Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Matthew 19:25 + 26- Who then can be saved?

JESUS has just told his followers that rich people have as much chance at GOD's kingdom as a camel does walking through the eye of a needle...

King James Version

When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying,
Who then can be saved?

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them,
With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

This sounds wonderful, but it is not what JESUS really said.

Joseph Smith Translation

When his disciples heard this, they were exceedingly amazed, saying,

Who then can be saved?

But Jesus beheld their thoughts, and said unto them,

With men this is impossible; 
but if they will forsake all things for my sake,
with God whatsoever things I speak are possible.


Someone, somewhere decided to not offend rich people. He foolishly decided to change what CHRIST actually said. No doubt it was because rich people contribute to religions (so they can feel good about not repenting and not helping poor people), and we cannot offend people who might give us money. I am fairly certain that someone who deletes JESUS' actual words from a manuscript are not to be envied in the next life.

If the original version were hypothetically correct, then we have a GOD who can override agency and save people who do not merit it. No one really merits salvation. However, CHRIST shared His perfection with us to allow us to avoid suffering for our sins. Therefore, GOD can require that you have to share your time, money, talents, and energy with those around you. All of it!

The rich young ruler came face to face with his selfishness, and was found wanting. He was keeping all of the ten commandments to save himself. He was not willing to help others achieve temporal salvation in this life, so they could then focus more on spiritual things. I am no better than he was, but because of Joseph Smith, I have a better idea of what the actual standard for salvation is. If I do not forsake everything for GOD, GOD will not save me. I am not going to be surprised if I do not make the celestial bar, but at least I have a better idea of how high that bar is.

Finally, Tithing is meant for poor people, although the 15 false prophets of the Utah version of Mormonism believe differently. They think tithing money is to sustain their first-world lifestyles. The millions of LDS members who live in second and third-world countries are suppose survive without ten percent of their meager incomes as a test of their faith. GOD will save the poor who were misguided but had unselfish hearts. I am sure HE will not save those who have a legitimate surplus of the world's goods and do not seek to elevate others. Just to be clear, GOD would love to save everyone, but he is not going to save paid clergy. 



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Matthew 19- The Rich Young Ruler: Any killing is unacceptable to the LORD

King James Version of Matthew 19:18 
(here JESUS is listing the 10 basic commandments for the rich man who would like to know what else he can do to merit eternal life)

"...thou shalt do no murder, thou shalt not commit adultery..."

Joseph Smith's Version

"Thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not commit adultery..."

The only modification to the summary of commandments given at Sinai is a stipulation that we should not kill anyone for any reason. The Old Testament has the correct list, but some fool tried to slip one past us possibly to appease a rich person they knew who had killed someone. 

The people of Ammon (the anit-Nephi-Lehis) who allowed themselves to be killed rather than fight against their ethnic brethren the Laminates are certainly the celestial standard of this law. JESUS allowing himself to be killed when he could have easily prevented it, is the conclusive piece of evidence. If we want to live where GOD lives, we need to follow GOD's example. I would hate to be the guy saying "OK, JESUS I know you sacrificed your perfect life for all of us,  but that guy who stole my lawnmower had to go."

My guess is that the terrestrial standard is that self-defense is OK. 
I am fairly sure no one is going hell for that reason, but it might create a scenario where the self-defender also forfeits the greatest of 3 kingdoms of glory. Obviously the telestial standard is to kill whoever you want, and then spend a lot of time in a literal hell to suffer for your own sins. The more killing you do, the closer you get to Stalin and Hitler and other followers of Satan's plan.

I hope I never have to make a decision about whether or not to kill someone, because to me the only allowable reason to kill is if the LORD tells you to do so. Even a direct message from Heaven caused Nephi to hesitate before separating Laban's head from the rest of his body. 

I am sure about one true prophet since the days of early Christianity...Joseph Smith. I believe the JST was a mandate from GOD. Our acceptance of this divinely directed manuscript allows us to understand the gospel of JESUS CHRIST more clearly than any other version of the Bible.








Friday, June 30, 2017

June 30, 2017- 3 questions and 3 points to ponder

I will get back to the JST soon, but I wanted to discuss some ideas I have had lately. 

If the Most High God and Jesus appeared to an uneducated teenager in upstate New York in 1820, why wouldn't He appear to you? 

