Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Mosiah 13-14

(September 1, 2015)
                I had a good friend who would often say that the deeper doctrine is to take the words of the Lord literally.  I think that there is a lot of truth to that.  The problem with that truth, though, is that so often the words of the Lord (and the truth of God) appears as madness.

                This causes two problems for us that we each need to be vigilant to prevent.  First, if we are going to stand boldly for the truth, we must get over any fear of being looked down upon or pride in our social status.  Telling the truth, by definition, means speaking against conventional wisdom.  Because that wisdom is conventional, it means that the truth in opposition to it will appear as madness.

                Second, when the truth is presented to us (when we are blinded by conventional wisdom), it will appear as madness in us.  Only by careful consideration, and determined prayer to be free of the blindness of our generation, can we have sufficiently open minds to recognize the truth and adopt it even when it goes against our political, social, moral, or cultural beliefs.

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