Friday, September 18, 2015

If the Womb is a Veil (part 5)

If the body is a temple, then it is the terrestrial world. It is not the telestial. 

LDS people do not understand the term "terrestrial" the way it is traditionally used. It is used in D&C 76 (and in the temple) to identify a plane of existence that is preparatory to entering heaven, or the "Celestial". In the common Plan of Salvation that is posed repeatedly to membership, the Terrestrial world is a kingdom and plane within the Kingdom of God, but it is level that is between the Telestial (which represents the world we now live on) and the Celestial.

An etymological examination of these terms can be found here.

The temple is implicitly understood as a representation of the Terrestrial, which has associations with both the Garden of Eden and the City of Enoch. Adam and Eve were kicked out of this world and into the Telestial for their transgression at the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. As a result, the earth fell with them into the Telestial state, which is a proving ground. Conversely, Enoch was accepted back into this 2nd plane when he established a Zion community that was taken from the fallen earth into the Terrestrial by God.

The difference between the lower two kingdoms is that we mortals, for good or ill, create laws to govern the telestial. Though a body is a temple it exists within the telestial, so what we do to others on this plane is legislated here by those in mortal sovereignty. 

What happens within the terrestrial is another story. If the body equates to a temple, as Christ repeatedly asserts, then it is the middle ground between heaven and earth. Hence the things that happen within it are subject to laws agreed upon between mortals and deity; meaning that God dictates the terms and we either agree with or reject those terms with our autonomy.

If a woman is allowed by God to be a steward over the temple body that she has been given, then it should always be the mother who decides who enters or exits her body. She gets to decide the "yes" or "no" because she is the steward. 

It follows that, if her stewardship is righteous, she will eventually be given sovereignty over her body by deity. Part of this could include entry into the terrestrial plane while she is still alive if the Lord so chooses to extend that invitation, a la Enoch and his people. It should be noted here that the scriptures refer to the church metaphorically as a "woman with child" that departs into the wilderness to escape Babylon and birth Zion.

Christ gave every mother the autonomy to decide when he gave us life, and it is not within the jurisdiction of mortals to restrict what happens in that space. Examine Section 121:

41 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
If persuasion, long-suffering, gentleness and meekness, and love unfeigned are the only methods allowed by God to exercise righteous dominion within the context of priesthood, then why would force and/or coercion somehow be acceptable within the context of state or federal law?

Christ did not do his work through legislation. He did not force his laws of love and forgiveness on anyone. He reasoned, he used parable, and he offered astounding answers which communicated his powerful doctrine. He forced no one. His doctrine was powerful enough on its own to impact and influence others to seek righteousness.

If anyone is to fight abortion from the platform of Christ's rock, they will do so using His methods. In other words, you will face the mob, speak the truth to them with your own lips, and refrain from exercising force (even if you are completely capable of forcing others). Always.

What truth did Jesus speak? That the body is a temple. And that children are innocent. And that if you harm little ones, it would be better that a millstone be tied around your neck and that you are tossed into the sea. 

Who is brave enough to abandon the idea of legislating abortion and to repeat Jesus' words and use them as a platform by themselves to protect unborn lives? It would appear that those who follow Christ in this matter are so few that they are essentially anonymous. Most people that fight against abortion are overwhelmingly interested in legislation and have abandoned Christ's sanctity for autonomy.

Legislation will not stop abortion, and neither will criminalization. Impersonal propaganda and "pro-life" fanaticism have yielded the current results: an estimated 55 million abortions since January 1973. It will only be authentic Christianity, which includes a strict adherence to Christ's laws regarding autonomy and love unfeigned, that will change the hearts of the women that possess the bodies and power towards giving life instead of taking it.

I agree that abortion is murder. In my opinion, those murders are not punishable on this plane. They shouldn't be. I hate that it happens, and I despise the rationale that supports its use as birth control. But if the womb is a veil, then it most certainly is not the United States. It is a sacred gate wherewith a woman must negotiate her own stewardship and relationship with God.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Implements of Myth

The offense that you have committed is myth dismantlement. They take it as violence because they must. They do not have an identity without the lie. And no matter what truth you speak, it will always cut through an image that they hold as sacred.

This is why many of these people always divert attention towards the "tone" of comments or arguments that contradict the way they live. If they focus instead on the content of what you are saying, they will be forced to face up to a truth that is uncomfortable to them on a fundamental level.

