Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Truth = Truth
Truth is a knowledge of things as they were, as they are, and as they are to come. (D&C 93: 24.) As a result, truth is really not subject to debate. We either know the truth or we are deceived. If we know it, we have an obligation to declare it. If we are deceived, we have an obligation to be humble enough to at least consider the truth before we reject it.
When we dispute in anger, we move away from truth. "For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another." (3 Ne. 11: 29.) The truth is not being taught when men argue in anger with one another. When they do, the Spirit withdraws and learning ends.
Truth should appeal to the heart and mind. It should bring joy. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy;" (D&C 11: 13.) I do not believe there is any past scriptural precedent for angry people bearing a threatening message about vengeance and revenge who then proceeded to build Zion. I doubt we will see such an unprecedented and unscriptural event occur in the future.
Words that describe Zion include:
No poor among them
Presence of God among them
Only people not at war
Singing songs of everlasting joy
Of one heart
It is an odd thing how those who learn about the possibility of Zion think that possessing that awareness entitles them to live there. Before anyone will be admitted to Zion they will necessarily have to bring it into their own lives. Gathering a crowd without considering first who has been chosen by the angels who possess the keys for this gathering, and those who have been sealed in their foreheads by those angels, is just another foolish and futile act. (D&C 77: 11.)
Hugh Nibley wrote an article in Nibley on the Timely and the Timeless titled: "Zeal without Knowledge." That title was taken from Romans 10:2. In that article he wrote: "We think it more commendable to get up at 5:00 a.m. to write a bad book than to get up at nine o'clock to write a good one. That is pure zeal that tends to breed a race of insufferable, self-righteous prigs and barren minds." Nibley could be so hard on us at times. But then again, he also hit the nail on the head.
For some particularly unsuited people to talk expectantly about Zion when they are utterly unprepared to understand the subject is beyond irony. For them to be stirred to anger about the subject because they disagree with another's view about Zion must provoke both bemusement and despair for the gods.