"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..."
March 17, 2008

The Desires of our Heart

…how can a few brief years spent here, born to trouble as we are, have a significant impact on [our] eternal existence?…This life, Lehi tells us, is only a probation, only a test (1 Nephi 10:21; 2 Nephi 2:21; Alma 34:32).  A test, to be searching and definitive, need last only a few seconds…The test for this life is not for knowledge; it is not for intelligence, or for courage, or for anything like that…As Alma said, we are only to be tested on one thing — the desires of our heart (Alma 43:3); that is what we are really after. (Hugh Nibley, The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Vol. 9, Ch. 10, p. 300)

February 7, 2008

One Reason Why Truth Hurts

Like Jesus, a lot of prophets were put to death for testifying of the truth. What is it about the truth that so provokes a society that it starts killing people? My answer is that a particular truth caused this violent reaction — for Jesus and the prophets alike. It wasn’t just the everyday little truths that teach you to be good. Rather, the truth which Jesus and the prophets testified ran completely counter to the teachings of the day — religious teachings, that is.

People get fanatical over religion. When evils in society cause the lights to go out, religion inevitably changes into a superficial version of the truth once it is promoted. Its perception of God becomes virtually that of a false god, and people, unaware of this mutation, are offended by the real thing….

…It is no wonder, then, that tensions should arise between….those who may be living side by side in the same world but who have completely different philosophies of life. Babylon deals with this tension by tormenting and persecuting those higher than itself, attempting to justify itself in the face of its own inherent failings. In that way, it momentarily alleviates feelings of guilt and paranoia… (Avraham Gileadi, Isaiah Decoded, pp. 1, 71-72)

January 1, 2008

Will you know?

It is a paradox that men will gladly devote time every day for many years to learn a science or an art; yet will expect to win a knowledge of the gospel, which comprehends all sciences and arts, through perfunctory glances at books or occasional listening to sermons.  The gospel should be studied more intensively than any school or college subject.  They who pass opinion on the gospel without having given it intimate and careful study are not lovers of truth, and their opinions are worthless.  (John A. Widstoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, page 17)

September 29, 2007

Choose ye…

…every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow-creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other. (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, pg. 87)

Good AND evil

…the right direction leads not only to peace but to knowledge. When a man is getting better he understands more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less. A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is alright. This is common sense, really. You understand sleep when you are awake, not while you are sleeping. You can see mistakes in arithmetic when your mind is working properly: while you are making them you cannot see them. You can understand the nature of drunkenness when you are sober, not when you are drunk. Good people know about both good and evil: bad people dj not know about either. (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, pg. 88)