I was reviewing things I’d read and the point came out that we often believe in people or scriptures without believing what they say.
There is a popular LDS book about Believing Christ. Not believing in Christ but rather actually believing things that Christ had to say.
That got me thinking about scriptures and which ones we actually believe as to what they say.
This is the one that comes to mind.
34 Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen?D&C 121 35-42
35 Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men, that they do not learn this one lesson—
36 That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness.
37 That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man.
38 Behold, ere he is aware, he is left unto himself, to kick against the pricks, to persecute the saints, and to fight against God.
39 We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.
40 Hence many are called, but few are chosen.
41 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
42 By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile—
Do we believe we or others can maintain power or influence by virtue of the priesthood? Or that influence is only maintained by kindness, gentleness, long-suffering and persuasion?
Do we believe that other approaches are unrighteous?
Do we believe that attempting to cover or hide sins or to act other than in gentleness means that God is being rejected?
How much do we believe in what D&C 121 says and how much of that shapes our expectation of how our interactions at church and hone should go?
What do you think?
What other scriptures come to mind as ones you believe in what they say?