The Word of God: Part 1

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Anyone who takes this journey in the Holy Scriptures searching for truth and lays aside the false precepts of their religious tradition will tell you that the process of having their eyes and ears opened is one of the most emancipating experiences of mortality. Truth comes at you from every page dripping wet with light you never saw before. The brilliant white radiance of truth is nearly blinding and it brings consummate joy to your soul as the chains of bondage fall away. How can it be that mere words on a page can come to life and leave you brimming full with understanding? As the Isaiah Story came to life, we could finally appreciate Jesus’ commandments to study Isaiah. Then all of true scripture came to life as we realized the Isaiah Story is found throughout all of holy writ. We were awash in light throughout The Word of God as each happy discovery led to the next and these old books suddenly glowed with a lustrous and luminescent light unseen and unknown before.

The Word of God is mostly relegated to the dusty archaic shelves of superstition or ignorance by the worlds populace, and the religions of earth are too invested in their own prime directive to seriously investigate what God has to say about everything; especially when they discover that God’s Word invalidates the indoctrination of their flock. Each church has its favorite selection of passages which keep the flock in tow and proves they are being taught the only true religion— Our religious tradition had been Mormonism with its numerous additional claims of scripture which added greatly to the maze of confusion until we invested the time to systematically investigate each book on its own merits and how its doctrines compared with the Bible. Not surprisingly, the Bible and Book of Mormon were perfectly parallel on every point of doctrine and both told the Isaiah Story without blemish. It was absolutely astonishing to see how these two books were a matched pair— line item by line item in perfect symmetry. If either book was true, then they both had to be true because of the harmony in their message. Those who have discovered Smith’s later deceptions and threw out the Book of Mormon should reexamine their choices because he was GIVEN ONE GIFT from God to bring forth the ancient record of the Nephites which is overflowing with truth. Examine the doctrines in the Book of Mormon carefully yourself and you’ll discover what we discovered.

The more difficult sojourn was the time spent investigating the Doctrine and Covenants (D&C) and Pearl of Great Price (PGP). These books are claimed by the Mormon church as scriptural canon and originated in the hands of the church’s founder. Yet when put through the same rigorous requirements as the Book of Mormon, they failed miserably in every respect to stand up to the tests of being The Word of God. On every point of doctrine investigated, Smith’s own personal creations failed the litmus test they were put through during 30 years of careful scrutiny ending in 2011. Some church scholars and authorities like to claim that the D&C and PGP move doctrine forward and far beyond the Bible and Book of Mormon by exclaiming truths that were only given through Joseph Smith. The problem with this theory is of course that the D&C and PGP both conflict with and disagree with the Book of Mormon and Bible. This obvious flaw has led to the untenable condition of modern Mormon theology which mostly ignores the Book of Mormon and Bible, except for the cherry picked verses which don’t illuminate the contradictions. Mormon doctrine is based mostly on the D&C and the pronouncements of the “brethren.” As a result of these issues, the D&C and PGP were set aside as potential books of scripture. Neither of them resonate with the consistent message of the Bible and Book of Mormon; neither of them tell the Isaiah Story which is a hallmark of true scripture; and neither of them have their source in God!

So we come to this point regarding The Word of God with two magnificent volumes of light in our hands to sup from the writing of the true and holy prophets and the teachings of Jesus Christ to bless and enlighten our lives.

7 And behold, ye do know of yourselves, for ye have witnessed it, that as many of them as are brought to the knowledge of the truth, and to know of the wicked and abominable traditions of their fathers, and are led to believe the holy scriptures, yea, the prophecies of the holy prophets, which are written, which leadeth them to faith on the Lord, and unto repentance, which faith and repentance bringeth a change of heart unto them— 8 Therefore, as many as have come to this, ye know of yourselves are firm and steadfast in the faith, and in the thing wherewith they have been made free. (Helaman 15)

As the verse above states, we indeed have been made free! Our hope is that you as the reader have discovered an ocean of truth which you never knew before as you’ve studied The Word of God presented on this blog. We can say with Nephi, “I glory in plainness; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul from hell.” (2 Nephi 33:6. cf. 2Nep 1:15; 2Nep 9:10, 19, 26; Alma 5:6-13; Alma 19:29; Alma 26:13-20; Alma 36:12-21; Hel 3:28-30; Ps 16:10; Ps 86:13).

