So, a couple of years ago, I decided to become a vegetarian. I had my reasons—my boss who I greatly admired was a vegetarian; I had just moved to a liberal city where being a vegetarian was a little more hip; it seemed like a healthy thing to do. Not to mention the ethical considerations about animal cruelty and the disgusting nature of the U.S. meat industry. So I did it—I made a goal to give up eating meat for one year of my life. READ MORE »
Admit it. We all do it. You do it. I do it. My wife does it. You see someone. Maybe it’s the way he (or she) walks, the way she talks, how he dresses, what her tastes are in music or movies. And before you know it, you’ve decided that the person is dealing with homosexual inclinations. Original Mohomie even provided us with a hilarious quiz.
Now, I freely admit that I have horrible gaydar, but I always run across people who tell me theirs is unfailingly accurate. But I’m skeptical. Here’s why.
Many years ago I began a relationship with a coworker, both on the pretext of just caring about each other, but with an undercurrent of ulterior motives on both our parts. The idea we both put forth was that we believed in our religious principles but cared enough about the other to try to share them with each other. READ MORE »
Since my previous post was interpreted as quite harsh toward Carol Lynn (when it wasn’t intented to be… I’m all for freedom to disagree with people I love and respect), here’s a follow up. In the SLT, she writes: READ MORE »
Yeah. I know. That’s not how the scriptures goes.
It is, unfortunately, how I apply it 99.9% of the time.
I’m prone to talking with God all the time. It’s a habit. I’ll be in the car, driving, chatting with my unseen passenger–I’m certain I look insane to anyone passing me. One would think that such constant dialogue would foster a close, intimate relationship with deity, and of course, it would if there were dialogue instead of lecturing.
A typical conversation between God and me goes something like this:
Hi folks. I am a bit new to the discussion on Northern Lights. I came across a post by Ty about God, Gender, and Race that I found fascinating. It looks like Ty was trying to initiate a discussion on gender deconstruction, i.e., breaking down the sociological constructs of gender while at the same time appreciating the eternal essence of gender’s reality. The conversation, however, got a little side-swiped by debate about motive and historicity. Because of my own fascination with the topic of gender and its fundamental principles, I would like to revive the gender deconstruction conversation. While I value discussion about sexuality and politics, I would please ask that this thread be kept purely focused on the pursuit of understanding gender itself. Thanks.
As a starting point I will quote the statement on primordial gender from a man named Joseph Lee Robinson, which was recorded in 1845, while the Saints were still in Nauvoo:
“[A] vision was opened, the voice of the spirit came to me saying: that all matter was eternal, that it never had a beginning and that it should never have an end and that the spirits of all men were organized of a pure material or matter upon the principle of male and female so that there was a time when?the spirit was organized or begotten or born so that the spirit has a father and the material or matter, that our tabernacles [i.e., spirit bodies] are composed of is eternal and as we understand are organized upon the principles of male and female.?
Wide open playing field here. What is gender?