|Many are called, but few are chosen.
Many are cold, but few are frozen.
|June 27, 2005|
I kept meaning to comment on Miranda’s post on divorce. But now there’s so many comments I’m afraid the important things I have to say would get overlooked. So why not take advantage of my chance as a blogger here to make a whole post out of it and thereby shake the earth as with the voice of a trump. I know I promised another post on learning. I know the intellectual types, most of you, are anxious to be confounded again by the weak and simple, me. Don’t worry. I’ll get to that other post next week. But now, hearken! I have three points related to Miranda’s post.
Point the first. On spilling seed and divorce. In the comments to Sep’s post A Man Alone one reader who I will not name, expressed pleasure in crapping. Which disgusted Septimus who thought another solo activity was more understandable. For this other solo activity I prefer the scriptural term, spilling seed. But then in a surprising twist in Miranda’s post the reader finding pleasure in crapping was disgusted in the strongest terms with spilling seed. I guess this reader and Septimus won’t be getting together anytime soon. As their tolerance of solo activities are opposite.
Anyway a little weird on that reader’s thing for crapping, but so far so good on being disgusted with spilling seed. Spilling seed is expressly repugnant to the commandments of God, was not Onan slain by the Lord? And this shows how serious the Lord is about using our seed to multiply and replenish the earth and not for selfish pleasure trying to avoid posterity. Remember how I have posted about our great purpose in this life.
But then the crapping pleasure reader went off track. Which shows as King Benjamin said, I cannot tell you all the things whereby ye may commit sin; for there are divers ways and means, even so many that I cannot number them. So many ways to go wrong even if one starts right. She said disgust with spilling seed was not a moral point but as a matter of taste. So strongly that she would divorce someone over it while she would not over adultry. Well if the Lord would slay Onan for spilling seed divorce would not be too severe either. If the divorce was done for the right reason, an understanding of the importance of not wasting and befouling the fountains of life. But to divorce only over a matter of taste is a gross wickedness. And in this she ends up in agreement with Miranda’s point. A pernitious notion about the so called modern woman being free to divorce for the sake of her so called happiness. Which is most unfortunate.
Point the second. Many are called but few are chosen. It is true that men are naturally inclined to love many women. And this is a reflection of God’s character and reflects the order of heaven. And Joseph introduced this but the world could not bear it. And because the world hath rejected this holy practice which would have renovated and purified the entire world, we see instead the results in the perversities of pornography and spilling seed that have been spoken of. Not to mention other rising tides of immorality and lasiviousness.
And so it is a great trial now for righteous men to withold unnaturally. To live contrary to the divine nature. And yes most cannot do it. But it is a test of faith and purity to see who will be entrusted with these great powers in eternity. How many priesthood holders fail is a question that has been asked. And as with all things the answer is in the word of the Lord. Who in D&C 132 told Joseph that he would receive an hundredfold of wives. And told that fallen David’s wives were given to another. By which together we are given to understand, that the wives of those who fail in purity shall be given to those who are worthy, and that this ratio is one hundred to one. And thus we see, that many are called but few are chosen.
Point the third. Many are cold but few are frozen. The delicate matter of the joy of women in becoming one flesh has been raised. In the comments to Miranda’s post. And when women have difficulty with this the world uses the term “frigid”. Hence my phrase many are cold but few are frozen, to aid the memory of these principles. To overcome this many suggest turning to worldly books and so called marriage manuals. Which are really a false cover for pornography and ilicit stimulation. And this is Satan’s insidious way of opening curiosity to a world of perversity, and falling into strange and forbidden paths. And by opening this door one is on very dangerous ground, opening one’s holy union to pollution and defilement.
Joy in sexual union is very important. This is why in Joseph F. Smith’s vision of the dead they looked upon their absence from their bodies as a bondage. And why the revelations say that it takes the union of body and spirit in the resurection to receive a fulness of joy.
But the righteous path to a fulness of joy in becoming one flesh is to aquire more of the divine nature. For in this act one is most like God as Elder Holland taught. And how do we become more like God. As Nephi says after we enter in through the gate the Holy Ghost will teach us all things what we should do. And naturally this includes knowledge of this most divine union. And so those who are righteous and pure will be blessed with the knowledge and power to receive a fulness of joy in their relations. And many hearts have waxed cold because they refuse to come together for the right purpose, and this clouds their joy in union. Hence many are cold; but few are frozen, and if they repent and seek with all their heart and seek to multiply and replenish the earth in righteousness, the satisfaction that has eluded them will come unbidden as the dews from heaven.