“The Plan of Salvation”

 

 

A very big theme

 

The Interpreter Foundation has just posted its twenty-third (23rd) “Scripture Roundtable.”  This one, chaired by Martin Tanner and including Craig Foster and your humble servant, focuses on lesson nineteen (19) in the 2013 Gospel Doctrine manual, which is entitled “The Plan of Salvation.”

 

It ranges briefly over the pre-mortal existence, the trials of mortality, life after death, and the Latter-day Saint doctrine of exaltation.

 

The Roundtable is available here.

 

 

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  • Lucy Mcgee

    If our mortal beings are chosen in pre-existence by God, and we are tasked and purposed in our lives in order to achieve eternal exaltation so that we may become as God, then how do you explain such human suffering as slavery? Clearly, many millions of humans have lived lives of consistent suffering that few today can imagine unless of course you happen to be born into the sex slave trade, or child labor indentured servitude which can last long into adulthood. Or perhaps you were unlucky enough to be born the daughter of Joseph Fritzl, and held captive in a dungeon for 24 years, repeatedly raped and made to bare his children who would also be held in captivity.

    It’s easy for us in first world nations to complain about the suffering we may encounter when we lose loved ones or become afflicted with illness, or lose a career, but this pales in comparison to the lives of those who suffer each and every day, in the worst possible conditions, with neither the prospect of relief, nor religion to help them. Many southern plantation slave owners not only beat their victims, but keep them segregated and kept from learning to read or worship.

    It seems self aggrandizing to wax poetic about an exalted eternity and some sort of preordained existence by an omniscient and omnipresent deity, which ignores the millions who had (have) no such luck. And if there is an afterlife for them, it would, through no fault of their own, be in some ways inferior to yours.

    Lastly, one can find people everywhere living purposed lives filled with meaning. Many are not religious. There are countless individuals who have, for example, committed themselves to saving important species from extinction, or to curing disease, or saving the oppressed, or developing technologies which make the planet a better place to live. There are individuals that have given away massive wealth for the betterment of humanity. And the purpose for their lives is much greater than being a top salesman, winning a prize, accumulating wealth, indulging in immoral acts or getting drunk every weekend.


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