Broken, Part 2
This is a continuation of Broken, Part 1.
I have been praying to know why we would flee from God who is Love when we didn't do what was required in mortality. Why wouldn't we want to be with that being regardless? This is the answer I received. I somewhat understood it mechanically already, but I understand it better now, personally. It is impossible to convey fully the little I understood, but this is an attempt.
God declared to the people in the New World that he no more wanted sacrifice by the shedding of blood,1 but taught them what the Gospel was always intended to convey,2 that we were to offer him a broken heart and contrite spirit.3
Why is meekness, sacrifice and suffering required of us? What would happen if God was not meek?4
"Pray to Him and realize that as you reach up to Him, He would rather reach down to you with greater enthusiasm than any of you could muster. But in order to establish the necessary conditions for our development, there was a law ordained before the foundation of the world upon which all blessings are predicated." (Denver Snuffer, See Lecture 8, A Broken Heart and Contrite Spirit).5
When we die and finally meet the Savior whom we didn't really seek, we will recoil in horror to find out how much we were loved, how great an opportunity we were offered, how we rejected it by our distractions6 in mortality. When we see how diligently he tried to succor us and when we see His broken heart for us, and His sorrow towards us,7 we will recoil in horror, our mind aflame in shame, all consuming and encompassing as being submerged in lake a lake of fire and brimstone.8 Our heart will be broken in that day.
Sometimes a person will be humble without being compelled9 by being confronted with the result of their choices.
1. "And ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done away, for I will accept none of your sacrifices and your burnt offerings. And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost" (3 Nephi 9:19-20)
2. This is what those who rose to be prophets in the Old Testament and in all ages understood, because they made the sacrifice and diligent search.
3. See footnote 1.
4. See article: God is Love.
"God can only exalt the meek, because only the meek can be trusted. This is what it means to sanctify yourself. Our idea of purity and Christ's idea of purity are based on very different criteria. Why is meekness required of a God, by a God? What would happen if God Himself were not patient, willing to suffer abuse and be rejected? What would happen if God were egotistical? What would happen if God did not return blessings for cursings? What would happen if God were not exactly what He preached in the Sermon on the Mount? What if God did not bless those who despitefully used and abused Him? What would happen if God did not
submit Himself to fall into the hands of wicked men to be despised and rejected? And then to be killed in shame, hanging naked on a cross, in full view of the world, while people spit upon Him, and mocked Him and ridiculed Him, and saying, "If you really are what you say you are, come down from the cross, then we will believe." (Denver Snuffer, See Lecture 8, A Broken Heart and Contrite Spirit)
5. "There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated." (D&C 130:20-21)
We are given what we choose. See article The Telestial Glory of D&C 76.
6. What will a man give in exchange for his soul? Video games? Television? Sports? Pornography? A false and un-saving religion which has a form of Godliness but denies the power thereof? Authority and dominion over others? The glory, honor and praise of men?
7. His great love constitutes probably in greatest measure, his holiness.
8. "Then will ye longer deny the Christ, or can ye behold the Lamb of God? Do ye suppose that ye shall dwell with him under a consciousness of your guilt? Do ye suppose that ye could be happy to dwell with that holy Being, when your souls are racked with a consciousness of guilt that ye have ever abused his laws? Behold, I say unto you that ye would be more miserable to dwell with a holy and just God, under a consciousness of your filthines before him, than ye would to dwell with the damned souls in hell. For behold, when ye shall be brought to see your nakedness before God, and also the glory of God, and the holiness of Jesus Christ, it will kindle a flame of unquenchable fire upon you. O then ye unbelieving, turn ye unto the Lord; cry mightily unto the Father in the name of Jesus, that perhaps ye may be found spotless, pure, fair, and white, having been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, at that great and last day." (Mormon 9:3-6)
"O ye wicked ones, enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for the fear of the Lord and the glory of his majesty shall smite thee. And it shall come to pass that the lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the Lord of Hosts soon cometh upon all nations, yea, upon every one; yea, upon the proud and lofty, and upon every one who is lifted up, and he shall be brought low. Yea, and the day of the Lord shall come upon all the cedars of Lebanon, for they are high and lifted up; and upon all the oaks of Bashan; And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills, and upon all the nations which are lifted up, and upon every people; And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall; And upon all the ships of the sea, and upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures. And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low; and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. And the idols he shall utterly abolish. And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for the fear of the Lord shall come upon them and the glory of his majesty shall smite them, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which he hath made for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for the fear of the Lord shall come upon them and the majesty of his glory shall smite them, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for wherein is he to be accounted of?" (Isaiah 2:10-22, 2 Nephi 12:10-22)
9. See Alma 32:12-16.