Tuesday, June 14, 2016

D&C 93:24-27 -- On Truth and Shards

"And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come;
And whatsoever is more or less than this is the spirit of that wicked one who was a liar from the beginning.
The Spirit of truth is of God. I am the Spirit of truth, and John bore record of me, saying: He received a fulness of truth, yea, even of all truth;
And no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments."
Doctrine and Covenants 93:24-27

This is a good explanation of truth, and what strikes me in reading it today is the idea of "a fulness of truth."  So often I feel like in this world we're getting by on broken shards of truth, and, so often, those shards are used completely out of context as weapons against other people, when the fulness of truth, which is practically synonymous with God, is that we should never harm others.

The first verse shows us that we have to have a historical perspective.  God tells us this in the scriptures as well, asking if we have sufficiently retained in remembrance things that God has done in the past.  Knowing the past informs and helps us to understand the truth of the present.  And so does knowing the future.  ... Not in a 1-900-PSYCHIC way or anything, but knowing the future because God has told us about it.  About eternal life.  About resurrection and judgement.  About having something to work for and to accomplish, in this life and after.  The fulness of truth can't be properly informed without that information.

Today, let's step back from trying to use shards of truth to inform and justify some really bad decisions.  Let's look ahead, and behind, and to God, who is the source of all truth.  Let's stop being short-term people and start considering our world, and the consequences of everything we do.  ... Totally not saying that we need to be filled with anxiety about it all.  God is okay with happiness and joy and focusing on positives and having fun.  In fact, that is part of the whole picture... focusing on the good.  Let's work to see the whole picture, and make ourselves and the world better.

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