Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hell in the Book of Mormon 2

And when these things have passed away a speedy destruction cometh unto my people for notwithstanding the pains of my soul I have seen it; wherefore, I know that it shall come to pass; and they sell themselves for naught; for, for the reward of their pride and their foolishness they shall reap destruction; for because they yield unto the devil and choose works of darkness rather than light, therefore they must go down to hell. (2 Nephi 26:10)
Again you see a robust doctrine on the reality of hell, which aside from some notion of a bad conscience Mormon’s don’t believe in. And this is where one is left wondering. It has to occur to Mormon’s that they are living a lie. It has to occur to them that the Mormon faith is a lie, it doesn’t even agree with their own works. So what keep s them?


Jonathan said...

I guess Momos (at least the 'good' ones any) are gunning for the "exaltation;" the big grand prize sweepstakes of god-ship.

(Come to think of it, that must be why lots of Momos sell Amway, because they're so familiar with pyramid schemes.)

After all, according to them, just about everyone is bound to make it to at least the lowest level of heaven without even trying--even those who refuse their 'gospel.' The outer darkness is only reserved for the super badies. (Who's that?)

So why bother to dwell on how bad hell is if practically no one goes there? Maybe it's be a function of their 'continuing prophesy' that has been evolving to try and make some semblance of sense of their otherwise untenable doctrine.

My question is--irrespective of regardless of faith group labels--why does anyone want to cling to the law in any form for assurance? The law scares the __ out of me because it only brings death and destruction. It makes me want to flee from it for refuge.

At best, given my proclivities about the law, I'm sure I would make a 'bad' Momo, so there's really no incentive for me to consider them.

However, what's bothersome to me (must be that pesky law again?) is that I do feel bad knowing what really awaits them.

Jonathan said...

P.S. I'll much rather stay and be the 'bad' Lutheran that I am. Maybe that's a better selling point with Momos?

Kevin said...

The notion of a literal, eternal hell is absolutely illogical and silly. If you can believe in it, more power to you.

Bror Erickson said...

Why is that Kevin, can you explain?
Quite frankly, I believe the man who came back from the dead when he talks about the after life, and he seemed quite serious about hell.
And for that matter the Book of Mormon is quite serious about it.

Bror Erickson said...

Yes, I feel bad for them too. Watched some show the other night, it had Jews trying to escape Nazi Germany, paid for a ride to the border, they ended up at Aushwitz. I see the same thing with Mormons, they think for all their good works they are going one place, paid for their escape. Then they end up...

Steve Martin said...

The Bible speaks of hell. Jesus spoke of hell.

It's real and many are going there. Most probably.

The Bible also speaks of a faithful remnant.

I don't wish anyone go to hell...for that is where I deserve to go if it were not for Christ Jesus.

Bror Erickson said...

Exactly, Steve. There is just as much reason to believe in Hell as there is to believe in Heaven.