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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Answering the Futurist: Question 2

Mr. Frey, here is answer to question #2: "Why do logic and reason fail to explain that which is true?"
(read my answer to question 1 here)

It can be found collectively in at least a few places.  Isaiah 55:8-9, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my way higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."

The answer also requires the question to be reworded slightly: "Why does our understanding of logic and reason fail to explain that which is true?"  That scripture helps to clarify that because God (Our Father in Heaven) and His Son Jesus Christ live on the highest plane of existence this means they are in control of everything.  They have a perfect and complete understanding of how and why the universe and existence as a whole operate the way they do or, in short, of truth.  And as Doctrine and Covenants section 93, verse 24 says, "...truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come;"  The Father and the Son have a perfect understanding of truth, in part, because they are the very embodiment of all the is good, including truth.  We are unimaginably far from that so, naturally, our perception of truth is fundamentally flawed when left to our own understanding alone.

I am reminded what Fight the New Drug said in one of their memes, "We do not see the world as it is.  We see it as we are."  Jesus Christ sees the world the way it truly is because He and the Father are the only true realists.  They are perfect in every imaginable way and because they are perfect and perfected in their perspective and understanding, they see everything as it truly is.  Their logic and reasoning is the only logic and reasoning that is completely untinctured with even the smallest degree of bias, taint, flaw, distortion or any other possible impurity or source thereof.  They see everything as it is really is.

Going back to the verse in Isaiah 55, because God's perception and comprehension of all things is perfect all in ways imaginable and because ours is so imperfect and faulty by nature, it makes sense to assume that any possible logical analysis or patient winnowing of mankind's discoveries and learning will always include some kind of blemish in our rationale and our resulting conclusions will have at minimum a trace of distortion and/or fallacy (however innocent it may be), and often even flat out deceit, or at least be incomplete at best.

Mr. Frey, you also asked as a part of the question: "Is order more perfect than chaos? Or is chaos just a higher form of order? How will we ever know if we can’t explain it with logic and reason?"  Relating to my answer to your previous question, the reason the universe works the way it does is because it follows the ever immutable laws of justice and mercy.  If something isn't perfectly just and merciful, it will eventually be corrected and/or fully compensated for, God Himself seeing to it.

As the second law of thermodynamics states, the total entropy of an isolated system can only increase over time.  God is the reason why chaos is not constantly raining down upon all of creation, possibly tearing or even destroying the fabric of space and time.  His perfect and complete understanding and application of justice and mercy enables Him to keep everything under control and operating how it should.  Whether order is or isn't more perfect than chaos or whether chaos is or isn't just a higher form of order, the answers can be found if we look to the logic and reasoning of God, for His logic and reasoning can and does satisfactorily explain everything, absolutely everything.  We may not have access to all of His answers right now but, as the Lord Jesus Christ explains in the Book of Mormon, "I will give unto [mankind] line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more;"  We will eventually be able to explain things we can't right now if we align our reasoning with His.

I testify to you from my own experience that His love is so unending and perfect that His "work and [His] glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man[kind]." (See Moses 1:39) He wants us to become like Him, to enjoy all that He does, to learn, comprehend, understand, and live the abundant glorious life that He lives, but we have to get there one step at a time.  We've seen what too much knowledge and power at once does to humans.  Things get bad fast when you give someone too much understanding or power when they're not ready for it.

Our logic and reasoning is flawed by nature.  That's why it doesn't always explain that which is true.  It can't because it's not based on the whole truth and nothing but the truth in the first place, but if we keep trying to change our logic and reasoning to match God's, we will eventually get to the point where our logic and reasoning does explain that which is true because ours will be His.