To understand (in a truly profound way) the teachings found in the Song of God, we
must apply ourselves to the laws which govern intelligent thought. If God is intelligent,
then our approach to understanding God must also be intelligent. Any methodology
used to answer spiritual questions must be rooted in reason.
Reason empowers faith, it does not end it.
Reason helps to create a solid framework of belief wherein given premises and propositions
work in support of every other premise and proposition within the framework. Propositions
and premises conflicting with one another strongly imply the framework is false and
does not come from God. Any system of belief which does not adhere to the laws of
intelligent thought creates not only confusion, but nonsense; and nonsense, regardless
of how sincerely one might believe it, can never be true.
FOUNDATIONS OF INTELLIGENT THOUGHT
I. Law of Explicandum
II. Laws of Intelligent Thought
III. Truth Systems
IV. True Faith
V. Relevant Beliefs
I. LAW OF EXPLICANDUM
1. Criteria of Plausibility
a) Testable: For any hypothesis to be acceptable, we must be able to test it using
a methodology which has been constructed for the purpose of proving or disproving
b) Conservative: Does not violate what we already know to be true.
c) Simplistic: Ockham’s Razor – given that all sides are equal, the answer which
requires the fewest assumptions to be made, tends to be the correct answer.
B. Law: describes how the natural world works
C. Theory: provides humanity with the ability to predict and manipulate natural
law, as we have come to understand it
II. LAWS OF INTELLIGENT THOUGHT
A. Law of Identity This law states that an object is the same as itself. - ie:
A is A
B. Law of Non-contradiction This law states that an object cannot be itself and not
itself at the same time. - ie: one cannot say that “A is A and not A” at the
C. Law of Excluded Middle This law states that an object cannot be itself and something
other than itself at the same time; a proposition must be either true or not true,
there is no middle ground. - ie: one cannot say that “A is A and A is B” at the
Polygamy not from God:
Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable
before me, saith the Lord.
David also received many wives and concubines, and also Solomon and Moses my servants,
as also many others of my servants, from the beginning of creation until this time;
and in nothing did they sin save in those things which they received not of me.
David’s wives and concubines were given unto him of me, by the hand of Nathan, my
servant, and others of the prophets who had the keys of this power; and in none of
these things did he sin against me save in the case of Uriah and his wife; and, therefore
he hath fallen from his exaltation, and received his portion; and he shall not inherit
them out of the world, for I gave them unto another, saith the Lord.
...and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.
~ Exodus 23:7
And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword
by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every
man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.
~ Exodus 32:27
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he
laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not;
but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
~ I Samuel 15:2-3
And it came to pass that the Spirit said unto me again: Slay him, for the Lord hath
delivered him into thy hands;
Behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes. It is better
that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief.
How can one come to know God (or what is good) using a book filled with conflicting
- Logic can only tell you what is false. It cannot tell you what is true.
- Propositions and premises which conflict with one another strongly imply that
the framework is false and does not come from God.
- Propositions which conflict and contradict create nonsense, and nonsense can never
When all the propositions and conclusions are in agreement, how can we know if something
III. TRUTH SYSTEMS
A. Truth as: COHERENCE All propositions ‘cohere’ (all propositions support each other)
B. Truth as: CORRESPONDENCE The proposition ‘corresponds’ to observable fact
C. Truth as: “WHAT WORKS” The argument of utility: the truth principle which allows
humans to create the future reality of what shall be real. Truth as “what works”
is a creative process. It is the realm of dreamers, mystics, and visionaries.
D. Truth as: BEAUTY The proposition advanced by God that all things which are beautiful
contain, within the essence of their nature, a truth which can only be felt by the
touch of the ineffable.
“Find the thing that is beautiful, and in its shadow you will find the truth.”
IV. TRUE FAITH
A. True faith is not rooted in mere feelings, it must also be rooted in reason.
Faith must be reasonable so that the fewest assumptions need to be made.
B. The ‘reason’ which underlies true faith becomes the conceptual construct which
empowers the mind, soul and spirit of a true believer.
C. True faith produces feelings of awe and wonder — feelings which are sublime and
ineffable that leave the true believer calm, peaceful, kind, humorous, etc.
D. True faith is the force which reveals the mind of God in your life. It is not
rooted in ignorance or mere feelings, it is rooted in intelligence. Why? Because
God is an intelligent, exalted, glorified human being.
E. Faith and reason are like the shoes on your feet: you need both to make the journey.
Without one or the other, you are likely to cripple yourself, making the journey
more difficult. Reason without faith is blind, and faith without reason is dangerous.
In order for any belief in God to be relevant, then such a belief must have real
world value. For any belief in God to have real world value, it must:
A. accept the real world for what it is. This entails accepting the real world as
defined by nature and by such sciences that strive to explain the real world.
B. by using the Law of Explacandum, explain the real connection between man and
nature, ie: the rise of human society with all its art and science, as well as the
Great Leap Forward as acknowledged by anthropologists.
C. promote the continuing evolution of the human species.
For you know yourselves
how that if a house be divided against itself, it is unable to stand;
for such divisions and contentions do fill the whole of you with all manner of uncertainty
and confusion regarding the issues of this life.
2nd Endowment 6:10
Be you, therefore,
wise and deeply knowing, for the purpose of beauty is revelation...
4th Endowment 27:23
For at no time have I commanded that one man should slay another. For this is an
abomination unto me.
For belief is the
foundation on which you would build your life, constructing through faith or doubt
the house wherein you dwell...