I previously made a Youtube video that touched on a topic discussed in The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W Kimball.
Today I was looking at my copy of the book in what I thought was the same section of the text.
a) Someone very sneakily took my copy of the book and replaced it with a different edition
b) The words of what the book says have actually magically just changed right on the page.
It is so weird.
Years ago I was reading in the book and I found information that really got me going all hysterical because of how the bishop previously contradicted the teaching -----
and now, today, in the supposedly same section of the book the book now says something completely different and even goes in a different direction.
It really is like someone switched out my copy for a different edition.
In this copy of the book I was looking at today, it didn't take long, just looking at "random" pages to find a complete contradiction in the doctrine::::
On a certain page in the book (I can't remember which) it says REPENTANCE IS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO BE FORGIVEN.
If you flip to another page of the book, it says YOU MUST FORGIVE REGARDLESS OF IF THEY REPENT OR NOT.
It's a decently thick book, so it's just interesting that it gives the viewpoint of the sinner and the victim in two different parts and teaches two completely different concepts that don't even really agree with each other realistically.
One basically always requires repentance or else no forgiveness.
The other one always requires forgiveness, even without repentance.
Maybe I can't quite explain the conundrum here in words, but if you have a logical mind you should be able to see that something isn't making sense.
It would have been nice of Kimball had put those two teachings ON THE SAME PAGE. Even: In the same paragraph.
That might've helped clarify the church for some people.
Historically, church leaders would always quote D&C 64.
Recently, the church released a new resource on dealing with abuse, especially with forgiveness issues.
In D&C 64, you are ordered to always forgive everyone, and if not then Jesus will punish you severely.
In the new online resource, the church is now saying you will need basically help from, and approval from, Jesus in order to forgive.
SO::::: Way back, the church would just force you to forgive things or else you get severely punished.
Now they are saying that you literally need Jesus Christ himself to help walk you through the forgiveness process step by step IF the matter is even going to be forgiven.
The old way::: Just do it::: Just forgive all men or else you face consequences.
The new way::: Forgiveness is ONLY possible with the help and approval of Jesus Christ.
Again, if you have the right kind of mind, you should be able to see a giant gap between these two different doctrines being taught by the supposedly same church in different time periods.
Basically, in the old way, it was "on you" to always forgive, and the Lord would be vindictive if you didn't.
In the new way, it's "on Jesus" to approve forgiveness and to help you forgive because apparently, you aren't able to forgive of your own will and power now anymore.
it's just interesting::: In the old way, you might really question "Should this really just be forgiven? I mean, it seems so wrong, maybe the perp should face consequences" but then the church would just require you to let it go or else you face severe penalty.
In the new way:::: The church finally realizes that sometimes something can be so wrong that you might actually need Jesus' help or even just Jesus' Sovereign approval for something to be forgiven as if you didn't already realize that years ago under the D&C 64 rules.
Anyway:::: A complete change in doctrine.
My brother looks at the new information as basically BS, even if it looks more palatable, it obviously isn't actually accurate and this is how I'd explain that opinion:::
We have just been forgiving everything for years, under THREAT from the Lord.
Why on earth did it suddenly just become so important for Jesus himself to be involved in helping you to forgive?
We didn't need Jesus to "help" us do it back then, so, therefore, it's not necessarily true that we absolutely need Jesus' help to do it in today's world.
And the final thing I want to touch on::::
THE DEFINITION OF FORGIVENESS.
I think everyone or society as a whole, especially in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is very confused about what the word "forgive" even means and how it works and what it's for.
There's what Jesus said in the bible. That should be clear in what it says. You should be able to interpret what the Bible says to get an understanding of what is meant by that word.
But then Joseph Smith changed the doctrine surrounding that word, and because the definition doesn't make practical sense to be applied to the word in the new doctrine, apparently we also had to change the definition of the word.
There are basically two parties as I see it:::
1) Emotional Party.
To this group, forgiveness is some kind of gift you give yourself so you can feel good again. It's all about feelings to these people, just to remove any bad feelings about anything bad that may ever have happened.
2) The Brass Tax Party
To this group, forgiveness is more than just an emotional process you do to make yourself feel better::: This group actually tries to make forgiveness LITERALLY MEANINGFUL by applying a definition of the word that says:::: "If I remove your penalty for your offense, then by the grace of God the penalties I face will be removed from my offenses". This group believes that by NOT PUNISHING a person you forgive, that they themselves will not be punished for their own wrongdoing. Basically: If I won't punish/condemn you, then God won't punish/condemn me.
NOTE:::: The Brass Tax definition works best purely in a BIBLICAL sense with the PROPER DOCTRINE applied to it.
What is the PROPER DOCTRINE?
I will point out that in THE BIBLE that GOD/JESUS does NOT REQUIRE forgiveness in every circumstance. He never did.
Only in the new Joseph Smith/D&C 64 context does The Brass Tax policy not make any sense anymore, and you basically have to redefine the word in the Purely Emotional way, apparently.
So, yeah::: it's all just kind of confusing, all the voices saying this and that about the Forgiveness topic.