"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..."
March 21, 2006

The World Cannot Receive the Holy Ghost

“The world cannot receive the Holy Ghost because the world is evil; the Spirit will not dwell in unclean and unholy places. There is no way for carnal men to gain the companionship of the Spirit unless they forsake the World and live by godly standards.” — Bruce R. McConkie, A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, p. 263

March 19, 2006

Revelation vs philosophy

“Tertullian likens the philosophers to men stumbling and groping about in the dark. Once in a while, he says, they do ’stumble on the truth by a happy accident,’ but it is inexcusable for a Christian to follow such blind and unreliable guides since he has something far better — a revelation from Heaven.” — Hugh Nibley, The World and the Prophets, p. 9, Tertullian, De Anima, c. 2.

Rhetoric vs Spirit

It is interesting to note an observation made by a man centuries old regarding rhetoric. Clement states:

“I frequented the schools of the philosophers, where, however, I heard nothing but dogmatic assertions and equally dogmatic refutations endlessly put forth — formal disputations, artfully constructed syllogisms, and subtle conclusions … Neither side ever brought forth proof that really convinced me inside, because the statements and definitions of things passed as true or false not from the actual nature of things or the real truth, but always according to the skill and cleverness of the people putting them forth.” (Clementine Recognitions, I, 3, in Patrol. Graec I, 1208)

Beware the Korihors, for they are many.