This is an article I would LOVE for everyone who has ever looked at the arguments for and against the idea of God to read and respond to. The reason is that this article seems amazing to me after one read through. So before it becomes my mantra someday I’d love some critical/ supportive feedback!
“Yes, I know his existence is a matter of controversy and there is limited evidence, but for me, like gravity to physics, nothing makes sense without him. To the critic, religion and myth are just defense mechanisms our brains use to make sense of the world, much like the tricks of the senses I linked to above. This may be. I cannot prove otherwise conclusively, but it also appears to me that the need to use religion and myth is an inseparable part of our makeup as human beings. If I am to ever abandon this part of my humanity, I will need one whopper of a reason to do so.” (http://rationalfaiths.com/the-whole-truth-and-nothing-but/)
“However, when the assumptions mankind made based upon this were shattered by Copernicus, bad behavior ensued. We don’t like having our reality challenged because it works. It’s obvious. It’s comfortable. “Everyone” knows it is true.” (http://rationalfaiths.com/the-whole-truth-and-nothing-but/)
Here are some additional articles and thoughts about revelation:
Revelation Part 1: http://rationalfaiths.com/revelation-bias-fair-and-balanced-part-1/
Brigham Young: “I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by him. I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self-security, trusting their eternal destiny in the hands of their leaders with a reckless confidence that in itself would thwart the purposes of God in their salvation, and weaken that influence they could give to their leaders, did they know for themselves, by the revelations of Jesus, that they are led in the right way. Let every man and woman know, by the whispering of the Spirit of God to themselves, whether their leaders are walking in the path the Lord dictates, or not” ( Discourses of Brigham Young, selected by John A. Widtsoe, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1941, page 135).
“J. Reuben Clark said, “We are not infallible in our judgment, and we err, but our constant prayer is that the Lord will guide us in our decisions, and we are trying so to live that our minds will be open to His inspiration” (April 1940 General Conference). I’m familiar with this type of revelation. It’s described in D&C 9, “But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.” So according to this our church leaders think things through and pray about them. They find the best possible solution and pray for inspiration. This means they can sometimes be wrong.” (http://rationalfaiths.com/part-ii-why-they-dont-canonize-and-what-can-be-done-about-it/)
“J. Reuben Clark said, “[E]ven the President of the Church, himself, may not always be ‘moved upon by the Holy Ghost,’ when he addresses the people. This has happened about matters of doctrine (usually of a highly speculative character) where subsequent Presidents of the Church and the peoples themselves have felt that in declaring the doctrine, the announcer was not ‘moved upon by the Holy Ghost.’ “How shall the Church know when these adventurous expeditions of the brethren into these highly speculative principles and doctrines meet the requirements of the statutes that the announcers thereof have been ‘moved upon by the Holy Ghost’? The Church will know by the testimony of the Holy Ghost in the body of the members, whether the brethren in voicing their views are ‘moved upon by the Holy Ghost’; and in due time that knowledge will be made manifest” (J. Reuben Clark Jr., “Church Leaders’ Words,” 10).”