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Worldly Views of Truth and Freedom
By derek
11/16/2006 7:54:43 AM
Alma 30:24 — Ye say that this people is a free people. Behold, I say they are in bondage. Ye say that those ancient prophecies are true. Behold, I say that ye do not know that they are true.
As I read this verse I was struck with how similar Korihor's words to Alma are to what we hear all the time in the world today. To the world everything is relative, truth and freedom are based on your point of view. And how much evil has been done in the name of "freedom"? To many, freedom means they are free to become slaves to themselves and their bodily appetites. Obviously, as addicts, we have tasted that "freedom". It's great isn't it! (sarcasm)

The Savior's version of freedom would leave us always free to choose, always CAPABLE of sinning, but CHOOSING to not sin. The Savior's version of truth is doesn't change to meet society's standard. Instead we need to change our view of truth to meet his.

Comments:

truth shall make you free    
"I can't help but think of this scripture in John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”

Elder Faust gave a great talk on this which included lots of quotes about truth by famous individuals.

Sir Winston Churchill once said of someone, “Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened”

Henry Alford said: “Truth does not consist in minute accuracy of detail, but in conveying a right impression; and there are vague ways of speaking that are truer than strict facts would be. When the Psalmist said, ‘Rivers of water run down mine eyes, because men keep not thy law,’ he did not state the facts, but he stated the truth deeper than fact, and truer.”

Thomas Carlyle said, “I have always found that the honest truth of our own mind has a certain attraction for every other mind that loves truth honestly.”

I just liked all these quotes and like Winston Churchill's statement, I think the world just brushes truth off and continues on in doing whatever they want in the name of freedom and yet they are so far from it."
posted at 10:16:38 on November 16, 2006 by julieann


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