"The Absolute Importance of Being Illiterate" c/ork 3/24/08
Over the years I've been amazed at the willingness of many to be illiterate into those things of most importance in this life. Yet I've also discovered that this is the most important element of Satan's Plan! He needs people to be illiterate in the things of importance to eternal life. He doesn't give a 'hoot or holler' if you've read the Encyclopedia or all of the great works as long as you don't read the Bible - The Book of Mormon - or the other writings available from the Father and the Son and their Prophets and Apostles. In a conversation one can instantly see the limitations of the discussion based on what one has or has not read or researched. A good example is the Christian Creeds - it would have to be said not many have read them - and even if reading them they're almost incomprehensible to understand when compared to the relatively simple teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
People can talk for hours about Follywood movies - fiction novels - TV shows - sporting events and never miss a beat. They can determine foreign policy - abuse leaders - shout profanities - beguile and spread rumors and believe even the tritest of the rhetoric available in the mainstream media. They'll pass on 'good luck' messages - prayer emails (without ever checking the sources or the true order of prayer) - bad news and many of the Logismoi of men without batting an eyelash. Yet when confronted with some basic truths - they say how nice and return to whatever they were doing - as it's not what their paid ministers preach or teach or endorse.
At the risk of raising some eyebrows - let's take the current celebration of Easter (we could take any heathen holiday with the same results). However Easter is especially important as it gives each a glimmer of hope for the ideas of eternal life and a resurrection after death. Yet in the creeds of men this message is lost completely - they not have lost the ideas of the pre-existence - they've squandered the ideas of a 'physical resurrection' as well. They've come to fear death - and the meaninglessness of this life. They've denied the actual physical resurrection of the Savior - discounted His 40 days of teaching to the Apostles and the teaching to those of the Isles of the Sea and to those on the North and South American Continents. They've rejected the literalness of the Father and the Son being two distinct persons both with bodies of flesh and bone. They've denied the eternal message of the Atonement and thus allowed the resurrection to become part and parcel of the pagan holiday of the Spring Festival which it was when the Roman Catholic Church in the 3rd and 4th Century tried to make it a Christian Holiday. It's still determined by the phase of the moon and not any factual data. The Christian Churches have outdone the pagans in ritual and pageantry. The glamour, glitter, parades, Easter egg hunts, cards, jelly beans, high masses, and so much more - with or for what end now represent Easter (or indeed the Spring Festival)? Without the understanding of the meaning of the resurrection of the Savior - with a physical body of flesh and bone - and that all mankind who've now a physical body if worthy can again have one after this mortal probation - that the Atonement was to remove 'death' (Spiritual Death) from the world - what else is there?
With the availability of material, records and revelation the date of the crucifixion and resurrection can and has been defined. The same can be said as the date of the birth of the Savior and other dates throughout all of history. Yet man remains ignorant (by choice) or otherwise illiterate to these important implications to their eternal salvation. Many don't believe they'll be anymore than 'spiritual angels' singing and praising the Father/Son or whatever after this life - not to exciting! Many don't believe there's any 'real' resurrection - the same as they've little credibility in the great flood or Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt. And how do the ministers - teachers - professors - leaders - priests - or otherwise people who profess to provide the great wisdom of men to the masses get away with this? They get away with it because they most will never do their homework - do their own reading - find things out for themselves - have personal prayer to ask God - nothing wavering - to know and understand the Gospel of His Son and our Savior - or to know truth.
Paul in his writing told over and over of what the Logismoi of men would try to do - that the Gnosis would be lost and/or taken captive of the wise men of the world for gain - power and to fulfill their lusts in this world. When one reads in Numbers and they hear over and over the ways in which men/women profane their physical beings - is it any wonder that those in positions to lead the people astray are so good at it - to seem sincere - they've become the true Gnostics of the day - those who profess the truth - but instead have perverted the truth to fit their predetermined goals and souls.
These people in and of themselves are not 'bad' they're in the most part sincere - and trying to teach others - however, they are unwilling to go beyond what they've been taught in the schools - they're unwilling to really find out if they're right or wrong - or misguided - instead they use contention - belittle anyone claiming to actually have seen a vision - spoken with the Father and the Son - claimed the power and authority and the keys of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And what even sadder - is that those who follow them - endow them to not find out more or teach more - but instead to take away the responsibility or accountability of the individual. In other words man has chosen the Plan of Satan for finding his eternal salvation.
