LECTURES ON FAITH. [SEC. 1. worlds would never have been framed, neither would man have been formed of the dust. It is the principle by which Jehovah. An Introduction to the Lectures on Faith The first part, on "the doctrine of the church," comprised a series of seven doctrinal lectures on the subject of faith, first . Lectures on Faith. byJoseph Smith. Topics lectures on faith. Collection opensource. approx. 96 pgs. IdentifierLecturesOnFaith.
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Download PDF The Lectures on Faith are a series of seven theological presentations made to the School of the Elders held in Kirtland, Ohio, during the winter. The Lectures on Faith is the popular title of a set of seven theological lectures delivered in the School of the Elders in Kirtland, Ohio, in the winter of – ASeek Learning by Faith,@ David A. Bednar; AAuthorship and History of the Power over All Things: The Doctrine of the Godhead in the Lectures on Faith,@.
Accordingly, the church body accepted the committee's compilation on August 17, , as "the doctrine and covenants of their faith, by a unanimous vote" History of the Church 2: — Some Latter Day Saint denominations have subsequently removed the lectures from the Doctrine and Covenants. The lectures were removed from the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints version of the Doctrine and Covenants in , although that denomination began publishing the lectures in a separate volume in The LDS Church removed the lectures from the Doctrine and Covenants in the edition, with an explanation that the lectures "were never presented to nor accepted by the Church as being otherwise than theological lectures or lessons".
See Introduction, edition. This is in contrast to the remaining pages of the original Doctrine and Covenants, which are officially recognized by nearly all Latter Day Saint denominations as divine revelation given specifically to the church.
Mormon apologists give several reasons to explain why the Lectures were removed from the scriptural volumes of the LDS Church.
According to church apostle Joseph Fielding Smith , the reasons were: " a They were not received as revelations by the prophet Joseph Smith. They are explanations of this principle but not doctrine. More complete instructions on the point of doctrine are given in section of the and all subsequent editions of the Doctrine and Covenants.
Talmage, chairman, and other members of the committee who were responsible for their omission that to avoid confusion and contention on this vital point of belief, it would be better not to have them bound in the same volume as the commandments or revelations which make up the Doctrine and Covenants.
Alexander has stated in a Sunstone article: Revision [of the Doctrine and Covenants] continued through July and August , and the Church printed the new edition in late The committee proposed to delete the 'Lectures on Faith' on the grounds that they were 'lessons prepared for use in the School of the Elders, conducted in Kirtland, Ohio, during the winter of ; but they were never presented to nor accepted by the Church as being otherwise than theological lectures or lessons.
The general conference of the Church in April had accepted the entire volume, including the Lectures, not simply the portion entitled 'Covenants and Commandments,' as authoritative and binding upon Church members.
What seems certain, however, is that the interpretive exegesis of based upon the reconstructed doctrine of the Godhead had superseded the Lectures. For instance, in Lecture 5, paragraph 2, it defines the Father as a "personage of spirit, glory and power," whereas in section of the Doctrine and Covenants, verse 22 states that "the Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's.
The Holy Spirit is not a personage, as defined at the beginning of paragraph 2: "There are two personages who constitute the great, matchless, governing and supreme power over all things They are the Father and Son. In , Elder Bruce R. McConkie , then a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' First Council of the Seventy, praised the lectures as follows: "In my judgment, it is the most comprehensive, inspired utterance that now exists in the English language—that exists in one place defining, interpreting, expounding, announcing, and testifying what kind of being God is.
It was written by the power of the Holy Ghost, by the spirit of inspiration. From this we can see that the whole human family in the early age of their existence, in all their different branches, had this knowledge disseminated among them; so that the existence of God became an object of faith in the early age of the world.
And the evidences which these men had of the existence of a God, was the testimony of their fathers in the first instance. The reason why we have been thus particular on this part of our subject, is that this class may see by what means it was that God became an object of faith among men after the fall; and what it was that stirred up the faith of multitudes to feel after him-to search after a knowledge of his character, perfections and attributes, until they became extensively acquainted with him, and not only commune with him and behold his glory, but be partakers of his power and stand in his presence.
