I have been getting responses to some of the blogs being posted. I am new to blogging and haven’t figured out a way to turn this into a conversation upon which we can talk about the words of Christ. When we have a shaky foundation in the words of Christ, we tend to lean our thoughts towards our opinions and perceptions, without grounding them by the standard set forth in the word. That is the conditions upon which we are left to pick apart and make arguments, without moving forward in our understanding. In such a case there can be no edification. All that remains is wheels turning, vain repetitions, with no understanding.
However, when the words of Christ are the standard whereby all parties submit, then any disagreements lead to a further understanding of the attributes, perfections and characteristics of God. All will then be edified. And all will have a more accurate understanding, upon which we can exercise faith unto life and salvation.
Conversations in person would be the most effective way to work out the misunderstandings and the details of the words of Christ. The more distance between us, over a long period of time, causes trust levels to go down. Then all trust becomes based upon our past experiences with one another.
In the past, I have tried the approach of regular conversations in person or by phone, but our lifestyles don’t afford us to spend much time. We are all intangled by debt, thus we have little time to spare. Time=money, and money is scarce, therefor we have little time to offer a working conversation, because we’re too busy working for money. Because trust is low, due to our inability to regularly interact, and our time and money is scarce, a working conversation to flesh-out the details of the words of Christ is an uphill battle.
As for me, I am weak as to writing. However, conversations haven’t proven very successful in the past, so writing appears to be the next best option. The reason I post this blog is because I want to avoid offending those I love by speaking directly, when they haven’t had the time to prepare or to respond. Having a blog as a buffer between myself and those I love was intended to give those I love time to seek it out themselves, without having to come to an understanding all in one conversation.
2 Nephi 33:1
“1. And now I, Nephi, cannot write all the things which were taught among my people; neither am I mighty in writing, like unto speaking; for when a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men.
2. But behold, there are many that harden their hearts against the Holy Spirit, that it hath no place in them; wherefore, they cast many things away which are written and esteem them as things of naught.
I am no Nephi, that’s for sure. However, when I speak in person, it is much easier for me to speak about the words of Christ that is applicable, when I can see the condition of those in whom I am conversing. Speaking to an audience blindly proposes a difficulty, as they don’t consider the words of Christ, substituting opinions and perceptions as valid arguments. This type of conversation results in two people talking about two different things, trying to convince the next person that their conversation has greater value. So rather than an exchange on the same subject, the argument becomes, which subject of discussion has more value. Then we get caught up in the discussion of a discussion, and end up discussing nothing.
So I’ve discovered a way to allow more discussion on the same topic in the reply category at the end of each blog. If you have made a comment, I’ll post that comment under the reply link at the end of the blog. If anyone wants to comment on that thread of conversation, it will be done under the reply button on the same comment thread. That way we can continue the conversation as time allows. Then we can move forward on other topics that will serve to broaden our understanding of the words of Christ, and produce more questions that we can search for in our scripture study. This way all can be edified by the words of Christ.
Conclusion: Although I have no problem with opinions and perceptions, it’ll be much more helpful to all if we can base them upon the words of Christ. That way we can have an exchange, rather than a debate. It will be more edifying if that is the case.