Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Bible Dictionary Study

Today I read through a ton of Bible Dictionary entries. I really liked the ones under Fear and Temple (and Devil, oddly enough). Here's some quotes I'd like to share (sorry if it's boring, but I was interested).

Under "Devil": "One of the major techniques of the devil is to cause human beings to think they are following God's ways, when in reality they are being deceived by the devil to follow other paths." Wow, scary.

Under "Temple": "Only the home can compare with the temple in sacredness." Wow, this is amazing. It almost makes me want to get married and have a family right away (but other things should come first, like, growing up).

Under "Fear": "Sin destroys the feeling of confidence God's child should feel in a loving Father, and produces instead a feeling of shame or guilt."

I hope you feel educated; I do.


Nectar said...

I like the ideas in these definitions.

Some time ago I noticed that whoever controls the definitions in a debate usually controls the outcome. (Unless people are just acting irrationally, and that often happens.) Have you noticed in non-LDS Bible dictionaries any slant in definitions? For example, have you seen a definition of Christianity which would exclude Mormons?

One of the prophets was asked if he had ever looked into heaven. The prophet's answer had something to do with having seen a bit of heaven in home.

I know that you aren't going to jump into any hasty marriage, but I would like to remind you of something I'm sure you already know. Only the home can compare with hell in miserableness (my spell check says that is not a word, but I think you have the idea). Heaven or hell, temple or I don't know what - it all depends on the two of you.

ymb2006 said...

Another thing that is used to cause people to fall is to make them feel inadequate or not worthy of forgiveness. There are a few people I know who have trouble forgiving themselves and they cause their own suffering that way.
The Devil operates on fear and hate, when people realize that these are what cause them pain, and then learn how to deal with these emotions, they can live a life so much bettert than the one they had.

Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death which brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. Where Fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Whistler said...

Interestingly enough, the Bible Dictionary in the LDS Scriptures is based off of an Evangelical version... so not everything in it is purely LDS-based.

noelle feather said...

I like to read the B.D. on the topic: FAITH.