Friday, August 7, 2015

Craftiness of Honor

D&C 76:75 speaking about those inheriting the terrestrial glory has this to say:

75 These are they who are honorable men of the earth, who were blinded by the craftiness of men.

The honorable folks of the earth.  Folks who said, did, and practiced honorable things.  But they were blinded.  Not by cataracts.  Not by problems with their retina and optic nerves. Blinded by false beliefs, false religious notions, and false teachers claiming to be true ones.

What's wrong with being honorable?  Isn't that good?  Didn't these folks do things which they thought would make them worthy of "honor"?  Perhaps that is part of the problem, perhaps God knew what he was talking about when he warned that it's so tempting to seek after or aspire to the "honors" of men (D&C 121:35).

Which brings an interesting question to mind: So from who's point of view are these people "honorable"?  Does God view them as honorable? (Isaiah 64:6) Or is this telling us something about how these people viewed themselves?  Do they seem themselves as deserving honor?

Then the verse says blinded by the "craftiness" of men.  What craft is that?  Priestcraft of course.  The craftiness referred to is likely not some Ponzi scheme where you loose your money (although it may include that).  It's more like a religious profession full of sly and cunning deceits that cause losses to your soul, not just your bank account.  The craft has many perks, and comes with worldly praise and honor, perhaps wealth, or stipends, and may even have all the exterior of something admirable.  The artificial light blinds even honorable men.

Instead of being blinded by such craftiness, the scriptural antidote is to repent, and Come to the Lord.  Why not do whatever it takes to be in His presence and receive a fullness when such has been offered (D&C 93:1)?  Wouldn't you thereafter have a much easier time identifying the craftiness of men?  Scriptures teach the Lord worketh not in darkness. Doesn't do things that are dark, or hidden, or secretive in a deceptive cunning sly sense.  The craftiness of men would be seen for the darkness it is, when standing in the true light wouldn't it?  

Speaking of the same terrestrial state, this is verse 79 of the same section: 

79 These are they who are not valiant in the testimony of Jesus; wherefore, they obtain not the crown over the kingdom of our God.

Why were they not valiant in the testimony of Jesus?  Cowardice?  Weakness?  Perhaps they didn't have the testimony of Jesus?  What even is the Testimony of Jesus? (as opposed to a testimony OF Jesus)

Then the verse says they obtain not the crown over the kingdom of our God.  Perhaps they thought themselves honorable men of the earth and were too busy and too caught up in the affairs of men to realize what did, and did not matter.  And or perhaps they gave prominence to the testimony of some organization, or testimony of some man, or some tradition about staying true to the faith.  You can't serve two masters, much less serve two of them valiantly.   

I say, why bother being a Mormon, or a Christian for that matter, if you aren't going to be valiant in the Testimony of Jesus.  

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