Sunday, November 22, 2015

Alma 11:42-44 -- On Living Forever and Long-Term Planning

"Now, there is a death which is called a temporal death; and the death of Christ shall loose the bands of this temporal death, that all shall be raised from this temporal death.
The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time; and we shall be brought to stand before God, knowing even as we know now, and have a bright recollection of all our guilt.
Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil."
Alma 11:42-44

The whole idea of resurrection is pretty incredible.  It seems like humans have loved the idea of immortality for ages... lots of stories and legends about things that could make you live forever.  Perhaps the idea came from the tree of life, which God protected when Adam and Eve were leaving the Garden of Eden, so that they wouldn't partake and live forever in their sinful state.  Instead, God made life a probationary period, after which, as you will note above, *everyone* gets resurrected... wicked and righteous.  These verses are part of a larger lesson, and there is more here, but I wanted to focus on that one part because I think it is such a powerful idea.  We're all going to be resurrected and live forever.  Awesome, right?  I think the only catch is that a lot of times we're living short-term lives, not thinking about that eternity... and that eternity is going be affected enormously by our lives now.  Today, let's look forward to that future continuation of life in a perfected state, and let's make sure that the life we are looking forward to can be a clean and guiltless one... one where we can move forward and progress, and not one where we will have condemned or limited ourselves because of our short-term actions.

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