Knowing the Truth
“And you’ll know it’s all true, you’ll just feel it”
Joseph Smith struggled in his quest for truth, a struggle that he shares with many today. How are we to know what is right? Joseph writes that
“the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible.”
“So great were the confusion and strife among the different denominations, that it was impossible for a person young as I was, and so unacquainted with men and things, to come to any certain conclusion who was right and who was wrong.”
Is it any different today? How can we know truth, especially religious truth? Certainly not by trusting in the arm of flesh. But then how?
James tells us,
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (see James 1:5-6).
One of the ways that God speaks to us is through feelings like the fruits of the Spirit. In Galatians, we’re told some of the fruits of the Spirit are
“love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Galatians 5:22-23).
How else does the Spirit talk to us? Take a look at the table below from Preach My Gospel.