Reason and Logic
Remember TBC’s first paragraph? They write,
” ‘Testimony’ is understood by some to be… essentially an inner experience not given to explanation or based on reason or logic.”
What of this criticism, that a testimony is “not… based on reason or logic”?
The Lord tells us,
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, that assuredly as the Lord liveth, who is your God and your Redeemer, even so surely shall you receive a knowledge of whatsoever things you shall ask in faith, with an honest heart, believing that you shall receive….
“Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.
“Now, behold, this is the spirit of revelation“ (Doctrine and Covenants 8:1-3).
And then later in the Doctrine and Covenants he says,
“Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.
“But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right” (see Doctrine and Covenants 9:7-9).
Using all of our faculties to study out the gospel, including our minds, is an important part of the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
To be frank, I have a difficult time taking this criticism seriously, particularly from this group (you know, the group that can’t interpret a simple Bible verse and uses terribly circular logic).
I find the teachings and history of this Church completely logical and reasonable. There are some things that others cannot accept, for one reason or another, and that is just fine. What is acceptable for me doesn’t need to be acceptable for everyone else, and vice versa. Yet this does not make those things others find unacceptable unreasonable or illogical.