Monday, March 12, 2012

Bunch of Crosses

I love this quote. This is from I love reading my scriptures!!!!

"Romans 6:6: Our old man is crucified with him… that henceforth we should not serve sin.

The carnal man must die in order for the spiritual man to flourish. Figuratively speaking, the strait gate of baptism should be surrounded by the remains of millions of crosses. Ideally, at baptism the natural man is killed. However, this process is never easy. The ‘old man’ just doesn’t want to go. He must be dragged, kicking and screaming, to the place of execution. He fights, biting and spitting, to be saved from death. Furthermore, we must be our own executioner. We can’t hire a hit man. We must take the hammer ourselves and drive in the nails ourselves. Putting ‘off the natural man’ (Mosiah 3:19) means crucifying the ‘old man’ so that the “new man” can take his place.

Now Satan can’t stand to see his old men get killed. And so, in desperation, the ‘old man’ argues, “take me with you. We’ll walk the strait and narrow path together. You don’t have to kill me to be a disciple.” But he is lying. Those who take his advice—beginning to walk with the old man instead of crucifying him by the gate—eventually find out that they cannot continue until he is killed. Hence, the gate of baptism is surrounded by old crosses and the path of discipleship is littered with them like a cemetery for old men."

I would do this in my scripture blog, but I feel like that I want to have that still focus on the Book of Mormon. Plus, I'm not commenting on the quotes anyways. I like this quote from Russel M. Nelson.

“Many so-called experts give advice for the body—without thought for the spirit. Anyone who accepts direction contrary to the Word of Wisdom, for example, forsakes a law revealed to bring both physical and spiritual blessings. Some recommendations regarding use of our reproductive organs are based solely—and inadequately—upon physical considerations. Beware of such one-sided views! Paul taught that ‘if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.’ (Rom. 8:13)

“That caution pertains to pornography, which is highly addictive. Scriptural warning is clear: ‘Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.’ (Rom. 6:12) In time, addictions enslave both the body and the spirit. Full repentance from addiction is best accomplished in this life, while we still have a mortal body to help us.

“As children of God, we should not let anything enter the body that might defile it.” (“We Are Children of God,” Ensign, Nov. 1998, 87)

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