Monday, September 28, 2015

Alma 18

(September 28, 2015)
                So much of what many view as religion today is a mirror of what the Lamanites believed in this chapter.  They think there is a God (after all, they would otherwise fear the “terrible questions” of Nibley), but “notwithstanding they believed in [God], they supposed that whatsoever they did was right.”

                This is the model of “spiritual but not religious.  This is the cheap grace spoken of by Bonhoeffer.  This is the religion of Nehor.  If Satan cannot convince us to turn from God, he will instead convince us that God loves us so much that need not repent (fooling us into rejecting the Atonement – of which repentance is an integral part).

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