Let’s suppose that eternal law mandates that every human act has a price that must be paid by the individual who performs the act. Because it’s an eternal law that has always been the same, it cannot change, and there is no extenuating circumstance that can change the consequence of the law.
For an easy example,
If a mortal person stabs another mortal person in the heart, the killer is required to pay 50 senines* of gold. This is the eternal law associated with the act of stabbing someone in the heart.
*(Note: for those who follow our work closely, the names that were supplied to Joseph for the Nephite money system in our Book of Mormon story were names that mortals used during the Fifth Dispensation of Human Time for the “different pieces of their gold, and of their silver, according to their value. … for they did not reckon after the manner of [those who live during the Sixth Dispensation of Human Time]; neither did they measure after the [same] manner; but they altered their reckoning and their measure, according to the minds and the circumstances of the people, [living] in [this Fifth Dispensation of Human Time]. [BOM, Alma 11:4])
If a person wants revenge on the killer and does to the killer what the killer did to the victim, then the exact same act is committed; therefore, the person taking vengeance must pay the same price of 50 senines. Nothing can change this.
Who is the better person? The killer or the one seeking revenge? According to eternal law as we are using in this example, both are either good or bad. Understanding Real Truth explains that both are “good.”
The Real Truth takes this concept a step further, much further according to the morals of Jesus as presented by the Greeks who had lived in a very modern and civilized society for that time period.
“According to Jesus,” the person who thinks about taking vengeance has already committed the act in their mind; thus even thinking about the act requires the same payment of 50 senines, according to eternal law.
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28)
Remember, it doesn’t matter what the extenuating circumstances are. If in protection of their child, a parent stabs someone in the heart, the act requires the same payment, according to eternal law as we explained in this example.
The Greek authors of the Jesus story knew what types of acts can make or break a society. They learned this from hundreds of years of analyzing mortal acts during the Greco-Roman period that ushered in modern civilization during this Sixth Dispensation of Human Time.
If considered for what it is, Jesus’ counsel, especially what was given during the Sermon on the Mount, which we used in the Book of Mormon in the “…account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang. … the fulness of the everlasting Gospel … as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants;” (JS History 1:34) it is a simple code of humanity that a society must follow in order to be peaceful and equal.
No part of a peaceful society includes revenge for a person using their free will to act, where revenge is the action of inflicting hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong suffered at their hands.
Here’s the wise Greek counsel:
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.” (Matthew 5:38-40)
Thus, if someone follows the course of their free will, and for whatever personal reason, kills your child by stabbing your child in the heart, do you have the emotional strength to offer your other child to be stabbed in the heart in support of another’s free will? We wrote about this in our Book of Mormon story when we presented a situation where a True Messenger and his companion were watching men, women, and children being tossed into flames and burned alive. The companion, Amulek, pleaded with Alma to call down the power of God to save the people. Alma refused, stating: “The Spirit constraineth me”:
“And it came to pass that they took Alma and Amulek, and carried them forth to the place of martyrdom, that they might witness the destruction of those who were consumed by fire.
And when Amulek saw the pains of the women and children who were consuming in the fire, he also was pained; and he said unto Alma: How can we witness this awful scene? Therefore let us stretch forth our hands, and exercise the power of God which is in us, and save them from the flames.
But Alma said unto him: The Spirit constraineth me that I must not stretch forth mine hand; for behold the Lord receiveth them up unto himself, in glory; and he doth suffer that they may do this thing, or that the people may do this thing unto them, according to the hardness of their hearts, that the judgments which he shall exercise upon them in his wrath may be just; and the blood of the innocent shall stand as a witness against them, yea, and cry mightily against them at the last day.” (BOM, Alma 14:9-11)
A True Messenger is one who understands the Real Truth about all things. Alma, our character representing a True Messenger, was “constrained” by his knowledge of the Real Truth. He knew that the killers’ free will could not be impeded or stopped. Why? So that the killers would one day know that by their own free will they acted in mortality, by a “will” that was part of their True Self’s brain’s needs. The Real Truth explains (explained below) that the killers were actually doing something good for themselves, although it appeared to Amulek, who does not yet understand the Real Truth, that their action was bad.
