Originally Posted by Justice
This week in my personal reading I just finished Alma. I moved into Helaman and saw a scripture that has me deeply pondering on it's content. It's Helaman 3:35...
35 Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God.
I've been thinking that we focus so much on the cycle of pride in the Book of Mormon that we seem to forget that there are those who remain faithful during these cycles. I thought about what the Book of Mormon might teach us about those who remain faithful during one of these cycles.
This verse has me wanting to start the Book of Mormon over and look for just this thing.
I mean, seriously look at this verse and look at what it tells us about those who remain faithful. Verse 34 makes it clear that the Nephites are beginning one of these pride cycles. But, the things in this verse (35) describe what the people did who remained faithful.
What do you see in this verse, and why is it these things in particular that can help us avoid pride? And, why can some maintian these qualities while those around them give in to pride?
What struck me was that sanctification came to those who yielded up their hearts to God. No mention of the Atonement (much less baptism) as being necessary to make one holy.
The OT provided holiness through the Law of Moses. The NT Atonement of Jesus Christ allows us forgiveness of sin toward our return to the Father.
If then I am sanctified and made holy without having utilized the Atonement, why is it I cannot return to God?
On the flip side, if I am saved by the Atonement, does pride prevent my access to the Father?