What is the purpose of life and our mortal experience? Opposition exists to give us choices that produce trials and opportunities.Moral agency can then be developed. How to we reconcile the body of truth to the vastness of the eternal cosmos? Where does our understanding of theology lead us?
"....Yea, even the wonders of eternity shall they know"..... Doctrine and Covenants 76:8
Eternal Marriage, Families and the Family of God
The apostle Paul exclaimed "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named." Ephesians 3:14,15
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we teach that our relationships formed here on earth can continue in eternities. "The same sociality that exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory." (Doctrine and Covenants 130:2)
The family is a divine institution. There is a family in Heaven and on earth. God ordained it to be so and allows each of us to participate if we so choose. By observation it is his preferred pattern of human creation. It is more important than any other organization on the earth and the most important in heaven. He ordained Marriage and the family.
There is no love formed if there is no creation. He joined man and woman for that purpose. How we use those powers to create is up to us. The consequences of how we use them is not.
Through respectful courtship and a commitment to marriage we establish stable relationships with greater opportunity to bring children into the world. God allows us to participate in the continuing process of human creation. Forming a family under sacred covenants is a very important element in the worship of our Father in Heaven.
Theological scholars of classical theism have said that marriage ends at death. While often claiming that God's truth is manifest in his creation they deny the glory of God's most sacred and basic institution. They nullify all experience gained through our most intimate relationships, those by which his gospel is best taught and his teachings exemplified.
Why would the love developed by a married couple and their family through the trials and sacrifices of life be removed from existence at death as if it were nothing?
Mathew 19:4,5,6 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which amadethem at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall acleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath ajoined together, let not man bput asunder.
Adam and Eve and their posterity would be redeemed from the physical and spiritual death that came about by their fall. Christ would redeem them and their marriage covenant as well. After their fall into mortality they began to create after their image and likeness just as God did and does.
Why would God institute a relationship such as marriage if he had no prior familiarity with it and use it as a primary institution for filling his creation? He married Adam and Eve and authorized them to multiply and replenish the earth. They could not do this until after they had fallen from immortality.
In loving relationships solidified by marriage, husbands and wives learn and grow by serving and not by seeking to fulfill every lustful thought or desire. It also brings the opportunity to bear children if able to do so and this responsibility blesses our lives and the human race when done in committed relationships established in covenants to serve.
The power of God’s eternal fatherhood is established by eternal motherhood. He is the Father of our spirits in a literal way. Father is his most cherished title. He desires that we understand these sacred opportunities. Godliness is not limited to the male gender.
There is a family in heaven. God desires that we each have the opportunity to form one is we desire. We do and will in fact always belong to a family
Everything about this creation bears witness to a divine order of creation relating to male and female. "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Genesis 1:27) Whose is the image that woman is created after? This is no mystery. The Bible teaches the pattern that the image of God is male and female. Is God the Father a single parent? No he is not.
If we look at creation, the real question about creation and fatherhood should be asked. What is it without motherhood and womanhood?
While we don’t know the exact words that God spoke to perform the marriage of Adam and Eve, as immortal beings it would have been an eternal marriage. There would have been no words of until death do you part, or as long as you both shall live defining its duration. They were after all immortal beings at the time.
Where do we begin to contemplate eternity? To what do we compare it? Would a ping pong ball in the ocean even begin to compare to the earth in the infinite cosmos where it floats, chained by powers we can't see to a sun that gives it life in a galaxy so large surrounded by a sea of galaxies we can scarcely comprehend it?
It seems most interesting to me that the earth's recorded history is only around 6000 years old. Why isn't it 100,000 years old or a million years old? We do after all have an infinite past. Even so many scientific theories only relate to a cosmic horizon of some 13.8 billion years.
Archaeologists speculate as to the development of humans, but they don't really know. After all, they are only digging on a single planet in a universe so vast it is like a child in a sand box.
Some scientists tell us that the process of formation of the earth is hundreds of millions, if not billions, of years old. How is it that we only came to a state of being able to w…
Sometimes when we don't understand how something works we call it magic. If it has an effect on us and we aren't sure why magic is often the cause. Really though haven't some folks just resorted to a default explanation of some phenomena even though they most likely believe that magic isn't real?
Is the creation of life a miracle or just another thing that happens all to often? Isn't it a miracle if it is you? Really we all are miracles of existence and yet this particular science of creation we understand quite well in some regards.
Was it magic or science when Jesus performed his miracles for witnesses that did not understand them? Is it a miracle or science when a surgeon heals a person that years ago would have died? If that person is you it will surely seem like a miracle.
Isn't science one of God's gifts to us that helps us to discover the wonders of creation? True religion and faith in things we can't see is true science waiting to be discove…
The rain falls and the sun shines. Plant the seeds, pull the weeds, reap a harvest. Don't plant the seeds, there is no need to pull the weeds and reap no harvest.
What is the reason that things happen? Is life a predetermined course? Does God micromanage the affairs of earth and its people? There are people that say everything happens for a reason, it is a cliche.
Other people take a different approach to the philosophy of life. The fact is not everything in life will turn out the way we plan or want it to. Why would someone think that God would have his hand in making one person's life better than another's?
I have noticed in exploring this subject there will be contradictions and questions on all sides of the equation of life. Isn't that the purpose though, to have faith and act the best we can and enjoy the journey?
The scriptures indicate and I believe that God sends us to earth at times that are pre-appointed. He also holds power over the duration of our life…