Earth 2.0 Good News For Believers

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You know, I have always found it kind of Ironic that those who do not believe in the existence of God spend so much time trying to prove that someone does not exist whom they do not believe exists in the first place.

Kepler 425b recently discovered by NASA is already bringing out the non believers when it comes to the creation and God. They are trying to argue that God cannot exist  (from huffing post science) because he “left out” the fact that other worlds are out there, and since the bible, they argue, makes it clear that Earth is the only world with life, then discovering an Earth like world that may or can support life somehow invalidates the entire biblical story.

This of course to most latter-day saints is such a ridiculous statement not based in any kind of rational or logical thought that it is almost laughable. That being said however I wanted to take some time to explained how and why discovering another life supporting world in the universe is infact evidence of God and his creative genius. Part of the argument was based on all things being created in 6 earth days as the bible is believed to have stated. I wrote a piece arguing that fact titled Bill Nye has it right, sort of.

The author of the article in question linked in the first paragraph of this post suggest that religious organizations will start to change their doctrine regarding creation and life on other worlds and claim that the bible has always supported the idea of life on other worlds. The author states that this has happened before and will happen again and all of this proves that religion is wrong. I supposed just by writing this post I am giving into the idea that he is right, however wrong he may be.

The Lords doctrine has never been and never will be that only life can exist on earth. The scriptures have never declared this to be so. Every biblical verse quoted in this article from the Huffington post to support such claim does not in fact declare this to be so even slightly. God has created many worlds and that has always been evident in our own solar system that earth was not the only world created.

In the book of Moses found in the Pearl of Great Price we learn that God revealed this fact to Moses regarding the existence of other worlds

chapter 1:33-35

33 And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten.

 34 And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many.

 35 But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you. For behold, there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.

This verse of scripture does not even state whether Adam was on this world or another, but only that he was the first of all men. We do know however that Adam was in fact native to this world. Other worlds followed with people on them. How long Adam remained in the garden we do not know. Nor do we know if other worlds also had Adam’s and Eve’s and how long they may have been in their gardens if those other worlds had them.

God taught us that he did in fact create other worlds, many of which are inhabited with people. Many have passed away and I am sure many more are around today with people on them. Perhaps having this very same question about the existence of other worlds.

While there are not many references in the scriptures to other worlds there are a few. Another one can be found in Hebrews 11:3

 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Those who subscribe to the religious belief that other worlds with life are simply not possible and that Earth is the only world where life exists do not, as far as I am concerned, have a true understanding of the gospel of Christ.

No where in the Bible or any other scriptural text does it state at any point that other worlds do not or cannot exist. I do agree that the bible does not talk about other worlds. That does not mean they do not exist outside our solar system or that there are not people on worlds in other solar systems. The scriptures do not talk much about other worlds and peoples on them because the scriptures are for us on this world and thus are an account of people on this world.

God’s works and stars are innumerable to man but not to God. He did in fact create worlds without number and people without number on worlds without number. We are not alone in the universe and my religion fully and 100% supports that the creation is not limited to this world and that others worlds have been created. Life exists on other planets. Life that is much like ours and much not like ours as we know it.

So as for my answer to MR. Jeff Schweitzer. Author of the article in reference, No Earth 2.0 is not bad news for God. But in fact it is Good news for God. He lives and we have discovered another one of his worlds. It may be 1400 + light years away but that is not out of reach for God. He lives and created this world along with many others. Perhaps there is intelligent life on this world. Perhaps they are as advanced or more advance that us. Perhaps we are more advanced than they are. We are only seeing what this world looked like 1400 years ago. When the light left that world to travel to us around 615 ad, we still believed the earth to be the center of the universe. If there is intelligent life perhaps they are looking back at us to see what we were like 1400 years ago thinking the same thoughts and asking the same questions.

And that is the Gospel according to Andrew

By Andrew McLean Posted in Orginals

MY RELIGION IS A RELIGION OF LIBERTY

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Religion is a life long pursuit. It is a way of life for those that seek a better understanding of why we are here and where we came from. I am consistently in a state of progression, learning and furthering my understanding of my faith. As I learn more of my faith I have come to learn one thing about my faith that I still find many Latter Day Saints do not understand, and almost all Christians around the world. My religion is a religion of liberty.

