I’ve read books that I just couldn’t finish…not because it was bad writing, it just didn’t hold my interest at that time. I’ve never stopped reading a book because it offended me…until now.
I’ve read all the Left Behind books and really liked them. Although LDS views are somewhat different about the latter days, it was interesting to see how the story unfolded and what the world could possibly be like during that time period before Christ’s return. Kingdom Come, the last book in the series (13 in total) takes us into the Millennium.
What should be a wondrous occasion turns into a future that I want no part of or at least this interpretation. Husband and wife are no longer together…they’re platonic buddies. Family ties are separated and we’re just brothers and sisters working for the “Cause”.
If marriage isn’t possible in the Millennium and beyond for those that lived before it’s beginning, then why even have marriage? Why go through all the trials and tribulations of marriage? Why has our Heavenly Father told us to “cleave one to another” if only to separate us at death?
This is where I take a LDS viewpoint. Families are forever…..literally. In 1995, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came out with the Family Proclamation where it specifically states that “ The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan.”
It further states:
“The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.”
I believe, no I know that this is true. I’ve prayed and fasted about it and know that my wife and I can be together forever if we but continue to keep the faith and strive to do our best by others, ourselves and our God. I can do no less.
That’s why I quit the book. I tried but after reading 100 pages and listening to the drivel of meaningless human marriage, I had to stop. Obviously, it’s only my opinion. If you thought differently, comment but do so tactfully.
The proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah. For the whole revelation, please go to Family Proclamation.