"Among as Many as Shall Believe"

—Moses 1:41


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In our modern society science plays a vital role in education, in decision-making processes, and in helping us know of our past and future. Beginning in the early years of school, we are taught that science has the answers. As we continue through the educational process, the idea that science is the source of knowledge and truth is continuously pressed upon us. We are instructed to make science our foundation for truth. In the Book of Mormon however, we are taught something very different:


And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall. (Helaman 5:12 emphasis added; cf. Isaiah 22:23; Matthew 7:24-27; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15)


Those who believe in the words of Helaman to his sons should all understand that Jesus Christ, His Gospel, and His teachings are the source of truth. When trials come, only those built on the sure foundation of the Son of God will be able to stand. Often however, Church members are willing to take the scriptures as their guide in "spiritual" things, but they neglect them for the more worldly knowledge in things that they feel science has spoken on. This, however, runs contrary to what the scriptures actually teach us to do. Nephi writes,

Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do. Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark. (2 Nephi 32:1-4 emphasis added cf. Moroni 10:5)


Notice that when we "feast on" the scriptures, they don't just instruct us on what "spiritual" things we should do and believe in, they will tell us "all things [that we] should do." Later-day Saints must do all they can to be sure that Christ, not science, is their unbending foundation during the perilous last days; for as the Savior said, "Take heed that ye be not deceived" (Luke 21:8).

From our studies we have found that the scriptures can be an unbending foundation for truth. The evidence here presented will show how scientific evidence can be reinterpreted to fit the scriptural framework.

Is this approach really necessary though? Shortly after the time of Christ the Great Apostasy, which necessitated the Restoration, began. This apostasy happened as a result of the willingness of members of the early Christian Church to adopt Greek philosophy into their religion. The concepts of God, Atonement, premortal and post mortal life all were corrupted with the Greek ideas in an attempt to make the religion more appealing to the "learned" of that day. This process is called Hellenization (see Hugh Nibley's World and the Prophets and James E. Talmage's Great Apostasy for more details of the process of Hellenization in the early Christian church).

Today we face similar circumstances. The Church is once again being threatened by outside ideas; this time however, it is the process of Naturalization that threatens Christ's Church. Naturalization is a theory denying that an event or object has any divine or supernatural significance. Once again, in order to make the religion look more appealing to the so-called "learned" of our day, naturalistic ideas are being introduced into the Church. We can be assured that this time the Church will not fall into apostasy. It will, as prophesied, "roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth" (D&C 65:2). What remains to be seen though, is who will stand firm on the foundation of Christ and who will fall with the learned that trust in the arm of flesh and think they are wise (see 2 Ne. 9:28).

True science is a search for truth. Joseph Smith taught that Later-day Saints should welcome all truth--whatever it's source (see TPJS 313; JD 1:155). How do we know which things science presents are true and which are not? Once again, the Book of Mormon provides an answer. Jacob gives us a formula for testing the philosophies of our day. When confronted by Sherem, Jacob tested his words against the scriptures, the prophets, and the witness of the Holy Ghost:

And now... there came a man among the people of Nephi, whose name was Sherem…. And he preached many things which were flattering unto the people; and this he did that he might overthrow the doctrine of Christ. And he was learned, that he had a perfect knowledge of the language of the people; wherefore, he could use much flattery, and much power of speech, according to the power of the devil. And he had hope to shake me from the faith… And it came to pass that he came unto me, and on this wise did he speak unto me, saying: Brother Jacob, I have sought much opportunity that I might speak unto you; for I have heard and also know that thou goest about much, preaching that which ye call the gospel, or the doctrine of Christ. And now behold, I, Sherem, declare unto you that... no man knoweth of such things; for he cannot tell of things to come. And after this manner did Sherem contend against me. And I said unto him: Deniest thou the Christ who shall come? And he said: If there should be a Christ, I would not deny him; but I know that there is no Christ, neither has been, nor ever will be. And I said unto him: Believest thou the scriptures? And he said, Yea. And I said unto him: Then ye do not understand them; for they truly testify of Christ. Behold, I say unto you that none of the prophets have written, nor prophesied, save they have spoken concerning this Christ. And this is not all--it has been made manifest unto me, for I have heard and seen; and it also has been made manifest unto me by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, I know if there should be no atonement made all mankind must be lost. (Jacob 7:1-12 emphasis added)


We learn from Jacob that we must:
TEST ALL THEORIES WITH
1- The Scriptures
2- The Words of the Prophets
3- The Witness of the Holy Ghost


Our studies presented here will use this formula to examine several scientific theories and find ways to interpret the scientific evidence available today on a scriptural framework.


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