My brother and I were having an off blog discussion about Gospel Doctrine class–boring–and an “advanced” scripture study. His premise was all we really need is faith, repentence baptism, the H.G. and endure to the end, all the rest is just fluff.
So the scripture stories (Daniel, Joseph, Esther, Joshua etc.) are important because they give us nice examples of what we should do and be. But what about the prophecies?
Opps maybe I should back up first. I guess I have to agree with him and his premise. If all we did were those basics we’d be ok. That’s really the essence of becomeing Christlike. That being said, then what about the prophecies in the scriptures?
Maybe I should be using my scripture study time, when I’m trying to understand Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy, or Isaiah or Matthew 24, and do service, go to the concordance and study faith more, or endure something else to the end.
I relish the mysteries…they are only mysteries until we understand them. I enjoy deep research, digging for interesting nuggets, looking at the anti-christ, the great coming world leader, the signs of the last days, and junk like that. What’s wrong with having a SS class, and or church written materials for such study?
I think finding those truths in prophecy, studying and getting those “ah ha” experiences builds faith. But on the other hand they’re not necessary. They won’t save me. Listening to conference this weekend, doing what we are admonished to do now in our time I guess will save me. So maybe I should throw out the fluff and work on what’s important.