Thursday, June 28, 2012

Doctrine and Covenants 93:36-37

"The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.
Light and truth forsake the evil one."
Doctrine and Covenants 93:36-37

This is fascinating stuff.  I love the idea of God as the smartest guy in the room... or universe, or cosmos, or whatever word encompasses absolutely everything.  Too often I think we look at him as a bully or a tyrant, and seeing him as smarter and able to see more than we can I think is an important reality of getting to know him.  The imagery of light and truth being the ideals is also cool... making knowledge and learning (at least learning true things) something that enhances our ... glory.  Interesting that majesty and splendor would be related to intelligence, light, and truth.  Usually we think of those things as related to power, or money.  I also love the second verse where it talks about how light and truth forsake the evil one.  That as things are more clear and discernible (which seems to be what light does), and as we know them better, the farther we get away from evil, which is mostly just the opposite of this... darkness and lies.  So, basically, the more we learn, the cooler we are, and the farther away we get from evil. :)  That is so amazing.  And not that there aren't a lot of scary lies out there to learn, and not that there aren't some "truths" that can seem dark... but if we use both of those as our guides... light AND truth, and stick with God, then everything we learn will help us.  ... Not just intellectual things, but social things and physical things and spiritual things.  Today, let's get out there and learn... and stay far away from evil. :)

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