I know people who look at Christ explaining the two great commandments upon which hang the law and the prophets and immediately go to some other interpretation of what obedience means.
This coming week of Sunday School they will get to reflect on what Alma had to say about commandments.
28 And now behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto you, do not suppose that this is all; for after ye have done all these things, if ye turn away the needy, and the naked, and visit not the sick and afflicted, and impart of your substance, if ye have, to those who stand in need—I say unto you, if ye do not any of these things, behold, your prayer is vain, and availeth you nothing, and ye are as hypocrites who do deny the faith.
29 Therefore, if ye do not remember to be charitable, ye are as dross, which the refiners do cast out, (it being of no worth) and is trodden under foot of men.
What takeaway to you draw from Alma’s conclusion?
What is the law of Heaven?
My take-away is that Alma was greatly influenced by the epistles of Paul and James.
I am currently plowing through the New Testament, and am finishing up Galatians, in which Paul says that Abraham was accounted righteous because of his belief, and not because of his obedience to the Law (which was not given until several hundred years after Abraham). Abraham was certainly obedient, but that was not what justified him before God. Paul explicitly states that relying on the Law means that we will fail.
So what is belief? King Benjamin says (Mosiah 4:10), if you believe all these things, see that ye do them. This is followed by a lengthy discourse on charitable giving (Mosiah 4: 16-27). James 1:27 more tersely describes pure religion and undefiled as visitIng the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself (himself) unspotted from the sins of the world.
There is a significant element of Mormon culture that is fixated on obedience. I hope that we all are obedient (John 14:15), but hopefully that obedience will stem from the love and charity in our hearts. My subjective impression is that the more people fixate on obedience, the less room they have in their heart for charity.
To me, everything in the Gospel of Jesus is based on these scriptures. Include Mark 12: 28-34 and all if 1st Corinthians 13.
On this occasion I agree with Tiwan.
The church is selling obedience.
The YW theme is John 14:15 If ye love me keep my commandments”, but further along in the same talk the Savior explains, 15:12 “this is my commandment that ye love one another”
The gospel is that we show our love for God by loving our fellows.
In conference you will hear that we show our love for God by being obedient.
The problem is the church would have you believe that God wants you to be obedient to church leaders, whereas he says to be obedient to eternal laws.
Even Matt 5:48 “be ye therefore perfect, even as your father in heaven is perfect” is taken out of context to have you obey the church perfectly, tithing, etc. In context the verses before are talking about loving our fellow humans. We need to become a person who loves others as God does.
To me this means both individually, and collectively, work to create a society/country, where there are no poor, and everyone has the opportunity to grow and thrive. This is why I vote for the left politically, because they are much closer to this ideal. Caring for the poor seems to be the Lords priority, so it should be mine.