Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Explaining the Law of Moses Using Wrestling Masks -- And Failing

Remember, it does say in the scriptures not to wrestle your neighbor!

You know, we're trying to do what The Bretheren have asked. We're reading the scriptures with our kids, and trying to "liken them unto ourselves," as Nephi tells us.

Then I try to explain what it was like for the Nephites to live the Law of Moses (hear that evangelicals?), as described in 2 Nephi 25, verses 24-27:

  24 And, notwithstanding we believe in Christ, we keep the law of Moses, and look forward with steadfastness unto Christ, until the law shall be fulfilled.

  25 For, for this end was the law given; wherefore the law hath become dead unto us, and we are made alive in Christ because of our faith; yet we keep the law because of the commandments.

  26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

  27 Wherefore, we speak concerning the law that our children may know the deadness of the law; and they, by knowing the deadness of the law, may look forward unto that life which is in Christ, and know for what end the law was given. And after the law is fulfilled in Christ, that they need not harden their hearts against him when the law ought to be done away

I thought I'd be clever in explaining about the Law of Moses in saying "How would it be if every time you left the house you had to wear a Mexican wrestling mask -- you could only be seen outside in a mask. And then one day someone said we didn't have to wear them any more, because the commandment that made us wear them had expired?" They thought that was pretty cool. I was losing them.

Then Dumbass Dad comes up with this: "Well, how about if all of a sudden someone said we didn't have to wear pants any more?"

We had to stop scripture study right then. Argh.

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