The wiseman and foolish man

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The most incredible experience to behold is holding a newborn baby in your arms while marveling at the intricacies of her perfectly formed body.  The creation of a human being is the most remarkable event in our existence and just one look at the pure tenderness of a child draws us closer to a heavenly sphere.  There is certainly a unique feeling that emminates in the home for the first few weeks after a baby’s arrival and an ever abundance of love prevails; voices are softened as we tenderly and reverently invite this new spirit into our home and our lives are changed forever.   This is THE time when we reflect on a God or Supreme being and ask how can anyone deny the existence of a higher power?

To define whether God exists, one must ask where did we come from?  Why are we here and where are we going? In the first chapter of Genesis we learn that God created man in his own image.  Then in the second chapter we learn that the heavens and earth were finished, and all the host of them….but there was not a man to till the ground.  Hence, the first creation was that of the man and the second was that of the earth except on the earth there was no man to till the earth.  However, in Genesis 2;7 we read, “The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”   This double creation means that man was spiritually created first in the likeness of God and in Genesis 2:5,  every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew.”  We had plants and sciences to study and learn from before we were even created.  How do we become so confused and why are there so many philosophies of deity?

The Greeks erected idolatry images of deity with matching theologies.  Even the Apostle Paul on a mission to Athens said to them. “Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.  For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with the inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.  Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.”  Acts 17: 22-23  The communists became so confused on religion and God that they subscribed to false religions, thus closing up all churches with only the leaders left as the highest authority.  “It has been false religion that has caused every one of the world calamities, including the flood, the confusion at Babel, the crucifixion at Calvary, plus all the wars and sins of history, including those of our own day”.  Sterling W. Sills.

There was once a man by the name of Korihor who took it upon himself the duty to confuse people by making them question their beliefs in God.  His teachings were based on the false beliefs of parents, foolish traditions of fathers that, “… have brought them to believe, by their traditions and their dreams and their whims and their visions and their pretended mysteries, that they should, if they did not do according to their words, offend some unknown being, who they say is God-a being who never has been seen or known, who never was nor ever will be”. Alma 30:28  He was brought into the chief judge named Alma who asked him if he believed in God.  His reply was, “Nay.  Now Alma said unto him: Will ye deny again that there is a God, and also deny the Christ?  For behold, I say unto you, I know there is a God, and also that Christ shall come.  And now what evidence have ye that there is no God, or that Christ cometh not?  I say unto you that ye have none, save it be your word only.  But, behold, I have all things a testimony that these things are true; and ye also have all things as a testimony unto you that they are true; and will ye deny then?  Believest thou that these things are true?  Behold, I know that thou believest, but thou art possessed with a lying spirit, and ye have put off the Spirit of God that it may have no place in you; but the devil has power over you, and he doth carry you about, working devices that he may destroy the children of God.  And now Korihor said unto Alma:  If thou wilt show me a sign, that I may be convinced that there is a God, yea, show unto me that he hath power, and then will I be convinced of the truth of thy words.  But Alma said unto him:  thou hast had signs enough; will ye tempt your God?  Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy bretheren, and also all the holy prophets?  The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator“. Alma 30: 38-44

As we observe the order of God through the earth and skies, we learn that all species have life breathed into them and they are subject to death as well.  Hence we are born to live for an allotted period of time until our time is finished and then we die and our earthly bodies of flesh go back to mother earth but our spirits return to that Heavenly sphere from whence we came.  But if we were only to come to attain a body of flesh and bones and then die what purpose is our life here?  This is the foundation upon which all confusion begins on earth and where doctrines differ and wars are begat but is such a simple truth convoluted through language and time.  The wiseman built his house upon the rock which remained firm and strong while the foolish man’s house washed away from off the sand where it was erected: Upon what foundation is YOUR HOUSE BUILT?

When we look upon our new born child, we want them to stay pure, protected and safe.  We want the very best lives for them and we fear for their future daily.  Our heavenly father feels the same way for each of us as he has allowed us to leave his presence for a time.  Although we don’t stay sweet and tender and so snuggly like we once were,  we are precious to God and were created in heaven in HIS likeness even our Heavenly parents before the earth was formed.  We were free to choose to come to this earth, to obtain a body of flesh and bones in the likeness of our spirit body.  Our purpose on this planet is to get a body, train it wisely by a spiritual personal trainer (Jesus who was the Master) and become more like HIM.  God gave us a plan to follow and His son, the Savior of this world who atoned for all of Adam’s (and clan) transgressions.

God lives.  Satan is at war with God’s plan of happiness.  Do you want joy? Believe in God who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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