But there are other places where BY cautions us about the Bible, but in non-specific ways. He says there is the word of God, the word of man, and the word of the Devil in it (paraphrasing), for instance.
Jim Cobabe wrote: > Bible stories that Mother Young taught to Brigham when he was a child > may be the stumbling block of those who read the scriptures with a > traditional approach. But Brigham's word on this matter doesn't seem to > be exactly as we might have been led to believe. In context, his > disparaging remarks about literal interpretation of scriptures appear to > be very specific, pointed at distancing mormon theology from traditional > Christian views, not necessarily addressing as broad a topic as > considering the literal interpretation of scripture. > > "Some of you may doubt the truth of what I now say, and argue that the > Lord could teach him. This is a mistake. The Lord could not have taught > him in any other way than in the way in which He did teach him. You > believe Adam was made of the dust of this earth. This I do not believe, > though it is supposed that it is so written in the Bible; but it is not, > to my understanding. You can write that information to the States, if > you please—that I have publicly declared that I do not believe that > portion of the Bible as the Christian world do. I never did, and I never > want to. What is the reason I do not? Because I have come to > understanding, and banished from my mind all the stories my mother > taught me when I was a child. > > "But suppose Adam was made and fashioned the same as we make adobies; if > he had never drunk of the bitter cup, the Lord might have talked to him > to this day, and he would have continued as he was to all eternity, > never advancing one particle in the school of intelligence. This idea > opens up a field of light to the intelligent mind. How can you know > truth but by its opposite, or light but by its opposite? The absence of > light is darkness. How can sweetness be known but by its opposite, > bitter? It is by this means that we obtain all intelligence. This is > "Mormonism," and it is founded upon all truth, upon every principle of > true philosophy; in fact the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only true > philosophy in existence. There is not one particle of it that is not > strictly philosophical, though you and I may not understand all the > fulness of it, but we will if we continue faithful." > > (Journal of Discourses, 26 vols. [London: Latter-day Saints' Book > Depot, 1854-1886], 2: 7.) > > ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// > /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// > /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// > ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// > -- Marc A. Schindler Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland “Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author solely; its contents do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s employer, nor those of any organization with which the author may be associated. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^^=============================================================== This email was sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^^===============================================================