As I have been reading past issues of church magazines, the Ensign in particular, this has become evident that from the early days of my church to the modern church today, one theme stands out which is that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a religion of liberty! Numerous church leaders have spoken on this very important aspect of the gospel. It has been emphasized over and over again. Recently, while reading the ensign I have come across a quote by David O. Mckay

“In these days of uncertainty and unrest, liberty-loving peoples’ greatest responsibility and paramount duty is to preserve and proclaim the freedom of the individual, his relationship to Deity, and the necessity of obedience to the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Only, thus will mankind find peace and happiness.” (Improvement Era, December 1962, p. 903.)

David O Mckay

David O Mckay is not the only past prophet to speak of this liberty. Prophets both ancient and modern have spoken on the importance of liberty for a happy and righteous people.

Marion G. Romney said of this important gospel topic

“The issues have changed since the time of Lincoln, but the multipurpose use of the word liberty and its synonym freedom has not changed. The sweets of liberty about which we usually speak may be classified as (1) political independence, (2) economic freedom, and (3) free agency.

I would have us strive for that liberty which comprehends all three of these freedoms, and more. I would have us strive for the freedom of the soul to which they all contribute. I would have us attain that blessed state foreshadowed by the Prophet Joseph Smith when he said, “Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God.” (D&C 121:45.) One who enjoys such liberty is, in the words of Jesus, “free indeed.” (John 8:36.) He is possessed of perfect liberty.”

This is a principle that has been emphasized in God’s gospel since the beginning and was in fact the first principle taught to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In Moses 3:17 we read

17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it, nevertheless, thou mayest choose for thyself, for it is given unto thee; but, remember that I forbid it, for in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

It was given to Adam and Eve the ability to choose what they would do. This was a gift from God Inherited by mankind through Adam and Eve. This was the beginning and the first thing Adam and Eve were given. Without this ability to choose for ourselves the entire plan of Salvation and Gods purposes would not, they could not come to be and mankind would be non-existent to this day. This gift of free agency given to Adam and Eve did not start in the garden however. The doctrine of God is that before we came to earth we were also faced with a choice. The gift of free agency was given to us for our own self-determination where we could choose a life on earth or to follow Satan and his plan to make sure no one would sin by eliminating the choice to sin in the first place.

From the teachings of Ezra Taft Benson

“The central issue in that premortal council was: Shall the children of God have untrammeled agency to choose the course they should follow, whether good or evil, or shall they be coerced and forced to be obedient? Christ and all who followed Him stood for the former proposition—freedom of choice; Satan stood for the latter—coercion and force.12

The scriptures make clear that there was a great war in heaven, a struggle over the principle of freedom, the right of choice.

Freedom of choice is a God-given eternal principle. The great plan of liberty is the plan of the gospel. There is no coercion about it; no force, no intimidation.”

The ability to choose for ourselves, the freedom and Liberty given by God was so vital and important that God choose to risk loosing some of his children. We learn in the church that 1/3 rd of the host of heaven Choose Satan’s plan and rebelled with him and were kicked out of heaven. Now this is interesting because while they lost their free-agency and ability to choose with that choice they still had to choose to begin with. Our father in heaven lost many of his children to a choice. This choice would not have been possible without free agency and being at liberty to make this choice.

Liberty and free agency is the gospel. Everything in the gospel hinges on this very principle. Everything and every aspect is solely and 100% dependent on whether we, as children of God choose to follow his path or our own which we will inevitably fail without God’s help. God in his great wisdom knows just how important freedom to choose is for us as a people and his children. Without this vital component of the gospel we cannot hope to achieve exaltation, for we must choose to embrace the gospel for all it’s worth.

Even Christ himself the savior of mankind was not forced to be our savior but rather he submitted his will. When the eternal fate of the entire human race depended on Christ’s atonement, God the Father would not force his hand, but rather upheld even Christ the Lord’s sacred gift of free agency to choose whether he would proceed or not. This speaks volumes about the essential doctrinal point of agency to mankind’s destiny. The immortality and eternal life of all mankind rested on the free agency of one man to choose to atone for our sins or to say “this is to hard I can’t do it”

Mathew 26 vs 39, 42

39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

 42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.”