What does this mean - the Plan of Satan? First one has to recognize we did live in a preexistent condition with the Gods in Heaven before coming to this Earth (which was created for us to experience mortality). That we sat in the great councils in choosing the Plan we would follow. That those with physical bodies choose to follow the Savior's Plan and to reject Satan's Plan. Satan's Plan was that none would be lost - we would come to this earth - be unable to commit sin, repent, or have any agency or most importantly access to the 'two ways or two choices'. This is known as the ability to choose for ourselves between 'right and wrong' 'good and evil' 'Zion or Babylon'. Satan opposed the 'two ways or two choices' he wanted only 'one way or one choice' and that the glory would be his alone. We rejected this plan and thus ensued the 'War in Heaven' which led to the loss of 1/3 of the host of Heaven who choose to follow Satan and have come to this earth without 'body, parts or passions' i.e. no physical body and no chance to ever have one, ever. Since that time this war has never ended - we might call it by any of the names given to the wars of men on this earth - even today it continues as the War of Good and Evil or the War of the Two Ways or Two Choices.
Thus Satan has had to implement illiteracy in these matters - to destroy the credibility of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Prophets, the Apostles, and most importantly the Son (our Savior and Redeemer). He's done a pretty good job of it along the way. Since 1950 his whole attack has been to destroy the credibility of the Bible! The ministers, teachers, and others have done all in their power to destroy the Book of Mormon so he doesn't have to spend much time on this. Yet the Book of Mormon is the strongest testimony to the truthfulness of the Bible - it's a 2nd witness to the Savior and without this there is no other witness! What's even more interesting those who claim the Bible is all they need - have dismissed the multiple changes, revisions and contentions provided by man to water it down and to in time destroy anyone understanding the Gospel once taught within it for all nations, kindred's and tongues.
Sometimes a glimmer of light appears - one hears absolute truth - one feels the warmth this brings - the common sense and lack of any guile - one feels the Balm of Gilead upon our beings and our souls. Yet then one just turns away - thinking of the importance of one's community standings - one's peers - one's love of the things of this earth. One simply turns away from 'truth' for the more convenient rhetoric or the Logismoi of men/women. One chooses not to make or take control of their lives as they initially voted so to do in the preexistence - one instead chooses to follow the path of least resistance - accepting the fact that through the Atonement we're all Saved (as long as one doesn't commit murder - shedding of innocent blood or to deny the promptings of the Holy Ghost - in fact to deny the Holy Ghost) - and settle for so much less than one could've achieved - eternal life with their loved ones - families forever and ever - to become like the Father and the Son and to return to their presences forever and ever. Instead so many choose to go to the Telestial or Terrestrial Kingdoms - or even to the Celestial Kingdom but not the Highest Degree of Glory as was promised to us in our birthright as literal children of our Heavenly Father!
Thus when the idea of Easter comes to mind - much of the importance is slighted - mostly by misunderstanding and false gnosis or the Logismoi of men/women the true Gnostics of today - embraced as those of earlier times because they're educated, refined or have a beguiling way with words. Thus with a world illiterate into the teachings of the Savior - the Prophets - the Apostles - and the denial of the Resurrection literally - that the Savior is the literal Son of our Heavenly Father - and most importantly that these truths have been restored once more to this earth in these latter-days - with a living Prophet - Thomas S. Monson and Apostles.
All of this gives credence to absolute importance of being illiterate for the teachings and the creeds of men/women to control and allow many to 'give' away ones agency which was the greatest gift we were endowed with at birth. It must be remembered one cannot 'take' another's agency - however one can 'give' it away by adhering to 'false doctrines' and choosing to be disobedient (even in small ways) the Commandments, Statutes and Laws of the Father and the Son. One does this by choosing not to read, pray, research about the Gospel of Jesus Christ for themselves.
Oft it has been said most who believe the Bible to be true have never read it cover to cover before all of the revisionists and interpreters have gotten a hold of it (mostly after the mid-1800's) and all who do not believe the Book of Mormon to be true and have never read it cover to cover or prayed about it - but rather take another's word in both instances.
I testify to you that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are companion witnesses to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ - to His Gospel - to the Father - the eternal worlds without end and to the Prophets and Apostles! That there is a living Prophet on the Earth today with all of the Keys to the Kingdom of God and his name is Thomas S. Monson - and that the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is once more on this Earth - and that we can learn more through heeding their counsel combined with the readings of the 'living' Scriptures than through any of the Creeds or Logismoi of men/women.
In the name of Jesus Christ - amen - c/ork