The Philosophies of Men

The philosophies of men prevail in education, science, religion, politics and government and prominently in the lives of all individuals as they seek knowledge. A source of information that is based on the opinion or theory of an individual or a group of people should be seen as suspect when weighing the source of the information until it has been proven to be accurate.

One of the challenges of seeking and finding correct information is gauging the source.  By what right or authority does a person speak to represent them self or others or even God as some suppose they do?  All with an opinion may express it but that is all it is.

What is the difference between the philosophies of men and the word of God?  The opinions and philosophy of men have prevailed in the world of Bible scholarship for almost 2000 years.  They don't speak with any authority that God as given them. They assume or presume that they can dictate an opinion about scripture or start a church teaching their position on the matter.  They think that God doesn't really need to be involved since the Bible is presumed to be his authoritative word on all matters. Man now does all the speaking by presuming to think that they are the ones to figure out what God really meant when he spoke. Or so it seems.

The problem with this philosophy is that when tens of thousands of people take this approach the result is division, not unity.  It is confusion not creativity.  Limited light is the result and true enlightenment fails to be achieved.

To the extent that the religious philosophies of men teach true principles they do have some effect on helping people live positive lives and find joy in living.  The bible scripture will help all that follow its counsel.  The good will and love of a pastor or minister can have a great effect on a person.   If it were not so they would not gain any following.  This they can do of their own accord and act without actual authority from God.  In the success of their endeavor they may mistaken such success as approval from God when no such evidence of authority has been granted.  

Their credentials that they base their authority on have been granted by other men that also placed themselves in a position of authority to grant such credentials. Their theology is based on the opinions of scholars that likewise had no authority to render opinions on scripture yet such became the channel for religious teaching in the mainstream of biblical interpretation.

What was the recorded pattern of authority from God to man?   The Bible begins with Adam presiding over the earth.   It relates that he and certain of his son's were granted recognition with authority to preside over the matters of God's guidance in the affairs of man on earth.  Prophets followed Adam and their history is recorded.

Those of us that are Christian will also recognize that Christ came to earth to fulfill, establish and teach the doctrines of salvation and to organize a kingdom authorized by him to carry out his ministry to the children of God.  He also appointed, ordained and authorized servants called apostles to carry out his work.  They like him were killed and so the work of the church fell into apostasy.  

The Lord knew this would happen.  Salvation would not be stopped, just temporally delayed so far as the ordinances and covenants were concerned.  The great work among the dead was still progressing and the time would come when God would call a prophet to again resume the work.  

The final preparations of His kingdom would be carried out and the planning for the second coming of Christ would unfold.  Such was and is the mission and calling of Joseph Smith the prophet, latter day apostles and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 


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