God's Blessings and Punishments in the Church of LDS
How Mormons see God's Blessings and Punishment.
In Abraham's seed shall all kindreds of the earth be blessed, as written in the Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 15:18, "Wherefore, our father hath not spoken of our seed alone, but all the house of Israel, pointing to the covenant which should be fulfilled in the latter days; which covenant the Lord made to our father Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
If one find one's self motivated to study the above verse further, a guiding question could be, "Who are all the kindreds of the earth," who are to be blessed?
Mosiah 2:24, "And secondly, he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast?"
The above verse, Mosiah 2:24, is being used here to further illustrate how Mormons see us as being blessed by God, so much so, even, that we will never be able to repay God far all the good things that God have given us.
Alma 45:16, "And he said: Thus saith the Lord God--Cursed shall be the land, yea this land, unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, unto destruction, which do wickedly, when they are fully ripe; and as I have said so shall it be; for this is the cursing and the blessing of God upon the land, for the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance."
In this verse, Alma 45:16, one finds one of the fundamental beliefs that Mormon have about "blessings and punishment," in the eyesight of God. God wants to bless the land and to see men and women prosper. We are, literally, what father (or mother for that matter) would not want their children, sons and daughters, to be blessed. A God does not wish to curse the Land that children depend upon for survival. But if we are a "stiffed-necked" bunch of children who sin, left and right, even, and don't care about what God wants, then that's where the punishment comes in. I don't like saying all of this, because it may sound "cold-hearted and mean-natured" to many of us who have been brought up in a liberal society. But God is God, to the Mormons, and as the scripture clearly states in the above verse, "the Lord can not look upon sin in the least degree of allowance," meaning, God do not believe in "tolerance," not even the least bit of tolerance, when it come to sin.
I believe that I have said enough to answer the question that was directed to me for an answer. We talked about God's blessings to a greater degree that we did about God's curses. I have done this, intentionally, because I believe that most Mormons would not want me to leave you with the idea that God is a mean, hateful God that enjoys punishing his children (that's us, we are his sons and daughters). He would rather bless us, abundantly, even.
But we must do right by God, to stay on his good side, in order to get his blessings. We don't deserve anything, our blessing are a free gift from God. Let's not forget this.
Allow me to give you a little advise, in closing, that will help you to get the best, out of Life, that God has to Give. It's a simple thing, actually.
It is found in the gospel according to Matthew, the 36th through the 40th verses (from the King James Bible),
There was a man who walked up to Jesus and asked, "Master,
which is the great commandment in the law?
and Jesus said unto him,
Thou shalt love the Lord
with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second
is like unto it,
Thou shalt love
On these two commandments hang
all the law and the prophets."
And this is the way it is.
As you go, Peace.
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