Sunday, August 18, 2019

"Ye Cannot Serve God and Mammon"

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.



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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.

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