Thursday, July 6, 2017

Abraham 3:19-21 -- On Superiority, Potential, and Infinite Love

"And the Lord said unto me: These two facts do exist, that there are two spirits, one being more intelligent than the other; there shall be another more intelligent than they; I am the Lord thy God, I am more intelligent than they all.
The Lord thy God sent his angel to deliver thee from the hands of the priest of Elkenah.
I dwell in the midst of them all; I now, therefore, have come down unto thee to declare unto thee the works which my hands have made, wherein my wisdom excelleth them all, for I rule in the heavens above, and in the earth beneath, in all wisdom and prudence, over all the intelligences thine eyes have seen from the beginning; I came down in the beginning in the midst of all the intelligences thou hast seen."
Abraham 3:19-21

So, going along with the idea that we have always existed, these verses add some interesting perspective, and give us insight into why God is God, or at least one of the reasons.  He's smarter and wiser than everyone else. :)  I really like the idea of us learning to love and follow the person who was the best of us, and that his goal was to help us become like he is.

Some people see the idea that we could ever become like God as blaspemy.  I think it is one of the coolest ideas that ever was.  Not only that potential within us, which is basically like learning you are really a superhero, but the idea that the person at the top *wants* that... wants to share everything he has, and to have us join him in the joy that he has found.  That's not only amazing, it is the way that things *should* be, for us all.  We have some very human ideas about blame and pride and superiority sometimes, and they get in the way of our relationships with others, and they get in the way of our relationship with God.  God doesn't have to step on us to feel superior.  He *is* superior, and he is lifting us up so we can learn to be better than we are, and so he can enjoy the eternities with us.

He loves us.  He wants us to join him.  We ask him to cut corners for us or let us slide on things... but those things need to be learned in order for us to learn and grow enough to join him in Heaven, so he loves us enough to keep encouraging us to do better.

Today, let's remember that the Lord is more intelligent and amazing, than any human we have ever met or heard of.  Let's not assume he is petty, insecure, and competitive just because we are, or other powerful people seem to be. :)  Instead, let's learn from his example.  Let's love the people around us, and work on helping and serving, and being the kind of people who could be comfortable in God's presence, ready to learn and progress throughout the eternities, and grateful for his infinite love.

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