Alethea & Athena (double_dear) wrote,
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Article two

Well, we have some time before we leave (we actually don't know when we're supposed to be leaving, but we're pretty sure we have some time before it happens), so we thought today might be a good day to talk about the second Article of Faith. It goes like this: "We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression." (Women of course are included; this was written in the 1830s, when it was still a thing to use "men" to refer to all people.)

We looked up "original sin" at Wikipedia so as to get a better idea of what I wanted to talk about here, but man. That stuff is complicated. See, we don't learn about it in the LDS Church, because we don't believe in it, so I wanted to know more about it in order to discuss it more properly, but I have a really hard time wrapping my mind around the whole idea.

Basically, it boils down to this: we don't think that babies need to be baptized, because they haven't had a chance to develop the knowledge of right and wrong, so they're all saved through the Atonement (more on that one in a later discussion), and aren't doomed for eternal damnation just because they died before somebody sprinkled water on them (we believe in baptism by immersion, but that's for yet another discussion).

In other words, we all have the ability to choose our actions (no one can make you do anything, period (though of course, what you're tempted to do is another matter entirely)), and any terrible consequences you receive at Judgment Day are going to be your own fault.

I think that covers it. It's not too long.

Today I'm thankful for making more progress in the apartment organization, getting to watch Aladdin last night, moral agency, making friends with Mom on Legend Cards, and the hope of getting to go to the Ghirardelli shop at California Adventure.
Tags: articles of faith, church

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