If God would show an unstable man like Sidney Rigdon a vision of the 4 possible places we can go after the judgement, why wouldn't He reveal something to you that you sincerely and prayerfully wanted to know?

If Jesus appeared to Oliver Cowdery (or at least spoke to him), in an effort to convince him to assist Joseph in bringing forth the Book of Mormon, why wouldn't Jesus talk to you?

1. Shaun Roundy has published a condensed version of the Book of Mormon where he has omitted some of the repetition inherent in "Reformed Egyptian" to make the Book even easier to read. Check it out on amazon.com. The Kindle version is only 99 cents. He makes a great point that others like Rob Smith (upwardthought.blogpost.com) have made: 
The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, does not belong to any one religion. The Book of Mormon is for all people wanting to know more about Christ.

2. Shaun is the first person I know of who gives credit on the front of the Book of Mormon to Mormon as the writer (editor), and Joseph Smith as the translator. A minor to thing to most, but I sometimes think we overlook the most obvious thing of all: without Mormon there is no Book of Mormon. Nephi, Jacob, Alma, Mosiah, and Moroni are all critical to the book, but Mormon put it all together.

3. I am amazed the Utah based version of Mormonism would put any man on top of temples supposedly dedicated as the "House of the Lord." They could at least read the Joseph Smith Papers and realize that if anyone should be there it would be Nephi. Joseph Smith always stated in his writing that Nephi visited him and eventually delivered the gold plates. Somehow Moroni has been getting credit for that for over a hundred years. Just another example of the misinformation inherent in any religion.

Finally, I hope June went well for all of you, and I hope that July is even  better. It is a month where Americans can celebrate that America used to be the greatest nation on the earth. There is also July 24th for Utahns to celebrate the failure of the first white settlers to do what the Lord wanted them to do in Nauvoo, Illinois. As a result they got to live in a high desert as a nice parting gift for ignoring the Lord.






Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 21, 2017 - CHRIST saves all children!

Matthew 18:11

For the Son of Man is come to save that which was lost.

Joseph Smith Translation

For the Son of Man is come to save that which was lost,
and to call sinners to repentance; 
but those little ones have no need of repentance,
and I will save them.

1. The King James version is missing some (more) critical context.

2. "Son of Man" is used by JESUS to refer to Himself, so there is something important about that title. Joseph, his stepfather, is not his literal father. Then how does this title fit? Obviously his literal mother Mary is part of mankind, but I think there is more to it than that.

3. Perhaps CHRIST's meaning in JST Matthew 18:3 "Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven," means more that just becoming teachable. Maybe it also refers to becoming part of the group that CHRIST will save. 

4. CHRIST's job is not to punish, it is to save and redeem, and to restore. We do a great job of punishing each other for small sins. I am sure Satan will do his job in punishing the truly big sins when we pass through the veil.

5. The greatness of GOD the Father's mercy, and CHRIST's atonement is nowhere better displayed than this one verse. Anyone who died prematurely is saved. No exceptions! No need to christen a child as soon as they are born. And, a baptism at eight is probably more symbolic of a child just beginning to become accountable, than it is of any sinfulness accrued to that point.

Let us sing praises to GOD and His Son (God the Son) forevermore!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017: Matthew 16:25-26 - How to Save Your Soul

King James Version

(25)      For whosoever will save his life shall lose it;

            and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

(26)     For what is a man profited,

            if he shall gain the whole world,
            and lose his own soul?
            or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?


Joseph Smith Translation


And now for a man to take up his cross, 

is to deny himself from all ungodliness,
and from every worldly lust,
and keep my commandments.

Break not my commandments,  for to save your lives;

for whosoever will save his life in this world,
shall lose it in the world to come;
and whosoever will lose his life in this world for my sake
shall find it in the world to come.

Therefore, forsake the world, and save your souls;

for what is a man profited, 
if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?
or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

I really do not think this requires any input from finite me. The Infinite CHRIST commissioned Joseph Smith, the only prophet in the history of the LDS Church, to add the missing context to his majestic treatise on how to avoid losing your soul.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Matthew 12:43-44 More Missing Context Restored

Matthew 12:43-44 King James Version

When an unclean spirit is gone out of a man, 
he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, 
and findeth none.
Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out;
and when he is come, he findeth it empty, and swept, and garnished.


