Originally Posted by Dove
Admittedly, a lot of people have considered this a "negative" and downer way for me to look at this....But, I would invite you to study all the stories of those who experienced trials and tribulation on their journey back home, in the scriptures. Don't worry, you won't have to go far to find them. Job is a great place to start....
I am not sure why anybody would consider this to be a negative outlook, when it is pretty cut and dry.
It is doctrinally true that without opposites we would not have become like God, knowing good and evil. This stands for joy and sorrow, life and death. Without the knowledge of the opposite it is literally impossible to know either. This is confirmed by 2 Nephi 2: 11 - 12, when it refers to "one body".f
One of my favorite quotes when understanding opposites said, "If you want to know what something is, then you must know what it is not." Once we understand what joy is not, its opposite, then we can more fully comprehend what it is.
How is a person able to distinguish joy or sorrow when they are "one body"? Thus, I don't see how anybody could possibly say it is a negative outlook when you are only explaining factual history within the Bible and other servants lives.
Thank you for the thoughts.