Mormon Dilemma 287

17 June

People Forget about God? 

Helaman 12:3; “And thus we see that except the Lord doth chasten his people with many afflictions, yea, except he doth visit them with death and with terror, and with famine and with all manner of pestilence, they will not remember him.  7 O how great is the nothingness of the children of men; yea, even they are less than the dust of the earth.”

Matthew 1:20-23; “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

Luke 1:5-6; “THERE was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.  6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.”

Now from the passages in Matthew & Luke does it really sound like God thinks He needs to wallop people to get them to remember Him?  Apparently not everyone had forgotten about God. 

We see that Mary was noticed by the Lord because of her devotion to Him although she’d never seen Him and we have Zacharias and Elisabeth as well who were both seen as blameless before the Lord. 

Maybe the people in the Book of Mormon had forgotten about Him because they weren’t performing sacrifices?  You’ll notice in the Book of Mormon there’s no mention of Passover so maybe they forgot about that?  

Where in the Bible do we see such statements as “Oh how great is the nothingness of men” or that they’re “even less than the dust”?  

God tells us that He loved us before we loved Him – 1 John 4:19 – so how could we be less than the dust?  Did He send His Son to die for the dirt He created?  If not then why would He send Him to die for something less than the dirt?

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