in a society where we attempt to control everything so as not to be tempted (a
la the Zion curtain is a good example) we cannot built resistance. How can
I ever say no to a drink if no drink is available? How can I grow strong if
I'm not really prepared for the world?Sure, keep the world at bay,
but in order to grow a spine to face the world, we need exposure to it.
Spiritual strength comes from exposure to ideas and beliefs different from ones
own. Just as the body responds best when you avoid routine, the spirit will as
well. In other words, seeking out spiritual lessons from diverse cultures across
the centuries, not narrow and shallow adherence to a single religion, is the
best way to build spiritual strength, not to mention endurance, and depth.
Midvaliean,The world is right outside your door. The spine you speak of is
not obtained by partaking of drink and what the world has to offer. It is
achieved by resisting the temptations of the world and embracing light and truth
and then living by the knowledge we gain which leads to an understanding of a
better life to come.It is the road less traveled – it is the process
of becoming what we will be when we stand before the Judgment Bar of Christ. The
choice is ours – it always has been.
I'm pretty sure I can get a drink in Utah if I want one, curtain or no
curtain. Plenty of opportunities for drinking or for other sins. Just plain
old life provides the most serious "resistance". Will I give up on
things and look for ways out and give up on hope? If so there are lots of ways
to avoid problems. Drinking, seeking popularity/acceptance, addictions to
drugs, pornography, video games, books, Facebook, etc. Will I treat people
with love and respect even when they don't treat me and those I love the
same? If not, there's plenty of ways to react with enmity toward others?
Disdain, anger, snobbery, gossip, retaliation, etc. Each of these chances
provide us resistance. The world is ever present in each of our lives.
Thankfully we can and do learn from them. Whether it's going behind that
"curtain" or not speaking to that ward member. Or whether it's
avoiding the curtain and being ignored by that ward member. Each of these
trials provide us opportunities to turn to the Savior and change for the better.
I can walk out of my place of employment and find a drink easily enough. I can
type one search word into my phone and ger all the porn I want. If anything,
there is far too much access to the world, not less.We are counseled
avoid evil. We are to flee from it. Saying that we need exposure to sinful
things to be stonger spiritually is just wrong. That is like the mom who
decided to send her kids next door to play because the neighbor kids had chicken
pox and she wanted to get that out of the way for her kids. Then it turned out
that it was small pox, and both of her kids died from it.I lived a
lot of my life in sin. If I can teach my kids to avoid it and never have to
suffer as I did, I will be grateful.
OragamiYour enlightenment on obtaining spiritual strength has
captured my attention. I must admit that you weave a certain truth into your
proclamation but that truth doesn't lead to spirituality but rather simply
obtaining knowledge. Your statement - seeking out spiritual lessons from diverse
cultures across the centuries, not narrow and shallow adherence to a single
religion - suggests that the best way to spirituality is to avoid commitment,
sacrifice and service.
I have jokingly stated in the past that this is why all the great church leaders
graduated from the U. As a student at the U I had many opportunities to defend
my faith.The strongest testimonies I've ever encountered are
the ones that were challenged and defended on a regular basis. If we don't
know "WHY" we believe something, then we really don't believe it
very strongly.Challenges don't have to be extreme or elaborate,
they can simply come in the form of asking "Why do you believe that?"
and then seeking out the answer like the article points out...feasting on the
word. I have yet to encounter a challenge to my testimony that can
shake it, because I firmly know why I believe...and no human can take that away.