly commensurate to his own choices? On a similar note, let us assume for a moment that you are correct. If we say that God is not all-powerful because of the fact that He would then be all-responsible and apply that simple statement to all of our earthly history would implicate God in many ways, because of the powers we know He does possess. We know God is capable of speaking to men, He is capable of intervening in our actions (i.e. saul), and He is capable of performing miracles. Has there never been a time when someone has lost their faith, never to be regained, because of the 'inaction' of God according to their righteous request? Is God responsible for their fall? According to the implications of your assignment of responsibility, God is already responsible for everyone who falls away, and everyone who follows a wicked path, etc, etc, when He could have intervened to bring about a different result. From scripture, we already know enough about God's power and abilities to be able to assign Him the blame for our mistakes, if we use the definition you provide. I do not agree that power equals responsibility in the way you have asserted. Again, it appears we have a disagreement at a fundamental level that affects our ability to come to an area of agreement as to whether or not God is omnipotent. I will close with a quote by Spencer W. Kimball in one of my favorite talks, 'Tragedy or Destiny?'
  13. person0

    How do I change my name?

    For those of us on the forum who are used to programming languages, in an array of items, 0 is the index of the 1st item. person0 would be like saying 'the first person'.
  14. Looking back on my youth in my late teens and early on my mission, I always felt slightly confused by the fact that I was absolutely confident that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the True Church of Christ. My confusion came by the fact that I felt so confident about it that even during the time when I questioned the reality of God, Christ, and His Atonement, unusually, it never came to my mind to truly question the veracity of the Church. Because of a specific experience on my mission, I came to understand why this was the case at the same time that I was alerted more deeply to the realization this had actually been happening. Around the middle of my mission, I received a blessing from my Mission President in which he told me that one of my gifts of the Spirit is "to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true". This experience was an eye opener as all of a sudden these experiences from my past made sense to me. Different people will have different experiences in the Church. However, while some may feel compelled to say "I know" when they actually do not, for many of us, we do know, and we ought to state as much. For me, I know the Church is true by the power of the Holy Ghost, and I am happy to state it!