Our world is filled with differing views, opinions and philosophies, and, due to extraordinary advancements in technology, we have greater access to all of this information now than ever before.
What are we to do with all of this information? According to BYU Church History Professor Michael Goodman at the Devotional on Tuesday, "Our task is to decide what is true and what is false."
According to Goodman, Heavenly Father has revealed the principles and practices we need in order to recognize and follow truth. However, many—even within the Church—appear to doubt those abilities within themselves. To help us and our loved ones in our combined quest for truth, Goodman suggests that we take three crucial steps:
- Become a seeker (do not fear questions!)
- Love and respect all—regardless of whether we agree with the conclusions they reach
- Learn and share the vital principles and practices for knowing truth
Once we have taken these steps to seek out and invite truth, we must do our best to discern and know truth. Just as a three-legged stool provides solid stability and a steady foundation, Goodman offers three suggestions that will help us to discern solid, foundational truth:
- Use your best thinking (logic/reason)
- Act with real intent
- Seek revelation
"By using our best thinking, by choosing to act with real intent and by seeking direct revelation from God, we can come to a humble yet firm conviction of the truth of all things," Goodman said. "Our confidence can wax strong and our foundation of faith can be steadfast."
If you missed Goodman's remarks, the Devotional can be streamed on BYUtv.org and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu.
Next Devotional: Keoni Kauwe, College of Life Sciences
The next BYU Forum address will be given by Biology Professor Keoni Kauwe on Tuesday, July 19, at 11:05 a.m., in the de Jong Concert Hall.
His remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv and BYUtv.org, KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM and BYU Radio.
Writer: Beau Jones