The Word of God does indeed rescue and redeem our souls from hell because the Scriptures are truth and they enable us to walk through the fire and tempests and deceptions of life. If the holy prophets testified that they needed to be rescued from hell as the references above indicate, how much more do we need this same rescuing relief? If you’re a practicing and believing Mormon who has found your way to this blog, the Holy Scriptures will help you see the truth and escape your awful situation. God has provided the means of our redemption from hell through the Holy Scriptures if we will set aside the traditions of men and take God’s Word as our guide and BELIEVE the truth espoused in The Word. This topic will be discussed in four parts as we present various themes regarding the Word of God and how it fills our lives with so much truth and light. We invite each of you to prayerfully read these selected passages slowly and allow the Holy Spirit to guide your eyes and illuminate your understanding.

The Word of God is a Name for God

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Rev 19)

Searching the Scriptures Diligently to Know The Word of God

Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken, insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and the very trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea. (Jacob 4)

2 Now these sons of Mosiah were with Alma at the time the angel first appeared unto him; therefore Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord; yea, and they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God. 3 But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting; therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with power and authority of God. 4 And they had been teaching the word of God for the space of fourteen years among the Lamanites, having had much success in bringing many to the knowledge of the truth; yea, by the power of their words many were brought before the altar of God, to call on his name and confess their sins before him. (Alma 17)

38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. 39 ¶Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. (John 5)

10 And after they had given thanks unto the God of Israel, my father, Lehi, took the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, and he did search them from the beginning. (1Nep 5:10)

23 And it came to pass that peace and the love of God was restored again among the people; and they searched the scriptures, and hearkened no more to the words of this wicked man. (Jacob 7:23)

And it came to pass after he had made an end of speaking unto the people many of them did believe on his words, and began to repent, and to search the scriptures. (Alma 14:1)

2 And Alma said unto them: Behold, ye have said that ye could not worship your God because ye are cast out of your synagogues. But behold, I say unto you, if ye suppose that ye cannot worship God, ye do greatly err, and ye ought to search the scriptures; if ye suppose that they have taught you this, ye do not understand them. (Alma 33:2)

14 And now, whoso readeth, let him understand; he that hath the scriptures, let him search them, and see and behold if all these deaths and destructions by fire, and by smoke, and by tempests, and by whirlwinds, and by the opening of the earth to receive them, and all these things are not unto the fulfilling of the prophecies of many of the holy prophets. (3Nep 10:14)

11 Ye remember that I spake unto you, and said that when the words of Isaiah should be fulfilled—behold they are written, ye have them before you, therefore search them— (3Nep 20:11)

And now, behold, I say unto you, that ye ought to search these things. Yea, a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah. 2 For surely he spake as touching all things concerning my people which are of the house of Israel; therefore it must needs be that he must speak also to the Gentiles. 3 And all things that he spake have been and shall be, even according to the words which he spake. 4 Therefore give heed to my words; write the things which I have told you; and according to the time and the will of the Father they shall go forth unto the Gentiles. 5 And whosoever will hearken unto my words and repenteth and is baptized, the same shall be saved. Search the prophets, for many there be that testify of these things. (3Nep 23:1-5)

23 Search the prophecies of Isaiah. Behold, I cannot write them. Yea, behold I say unto you, that those saints who have gone before me, who have possessed this land, shall cry, yea, even from the dust will they cry unto the Lord; and as the Lord liveth he will remember the covenant which he hath made with them. (Morm 8:23)

And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (Acts 17:2, 11)

The Word is Healing for the Soul

17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. (John 17)

Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (John 15)

8 And it supposeth me that they have come up hither to hear the pleasing word of God, yea, the word which healeth the wounded soul. (Jacob 2)

O all ye that are pure in heart, lift up your heads and receive the pleasing word of God, and feast upon his love; for ye may, if your minds are firm, forever. (Jacob 3)

And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them—therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God. (Alma 31)

The Word of God Brings Wisdom and Knowledge

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Tim 3)

15 And upon these I write the things of my soul, and many of the scriptures which are engraven upon the plates of brass. For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and the profit of my children. 16 Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard. (2 Ne 4)

1 And now there was no more contention in all the land of Zarahemla, among all the people who belonged to king Benjamin, so that king Benjamin had continual peace all the remainder of his days. 2 And it came to pass that he had three sons; and he called their names Mosiah, and Helorum, and Helaman. And he caused that they should be taught in all the language of his fathers, that thereby they might become men of understanding; and that they might know concerning the prophecies which had been spoken by the mouths of their fathers, which were delivered them by the hand of the Lord. 3 And he also taught them concerning the records which were engraven on the plates of brass, saying: My sons, I would that ye should remember that were it not for these plates, which contain these records and these commandments, we must have suffered in ignorance, even at this present time, not knowing the mysteries of God. 4 For it were not possible that our father, Lehi, could have remembered all these things, to have taught them to his children, except it were for the help of these plates; for he having been taught in the language of the Egyptians therefore he could read these engravings, and teach them to his children, that thereby they could teach them to their children, and so fulfilling the commandments of God, even down to this present time. 5 I say unto you, my sons, were it not for these things, which have been kept and preserved by the hand of God, that we might read and understand of his mysteries, and have his commandments always before our eyes, that even our fathers would have dwindled in unbelief, and we should have been like unto our brethren, the Lamanites, who know nothing concerning these things, or even do not believe them when they are taught them, because of the traditions of their fathers, which are not correct. 6 O my sons, I would that ye should remember that these sayings are true, and also that these records are true. And behold, also the plates of Nephi, which contain the records and the sayings of our fathers from the time they left Jerusalem until now, and they are true; and we can know of their surety because we have them before our eyes. 7 And now, my sons, I would that ye should remember to search them diligently, that ye may profit thereby; and I would that ye should keep the commandments of God, that ye may prosper in the land according to the promises which the Lord made unto our fathers. (Mosiah 1)

3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. 18 ¶Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (Matt 13)

9 And now Alma began to expound these things unto him, saying: It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence which they give unto him. 10 And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full. 11 And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell. 12 And Amulek hath spoken plainly concerning death, and being raised from this mortality to a state of immortality, and being brought before the bar of God, to be judged according to our works. 13 Then if our hearts have been hardened, yea, if we have hardened our hearts against the word, insomuch that it has not been found in us, then will our state be awful, for then we shall be condemned. 14 For our words will condemn us, yea, all our works will condemn us; we shall not be found spotless; and our thoughts will also condemn us; and in this awful state we shall not dare to look up to our God; and we would fain be glad if we could command the rocks and the mountains to fall upon us to hide us from his presence. 15 But this cannot be; we must come forth and stand before him in his glory, and in his power, and in his might, majesty, and dominion, and acknowledge to our everlasting shame that all his judgments are just; that he is just in all his works, and that he is merciful unto the children of men, and that he has all power to save every man that believeth on his name and bringeth forth fruit meet for repentance. (Alma 12)

If we rely only upon the arm of flesh and the precepts of men and we are not willing to invest the effort to search the scriptures ourselves, then we will be left to suffer with every wind of doctrine men falsely foist upon us and our condition will be grave indeed. If we will search the Word of God diligently, we will be blessed to discover the mysteries of godliness for ourselves and find treasures of wisdom and knowledge and healing for our souls as we walk the road of life. Be wise in the days of your probation and place your trust in the Word of God.

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The Word of God: Part 2