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Hello Dr. Matt:
My name is Vanissa. I'm 23 years old and single from southern California. I just ordered your book online. I have a question about the book title: Changing Your Stripes? Having read many pages at your website, I'm pretty sure that you are a Christian. Does the title of your book refer to :
The "stripes" by which we are healed, are very important stripes indeed! But they are different from the "Stripes" of my book title—which are the stripes of a tiger. Jeremiah referred to the un-changeable spots of a leopard; these are the "Stripes" that I speak of primarily:
"Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?
Just as a bitter fountain cannot bring forth pure water (Moroni 7:11), so also, it is impossible for an evil man to do good. Hence a fundamental change from the core is required, if any of us will do good! This fundamental change cannot occur solely through mortal will power, but only happens through the miracle Christ's atonement. It is the Savior who makes us "new creatures" (2 Cor. 5: 17).
Thus, His Stripes bring about our Change of Stripes: We become new creatures solely through His Suffering.
Finally, I recognize the passage you quote at the end of your email. It's from the hymn "Come thou Fount of Every Blessing." I happen to be the choir director in my Church, and my choir has sung this song! Here's the complete text to the hymn, to include a 4th verse of which many are unaware.
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Here I raise my Stone of Memory;
O to grace how great a debtor
O that day when freed from sinning,
Here is a touching performance of this beautiful hymn, sung by a Brigham Young University Choir. BYU is the university where I did my Doctoral studies.
Matt Moody, Ph.D.
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