“The greatest of all infidelities is the fear that the truth will be bad.” ~ Herbert Spencer
“For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.” — Machiavelli
“Learn what is true in order to do what is right” — Thomas Huxley
My focus has changed from orthodoxy to a quest for truth. I never ever questioned what I was taught by our priesthood leaders. As a bishop we were taught by our Stake President that obedience is the first law of heaven and we should obey no matter what we think. I didn’t hesitate to follow.
Then I discovered the real truth behind the origins of the Church and bang! My focus changed from obedience to truth! No matter how uncomfortable.
As a podiatrist my clinical practice needs to be based on scientific and reliable clinical evidence.
I’m appalled that as a Church we give lip service to truth, but don’t really value it.
In fact, I now realise that our definition of truth is different from scientists.
Truth, in the Church, is recognised by how it makes you feel.
It seems that evidence cannot be trusted if makes you feel bad.
By that criteria we should be Holocaust deniers.
Psychologists have recognised that the mind’s priority is happiness and contentment rather than uncomfortable truths. Validation for our lifestyle rather than the disruption of a realignment of our preconceptions.
Rich Kelsey says something interesting: “The word infidelities means: ‘absence of religious belief.’
“What greater “absence of religious belief” could one possibly have, than to fear that “the truth will be bad?” True religion is all about truth. If the truth might, or will be bad for people, then something is seriously wrong with their faith!”