And, finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers, and the right whereunto I should be ordained to administer the same (Abraham, vs 2)

Friday, September 13, 2019

Gods Ways Are Not Our Ways

"The glory of God is intelligence, or in other words, light and truth. Light and truth forsake that evil one. Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning, and God having redeemed man from the Fall, man became again, in their infant state, innocent before God. And that wicked one comes and takes away light and truth, through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of their fathers. But I have commanded you to bring up your children in light and truth." (TC 93:11)

There is almost no hard and fast rule to the ways of God. Just as soon as we think we’ve figured out what the Lord MUST always do, we find out that He has a work-around plan that opens up any number of other possibilities as well. I have learned to realize that i really should never assume what the lord is or going to do. For He cries from "the wilderness". 

I have also learned that when "knowledge" is given. We often miss the full picture so we should just take it as is. Without adding extra baggage on it. For example someone is told the sky is blue. That is true. Someone at night prays and asks what color is the sky? They are told blackish or dark (or choose a more accurate description, this is just an illustration). They see each other and say here is what i was told you are wrong. No here is what God told me you are wrong. In some cases they may both have a piece of the truth but neither has the full truth of the matter. 

This is why false traditions are so dangerous. We take these half truths and add on our ideas on what those half truths mean than it ends up distorting the original truth. Instead just take it as is. The sky is blue. But that does not mean i know anything about the fuller picture or how that connects with the rest of the gospel. False traditions cause us to forget light and truth. All Satan has to do is cause people to forget. This is no longer important. The people are not ready for this. It can safely put on the self until the next generation until its entirely forgotten.

And so Joseph taught we must "remove all your false traditions" to be saved. A man cannot be saved in ignorance. So Satan comes and takes away the light and truth that God restores. This is why one of the first things God does when he brings about a new dispensation is to restore. A restoration allows us to remember. To correct those errors that men have crept in aware as false traditions among them. Whether it's the creeds of the Bible over centuries or the revelations of Joseph that are no longer remembered, recorded incorrectly, or ignored. 

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