Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Behold the world and the wisdom thereof

1 Nephi 11:35

Is the world so smart?

I have found recently that there is a significant difference between the opinion of the “world” collectively – media, etc. and the opinion of the majority of the individuals of the world.

As individuals, we seem to want the same things – we want to raise strong children who will be strong adults. But most of us are not willing to fight against the “wisdom” of the world. We either ignorantly believe that our children will not be affected by all the opinions and attitudes of the world, or we apathetically decide that “everyone is entitled to their opinion” – which is true, but we use this as a ridiculous excuse to refrain from expressing our own standards and morals to our children.

The wisdom of the world is not the wisdom we should be teaching our children. We have to teach them the wisdom of God, and we have to do it before they get caught up in believing the wisdom of the world.

In the Book of Mormon the angel tells Nephi that the great and spacious building of Lehi’s vision (see 1 Nephi 8) was the pride of the world “and it fell, and the fall thereof was exceedingly great.”

The wisdom of the world will fail, and when it does, the fall will be “exceedingly great.”

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