12 Oct Light and Truth
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’ve come to the Universal Model with religion in mind. I am amazed by how the Universal Model enhances the scriptures rather than contradicts them (as modern-day science does). I keep finding gold nuggets of truth in the scriptures about the Creation that have come to life for me like never before since finding the Universal Model! My husband and I teach the truths found in the Universal Model to our children in our homeschool (“unschool”). Life is learning and this is some amazing learning!
I recently came across a couple of quotes by President Ezra Taft Benson that sum up the “arm of flesh” theories and philosophies of our modern day.
President Benson Names 5 Anti-Christs:
During General Conference October 1970, President Benson identified and named five specific anti-Christs in our own day:
As a watchman on the tower, I feel to warn you that one of the chief means of misleading our youth and destroying the family unit is our educational institutions. President Joseph F. Smith referred to false educational ideas as one of the three threatening dangers among our Church members. There is more than one reason why the Church is advising our youth to attend colleges close to their homes where institutes of religion are available. It gives the parents the opportunity to stay close to their children; and if they have become alert and informed as President McKay admonished us last year, these parents can help expose some of the deceptions of men like Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, John Dewey, Karl Marx, John Keynes, and others. Today there are much worse things that can happen to a child than not getting a full college education. In fact, some of the worst things have happened to our children while attending colleges led by administrators who wink at subversion and amorality. (Ezra Taft Benson, Strengthening the Family, Conference Report, October 1970, pp. 21-25, also quoted in The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, 307.)
Book of Mormon:
President Benson taught that the purpose of the Book of Mormon is to bring men to Christ by “testifying of Christ and revealing His enemies.” (Ezra Taft Benson, A Witness and a Warning: A Modern-Day Prophet Testifies of the Book of Mormon p.7) He further taught,
The type of apostates in the Book of Mormon is similar to the type we have today. God, with his infinite foreknowledge, so molded the Book of Mormon that we might see the error and know how to combat false educational, political, religious, and philosophical concepts of our time.” (Ezra Taft Benson, “The Book of Mormon Is the Word of God,” Ensign, Jan. 1988, 3) “The members of the Church everywhere should know the Book of Mormon better than any other book. Not only should we know what history and faith-promoting stories it contains, but we should understand its teachings. If we really did our homework and approached the Book of Mormon doctrinally, we could expose the errors and find the truths to combat many of the current false theories and philosophies of men, including socialism, humanism, organic evolution, and others.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Jesus Christ—Gifts and Expectations, May 1975.) We have not been using the Book of Mormon as we should. Our families may be corrupted by worldly trends and teachings unless we know how to use the book to expose and combat the falsehoods in socialism, organic evolution, rationalism, humanism, and so forth. (Ezra Taft Benson, The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, 60-61.)
I believe that Brother Dean Sessions is a modern-day Galileo. The Lord has enlightened his mind, just like he did with Galileo, but also, just like in Galileo’s day, many “educated” people reject him because of close-mindedness. Very sad! But for those with open minds, this is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered.
The wickedness in this world is getting worse and worse. But, as we know, there is always “opposition in all things” and I believe that in opposition to all of that evil, the Lord is giving us further light and knowledge in order to balance it all out. The Universal Model is among that newly-revealed light and truth.
I cannot thank you enough, Brother Sessions!