I had this conversation via Facebook messenger on a Saturday night, with someone I didn’t really know. I had posted about needing a job and was unsure how to handle the questions about being fired. This person who I hardly knew was not trying to help with finding me work, but instead taking me away from my faith.
I know she meant well, was sincere and clearly thought I was on the wrong path. She wanted me to read something, asked me interesting questions to the point that I thought we belonged to the same faith. We were not. I shared with her two items, one a quote that put us on common ground or at least tried to clear up some of the false things she was sharing with me. In the end I needed to unfriend her, and block her.
This paper I had read was a conglomerate of scriptures talking about Grace. The book of Roman’s is infamous in having these scriptures. But what of the Commandment Scriptures? They are in there too.
Yes, us Mormon’s understand that the Old Testament was about the OLD LAW and that Christ Fulfilled that law. The Book of Mormon speaks of this quite a bit. All the 10 commandments fit under one of the 2 great commandments- to love God, and to love your neighbor. Try it for yourself. It works!
One of the things this person said was that we don’t need commandments. It is usually after we finish talking that we think of things we could have said. This was true for me. I didn’t even touch that item spoken about. But laying in bed the Scripture in Mark 14:15 came to mind.
The whole book of James is also a good one to read.
Remember that fun movie “Princess Bride”? The princess, continues to ask Wesley to do chores for her. And what does he say? “As you wish.” He loved her, so he was obedient to her commands. Do we love God enough keep his commandments?
Why would he say that if he didn’t mean it? Latter-day Saints rest their testimonies on revelation and authority. We have been given more and more commandments than the rest of the Christian world. We believe we will have “Commandments not a few!” Commandments are ‘divine directives’. From modern day revelation: Section 59:
5 Wherefore, I give unto them a commandment, saying thus: Thou shalt alove the Lord thy God with all thy bheart, with all thy might, mind, and strength; and in the name of Jesus Christ thou shalt cserve him.
7 Thou shalt athank the Lord thy God in all things.
So, you see. The commandments have not been done away with. Christ never said that on any continent. If you love him, you now, know what to do.