Christ prayed to God the Father, releasing his will, asking if he could not do what was asked of him, but as he said “not as my will” he freely choose to submit his will, in this moment of great despair and suffering. Christ choose freely to submit his will to God the Father to atone for the sins of mankind. Such a huge sacrifice should not and cannot go unnoticed or unappreciated.

The book of Mormon also teaches of this principle of liberty that all men have been given from God. 2nd Nephi chapter 2 verse 27 says

27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.”

This great gift of free-agency does not however come without consequences. We are all free to choose whatever we will, but we cannot choose the consequences of our choices. This is deliberate and intentional, for without consequence we could not learn and progress to be better people nor could we come back to our Heavenly Father and obtain eternal life because there would be no progression.

Being able to choose for ourselves the way which we will go gives us total and complete control over our destinies. Because this is a God-given gift no secular government can ever truly take our free agency. Our world is heading to a state of no freedom and oppression in all its forms, but it is our free agency that will ultimately grant us success and happiness in the eternities.

Delbert L Stapley said in general conference 1975

“My brothers, sisters, and friends, one of God’s most precious gifts to man is the principle of free agency—the privilege of choice which was introduced by God the Eternal Father to all of his spirit children in the premortal state. This occurred in the great council in heaven before the peopling of this earth. The children of God were endowed with freedom of choice while yet but spirit beings. The divine plan provided that they be freeborn in the flesh and become heirs to the inalienable birthright of liberty to choose and act for themselves in mortality. It was essential for their eternal progression that they be subjected to the influences of both good and evil.”

Without liberty and the ability to choose our own path, we would never achieve salvation. This gospel doctrine is one that I have come to cherish and I will fight to my last breath to ensure that my children and future grandchildren have that precious liberty that I have come to love and cherish. My liberty was given to me by God and no one else. I do not owe my liberty to some secular government. I do not owe my liberty to some military soldiers who died in a war for it. They did not grant me my liberty. While I have nothing but the up most respect for those that have fought and continue to fight for my freedom I do not owe them for my freedom as that was never theirs to give.

We are solely responsible for fighting for our freedoms and liberties and we must ensure that we are doing so. This is a God-given gift that cannot be taken by anyone and as such we must use that liberty to fight and protect those liberties that our government wish to take. While they cannot ever truly take our freedom they can do everything they can to control our choices and kill, hurt, destroy, imprison and every other imaginable horrible deed for not submitting to their will. That is the beauty of this God-given gift, while governments and people around the world can harm us, kill us, destroy us and control us through fear we still have our liberty. We can choose to defy and stand up against such acts of tyranny and oppression or we can submit to their will. We will always have that choice.

Our liberty will always be ours. It is given by God. No earthly government can take our liberty. I call on everyone to stand up and promote this freedom and liberty  and fight the good fight. Work with all our heart and soul to opposed those who would work to take your freedoms. Stand and fight for what is yours. Do not stand idle while your freedoms are being threatened. While your freedom can be taken no one can ever take your liberty. You will always be free to choose, even if you are not always free to choose your circumstances. That is the beauty of the gospel. That is the way God has designed his plan. That is what the gospel is all about. And that is what we must stand for if we are to be free from oppression and tyranny

And that is the Gospel according to Andrew

 

By Andrew McLean Posted in Orginals

THE SLIPPERY SLOPE OF GENDER POLITICS

To start off I would like to make it clear that my concern is with the spiritual consequences of gender politics within our society. I have no desire to legislate the lives of others. Nor do I believe that their should be any public policy surrounding genders and personal sexuality or orientation in any way. It’s not a government issue. Issues surrounding this are very personal and spiritual in nature and our governments should have no say it in whatsoever!

Transgenderism is all the rage right now. People are talking about on social media like it is the only thing that matters. We are seeing it all over the place about accepting people for who they are. If you don’t accept them for how they see themselves in their head then you are not accepting them. The social Justice Warriors are out in full force using our media and talking about all the wonderful things about boys being girls and girls being boys. People are coming out in massive waves of support for these girls who ended up with boys bodies and boys who ended up with girls bodies.

I have been told that gender is not the same thing as sex, or is it sex is not the same thing as gender. I get so confused I don’t know what to think anymore. What I do know is that God does not make mistakes. If you born with a penis and testicles then you are boy, you will grow to be a man, and you have a man’s spirit in your body. If you are born with a vagina then you are a girl, you will grow to be a woman and you have a woman’s spirit.