They can neither walk one mile with you, nor two. They can sit through a 45 minute class with you where you are only allowed a few sentences, but a true dialogue is not the goal. The goal is for you to join in with their monologue. And if you do not, they must dismiss you as quickly as they possibly can, and get back to the implements of the myth. These include the following:

1. A orthodox reading of scripture that doesn’t even pass the English litmus of basic word meaning. So interest = "income", hot drinks = “caffeinated hot drinks”, and Prophet, Seer, & Revelator = “Anyone so sustained whether they prophesy, see, translate, or reveal anything at all. They are now your commander”.

2. An endowment ceremony that was adulterated before the saints even left Nauvoo, and that has since been scrubbed and altered beyond recognition by committees for reasons as varied as convenience, embarrassment, and member polling.

3. A secret doctrine (the Church Handbook of Instructions) written by committee that not only supersedes the doctrines of the scriptures, but also was expressly written to legally protect the church brand and hierarchy above individual members.

4. A hierarchy that is mythologized and worshipped to the point that you must sustain them as “Prophets, Seers, & Revelators” or risk having your membership and temple blessings rescinded.

Christ's words and acts are completely foreign to our myths and religious constructs. Trusting his words instead of those offered by corporate churchmen? That is anti-establishment behavior. Civil disobedience. It equals being at odds with Babylon, and thereby leaving behind comfort, and possessions, and admiration.

Christ demands love and righteousness on a level that those who prefer myth have abandoned a long time ago. He demands that you actually cloth the naked, and care for the sick. Meaning that your hands get dirty and that you are exposed to diseases and filth that the rest of humanity would never go near.

In the minds of those who worship the brand, they have to construct and project the image of a monster upon you in order to make sense of your decision to follow Christ instead of churchmen. They do this by accusing you of things like “losing the spirit” or “intellectualizing yourself out of the church”. They forget that the glory of God is intelligence. They demonize what they fear and what they do not comprehend.  It is just like Captain Ahab designating all of the world's evils and ills upon the whale in Moby Dick. So when he stabs the whale, he is not striking an enemy at all. He is stabbing a boogeyman of his own make.

To the myth of mainstream Mormonism, we are monsters. Anyone who stands for truth is a monster to a corporate PR machine and its army of zombie slaves. You will be cast as such a monster for being honest. To a body such as theirs, the truth is like cholera. They will avoid you as much as they can, and when they must speak to you they will avoid talking about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Lord implores us not to fear:

"49 The light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not; nevertheless, the day shall come when you shall comprehend even God, being quickened in him and by him.
50 Then shall ye know that ye have seen me, that I am, and that I am the true light that is in you, and that you are in me; otherwise ye could not abound." (D&C 88)

Light does not recede from darkness. Light does not unfriend you on social media. Light does not stop inviting you over. Light does not abandon the one to huddle with the ninety nine.

Light does not feel threatened by spiritual progression, visions, or visitations. Light does not term the mysteries of God as "deep doctrine" and under its breath say "steer clear". Those who are in darkness say such things because they have the mentality of lobsters in a boiling pot. 

Light stands forth and loves all. Light has no fear of speaking the truth. Light chases away darkness, and it is darkness that cannot bear the things revealed by the light.

If you do not get light and darkness right, you will forever be mistaking them. You will put forth one and pretend it is the other. This is how myths enslave us.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Primal Forces of Nature

"How many here, be priests who commune with the Firstborn—with the people brought upon the face of the earth before God brought man to earth—How many priests here turn rivers from their courses, and say unto the mountain, move, and it moveth from its place?"

Important questions, Daymon Smith.

The essay (click on Daymon's name to read it) is a presentation that Mr. Smith gave at the recent Sunstone Symposium. It reminded me of Arthur Jensen's beratement of Howard Beale in the 1976 film Network:

"You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won't have it! Is that clear? You think you've merely stopped a business deal. That is not the case! The Arabs have taken billions of dollars out of this country, and now they must put it back! It is ebb and flow, tidal gravity! It is ecological balance! You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichmarks, rins, rubles, pounds, and shekels. It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic and subatomic and galactic structure of things today! And YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature, and YOU... WILL... ATONE! Am I getting through to you, Mr. Beale? You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM, and ITT, and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today. What do you think the Russians talk about in their councils of state, Karl Marx? They get out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories, minimax solutions, and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments, just like we do. We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime. And our children will live, Mr. Beale, to see that... perfect world... in which there's no war or famine, oppression or brutality. One vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock. All necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused. And I have chosen you, Mr. Beale, to preach this evangelism."