Relationship with God
How did God intend for people to subdue the earth and what should it look like? tenant of human behavior taught in the Bible: true change starts from within a are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, .. also redeem nature and restore the relationship and harmony between. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence. It was our honor and task to literally keep the Universe humming on the planet to a mutually enhancing human-earth relationship. for a change from the current paradigm to one of respect for nature;. This paper will explore our relationship with nature from different perspectives: • how that relationship has evolved down through history.
In this, then, he demonstrates his divine heritage as one who knows truth and changes things by the power of truth. Moses and God Again Following his confrontation with the adversary in which he learned to recognize the difference between truth and deception, Moses again experiences the glory of God: Though Moses has experienced the glory of God before, his experience with the adversary prepares him to receive even greater truth.
Earlier Moses was told he could receive revelation because he was a son; now he is told that he is blessed because he is chosen. The Beatitudes, for instance, outline the promises leading to exaltation based on a set of individual qualities that must be acquired.
- Relationship with God
Like Nephi, Moses obtains a state of blessedness characterized by his reception of the power of God: This blessed state comes about only after the trial with the adversary when Moses proved himself and exercised the divine gifts of revelation. His personal righteousness is demonstrated in his worthiness to receive and then to follow the Holy Ghost; thus he, like Nephi, is blessed with the power of God to control water.
Earlier, he had simply been told there was a work for him and that the work was somehow connected to the fact that he was in similitude of Christ. Now the work is explained, and he can begin to understand how his work is in similitude of Christ. To the reader, it becomes immediately apparent that it is in the work of deliverance that Moses and Christ truly reflect one another.
Thus, the true meaning of this promise can now be fully appreciated by Moses. Packer, speaking on the subject as to whether Apostles literally see God, says that the witness of the Spirit is stronger than anything witnessed physically.
The Spirit, on the other hand, testifies of truth, revealing the way things really are, not as they seem to be. One last truth is revealed to Moses within the description of his work. However, the biblical record suggests that Israel rarely lives up to these rights and blessings.
“Where Is Thy Glory?” Moses 1, the Nature of Truth, and the Plan of Salvation
Like Christ, who performs the Atonement because he knows who we really are, Moses is able to deliver Israel by knowing who they really are. The information that Moses encounters at this point is staggering. Research shows that the human brain is capable of receiving only a limited amount of information before either getting rid of the information or ignoring the stimuli. We have already seen that the Holy Ghost plays an important role in the reception of truth, now it is shown here to be the means by which Moses is able to experience the very way in which God sees truth.
Unlike before, Moses is able to retain his consciousness, though greater knowledge is given. His increased capacity allows him to comprehend an amount of information that only God can comprehend. In other words, Moses, having been told that he would have power like God, is now given the opportunity not to just know but also to think and discern as God does.
He is given insight not only to the knowledge but also to the very manner in which a divine being perceives and comprehends the cosmos. In so doing, Moses gains the power of such a being. Moses learns how God sees and thus can exercise the power of God. The question is made up of two requests: Here is wisdom and it remaineth in me. The second request is also answered: This response resonates in Moses since similar language was used to describe both him and his assigned work.
The same concept is repeated in verse And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man. Now in the second meeting with God, Moses is again confronted with this gulf. With this, God now goes back and adds insight to the first answer: The endless nature of the creations and the awareness of all things are to bring to pass the exaltation of man. This is his purpose behind the Creation, to bring others to the same state as himself.
This work culminates in recognizing that all mankind, like Moses, can become chosen and blessed sons and daughters of God. By knowing this, Moses can understand how the work of God does not differ, except perhaps in scale, from his own work.
By experiencing the manner in which truths build upon one another in his encounters, Moses comes to understand exactly what it means to be a son of God.
And it is at this point that Moses 1 becomes applicable for us today as it provides a pattern of experiences in gaining and understanding knowledge that leads to salvation.
It begins with the reception of basic truths, namely who we are and what we are to do, followed by the experiences with adversity and trial where those truths are tested and we are challenged as to the way things seem versus the way they are.
In this manner, our salvation is worked out through our acquisition of knowledge. Finally, the successful passing of the trials of mortality allows us to experience eternal life and godhood by knowing who we really are and what our work really is. There we find that the work we have been performing is in fact the same work that God himself is engaged in. Thus, one of the more important legacies of Moses is that all can come to comprehend God and the truths that define this existence and, in so doing, understand our own glory.
The Pearl of Great Price, ed. Millet and Kent P. Jackson Salt Lake City: Randall Book, In light of this, it is possible the smoke from the incense lit on the altar standing before the veil in the temple may have represented the Shekinah. Brill,82— It is possible that this physical manifestation of the Shekinah on the Apostles may have led to the three thousand individuals joining the Church.
Recognizing the Shekinah on these men instead of on the temple, the pilgrimaging Jews would have physical evidence that God rested on these men, not at the temple. For an excellent review see Milton J. The Doctrine and Covenants, ed. Randall Book,— Eisenbrauns, Biblical Institute Press,98— Hinckley, in Conference Report, Horizon Publishers, As the Savior does and will do his work, so Moses could also fulfill his assignment. It is also found once in Alma 5: Hebrew Union College Press,68— It was a covenant-alliance based on hesed and existing because of hesed.
The hasidim fulfill their covenantal obligations in that they practice hesed. They can be, and remain, hasidim only as long as they comport themselves according to the sacred covenant concluded at Sinai and as long as they practice hesed.
Later, in John 6: Most likely this a reference to the expectation of the Prophet-like-Moses, for in vs. In Acts, the prophecy is referred to twice. Doubleday, ], —90, — Joseph Smith himself confirms that this prophecy refers to Christ. In Joseph Smith—History 1: He quoted also the third chapter of Acts, twenty-second and twenty-third verses, precisely as they stand in our New Testament. He said that that prophet was Christ. Kent Brown, and Michael D.
Rhodes, The Pearl of Great Price: Deseret Book, By such means he has duped the world. Separating Fact from Fiction, ed. Sergio Della Sala Oxford: Oxford University Press,36— People learn to trust their sensory experiences, and usually that is a practical approach. Their interpretation of the world, based on analysis of incoming sensory information, is accurate enough for most purposes.
Our brain is not blank or passive. As experiences multiply, they set up certain expectancies in terms of what is valued and what is rejected.
In an attempt to explain his relationship with God, man often relies on religion to define his degree of spirituality. Emotions, traditions, and logic play integral parts in formulating his religion. Definitions of morality and immortality based on popular beliefs entangle themselves into the tapestry of his religious cloak. It often requires diligent service and works, in expectation of earning an eternal reward.
Inevitably, any shortcomings on the part of the individual result in disappointment, chronic guilt, and ultimately an unfulfilled relationship with God.
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In the beginning, God desired an everlasting, loving relationship with man. Therefore, God provided Eve as a companion so Adam could experience an intimate union. Sin brought the breakdown of a relationship with God, resulting in shame and judgment. No human ritual, deed, or sacrifice can provide payment or absolution for our sins. Not a single human being by his own efforts is able to measure up to the glory of God.
God desires that we share that splendor, yet our sin prohibits us from experiencing the richness of such a relationship. What God began in the past, He will accomplish and complete in the future.
God considers us children of a Heavenly Father 2 Corinthians 6: When redeemed, we are again sealed into a special relationship with God. While sin can enslave us to the point of fear, believers in Jesus are adopted, receiving the same privileges as natural-born.