Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Alma 41:6 - 41:10

Alma 41: 6 And so it is on the other hand. If he hath repented of his sins, and desired righteousness until the end of his days, even so he shall be rewarded unto righteousness.

In addition, if a person repents of their sins and lives righteously until the end of their life, they too will be granted external life just as the person who lived so all of their life.

Alma 41: 7 These are they that are redeemed of the Lord; yea, these are they that are taken out, that are delivered from that endless night of darkness; and thus they stand or fall; for behold, they are their own judges, whether to do good or do evil.

And so those who do repent are saved from the domination of the devil and can now progress in the eternal realms of light and truth. What is important, is that a person judges themselves as to what will be restored to them in the way of eternal reward.

This is probably one of the most interesting points of our doctrine. Most folks think that they will be judge by God and then assigned a reward for their good or bad behavior. However, we teach, that when we stand before God we will know what we deserve without God telling us. We all know what we kind of people we are in this life, so it will be at judgement day. In this way, we will have no argument with God as to what we deserve or what will be the most comfortable situation for us in the eternities.

Alma 41: 8 Now, the decrees of God are unalterable; therefore, the way is prepared that whosoever will may walk therein and be saved.

This is how the plan of salvation was set up. It cannot be changed. So if a person wants salvation, this is the route one must take. There is no other way.

Alma 41: 9 And now behold, my son, do not risk one more offense against your God upon those points of doctrine, which ye have hitherto risked to commit sin.

Alma wants his son to adhere to this direction from his father. Corianton needs just to do what he knows he should do so as to keep himself out of trouble with the Lord.

Alma 41: 10 Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness. Behold, I say unto you, wickedness never was happiness.

Alma wants Corianton to understand clearly that one cannot live a life of sin and expect to be able to then live a life of happiness in the eternities. The happiness that one gets from sin is not the same as the happiness one gets from righteous living. The two are not the same. So if one is to be restored to what they were pursuing in life the sinner will not be restored to the same happiness that a righteous person will be restored too. But what is important, is the happiness from committing sin is not real. It is not really true happiness. In fact, living a life of sin only brings misery and pain to those who live that way. So if you want the happiness of eternal life, you have to live where you were trying to gain the happiness that only righteous living brings.

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