What I do know is that if we are to accept these people for who they claim they are whether that be a man when they are a woman or a woman when they are a man, that is not accepting them for who they are. Who we are is more than a psychological state of mind or our physical bodies. I understand that is what these people want. A friend of mine is transgender and going through the change from physically a man in appearance to physically a woman in appearance. I choose to call my friend by their name rather than gender. I wont say he or she but rather just address by name. With apologies to my friend and the transgender community my idea of accepting you for who you are does not mean for me to refer you by your preferred gender identity but rather by the identity that God gave you. I cannot accept that you are a man who is a woman or a woman who is a man because that is not what you are. While you may escape your god given gender while on earth, at least in the physical sense, you cannot escape it in the eternities. When you stand before God at the final judgment you will stand before him as the person you were born as. You will not stand as a woman unless you were born as a woman, you will not stand before him as a man unless you were born as a man.

We should always love and respect these people and never discriminate against them. They should be treated no differently than anyone else you may encounter and we should love and uphold them with all the respect they deserve. They are people as well and deserve our love and respect. I recognized that some may find my position lacking in respect for them, that however is not the intent, nor do I mean to disrespect anyone.

Science and psychology still does not really understand what is happening with transgenderism but is trying to figure it out. They are just as confused about it as those who suffer from it. It is generally accepted by the masses that one is born that way. I don’t know if that is true or not, but what I do know is that a new-born baby has no concept of gender identity and no idea what male and female means or is. That is something that is taught much later in life. It would seem however that the world at large is now confused about this very issue. Now that we are giving different definitions of sex and gender we still don’t know what we are talking about. We use the words interchangeably but then separate them at the same time as meaning something different.

One thing I am clear on is that ones gender identity is how they see themselves as man or woman. What I also can say with 100% confidence is true is that ones gender is either man or woman. This is not defined by how one sees themselves but your gender is defined at birth by the genetic make up of the body and physical characteristics. Occasionally an intersex child may be born in which the gender is not clearly defined. This should be made a matter of prayer by the parents to know. I do not believe there are any intersex spirits.

The transgender community does not even seem to be clear on this issue of how to define their own genders. On the one hand I have been told that “gender is a matter of how ones identifies, this does not always match your assigned gender.” This idea which has been stated to me contradicts the idea that gender is a matter of how you identify not birth. Gender can’t be assigned at birth if it is a matter of how you identify thus it can’t miss match your birth assigned gender yet trans genders people are defined as those who identify different from their birth gender. Then on the other hand I am told that only sex is assigned at birth and that genetics and gender has nothing to do with one’s identity, and this is something that can change over time. Our gender’s are fluid I am told. So on the one hand your gender is assigned at birth and on the other hand it is based on how you perceive yourself. Logically it cannot be both, and yet it is. The concept contradicts itself.

With these issues come further confusion about whether or not you can change your sexuality.

Here is what I mean by this.

Is a transgendered man gay or straight if he likes men? If his gender is in fact a woman then he would logically be straight right?, but have a man’s body and physically a man in appearance thus making him gay? And yet being gay is sexual attraction to one of the same gender, but is that the same gender one identifies with or the same gender as one matching your body? If it is the same gender as matching your body then before a man becomes a woman he is straight and after he is gay while at the same time you can’t change you sexuality so you can’t go from being gay to straight. So would a man who identifies as a woman say that he is straight? or is he only before and not after he changes to become a woman? at which point he is gay where as before he was straight? you see the devil has done a very good job of confusing the issues. How do you define sexuality when ones gender is so changeable, Or when gender is not defined by our God given traits.

Aside from God’s gospel that men are men and women are women, this confusion about what gender is, is clearly not of God. This confusion amongst the people of earth is of the devil. That is why there is such a debate about it and why it is such a contentious issues. Now lest someone get the wrong idea, and I am sure they still will, People are not transgendered because the devil made them think it or feel it. Transgenderism is real, it is not a delusion of ones mind. It is not the result of a satanic deception. It is what it is.

