Monday, April 5, 2010
"What it Means and What it does not Mean"
I was asked about the meaning of receiving the Second Comforter. There is a chapter in the book (The Second Comforter: Conversing with the Lord Through the Veil) titled "What it Means and What it Does Not Mean" that summarizes the matter.
Life here is complex and sometimes difficult. You have both moral and legal obligations which every one of us owe to society, to employment, to friends and neighbors, the Church, the government, the civil and criminal law and taxing authorities. Some obligations are not "moral," but nevertheless binding and controlling. Being taxed, for example, is not a moral matter, but it is a legal matter. Governments obligate their citizens to pay them and all citizens are required to do so. No matter what your standing before God may be, you are going to have to pay taxes. Christ made that clear when He paid taxes and responded to the question about taxes by confirming the obligation. (See Matt. 22: 15-22.)
The promises of God are helpful in enduring to the end. But they have no value here apart from peace of mind. They are not "property" which this world will value highly. They are for the coming life.