Notes for my writing

This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Do we believe the scriptures or the ideas inherited from psychology

We have become used to listening to the ideas of psychology. Over a few generations many ideas of psychologists have soaked into our culture and are now accepted as basic truths by nonmembers and members alike.

We have learned that fearing is implicitly bad. Nobody should feel afraid. At least, that statement resounds with us. It is part of what our culture has learned from psychologists and their ilk. But is it true?

When we read a scripture like:

D&C 63:6 Wherefore, verily I say, let the wicked take heed, and let the rebellious fear and tremble; and let the unbelieving hold their lips, for the day of wrath shall come upon them as a whirlwind, and all flesh shall know that I am God.

Do we accept those words in our hearts as the mind and will of God, or do we prefer what we learned from psychology?

Do we believe God really wants the wicked to take heed to the threatening language he uses in D&C 63?

D&C 63:2 Yea, verily, I say, hear the word of him whose anger is kindled against the wicked and rebellious;

Do we believe God really wants the rebellious to fear and tremble?

Or do we prefer what psychologists have taught. Do we prefer believing that nobody should feel afraid? Do we think we should allay the fears of the wicked by simply telling them not to fear, rather than offering them real hope, by telling them they will not fear if they will cease to be wicked and come unto that God who is willing to heal them if they repent?

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