Posted on Dec 19, 2011 | 5 comments
When receiving a patriarical blessing if you are not of the tribe of Joesph you are adopted into his tribe and your blood literaly changes.
The doctrine (belief) of adoption through grace is universally accepted by all christian faiths, and is not unique to LDS (Mormons). It is taught in the Bible at Romans 9:7-13, and is beautifully tolerant and inclusive if you understand it. No one claims grace or gifts of the spirit simply by virtue of their human heritage (ethnic origin); rather, both those who can trace their genealogy to Abraham’s seed (literal descendants) and those who cannot (gentiles) come to God through grace as they choose to accept or reject it, and those who do become adopted (or as the Bible translation says: “named”) as a son of Abraham (symbolizing a chosen/covenant people belonging to God).
If you desire to investigate yourself, see the commentary from Gill’s Explanation of the Whole Bible (a basic Christian text, non-Mormon), from which I quote, explaining the passage in Romans:
“Neither because they are the seed of Abraham,….” The Jews highly valued themselves, upon being the natural seed of Abraham; and fancied, upon this account, that they were children, which the apostle here denies: “neither are they all children”; as in the former verse, he explains in what sense they were Israelites, which he had mentioned among their high characters and privileges, as descending from Jacob, and in what sense they were not; so in this he shows in what manner the “adoption”, Romans 9:4, belonged to them, and it did not; being Abraham’s seed, they were his natural children, and the children of God by national adoption; but, they were not all the spiritual children of Abraham, nor the children of God by the special grace of adoption; these characters only belonged to some of them, and which are equally true of Gentile believers; who being of the same faith with Abraham, are his children, his seed, and also the children of God: being a natural descent from Abraham avails nothing in this case, as is clear from the instance of Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael was the natural seed of Abraham, as well as Isaac; but he was not a son of Abraham in a spiritual sense, nor a child of God; he was not a child of promise, this was peculiar to Isaac ….
If someone has told you that Mormons believe blood or DNA is somehow changed in a physical sense (at least during mortality), then please inform them that at least one Mormon (me) disagrees — the adoption through grace is a spiritual process whereby anyone can become the spiritual son or daughter of Abraham, adopted into the family of the chosen One of Israel.
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No mormon believes that blood is literally changed, that is totally a joke. It seems that all most all of the comments on this site are inaccurate.
Well, you may not believe this yourselves, but Joseph Smith taught it. It can be found on p. 149 of The Teachings of Joseph Smith.
“the effect of the Holy Ghost upon a Gentile, is to purge out the old blood, and make him actually of the seed of Abraham. That man that has none of the blood of Abraham (naturally) must have a new creation by the Holy Ghost. In such a case, there may be more of a powerful effect upon the body, and visible to the eye, than upon an Israelite, while the Israelite at first might be far before the Gentile in pure intelligence.”
David already gave a good explanation.
Bryon only showed the crazy things HE believes.
Keith is apparently jealous that his blood can’t get changed?
Quit falling for fallacies.
Check the facts, read the source documents.
While David likes to quote many scriptures from the Bible. We are taught that modern day prophets (Joseph Smith) have the final word my friend. At least if you are believing Moron that is.
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