(Disclaimer: These views are all based on my knowledge and interpretation as an active Latter Day Saint, or “Mormon”, only the actual article of faith I list should be considered “official”. Still, I try to be accurate and do my homework 😉
We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
2nd Article of faith
Herein lies doctrine that I find sweet and compelling, and very personal, but so often taken for granted, or overlooked by many Latter Day Saints (Mormons).
This simple sentence explores the profound depth of difference between consequences and accountability.
Adam fell when he transgressed the law of God by partaking of the forbidden fruit, and by so doing, was cast out of the Garden of Eden, becoming mortal. Because of that transgression, we too, are mortal, and as such, we live under the consequence of Adam’s decision. But we are not accountable for it.
This is a profound principle, and one that has a much broader application.
Each of us grows up under the consequence of our parent’s (or ancestor’s) decisions. Those consequences make up the environment of our past. Some grew up in another religion, or with no religion. Some grew up in abusive families. Some grew up in poverty, and some in wealth. Some grew up under the staining effect of racism, or with countless other derogatory views.
Those are the blocks with which we build (see my post on building blocks here).
But that’s not what we’re held accountable for. Rather we’re held accountable for our own actions. It’s what we DO with those blocks that matter. Some are faced with the challenge of overcoming great adversity. Others, in perhaps an equally difficult manner, are required to hold higher an already high standard.
How often do we find ourselves blaming our parents or our past for our actions today?
In short, we each have challenges inherent in the heritage we receive from the consequences of our parents actions, for good or for ill, but what matters in the eyes of God, is what we do on our own.
Hence my post “My story, why I think we’re not limited by our past“.
May we all be a little less focused on what we’ve been given, and a little more focused on what constructive things we can do with them.
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