Friday, September 9, 2016

Ponderize 2 Timothy 3:7

Consider 2 Timothy 3:7
7. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Question:  Why are they not able to come to a knowledge of the truth?

It is helpful to read the verses before verse 7 starting in verse 1 of 2 Timothy chapter 3.
 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
 3 Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
 4 traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away withdivers blusts,
The people that are not able to come to a knowledge of the truth are those that are seeking the pleasures of the world and following the voice of the evil one.

So, what is truth and why should we seek it?

Read Doctrine and Covenants 93:24-27
 24 And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come;
 25 And whatsoever is more or less than this is the spirit of that wicked one who was a liar from the beginning.
 26 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;
 27 And no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments.
From this scripture we learn that truth is knowledge of this as they are.  As they REALLY are.
If we rely on the spirit of Satan to help lead us to truth, then we will never obtain it.
We obtain the fullness of truth when we come to Christ for the answers to our questions.
It is interesting that he points out that the first step is receiving that fullness it to keep the commandments.
By keeping the commandments we minimize the influence of Satan and open up our spirits to receive greater light and knowledge.

It is clear that there is no "temporal" truth.  All truth is spiritual truth.   See D&C 29:34
 34 Wherefore, verily I say unto you that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal; neither any man, nor the children of men; neither Adam, your father, whom I created. 
That is why our knowledge rises with us in the resurrection (D&C 130:18-19), because it is tied to our spirits and not to our mortal bodies.

Why do we seek for truth?  It is because our deepest desire is to become like our Father in Heaven.  He knows all or by definition, he is omniscient.  To become like him, we must at some time come to a knowledge of all truth.

A careful review of the definition of God in the Bible Dictionary clearly explains this point.
"Although God created all things and is the ruler of the universe, being omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent (through His Spirit), mankind has a special relationship to Him that differentiates man from all other created things: man is literally God’s offspring, made in His image, whereas all other things are but the work of His hands (Acts 17:28–29)."

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