Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Forsake: Conscience or Community?

(Will it indeed come to this?)

What will you do if someone you love says: “Until you [Mom and Dad] get the [double-dose, experimental] COVID vaccine, we [your son, daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren] will not visit you”?1 

What if your awareness of:
▪ science vs pscience;2
▪ history;3
▪ the natural man;4
▪ secret combinations for power and gain;5
▪ warnings about secret combinations;6
▪ warnings from thousands of credible professionals;7
▪ the spirit of discernment;8
PLUS your conscience forbids you to “trust in the arm of flesh;”9

Can we even conceive that Life might come down to a personal knowledge, conviction, and witness10 versus a loved one, or a long-term affiliation, or social expectation?

Perhaps Christ already put us on notice about a situation such as this? that we would be required to choose between trust in God and trust in or love for some person or people? Could these words apply to the tragic divisions now manifesting in this global COVID-19 scenario?
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.11

51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.12

25 ¶ And there went great multitudes with him [Jesus]: and he turned, and said unto them,
26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.13
And what is the promise for choosing God?
29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.14
Can we even conceive that we might be in the midst of prophecy unfolding? in the midst of Jesus' great divide? that the choice “to be or not to be” a disciple is here and unavoidable?

1. Words said to a friend of mine by her son, but for others of us, the speaker could be any number of people, institutions, businesses, governments, etc. demanding compliance to a repetitive, medical procedure in order to "earn rights and privileges" necessary to life.
2. https://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2020/10/pscience.html
pscience: also known as the repetition of opinion presented as science in support of a power-gain-glory-control agenda.
3. https://voices-from-the-dust.blogspot.com/
4. https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2010/05/natural-man.html
5. Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 26:22 ~  An d there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old, according to the combinations of the devil, for he is the founder of all these things; yea, the founder of murder, and works of darkness; yea, and he leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with his strong cords forever.
Pearl of Great Price | Moses 5:51 ~  For, from the days of Cain, there was a secret combination, and their works were in the dark, and they knew every man his brother.
6. Book of Mormon | Ether 8:18 – 25 ~ 18 And it came to pass that they formed a secret combination, even as they of old; which combination is most abominable and wicked above all, in the sight of God;
19 For the Lord worketh not in secret combinations, neither doth he will that man should shed blood, but in all things hath forbidden it, from the beginning of man.
20 And now I, Moroni, do not write the manner of their oaths and combinations, for it hath been made known unto me that they are had among all people, and they are had among the Lamanites.
21 And they have caused the destruction of this people of whom I am now speaking, and also the destruction of the people of Nephi.
22 And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.
23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.
24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.
25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.
7. A few of many possible:
Plus, review footnotes at https://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2021/04/open-letter-to-reverend-greg.html https://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2021/02/the-people-of-non-consent.html
8. New Testament | Hebrews 5:12-14 ~ 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
9. Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 4:34 ~ O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.
10. In a similar response to that of Joseph Smith and Paul the Apostle where conviction of a thing precludes denial:
Pearl of Great Price | JS-History 1:24–26 ~ 24 ~ However, it was nevertheless a fact that I had beheld a vision. I have thought since, that I felt much like Paul, when he made his defense before King Agrippa, and related the account of the vision he had when he saw a light, and heard a voice; but still there were but few who believed him; some said he was dishonest, others said he was mad; and he was ridiculed and reviled. But all this did not destroy the reality of his vision. He had seen a vision, he knew he had, and all the persecution under heaven could not make it otherwise; and though they should persecute him unto death, yet he knew, and would know to his latest breath, that he had both seen a light and heard a voice speaking unto him, and all the world could not make him think or believe otherwise. 25 So it was with me. I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me; and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true; and while they were persecuting me, reviling me, and speaking all manner of evil against me falsely for so saying, I was led to say in my heart: Why persecute me for telling the truth? I have actually seen a vision; and who am I that I can withstand God, or why does the world think to make me deny what I have actually seen? For I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it; at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation. 26 I had now got my mind satisfied so far as the sectarian world was concerned—that it was not my duty to join with any of them, but to continue as I was until further directed. I had found the testimony of James to be true—that a man who lacked wisdom might ask of God, and obtain, and not be upbraided.
11. New Testament | Matthew 10:34-39
12. New Testament | Luke 12:51-53
13. New Testament | Luke 14:25-27
14. New Testament | Matthew 19:29; Mark 10:29