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Re: Only one path to God

Posted: 11 Nov 2014, 23:19
by West
It's interesting to me how our metaphors typically include nature to convey deep meaning (oceans, mountains, light, seeds, tempests, etc.)

Perhaps a bit if irony that we gather indoors for three hours on a Sunday to discuss the outdoors so much.
I've never really thought of that before, but it's very true, at least in my experience. My favorite metaphors, the ones that I remember, relate to nature, and I heard them used in church all through growing up. Perhaps we relate to nature better because it's not man-made, and therefore as close to a physical manifestation of God's power as we can get without actually seeing God or some sort of miracle.

Or maybe it's just built within us to find nature really cool and relatable.

Re: Only one path to God

Posted: 17 Nov 2014, 10:17
by Heber13
West wrote:Perhaps we relate to nature better because it's not man-made, and therefore as close to a physical manifestation of God's power as we can get without actually seeing God or some sort of miracle.

Or maybe it's just built within us to find nature really cool and relatable.
I think so. I have hiked to the top of a mountain and enjoyed the view and took pictures. There is a difference between looking at the picture and the experience of seeing the view with my own eyes. Experience is part of it.

Re: Only one path to God

Posted: 18 Jan 2015, 23:09
by cwald

Re: Only one path to God

Posted: 22 Jan 2015, 21:46
by LDS_Scoutmaster
Heber13 wrote:
West wrote:Perhaps we relate to nature better because it's not man-made, and therefore as close to a physical manifestation of God's power as we can get without actually seeing God or some sort of miracle.

Or maybe it's just built within us to find nature really cool and relatable.
I think so. I have hiked to the top of a mountain and enjoyed the view and took pictures. There is a difference between looking at the picture and the experience of seeing the view with my own eyes. Experience is part of it.
Totally agreed to both sentiments, as a nature lover, it makes sense, as a photographer- trying to capture the essence is the toughest part of capturing.

Re: Only one path to God

Posted: 04 Feb 2015, 20:52
by Levi714
I believe there is only one Way to God. Their are many ways to destruction but only one Way to God.

1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
- St John 14 1-7 King James Version

Re: Only one path to God

Posted: 25 Jan 2018, 11:42
by AmyJ
West wrote:
09 Nov 2014, 22:58
Concerning the lighthouse metaphor -- I really love the thought that all boats are different, all maps may not be correct, and all paths may not be safe even though they are going in the right direction.
About the lighthouse analogy - what if the "map" is a rough incomplete outline designed to give us the general idea of what to look for, and some general information about what to do if your boat ends up in un-chartered (un-mapped) territory?

NOTE: Freaking out and standing still for a while is only useful in the short term before the wise captain goes back to what is known, radios fellow captains for general information/guidelines and gets back to re-charting their course.

Re: Only one path to God

Posted: 28 Jan 2018, 18:32
by Curt Sunshine
Amy, take a look at the following post. I think you will like it.

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=3098&hilit=imagine+if