quotes tagged with 'scriptures', page 6
Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other elements of this world, about the motion and orbit of the stars ... about the kinds of animals, shrubs, stones, and so forth, and this knowledge he holds to as being certain from reason and experience.Author: St. Augustine, Source: The Literal Meaning of Genesis (De genesi ad litteram):
Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show a vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn.
The shame is not so much that an ignorant individual is derided, but the people outside the household of faith think our sacred writers held such opinions, and, to the great loss of those for whose salvation we toil, the writers of our Scripture are criticized and rejected as unlearned men. If they find a Christian mistaken in a field which they themselves know well and hear him maintaining his foolish opinions about our books, how are they going to believe those books and matters concerning the resurrection of the dead, the hope of eternal life, and the kingdom of heaven, when they think their pages are full of falsehoods on facts which they themselves have learned from experience in the light of reason?
Put difficult questions in the back of your minds and go about your lives. Ponder and pray quietly and persistently about them. The answer may not come as a lightning bolt. It may come as a little inspiration here and a little there, ‘line upon line, precept upon precept’ (D&C 98:12). Some answers will come from reading the scriptures, some from hearing speakers. And, occasionally, when it is important, some will come by very direct and powerful inspiration.Author: Boyd K. Packer, Source: “Prayers and Answers,” Ensign, Nov. 1979, 21
Instruction vital to our salvation is not hidden in an obscure verse or phrase in the scriptures. To the contrary, essential truths are repeated over and over again.Author: Boyd K. Packer, Source: Ensign, May 1984
I find that when I get casual in my relationships with divinity and when it seems that no divine ear is listening and no divine voice is speaking, that I am far, far away. If I immerse myself in the scriptures the distance narrows and the spirituality returns.Author: Spencer W. Kimball, Source: The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball , 135
There are those who would assume that with the printing and binding of these sacred records, that would be the “end of the prophets.” But again we testify to the world that revelation continues and that the vaults and files of the Church contain these revelations which come month to month and day to day. We testify also that there is, since 1830 when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized, and will continue to be, so long as time shall last, a prophet, recognized of God and his people, who will continue to interpret the mind and will of the Lord.Author: Spencer W. Kimball, Source: “Revelation: The Word of the Lord to His Prophets,” Ensign, May 1977, 76
Over 50 percent of the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants were received during the time period associated with the inspired revision of the Bible. . . . We have in the translation activities of Joseph Smith a living lesson in the matter of how to receive revelations; as the Prophet immersed himself in the scriptures, issues and curiosities and questions surfaced, eventuating in many cases in further light and knowledge to the Latter-day Saints in the form of contemporary revelations.Author: Robert L. Millet, Source: Studies in Scripture: Volume One, the Doctrine and Covenants, 1:139
Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: “The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants,” Ensign, May 1987, 83
Just as a man does not really desire food until he is hungry, so he does not desire the salvation of Christ until he knows why he needs Christ. No one adequately and properly knows why he needs Christ until he understands and accepts the doctrine of the fall, and its effect upon all mankind. And no other book in the world explains this vital doctrine nearly as well as the Book of Mormon.
God is much grander than even many Christians allow. The universe is vaster, more intricate, more mind-boggling and complex and a more exciting place than is found in the confining strictures of biblical literalism that insist – quite unnecessarily - that the earth was created in six 24-hour days.Author: Michael Otterson, Source: http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/michael_otterson/20...
My religion not only allows for but encourages a cosmic view. Its scriptures teach that there are worlds without number, that many of those worlds are inhabited, and that as worlds pass away, others come into being as part of God’s grand design for the immortality and eternal life of man.
You might prove doctrine from the Bible till doomsday, and it would merely convince a people, but would not convert them. You might read the Bible from Genesis to Revelations, and prove every iota that you advance, and that alone would have no converting influence upon the people. Nothing short of a testimony by the power of the Holy Ghost would bring light and knowledge to them -- bring them in their hearts to repentance. Nothing short of that would ever do.Author: Brigham Young, Source: Journal of Discourses, 5:327
On the table, side by sideAuthor: Anonymous, Source: Unknown
the Book of Mormon and the TV guide.
One is well worn and cherished with pride;
not the Book of Mormon, but the TV guide.
One is used daily to help folks decide;
no, not the Book of Mormon, but the TV guide.
As the pages are turned, what will they see?
Oh, what does it matter, turn on the TV!
So they open the book from which they confide;
No, not the Book of Mormon, but the TV guide.
The word of God is seldom read
maybe a verse or two before they fall into bed,
exhausted and sleepy and tired as can be,
not from reading the scriptures, but from watching TV.
So back to the table, side by side
the Book of Mormon, and the TV guide.
The plan of salvation is full and free
but is found in the scriptures, not on TV.