Like Brigham, I also have a friend struggling with the question of whether or not God exists. This has caused me to think about faith as well, but most of my thoughts have been about the even more general topic of truth. I have a few friends who have for some reason decided to make their “beliefs” field in their facebook profiles say “Truth”. This is probably partly to create conversation, partly to make themselves come across as somewhat pretentious stoic philosopher-types, and partly because that’s how they really feel, but every time I see this, it really gets me thinking: What do I believe in? Do I believe in Mormonism, do I believe in truth, or do I believe in both?
I think a lot of people are averse to religion because they think it asks them to believe in a preacher, a book, a story, a church, or a feeling. I also think a lot of people decide that they need a religion, a preacher, a book, or a feeling in their lives when really what they should be looking for (and probably are looking for, but without realizing it) is answers to their questions; they should be looking for truth. I think people have a lot of different methods for seeking truth. In a later post, I’ll share one of my methods (for a preview, see this chapter in the book of Alma from a book of scripture called the Book of Mormon), but what are your methods for seeking truth? How do you know if something is true false? Is truth something that is important to you, or do you think it’s something we can never really find?
To conclude, I’d like to share something a man named Ed Eyring told his son about the Mormon religion, to which he belonged, before sending him to college to eventually go on to become one of the most celebrated scientists in the world:
“This religion that we have is only truth. It is not anything else. So don’t get nervous. Don’t get worried about anything you learn. Go and study geology and biology and organic evolution and anthropology and everything else that you like. The more the merrier. If there is anything I have told you that will not stand up, it is not the gospel. We do not want it anyway. Let it go. The truth is all that we are standing for.”
This is the type of attitude we should have. We should be in search of nothing more than pure truth, in whatever form it may come. In response to the question I asked earlier about whether I believe in truth or in Mormonism, my answer is not that I believe in truth and in Mormonism. My answer is that I believe only in truth, but that fortunately I have found Mormonism to be truth, and I hope that in your search for truth, you can come to the same conclusion.