Friday, July 24, 2015

Do not trust a mortal who says they have seen the Savior

Comparison: One eternal round and The Science of Mind
An interesting passage regarding the circular diagram on the left:
The middle section represents the Psychic Sea, that is, the Subjective World; this is the world of thought forms and mental pictures. This has been called “The illusion of Mind,” because it contains many pictures, which are pictures only, and have no real form behind them. As a picture that is hung on the wall is not really a person--but is simply a picture--so the Psychic Sea may contain pictures which, while they are real as pictures, are not real from any other sense. It does not follow that everything in the psychic world is an illusion, for it contains much that is true. We should be very careful to distinguish the false from the true. . . .
We do not all have the ability to objectify psychic impressions, and ordinarily they never come to the surface; however, they are there just the same. . . . As we read and study people’s thought, we gradually enter into the current of their consciousness and begin to read between the lines; we are unconsciously reading their inner mentalities. This is why we enjoy reading the thoughts of the great mentalities of all ages. More that is unwritten comes to us than mere words could possibly convey. 
Many of the saints have seen Jesus in this way. That is, through studying His words and works, they have so completely entered His thought that they have seen a picture of Him; for the pictures of everything and everybody are hung on the walls of time and any one who can enter may read. It does not follow that these saints have seen Jesus, but that they have, without doubt, seen His likeness, or what the world believes to be His likeness, hung on the walls of time. When we look at a picture of a person we are not looking at the person, but at a likeness of him. (Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind, 231, 247)
I would add that even when we look directly “AT” a person we are not truly looking at the actual being, but at a likeness of him or her.  Our mind is being given an image of a collection of mostly skin cells.

When we look at a mortal we are given an image of mortality, and not of their true eternal essence.

Many people say that they have seen the Savior. This does not mean that they now know all things.

They should not be trusted. The reason is that we are not to trust any mortal, no matter what great and wonderful experiences have happened to them. Trust God only.

“O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm” (2 Nephi 4:34).

“The God of my rock; in him will I trust [chacah]: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence” (2 Samuel 22:3).

“Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker? Behold, he put no trust ['aman] in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly: How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?” (Job 4:17-9).

“Behold, he putteth no trust ['aman] in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight. How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?” (Job 15:15-6).

“Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust [batach] in the Lord” (Psalms 4:5).

“What time I am afraid, I will trust [batach] in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust [batach]; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me” (Psalms 56:3-4).

“It is better to trust [chacah] in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust [chacah] in the Lord than to put confidence in princes” (Psalms 118:8-9).

“He that trusteth [batach] in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered” (Proverbs 28:26).

“Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth [batach] in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth [batach] in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is” (Jeremiah 17:5-7).

“Trust ['aman] ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house. Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me” (Micah 7:5-7).

“Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the precepts of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost” (2 Nephi 28:31).

“Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith. Nevertheless—whosoever putteth his trust in him the same shall be lifted up at the last day” (Mosiah 23:21-2).

“The weak things of the world shall come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones, that man should not counsel his fellow man, neither trust in the arm of flesh—But that every man might speak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world” (D&C 1:19-20).

“And now, verily, verily, I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good—yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit” (D&C 11:12).

“Trust” in the New Testament Greek is generally from elpizō, so it is hope.

“And what is it that ye shall hope for? Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise” (Moroni 7:41).

We are not to trust (or have hope) in the arm of flesh. We are to have hope (or trust) through the atonement of Christ.