28 January 2007

The dangling carrot

Have you ever noticed that it's human nature to want what you can't have?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could free yourself from this paradigm... and just want *what you want*, because it's good, NOT because you can't have it?

What things in your life would you lose interest in? What things would you become more devoted to?

If service is so sanctifying to the soul, why do church leaders cut repenting persons off from opportunities to serve?

Nowhere in scripture does the Lord dictate that repenting persons should be denied the sacrament. It is said that people should not take it unworthily, but there is no quantification of what makes one worthy or unworthy. Furthermore, does it make sense to say that the person who committed a sin, and humbly confessed it, and is making all amends, is less worthy than the bitter, gossiping, envy ridden people who are giving talks in sacrament meeting?

Does this not feel like a ploy of social punishment by modern church leaders?

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