The Dilbert Blog: 4 Billion Losers
My post to Scott Adams:
Scott, to answer one of your questions, consider the following scripture in the LDS Doctrine and Covenants (D&C):
1:15 For they have strayed from mine ordinances, and have broken mine everlasting covenant;
1:16 They seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness, but every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world, and whose substance is that of an idol, which waxeth old and shall perish in Babylon, even Babylon the great, which shall fall.
People prefer to follow their own way. The scriptures are replete with examples of God calling prophets who then communicate to man His will, only to have man turn away from God. And that is the pattern…God to prophet to man…and man is free to listen and obey or not listen and disobey.
Implicit in your questions is the underlying quest to know God and to have certainty you are following the right path, or the right prophet in this case. To be short, my thesis is that God has given evidence which can lead one to objective proof (certainty) as to who His prophet is. That evidence is The Book of Mormon. If you have not read it, I humbly invite you to. Consider this endorsement from Jesus Christ in D&C 20:
7 And gave unto him commandments which inspired him;
8 And gave him power from on high, by the means which were before prepared, to translate the Book of Mormon;
9 Which contains a record of a fallen people, and the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and to the Jews also;
10 Which was given by inspiration, and is confirmed to others by the ministering of angels, and is declared unto the world by them-
11 Proving to the world that the holy scriptures are true, and that God does inspire men and call them to his holy work in this age and generation, as well as in generations of old;
12 Thereby showing that he is the same God yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.
And finally this invitation from a prophet in The Book of Mormon, of which I have tested and found God has proven to me beyond doubt that The Book of Mormon is God’s word and that Joseph Smith is His prophet:
3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things (Book of Mormon), if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
Recently I asked the believers among you to explain why you believe in your own prophet but not the other guy’s prophet.
The LDS (Mormon) folks said they talk directly to God and get personal answers. Most of the rest of you said something along the lines that your prophet(s) (or Christ) told you that the other guy’s prophet(s) (or Christ) isn’t all that. Fair enough. I was concerned that you hadn’t thought it through.
Now I have another question for the believers.