Repentance

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Wednesday evening begins the Yomim Noraim (Days of Awe), a ten-day period ending with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This is the time of years when Jews across the world are to reflect on their lives and turn themselves back to God.

In Christendom, we have a word that describes this process. That word is “Repentance”. Unfortunately, it has lost its original meaning, or perhaps, never really was understood by the vast majority of Christendom. In the LDS faith, repentance is a process whereby an individual turns his heart to God by relying on the saving mercies of Christ to change his life. The actual process is remarkably similar to what is described in this blog post.

Other Christians often claim that believers in the LDS faith believe that through their works they can be saved. This is, of course, nonsense. Not even our revered prophet Joseph Smith was good enough, on his own merits, to lift his head in front of God, let alone live with him. We do not teach that through our works we may be saved. We do, however, teach that we must act according to our beliefs, and one of those beliefs is that we must physically, mentally, morally, emotionally, and spiritually change from the natural man to a child of God worthy of the divine blessings God has in store for us.

I have often found curious the idea that obedience to God somehow channels magical, mystical powers that can change the world. What is more acceptable in my belief system is that through obedience, we unlock eternal principles that govern how people and societies and nations work. When we are disobedient to God’s will, we naturally suffer the consequences the same way someone who trips and falls to the ground finds that the ground is quite unforgiving and bones can and will be broken.

As a nation, we need to turn ourselves, individually, back to God and reexamine his law and how it applies in our own lives. Then, we need to examine how our government is not in harmony with that law and correct the problem. This doesn’t mean we need to stone adulterers, but it does mean we need identify and accept the natural law, and structure our governments in accordance to it.

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