Heber13 wrote: ↑
13 Oct 2009, 22:41
Perhaps another question for Spacious Maze to answer (or others): Does revelation depend on worthiness or righteousness or being holy?
Here are my non-traditional thoughts so far from my faith transition viewpoint:
NOTE: At this point I feel fairly blinded in receiving personal revelation and am looking for answers on how to do so. My thoughts are by definition currently biased against the traditional emotional/mental nudges.
1. Revelation depends on worthiness/righteousness/sanctification only in the sense that that is what it takes for a person to "get their head in the game" so to speak
. I feel we are admonished to "pray", "read scriptures" and go to church in part because those are rituals that we can use to prepare ourselves to be/encounter holiness. In the last 20 years, I think the message has updated to "pray meaningfully", "read scriptures - and ponder", "go to church ready, prepared and willing to renew covenants". So, sometimes I listen to scriptures/inspirational audio books or music while cleaning to reset where my head is. I find value in meditating and doing chores. I also view personal meaningful past revelations as "scripture" so I take the "read your scriptures" to also mean "review times in your life when God interacted with you in a meaningful way and reflect on lessons learned in those experiences" - your mileage may vary.
2. Revelation isn't really about you...maybe God needs to bring about something or let someone else know something through you
The scriptures are chalk full of examples of when the prophet/inspired leader asking the question got revelation that wasn't for the people being served. Thousands and thousands of people have asked similar questions to what Joseph Smith is recorded as asking with less dramatic results. I don't know why some people get dramatic revelations, others get specific revelations, and still others are left without specific revelations - but it tells me there are external variables at play, which I attribute to God and a greater plan.
3. Innate ability
- I think that some people have an innate ability to identify and codify (maybe transmit and translate) messages that appear to come from a higher source to themselves and others around them in their sphere of influence.