A quote one would hear in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I believe the statement is even included in The Book of Mormon is:::
"Ye Cannot Serve God and Mammon".
I initially learned this in the non-standard church's context from The Book of Mormon, and oh boy it was interesting to hear that this statement is also in the Bible.
Of course::: The INTERPRETATION of this statement differs between the non-standard Church and everyone else.
I talked to my Mom about this statement, and she reminded me in her response that the non-Standard church does not interpret this the same way as everyone else.
To everyone else::::
MAMMON is basically like money or wealth, something like that.
Some interpretations of the bible say "Ye cannot serve God and money".
To the non-Standard Church:::::
According to the church I grew up in, Mammon was referring to THE DEVIL, as far as I remember.
So:::: The non-standard church would say you cannot serve God and the Devil ----------
While most interpretations say you cannot serve God and money.
SO:::::: The concept of not working for money while serving God was unknown to me for a very long time.
What I grew up with in the Church was people claiming they served God, even as they worked for money at the same time.
Like trying to find their definition for "forgiveness" ---- it's just weird you know?
Sooooo::::::: It might actually be a good thing that I just live on a disability payment, and all my works have been more or less monetarily fruitless.
I just didn't know for a very long time about how real Christians view that scripture.
Well, I'm thankful that I'm finally getting to enjoy my life, although because my family is still involved in the non-Standard Church, it's kind of difficult to find ways to actually serve God. I just kinda live in my family and do the family thing. Nothing really big going on here anymore.
I want to write about, like I have in previous posts, about messed up my life has been or was::::: but I actually feel like I shouldn't.
I get a specific feeling that I shouldn't write right now again about how messed up what I went through in my life was.
if you want to read about that, you can probably go back a few pages or months on this blog to find out about why it's so amazing how I'm finally enjoying life.
What I think I can say though is that because of my inner-devotion to Jesus, I feel more capable of feeling unphased by so many things, because I know that I must be willing to die for Jesus ----- I'm not intending to die ------- but I must be willing to -------- so thinking about how I could die any day for Jesus, I feel pretty unphased ----------- although this may simply also be because I am enjoying my life and evil surroundings are not readily apparent to me.
Canada is actually a pretty great place to live in my opinion. I am quite happy with the country I am in, more or less, most of the time. Or even all of the time.
Maybe with the church telling me to forgive everything I just don't let anything bother me, ever.
Canada may be a great country, or maybe I'm just conditioned to never let anything bother me. Who knows.