This does not mean however that we should openly celebrate and glorify ones sexuality no more so that we should have straight pride parades or praise people for being straight. This celebration of transgenderism and other LGBTQ issues is heading down a path farther and farther away from God and his gospel. The one thing that many people who support and attend events like gay pride and other LGBTQ issues is that they don’t seem to understand the hypocrisy of their own statements of not being able to choose your sexuality. When it comes to your sexuality the ones we can’t choose are the ones that are socially acceptable while the ones we can choose are not socially acceptable. I have been told by those that are LGBTQ “why would we as a community choose to be the way we are knowing their is so much hatred and bigoty against people like me in the hearts and minds of people” I agree with them. Why would you choose that? This is where the hypocrisy comes in. No one talks about pedophiles, bestiality, or incest being a sexuality you cannot control or choose. What they seem to miss out on is that gay, transgender, bi-sexuality all at one point in time were thought of in the same way. It used to be thought that you can choose these things and that it was a mental disorder that needed treatment to cure to make you normal again. Now this is consider perfectly acceptable while other sexualities are condemned and hated upon, criminalized and classified as a mental disorder in need of treatment.  Either you choose your sexuality or you do not. If you don’t choose your sexuality how can you continue to condemn those sexualities because of their socially unacceptability while demanding we accept yours as socially acceptable. This is hypocrisy. This is a slippery slope and opens the door to every kind of sexual impurity and whoredomes known to man. How long before pedophiles join the gay pride parades? Or have their own? No one should be punished or hated for their sexuality no matter how repulsive or non socially acceptable it may be. People should be punished for their crimes yes, but not for their sexuality.

I don’t believe we choose our sexuality. We do however choose how we behave and act in relation to our sexuality. Pedophiles do not commit crimes till they act on it, those that want sex with animals do not commit crimes till they act on that desire, those that want sex with family members do not commit crimes till they act on those desires. The crime and sin is in the act not the sexuality, a distinction that so many people still seem to miss. This constant barrage of LGBTQ celebrations is to the point of idol worship which has practically set up this wave of LGBTQ obsession as the new God that we should worship. In the process this is completely distorting and warping our ability to truly accept our divine identities. It is extreme gender politics with severe and devastating spiritual consequences.

The confusion around what gender is and how it is defined is being warped and twisted into some sick and deluded ideology that ones gender can be whatever you define it to be. This is simply not true. That is a lie of the devil who works tirelessly to thwart the divinity of the soul and distort the divine identity of men and woman. He works tirelessly to destroy the family of which gender is a vital characteristic in the role in the family unit. This concept of gender has become so warped and distored, redefined and analyzed to the point where it has become virtually meaningless. Our kids are being raised in a culture of confusion, deception and warped and distorted ideas of who they are and what they are supposed to be. Adults cannot even agree on what gender is and while we are arguing about it we are teaching kids that they are not necessarily the gender they are born to because gender has nothing to do with our defining male or female characteristics. Gender is a state of mind not gentics or physical reality. With all of this confusion how can we expect kids to have a clear and concrete understanding of gender and thus who they are and their purpose in life. We teach them that it takes a man and a woman to make babies, but if who is a man and who is a woman can be changed, twisted, redefined and psychically altered, how can we expect them to understand what it really takes to make a baby? There seems to be a lot of woman out there with sperm producing capabilities and men with eggs and a uterus.

ALL HUMAN BEINGS—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.” —The Family and Proclamation To The World

Given that gender is such an important defining characteristics of our identity, if we can’t even agree as adults what gender is then how can we expect our children to understand the concept of gender and thus their own identities.

As members of the church It is vitally important that we teach our children what gender is and how it impacts their divine destiny. Gender is not fluid. Ones gender identity maybe, but not ones gender. That is fixed and unchangeable and it is vital that our children understand this.

Ones Gender cannot be changed. It is divinely appointed and how one feels about it does not change what your gender is. We cannot always choose our trials in life. We cannot always choose how we deal with the struggles that we are dealt. The only thing we have complete control of is how we choose to deal with our trials. For those suffering from your gender identity not matching up with your God-given gender this can be a life long struggle. While difficult and at times I am sure can be very depressing and feel hopeless without embracing how you feel by changing how you live or look, it is in a very real way who you are, your gender will never change. Turn to God and he will help you achieve peace with your feelings. You need to learn to love and accept who you are. Changing your physical sex appearance and getting hormone treatment may bring you some level of happiness in this life, it will not bring lasting eternal happiness. It will only bring temporal relief and eternal misery in the end.

And that is the gospel according to Andrew