Sunday, February 12, 2017

Notes on Alma 34

Alma 34. :9 hardened, fallen, lost,all things that fruit can be. Fallen = ripe before our time. Tough fruit. It takes a lot to put fruit back on the vine. How to avoid Catholic toppery? Infinite, eternal. It must fill the definition of sacrifice in every way for every thing. Follow the metaphor of vines. Much is sacrificed for the good of the vine. Branches are cut off, other life is fed to the roots. All of that is not enough to return fallen fruit to the vine. Of course this is impossible, not available in the terms we have used to describe it.

:11 Even if a man wished to take his brother's place on the gallows, the law could not properly choose to take that life, not if it were just. If the life were taken, justice would not be fulfilled. The law would still thirst for the murderer's blood, and we would be out an innocent man. Therefore

:12 Someone needs to stack-overflow the law. Jam the law with atonement. But justice doesn't want atonement. Justice is content. It's math, open-shut. There's no room for atonement. Somehow the wires are crossed, justice's mouth filled forever. Now our sins are in Christ's hands. Speculation: Christ's atonement applies to terrestrial realms, and if we follow him to celestial realms without being first cleansed then justice catches up with us. Not true, could be worked on.

:13-14 The law itself was written with an atonement in mind. It doesn't want your brother's life, but there is a place for the life of the lawgiver. Christ doesn't fight justice, he is justice, he is the law. He was all along. He condemns us for not following it. His atonement fulfills his own terms. He is ultimately the creditor as well as the mediator.

:17 Exercising faith is granted by God. Face value: assumption that the state of righteousness in all is declared from God. Alternative: Hope that God will still allow circumstances that enable you to seek faith, rather than turn you into an object lesson.

Commandments to pray. Linked with atonement. It is by crying unto the Lord that we apply for mercy. As we cry unto the Lord we begin to be/convince ourselves to be/show that we have become converted.

:29 The enemy of charity is forgetfulness.

:35 The gardener can reattach fallen vines, because he is the gardener. If we have not made good fruit, why should he? That would be stupid. Perhaps the hardened, fallen fruit caused a separation. If the gardener notices good remaining in us we can find a place on the vine again.

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