In a discourse on Moses , the First Presidency gave the historical context to help us understand this phrase:. There were numerous deities [gods] among the Egyptians.
In commencing the work which the Lord said he had for Moses to do, it was necessary to center his mind and faith upon God the Eternal Father as the only Being to worship. This thing is certain: no one will ever ascend above Him; no one will ever replace Him. Nor will anything ever change the relationship that we, His literal offspring, have with Him. He is Elohim, the Father. He is God. Of Him there is only one.
We are not only hampered by our finiteness experiential and intellectual , but also by being in the dimension of time. This heretical doctrine seeks to rob Deity of mercy, justice, and love; it would make God appear capricious and selfish, directing and creating all things solely for His own glory, caring not for the suffering of His victims. How dreadful, how inconsistent is such an idea of God! It leads to the absurd conclusion that the mere knowledge of coming events must act as a determining influence in bringing about those occurrences. Moses had lived for forty years as a royal prince of Egypt and was revered as a renowned military leader.
Indeed, Satan seeks to displace the Father Himself. Being in constant rebellion toward God truly is a living hell, and that is the way Satan wants us to live. Did not he recognize the danger when he was on the mountain with his fallen brother, Lucifer, being sorely tempted by that master tempter? They were led and directed by him. And without this power they would not have been prophets. Romney, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, taught:. Except for his mortal ministry accomplished on this earth, his service and relationship to other worlds and their inhabitants are the same as his service and relationship to this earth and its inhabitants.
His whole work and glory is to bring eternal life and happiness to his children. Should not our whole purpose in this life, therefore, be made up of righteous service one to another? If not, how can we ever hope to be as he is? In addition to his calling to free the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage, Moses was given the assignment to write about the events that occurred from the Creation of the earth until the final days of his own mission.
The first five books of the Bible contain the writings of Moses. Others were privileged to assist Him in the Creation, including Michael, or Adam. He labored with our Savior Jesus Christ. I have a strong view or conviction that there were others also who assisted them. Perhaps Noah and Enoch; and why not Joseph Smith, and those who were appointed to be rulers before the earth was formed?
Homer Durham, , It is by words, instead of exerting his physical powers, with which every being works when he works by faith. The creation occupied certain periods of time. We are not authorized to say what the duration of these days was, whether Moses penned these words as we have them, or whether the translators of the Bible have given the words their intended meaning.
However, God created the world. God brought forth material out of which he formed this little terra firma upon which we roam. How long had this material been in existence? Widtsoe , ; see also Alma And each day, of whatever length, has the duration needed for its purposes. See Moses —8 ; Abr. They follow the pattern of their parentage. As children of our Heavenly Father, our physical bodies and our spirit bodies are in His image. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny.
He also endowed him with a set of his own attributes. Then, as the very climax of creation, God gave man dominion over everything upon the earth, including himself. Some of the significant events that occurred in the premortal existence were:. Joseph Fielding Smith , Oaks taught:.
But this sanctification and commandment of rest was for a purpose—not that man should refrain from work in order to pursue his own pleasure, but that man should serve God and worship him. Kimball, ed. There is just the simple statement that they were so created before the physical creation.
The statements in Moses and Genesis are interpolations [parenthetical explanations] thrown into the account of the physical creation, explaining that all things were first created in the spirit existence in heaven before they were placed upon this earth. The Creators breathed into their nostrils the breath of life and man and woman became living souls. Thus Adam was created from the dust of the ground meaning that the physical body which he received was created from the elements of the earth.
This means his spirit body gained a physical body of flesh and bones. Thus, in the Fall, Adam and Eve became the first beings upon the earth who were mortal flesh, or subject to death. These, however, are the theories of men.
Doctrine and Covenants teaches that a soul is a spirit and a body combined. When God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden, He commanded him not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. As God intended man to become as [H]e, it was necessary that He should first make him free. If you want to stay here, then you cannot eat of that fruit. If you want to stay here, then I forbid you to eat it.
But you may act for yourself, and you may eat of it if you want to. Packer, in Conference Report, Oct. God joined Adam and Eve together in marriage before the Fall. The first man and the first woman were not married until death should part them, for at that time death had not come into the world. The ceremony on that occasion was performed by the Eternal Father himself whose work endures forever.
Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. God gave Adam dominion over all living things see Moses — As an example of his righteous dominion, Adam named all of the animals, male and female. Unlike the animals he named, Adam did not have a companion. The word cleave means to be closely united. This oneness was a command with which they could not fully comply until after the Fall. Holland , a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, explained:.
From the Garden of Eden onward, marriage was intended to mean the complete merger of a man and a woman—their hearts, hopes, lives, love, family, future, everything. This is a union of such completeness that we use the word seal to convey its eternal promise.
She, the woman, occupies the first place. She is preeminent, even above the parents who are so dear to all of us. Adam and Eve were innocent in the Garden of Eden, not knowing good and evil and not feeling any shame or embarrassment over their nakedness.
These are emotions that came after the Fall. Adam and Eve were much like little children who are naturally naive and trusting and lacking self-consciousness and knowledge of good and evil because they are innocent. This phrase refers to a previous confrontation Moses had with Satan see Moses — Moses had commanded Satan, in the name of Jesus Christ, to depart.
In order that we should advance and eventually gain the goal of perfection, it was made known that we would receive tabernacles of flesh and bones and have to pass through mortality where we would be tried and proved to see if we, by trial, would prepare ourselves for exaltation. It was not an unstructured meeting, nor was it a discussion between plans, nor an idea-producing session, as to how to formulate the plan for salvation and carry it out.