This part of Christianity is not only the most misunderstood, but the most ignored.
Christians are some of the most vengeful people upon Earth. Their belief in hell demonstrates this: if you’re not Christian, you’re going to hell.
The Real Truth teaches how things really work.
A boy is playing a video game in which he kills a lot of other players in terrible ways. It makes the other players mad. The other players want to take revenge on the player that killed them, so the game becomes a competition of “I kill you before you kill me.” When the boy pauses the game and goes eats lunch, does the boy consider the pain and sorrow that he caused on the other players … emotionally? No.
Is the boy held accountable for all those deaths? Yes, while playing the game. (The State initiates the death penalty on a mortal for killing another mortal … rules of the game of mortal life.) While playing the game, he is pursued and punished in retribution by those whose deaths he caused … during the game. But once paused for lunch, the boy has no emotional accountability in his real world.
Mortal death is basically ‘pausing’ the mortal experience.
So, what are the punishments that we will experience … the price to be paid … in the world to come?
The answer is simple but hard for the mortal brain to comprehend: none.
No advanced human pays any price of any kind for any act done while experiencing mortality … none.
Here’s a clue applied by the Greeks (who knew from experience) as presented in their stories of Jesus:
“Wherefore I say unto you, ALL manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.” (Matthew 12:31-33)
As mentioned above, if an act is punishable, then the thought that precedes the act is likewise punishable in the same way.
What mortal has not thought about an act that he or she would never do?
As advanced humans, we judge our Advanced Self solely on our thoughts.
Because our advanced brains are acting involuntarily for their own support—naturally to maintain equilibrium—the thoughts that are generated are part of our advanced brain’s needs. We wouldn’t have thought it if our brain didn’t need it.
Consider the effect of crying or acting out in anger and frustration. In anger we throw things, yell loudly, and hit things (or others). These physical manifestations are a result of an emotional cause … a thought. The emotion builds up in our brain and needs to be released somehow. If we haven’t learned how to release it without becoming angry and frustrated, then the manifestation of the emotion appears violent. Nevertheless, the emotion is still real and hasn’t changed, in spite of what we do in response to it.
As Advanced Humans (gods) we do not judge ourselves on the physical manifestation of our thoughts. We solely judge ourselves on the emotion … the thought itself. If the emotion forms in our brain as a response to something in our environment, then it doesn’t matter what the emotion causes us to do, it only matters that the emotion formed in our brain in the first place. The emotion was needed for our unique, personal Self; or rather, for our unique advanced brain’s sake of balance.
If your brain creates an emotion, your brain needs the emotion in order to be “happy” (i.e., balanced). The emotion that your brain creates is not necessarily the same emotion that another’s brain might need for balance.
There is nothing that you can do to stop the emotions that your brain creates. Your brain acts independently (or rather, naturally, involuntarily) to maintain its unique balance and equilibrium in the specific environment in which you exist.
Mortal life occurs in your advanced brain as an experience or process to keep your advanced brain in balance. Mortal emotions are a part of the mortal experience, even emotions that a mortal cannot seem to control.
Therefore, we do not hold our True Self accountable, responsible, or guilty for any of the acts that are the result of the mortal experience.
“Speaking against the Holy Ghost” is a religious term that equates to feeling bad (guilty) about something that we do as a mortal.
So, why do we feel bad or guilty for something that we do while mortal? What creates the conscience of what is good and what is bad?
To understand, we need only consider the conscience of a little child.
Does a little child feel bad or guilty about anything that the child does? No.
