As I read Nathan's parable, it seems to me that the traveller could represent a Christ figure, with the lamb that the rich man could have offered representing personal sacrifice. But he show's his corrupt heart by making the poor man sacrifice, instead. Just a thought...
My siste is married to a man who committed murder before she met him. He spent 30 years in prison. He is humble and repentant. He is now in the process of having his blessing restored. I think God looks on the heart and if our whole desire is to be with Jesus, then I agree with the previous comment. The lord will deal with this sin as he sees fit.
Very interesting evaluation of this scripture event! I'm left wondering a bit: If, as President Kimball was quoted, adultery is next to murder, it's amazing at the different outcomes. If his crime had "only" been adultery, he could have still repented and qualified for the Celestial Kingdom The punishment of being left in Hell until the Savior comes, and then only being placed in the Telestial Kingdom is so much worse.
Also, David sent a man to the front lines; he didn't personally lift a sword against him. Today, babies are willfully aborted and this can be repented of. I think perhaps it is yet to be seen how the Lord will deal with David.
Can we please stop using the terms "seduced" and "affair" in reference to what happened to Bathsheba? Both terms imply consent. Bathsheba was sexually assaulted--most likely raped. Then her husband was murdered (surely she saw through David's scheme), she bore a child who died (because of David's sin), and then was married off to David and bore him another son. Can we please look at this from her perspective, even a little bit? Yes, David's murder of Uriah was reprehensible, but so was his rape of Bathsheba, not to mention his treatment of her as a piece of property. It has always bothered me that when this story is told, Bathsheba's experience is never considered, and often she is portrayed as almost complicit. She obviously was not. Can we try to hear the voices of the women in the scriptures too, please?!
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