Tate Jr. Satan is a skillful imitator, and as genuine gospel truth is given the world in ever-increasing abundance, so he spreads the counterfeit coin of false doctrine. God told Adam that he would die if he ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. But God is a God of truth and cannot lie see Ether Soon after Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit, they were forced to leave the garden and the presence of the Lord, thus suffering a spiritual death.
Additionally, when they fell, their bodies changed from a nonmortal state to a mortal state and thus became subject to physical death. When Adam and Eve partook of the fruit they became mortal and, in the sense of knowing good and evil, began to become like God. Neither Adam nor Eve partook of the fruit because they loved Satan more than God or because they wanted to rebel against God.
Her act, whatever its nature, was formally a transgression but eternally a glorious necessity to open the doorway toward eternal life. Adam showed his wisdom by doing the same.
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Part of a series on the. The serpent which now enters the narrative is marked as one of God's created animals ch. In the narrator 's mind, therefore, it is not the symbol of a "demonic" power and certainly not of Satan.
What distinguishes it a little from the rest of the animals is exclusively his greater cleverness. It is a question only of man and his guilt; therefore the narrator has carefully guarded against objectifying evil in any way, and therefore he has personified it as little as possible as a power coming from without. Look for him by taking yourself as the starting point. If you carefully investigate these matters you will find him in yourself.
Although they claim to offer secret teaching, many of these texts refer to the Scriptures of the Old Testament, and others to the letters of Paul and the New Testament gospels. Many of them include the same dramatic personae as the New Testament—Jesus and his disciples.
Yet the differences are striking. Orthodox Jews and Christians insist that a chasm separates humanity from Its creator: God is wholly other. But some of the gnostics who wrote these gospels contradict this: self-knowledge is knowledge of God; the self and the divine are identical. Instead of coming to save us from sin, he comes as a guide who opens access to spiritual understanding.
But when the disciple attains enlightenment, Jesus no longer serves as his spiritual master: the two have become equal—even identical. Third, orthodox Christians believe that Jesus is Lord and Son of God in a unique way: he remains forever distinct from the rest of humanity whom he came to save. Yet the gnostic Gospel of Thomas relates that as soon as Thomas recognizes him, Jesus says to Thomas that they have both received their being from the same source:.
Because you have drunk, you have become drunk from the bubbling stream which I have measured out….
He who will drink from my mouth will become as I am: I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him. Does not such teaching—the identity of the divine and human. Could Hindu or Buddhist tradition have influenced gnosticism? The British scholar of Buddhism, Edward Conze, suggests that it had. We note, too, that Hippolytus, who was a Greek speaking Christian in Rome c.
There is. They say that God is light, not like the light one sees, nor like the sun nor fire, but to them God is discourse, not that which finds expression in articulate sounds, but that of knowledge gnosis through which the secret mysteries of nature are perceived by the wise. Could the title of the Gospel of Thomas—named for the disciple who, tradition tells us, went to India—suggest the influence of Indian tradition? These hints indicate the possibility, yet our evidence is not conclusive. Since parallel traditions may emerge in different cultures at different times, such ideas could have developed in both places independently.
What we call Eastern and Western religions, and tend to regard as separate streams, were not clearly differentiated 2, years ago. Research on the Nag Hammadi texts is only beginning: we look forward to the work of scholars who can study these traditions comparatively to discover whether they can, in fact, be traced to Indian sources. Even so, ideas that we associate with Eastern religions emerged in the first century through the gnostic movement in the West, but they were suppressed and condemned by polemicists like Irenaeus.
Yet those who called gnosticism heresy were adopting—consciously or not—the viewpoint of that group of Christians who called themselves orthodox Christians. A heretic may be anyone whose outlook someone else dislikes or denounces.
The result is that Pentecostalism can take on a completely local costume:. Some Pentecostal churches engage in the dangerous practice of handling poisonous snakes during services; teaching that doing so successfully was a gift of the Spirit. Main events. See also: Havdalah. Analogous with water baptism, a person baptised in the Spirit feels themselves to have been totally immersed in the Holy Spirit. Participants worship with body, heart and soul, as well as with their minds. God punished our first parents for their disobedience, but as a sign of his mercy, preserved his blessing of future generations.
According to tradition, a heretic is one who deviates from the true faith. Who calls it that, and for what reasons? We find this problem familiar in our own experience. Yet Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox agree that such diversity is a recent—and deplorable—development. According to Christian legend, the early church was different.
Christians of every persuasion look back to the primitive church to find a simpler, purer form of Christian faith. It was only after that golden age that conflict, then heresy emerged: so says the author of the Acts of the Apostles, who identifies himself as the first historian of Christianity.
But the discoveries at Nag Hammadi have upset this picture. If we admit that some of these fifty-two texts represents early forms of Christian teaching, we may have to recognize that early Christianity is far more diverse than nearly anyone expected before the Nag Hammadi discoveries. Contemporary Christianity, diverse and complex as we find it, actually may show more unanimity than the Christian churches of the first and second centuries.
For nearly all Christians since that time, Catholics, Protestants, or Orthodox, have shared three basic premises. First, they accept the canon of the New Testament; second, they confess the apostolic creed; and third, they affirm specific forms of church institution. But every one of these-the canon of Scripture, the creed, and the institutional structure—emerged in its present form only toward the end of the second century. Before that time, as Irenaeus and others attest, numerous gospels circulated among various Christian groups, ranging from those of the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, to such writings as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, and the Gospel of Truth, as well as many other secret teachings, myths, and poems attributed to Jesus or his disciples.
Some of these, apparently, were discovered at Nag Hammadi; many others are lost to us.