The child is taught to feel bad and guilty because their actions effect someone else with whom the child shares the mortal experience. If the child’s actions, even stabbing another child in the heart, were not subjected to a negative response from others in the child’s environment, how would the child learn to feel guilty or bad? The child wouldn’t.
We feel about something we do, or think, because we know that we are being judged by others on our actions and how our actions affect another’s life.
Thus the wise “Jesus” counsel:
“Judge not, that ye be not judged.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:1-5)
The solution to all mortal problems is to not judge another person for what that person does. Do not judge the person for their feelings, their emotions, their actions, or the way that they judge you.
Each of us is the ONLY GOD, the SUPREME RULING AUTHORITY, in the universe. There is no other. Other people are simply part of our environment in which, as gods, we place ourselves in order to have a certain experience of our own choosing. Our actions are all that should matter to our experience.
As it goes, when others do something that goes against our will, the others are wrong … or are they? Their actions might be wrong for us, because their actions in some way affected our own, but they were not wrong for them.
They are their actions and ours are ours.
If they decided to kill us because we are doing something contrary to their free will, they are not held accountable for doing what is best for their God. Thus mortals emotionally justify killing other mortals in the name of God. Although mortals are taught that God is a Supreme Being outside of their Self, the fact is, each mortal can justify any of their actions because of the mortal concept and belief in God, which concept is actually the real connection that each has with our True Self.
Your brain is the conscious expression of who you are. What your brain needs in order to be “happy” determines what YOU need in order to be happy. If you are not pursuing this “happiness” while existing as a mortal, you are denying your advanced brain what it needs: “denying the Holy Ghost.”
It doesn’t matter what makes you happy, even if what makes you happy makes everyone else in the world miserable and uncomfortable, that’s not your problem … it’s theirs.
But if your happiness causes others unhappiness, then obviously your presence in their world (in their experience) is bad, not for you, but for them.
Thus wrote the wise Greeks in association with…
“…speak[ing] against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come,
Either make the tree good, and [its] fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and [its] fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by [its] fruit.” (Matthew 12:32-33)
Each of us can be considered as a tree. Our acts can be considered the fruit of the tree, or rather, that which the tree produces. If our actions disrupt the experience of others, the fruit of our tree is considered bad by others. If our actions support or do not negatively affect others, the fruit of our tree is considered good.
But if we do not act according to the needs of our True Self’s brain, and act so that others are happy and we are not, we are setting aside the needs of our True Self for the needs of others and will experience eternal damnation.
What is “eternal damnation”?
The inability to progress as an individual, as a God, having experiences that benefit our True Self, in spite of what others might need for their own True Self.
Thus, if after going through the probative experience we call mortality we determine that going through the experience with others and pleasing them and their needs does not please our True God, then why in the world would we want to continue to be a part of their experience, or have them be a part of ours?
“Either make the tree good, and [its] fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and [its] fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by [its] fruit.”
The Real Truth is,
There is no such thing as “bad fruit” or a “bad tree” in our advanced human world. But we must determine if our existence is “good” or “bad” to the whole, to everyone else with whom we have chosen to have a mortal experience. If we determine that we are a “bad tree” that produces “bad fruit,” then we will be eternally damned from personally progressing if we continue to be a part of the other Gods’ experience.
Well did Joseph include this important aspect of Real Truth … about guilt and sin … in his endowment presentation.
When Adam and Eve “sinned” by eating the fruit, did Elohim tell them that they sinned? No. Lucifer did. Elohim told them that they had their choice, but that there were consequences associated with their free willed choice. It wasn’t a sin. Why would Adam and Eve feel guilty and “naked” for following their free will in order to personally advance so that they would not experience … ETERNAL DAMNATION.
In order to avoid eternal damnation, according to the allegoric presentation, Adam and Eve …
Or did they?
Can a little child sin?
“And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and become as a little child, and be baptized in my name, or ye can in nowise receive these things.
And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as a little child, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.” (BOM, 3 Nephi 11:37-38)