What Do We Specifically Believe?
In our extended families, we are Jewish, Episcopalians, The Church of the Scientist, Atheist, Agnostic,
Mormon Christians ("born-again" if you will,) and probably everything in-between...
Mormon Christians ("born-again" if you will,) and probably everything in-between...
In our immediate family we are very black and white about God's existence.
We do not know much about anything else related to God really, but the fact that He exists and actively interacts and loves each of us, we do know without any shadow of a doubt.
There are a few other conclusions, or beliefs that we, as a family, have come to agree upon.
We have listed them here to share with you with the hope that they might be of some contribution to you or your family in some positive way:
- We are very diligently trying to keep on our paths toward obediently serving God and trying to remain on that path, our whole-lifelong, with the goal of each individual in our family, independently identifying what God wants from us through prayer and how He wants us to accomplish it.
- We try to keep a positive and proactive prayer in our hearts, not just daily, but moment-by-moment. Each of us have moments where we can get taken down by negative energy in our environment, but only because we are not practiced enough at giving that energy immediately up to God when it comes around us, allowing us to remain grounded in God's Eternal Light. We are on the path and moving toward this grounded way of being, but every time we allow ourselves to get drug off the path, it reminds us that we just need to keep practicing...
- We base our beliefs on the scriptures, ancient text, ethical theology, science, archeology, etc. Faith is all encompassing... for God's energy is in all things and His laws govern all things...
- We, as human beings, have our free will, but again, all energy is obedient to God and His laws. God chooses to give us our free agency, but causes us to be accountable to it as well.
- Each of us has determined for ourselves that we believe that there is only one God who is our "Father" and He is in "Heaven", so we like to call Him "Our Father In Heaven..." This title gives us a very warm and comforting feeling of His love blanketing us from above.
- We believe in The Holy Ghost as a helper, a teacher, a comforting blanket of God's light and a guide for each of us if we only pro-actively listen for It and open our hearts and minds to feel It as well.
- We believe that the purpose of the Holy Ghost is to comfort and direct us and that It Is the Spirit of God.
- We also believe that each of us has access to personal revelation as taught by Moses in the Old Testament, and that these revelations come directly from the main source, God. We just have to ask specific questions to Him directly in order to access it. He sometimes pro-actively teaches us things that we did not ask to learn... those are gifts from God... gems in our bags of life...
- Furthermore, we believe that there really is an Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood. Both of which are the Eternal Power and Authority of God, and that both of these were given to man through the Jewish Prophet Moses in the days of old.
- We believe that the Priesthood of God is still in use to this day to help, comfort, heal and teach mankind. It is also used to rebuke evil in individuals and/or anywhere in the world in general, as needed.
- We believe that God allows woman to access the Power of God, through her faith when in need, to aid her in healing, helping, nurturing and caring for herself and others. It is not a gender specific need, therefore it is not a gender specific access.
- We believe that the very best modern-day summary/guide for any family to know what their stewardships are and what God expects from each individual in their family on a daily basis can be found in a document called The Family: A Proclamation To The World, written by Gordon B. Hinkley and was published in 1996. It is complete, to-the-point and very clearly written.
- We believe that it is possible for man to choose obedience to God to the point of becoming a Prophet of God, but that God has always chosen His Prophets Himself and that philosophers, theologians and wise human beings can persuade others for good through logic and wisdom and even prophesy for themselves or their families, but only God can choose a Prophet to prophesy for others. We believe that these people are foreordained for these stewardships...
- We believe that the only way to know if a human being was/is a Prophet of God, and meant for others to follow, is through individual prayer, asking God to confirm that this person's role for society/the world was (or potentially is) as a Prophet of Him, of God (keeping in mind that with all ecclesiastical leaders, I believe that we must always remember that to be human is to err... but that is another debate that we could expound on endlessly...)
- We believe that even Prophets of God can make poor choices and upset God and that God will not be mocked. If a Prophet of God leads the people astray at all, they will be removed, can be forgiven if they repent, but will most likely no longer prophesy for His people.
- We believe that there is no religious structure, here on Earth, that does not have problematic, man-made errors, but that there are those who are completely dedicated to serving God and bringing to pass the Eternal Life of Man.
- We believe that there are some amazing, obedient, wonderful and regal servants of God in many different religions, and that God loves, appreciates and supports all of them.
- We believe that God personally knows and loves each and every person that has ever lived, is living, and that will ever live. There is no exception to this.
- We believe that every person's spiritual journey is perfect (not needing to be changed) as long as it is an unending and an ever-progressing quest toward good things, i.e. kindness, charity, love, generosity, civility, humility, meekness, healing, helping, serving others, peace, selflessness, wholeness, well-being, joy, contentedness, long-suffering, patience, internal strength of character, ethical behavior, graciousness, gratitude, courage, faith, listening to and hearing others, supporting others as long as there is a need to do so, etc... for anything good comes from "God". There is no religion that teaches goodness, kindness and love, that is not of God.
- We do, however, believe that eventually, God will require, from all people, the same commitments, covenants, ordinances and obedience to His laws and principles in a United/Unified Structure. God is a God of Love, Patience, Understanding and Free Choice for All, but He is also a God of Order. Obedience, Order, Diligence and Unwavering Love for both God and one another are higher laws, but eventually, they will determine each of our roles, duties, stewardships and homes in the Eternities.
- We believe that God allows us to have complete freedom to choose for ourselves, even when people choose to hurt others, but that there are consequences for good or for bad in everything that we choose to do and be. God's Justice will be had, while at the same time His mercy will be generously gifted as well. All will be given eternal life.
- God continues to give some new piece of knowledge, wisdom and understanding to someone, somewhere, every moment of every day.
- God is the only one who knows all things.
- Time does not apply equally between the Heavens and the Earth.
- We are all supposed to pitch-in to elevate the level of Humanity World-Wide and bring about World Peace (one of the most important milestones in bringing to pass the collective eternal life of man) by working together, peoples, countries, countries, religions, races, angels and God. There is no better time to get this done than today! No time like the present!
- Each of us has also determined for ourselves that Jesus Christ must be a Savior, as was prophesied in the days of old and gave himself as a sacrifice for the sins of man. It was prophesied that the Savior or Messiah would be taken before his time, that He would be "pressed" (as in how a olive is "pressed") and that his hands and feet would be "pierced". These are all very clear descriptions which fit the historical life of Jesus, and no one else.
- We believe that Jesus really broke the bonds of death and came back to life after his crucifixion by the Jews and Romans, and by doing so, made it possible for us all to eventually, one day, also be resurrected, thus allowing the possibility of all mankind to achieve Eternal Life and/or Eternal Salvation.
- We believe that Jesus will come again one day and bring a Heavenly Army with Him, putting an end to the injustices of man and bringing to pass God's Justice.
- We believe that the gathering of Israel is happening now, and that further light and knowledge has been restored to the Earth that was previously taken from man. All things are being restored and if we all choose good things, we will achieve peace and prosperity for all... but as in most all other things, it takes a team effort... "One, Big, Happy Human Family!" as it were...