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God’s Real World Guy L. Dorius Brigham Young University
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The Real World No God No Devil No Law No Sin A causes B Victims Loss of Agency
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When the Eternal Father announced his plan of salvation —a plan that called for a mortal probation for all his spirit children; a plan that required a Redeemer to ransom men from the coming fall; a plan that could only operate if mortal men had agency—when the Father announced his plan, when he chose Christ as the Redeemer and rejected Lucifer, then there was war in heaven. That war was a war of words; it was a conflict of ideologies; it was a rebellion against God and his laws. Lucifer sought to dethrone God, to sit himself on the divine throne, and to save all men without reference to their works. He sought to deny men their agency so they could not sin. He offered a mortal life of carnality and sensuality, of evil and crime and murder, following which all men would be saved. His offer was a philosophical impossibility. There must needs be an opposition in all things. Unless there are opposites, there is nothing. There can be no light without darkness, no heat without cold, no virtue without vice, no good without evil, no salvation without damnation. Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1982], 666.)
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A cunning part of his strategy is to dissociate anger from agency, making us believe that we are victims of an emotion that we cannot control. We hear, "I lost my temper." Losing one's temper is an interesting choice of words that has become a widely used idiom. To "lose something" implies "not meaning to," "accidental," "involuntary," "not responsible"- careless perhaps but "not responsible." "He made me mad." This is another phrase we hear, also implying lack of control or agency. This is a myth that must be debunked. No one makes us mad. Others don't make us angry. There is no force involved. Becoming angry is a conscious choice, a decision; therefore, we can make the choice not to become angry. We choose! (Lynn G. Robbins, in Conference Report, Apr. 1998, 105; or Ensign, May 1998, 80)
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The Real World God’s Real World No God No Devil No Law No Sin A causes B Victims Loss of Agency God Devil Law Sin A influences B Choice Agency The World of Lies
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Celestial Telestial Terrestrial Killers Thou Shalt Not Kill Love Your Enemies
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It is one thing to teach ethical principles, quite another to proclaim the great doctrinal verities,
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