Joseph Smith Translation

Then came some of the scribes and said unto him, 
Master, it is written, that, 
Every sin shall be forgiven; but ye say, 
Whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost
shall not be forgiven.
And they asked him saying, How can these things be?
And he said unto them,
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man,
he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none;
but when a man speaketh against the Holy Ghost,
Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out;
and when he is come, he findeth him empty, swept, and garnished;
for the good spirit leaveth him unto himself.

1. The question that created the LORD's answer is finally restored to its rightful place in the canon of scripture. 

2. The scribes wanted to know why there is one sin that cannot be forgiven. Sounds to me like Evangelical Christians, who would like to do whatever they want while alive, and then expect JESUS to forgive all their sins. JESUS will pardon almost all sins, but a pardon is different than forgiveness. Even being forgiven does mean an individual can go to the Highest Heaven, whether it is  the Celestial Kingdom of LDS theology, or the 7th level of Jacob's Biblical ladder alluded to in the Old Testament. If you want to live with JESUS you better repent and serve like HIM.

3. The irony of this incident is that the scribes had no chance of ever denying the HOLY GHOST, because that would require that they first accept CHRIST. These people were worried about a sin that never could never possibly commit, because they were never going to follow CHRIST. 

4. The confusing dialogue in verse 44 is the unclean spirit talking to himself, but now there is a reason for the evil spirit's return- the denial of the HOLY GHOST.

5. JESUS and his authorized servants can cast out unclean spirits, but that does not mean they cannot return if the individual goes against the HOLY SPIRIT. If you speak against what you know to be true (not just hope), you run the risk of having the influence of the HOLY GHOST leave you unprotected from evil spirits. 

6. The KJV makes it look like we are left without hope against evil spirits, and creates doubt and fear in those who read the Bible. CHRIST protects anyone not fully dedicated to evil via the Light of Christ. The HOLY GHOST is a further protection for sincere seekers of truth who have been baptized authoritatively. GOD will shield his fold from the devil and his minions. GOD will not protect those who knowingly choose evil. 

7. A little more light from JESUS CHRIST via Joseph Smith, and a little less darkness. 



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Matthew 12:31 - The 2 things needed for Repentance and Forgiveness

King James Version

Wherefore I say unto you,

All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men:


Joseph Smith Translation


Wherefore I say unto you,

All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men
who receive me and repent.

1. Since we all need to repent and we all need forgiveness I thought we should look at a verse about both. The words come from the One Being who makes these ideas possible, JESUS CHRIST. No JESUS = death and hell and dissolution for everyone. Not a pleasant thought. 


2. The words "who receive me and repent" are missing from all other versions of the Bible. Why is that?

3. I hypothesize that if you are a powerful church and you want to keep your members giving you their money, you create middle men for them to report to in order to be forgiven. You might have a priest to confess to, or a Bishop, or Branch President. You can then sell indulgences or require tithing of your flock. CHRIST requires only a broken heart and contrite spirit, but no money.

4. Satan would like people to believe repentance is not necessary so he had his mortal minions in charge of the Bible texts get rid of this one line of scripture, so it appears that all sin can be forgiven with no effort at all.

5. JESUS originally stated very clearly that there are 2 components for forgiveness of sin. Coming to Him is literal. We need to confess our sins to the GOD who worked out an infinite atonement for those sins. We also need to receive him personally by asking Him to come to us. 

6. The most critical message of Joseph Smith is not the Book of Mormon, not the Doctrine and Covenants, and not his translation of the Bible. Joseph's greatest legacy is that of asking GOD in faith for forgiveness and information. The first thing CHRIST said to Joseph in their initial encounter ("The first vision" [aptly named since Joseph had others]) was "Joseph, thy sins are forgiven thee."
What a declaration! Can you imagine GOD the SON telling you that? It can happen. Give it a try. A teenager pulled it off in 1820. 
I teach teenagers and they are collectively the most hard-hearted people on the planet. No one thinks they know more than a teenager, and no one knows less.

PS-  If you want to see the best definition of true repentance I have ever read check out Adrian Larsen's excellent blog at  www.totheremnant.com and read his entry from March 12, 2017 "Ask, Seek, Knock, part 4"