That's funny, that thought had occurred to me while I was thinking about the subject but I didn't feel inclined to mention it. I'm glad you did, I was starting to feel I was "out there" with those thoughts.Heber13 wrote:That also makes me think of the Atonement, and it being infinite. Wouldn't you think, just like the excommunicated member can repent and work back into the church, wouldn't you think the 1/3 cast out from the first estate, could be given a chance to return...although it wouldn't be easy...it would be possible somehow, sometime, in some way? Why not, right? What would the Lord have to lose if they really wanted to return?
Again, an interesting point to bring up... for me personally. I've always had issue with understanding Matthew 20:1-16. I don't want to derail the thread so in short words... I understand the general principle the parable is trying to convey about it not mattering when the conversion takes place but that the conversion takes place, etc. ... but the more worldly side of me is always left with a "welp householder, good luck getting some workers to come into work tomorrow morning" taste in my mouth, which is a clear indicator to me that I haven't truly learned the principle. Perhaps a conversation left for a more focused, dedicated thread.Heber13 wrote:Sometimes in church people like to feel better about ourselves...we chose right...and those poor souls who didn't keep their first estate are damned...and I'm glad I'm not them. But clearly the Lord's teachings of the laborers in the vineyard warns us against thinking wages have to be fair based on how we think it should be fair to us. Right?