Lately, I have been thinking about balance. Often, scripture stories seem to contradict other scripture. For example, in Helaman 12:7 it says that man is nothing - less than the dust of the earth. Yet, Psalms 82:6 reminds us "Ye are gods...children of the most High." As Lorenzo Snow put it: "As man now is, God once was; as God now is, man may be." As I have thought about it, I've decided that the doctrine of the gospel is often a balance. Applicable counsel often depends on where you are and where you need to go. Some of us need to be reminded that we are pretty pathetic creatures compared to God and some of us need to be reminded that we are His children, capable of accomplishing the impossible if only we will rely on Him.
These are the thoughts that were running through my head when I came across this article from Terryl Givens called Paradox and Discipleship. He talks about what at first appear to be paradox within the doctrines and attitudes of the Church. I came across this article through another blog post by Ralph Hancock where he adds depth to the idea of paradox within the gospel. He says that where we might see paradox, it is actually a wealth of meaning. I couldn't agree more.