Central Theme of the Heavenly Doctrines
January 20, 2011 § 1 Comment
The Writings or the Heavenly Doctrines have a central theme. They tell us the same thing, over and over, and over and over again. And why do they repeat the same message over and over again? Because that is how often we need to hear it!
The central and essential message of the Heavenly Doctrines is that we must live our religion. Here are some of the ways they tell us this:
- We must look to the Lord and shun evils as sins
- Good and Truth must be conjoined in Uses
- Keep the Commandments
The sheer volume of the Heavenly Doctrines (22, 30, 35 volumes of books depending on how you are counting) is intimidating. The theological and philosophical technical terms can be intimidating. The eighteenth century mode of thinking and background can be hard to follow. The Latinized English of some of the translations can be hard to read. But the central message of the Writings is easy to understand. Nor does it matter where you start reading in the Heavenly Doctrines. You cannot read more than a few pages without encountering the most important things you need to know.
- Look to the Lord Jesus Christ
- Examine your thoughts and intentions
- Shun evil as a sin against the Lord
- Do good
The easy part is knowing that we should do these things. The hard part is to make ourselves actually do them.