From “The Scriptural Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith” (p. 246-47):
But while one portion of the human race is judging and condemning the other without mercy, the Great Parent of the universe looks upon the whole human family with a fatherly care and paternal regard; He views them as His offspring, and without any of those contracted feeling that influence the children of men, causes “His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” He holds the reins of judgment in His hands; He is a wise Lawgiver, and will judge all men, not according to the narrow, contracted notions of men, but, “according to the deeds done in the body whether they be good or evil,” or whether these deeds were done in England, America, Spain, Turkey, or India. He will judge them, “not according to what they have not, but according to what they have,” those who have lived without law, will be judged without law, and those who have a law, will be judged by that law. We need not doubt the wisdom and intelligence of the Great Jehovah; He will award judgment or mercy to all nations according to their several deserts, their means of obtaining intelligence, the laws by which they are governed, the facilities afforded them of obtaining correct information, and His inscrutable designs in relation to the human family; and when the designs of God shall be made manifest, and the curtain of futurity be withdrawn, we shall all of us eventually have to confess that the Judge of all the earth has done right.
One Response to One of my Favorite Joseph Smith Quotes
Not being a member of the LDS I have not read any of his teachings. I do see a line in there though that I have pondered upon (this interpretation I thought was my own). It is the one about living by the law and being judged by the law. I read the Old Testament and see the Commandments (The Law) being given to the Israelites not the Gentiles. Not saying we shouldn’t follow them…but the Israelites are the chosen people and are held to a higher standard. They are supposed to live by example and be teachers to us. Jesus came and took all sin, not some…all, upon himself which allows guys like me entry into Heaven.