Re: The wrong sort of testimony!
Posted: 02 Mar 2017, 14:17
Is that really what the prayers say? Are there "ifs" in there? I read it like this (emphasis added):squarepeg wrote:The Sacrament Prayer says that we will always have His spirit to be with us if we take His name upon us, always remember Him, and keep His commandments. Maybe that's an easy one to write off as impossible since I definitely don't remember Him always. Sometimes I'm just thinking about something else and not of Him, because if I thought of Him all the time, I couldn't focus to help my kids with their math, couldn't get through the grocery checkout, couldn't make phone calls to the health insurance company about confusing bills, etc. And I break commandments all the time, every day, in spite of my best efforts to keep them. I also developed an allergy to wheat and can't take the Sacrament bread at all anymore. But I actually don't know of anyone who can keep the promises we make when we take the Sacrament, so maybe none of us is entitled to the attached blessings, either?
O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it,
-that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father,
-that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son,
-(that they) always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them;
-that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.
I don't see that we make promises in there or that the priest saying the blessings makes any promises. I do see that the priest asks God to bless the bread (or water as the case may be, recognizing the wording is slightly different but essentially the same) to ALL THOSE who partake of it (no worthiness standard implied) that four things will happen:
1) we eat in remembrance of the body (or blood) of the Son;
2) we are willing to take the name of the Son
3) we always remember him;
4) we they may have the Spirit to be with us.
Nowhere do I see that those partaking agree to do anything, rather it appears to me to be we get blessings by partaking the sacrament as the priest is asking the Father.
I know that's a little bit out there and definitely not the view of the mainstream and countless parrots who talk about baptismal covenants (which don't exist IMO), but it is a literal interpretation. Take it for what it's worth.