Why should I be bothered if someone quoted me. The lack of citation? Misconstruing and misrepresenting the fundamental point? Or is it because I presume in them a degree of pride for having used the idea to establish an air of authority. Probably all of the above, and more.
Here is the hypothesis: The church brings us to the Holy Ghost; the Holy Ghost brings us to Christ; and Christ brings us to the Father.
Now, it is entirely possible that I previously heard/read this or something similar and simply don’t remember. If I did synthesize this and/or received it as a revelation, then we can date it to 2014 after having the “the church is true [pause], but not all of it” experience and before writing an email to the High Priest’s quorum in December 2014. Here is an excerpt.
So, how would you answer the question: “what is the purpose of the church?”
Historically, I would have said “it is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man,” or, “it is to bring mankind to Christ.” The problem with these responses is that as best as I can tell, the church can’t do those things.
My answer today would be, “to bring us to the Holy Ghost.” Elaborating, I might suggest that the modus operandi of the Father is: teaching the law (principles), having it received by covenant, proving our faithfulness to the law through trial. Repeat (repentance implicit). Through this process we are blessed with the constant companionship of the Spirit.
I would propose that only through the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost (the 1st Comforter) can we be brought to Christ (the 2nd Comforter).
I would propose that only Christ can bring us to Father (exaltation, and eternal life).
In this we see one of the primary reasons for the hypothesis, to explain one of the key purposes of the church. Without elaboration, compare to Lectures on Faith 2:31-56 (esp. 31, 56). Another primary reason is implicit: whereas most of us haven’t received the 2nd Comforter, we should understand the reason we are given the 1st Comforter and then get to work. Beyond this it is further implied that the foundation of my prior belief system — where the hope that unfinished spiritual progression is to be completed in an eternal post-mortal existence — is fundamentally flawed.
With that cursory introduction, let us return to the fundamental question. Why be jealous of this?
- It may be incomplete, insufficient, or entirely wrong.
- Why make it public in the first place?
- Why expect that it would change anyone’s biases?
- If it aligned with someone’s existing beliefs, why presume that they would modify other beliefs to be in total alignment?
- Why presume that it wouldn’t be misused?
More importantly, if the hypothesis is correct, how can I take credit for it in the first place? Or, is it the case that I want to point to it as an example of my ability to receive revelation. Please note the cautious language above; I did not explicitly give credit to the source truth and light. If anyone has the right to be jealous….
Pride. So many levels. So many manifestations. Ugh!