Let this class mark particularly, that the testimony which these men had of the existence of a God, was the testimony of man; for previous to the time that any of Adam's posterity had obtained a manifestation of God to themselves, Adam, their common father, had testified unto them of the existence of God, and of his eternal power and Godhead.
For instance, Abel, before he received the assurance from heaven that his offerings were acceptable unto God, had received the important information of his father that such a Being did exist, who had created and who did uphold all things. Neither can there be a doubt existing on the mind of any person, that Adam was the first who did communicate the knowledge of the existence of a God to his posterity; and that the whole faith of the world, from that time down to the present is in a certain degree dependent on the knowledge first communicated to them by their common progenitor; and it has been handed down to the day and generation in which we live, as we shall show from the face of the sacred records.
First, Adam was years old when Seth was born. And the days of Adam, after he had begotten Seth, were years, making him years old when he died. Seth was when Enos was born v. From this account it appears that Lamech, the 9th from Adam, and the father of Noah, was 56 years old when Adam died; Methuselah, ; Enoch, ; Jared, ; Mahalaleel, ; Cainan, ; Enos, ; and Seth, So that Lamech the father of Noah, Methuselah, Enoch, Jared, Mahalaleel, Cainan, Enos, Seth, and Adam, were all living at the same time, and, beyond all controversy, were all preachers of righteousness.
Moses further informs us that Seth lived after he begat Enos, years, making him years old at his death. And Enos lived after he begat Cainan, years, making him years old when he died vv. And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel, years, making him years old at his death vv.
And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared, years, making him years old when he died vv. And Jared lived after he begat Enoch, years, making him years old at his death vv. And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah years, making him years old when he was translated vv.
Lamech lived after he begat Noah, years, making him years old when he died vv. Agreeable to this account, Adam died in the th year of the world; Enoch was translated in the th, fn Seth died in the nd; Enos in the th; Cainan in the th; Mahalaleel in the th; Jared in the nd; Lamech in the st; and Methuselah in the th, it being the same year in which the flood came. So that Noah was 84 years old when Enos died, when Cainan died, when Mahalaleel died, when Jared died, when Lamech died, and when Methuselah died.
From the foregoing it is easily to be seen, not only how the knowledge of God came into the world, but upon what principle it was preserved; that from the time it was first communicated, it was retained in the minds of righteous men, who taught not only their own posterity but the world; so that there was no need of a new revelation to man, after Adam's creation to Noah, to give them the first idea or notion of the existence of a God; and not only of a God, but the true and living God.
Having traced the chronology of the world from Adam to Noah, we will now trace it from Noah to Abraham. Noah was years old when Shem was born; 98 years afterwards the flood came, being the th year of Noah's age.
And Moses informs us that Noah lived after the flood years, making him years old when he died. Shem was years old when Arphaxad was born. Arphaxad was 35 when Salah was born ; Salah was 30 when Eber was born ; Eber was 34 when Peleg was born, in whose days the earth was divided ; Peleg was 30 when Reu was born ; Reu was 32 when Serug was born ; Serug was 30 when Nahor was born ; Nahor was 29 when Terah was born ; Terah was 70 when Haran and Abraham were born There is some difficulty in the account given by Moses of Abraham's birth.
Some have supposed that Abraham was not born until Terah was years old. This conclusion is drawn from a variety of scriptures, which are not to our purpose at present to quote. Neither is it a matter of any consequence to us whether Abraham was born when Terah was 70 years old, or But in order that there may no doubt exist upon any mind in relation to the object lying immediately before us, in presenting the present chronology we will date the birth of Abraham at the latest period, that is, when Terah was years old.
It appears from this account that from the flood to the birth of Abraham, was years. Moses informs us that Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad, years ; this added to years, which was his age when Arphaxad was born, makes him years old when he died. Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah, years ; this added to 35 years, which was his age when Salah was born, makes him years old when he died. Salah lived after he begat Eber, years ; this added to 30 years, which was his age when Eber was born, makes him years old when he died.
Eber lived after he begat Peleg, years ; this added to 34 years, which was his age when Peleg was born, makes him years old. Peleg lived after he begat Reu, years ; this added to 30 years, which was his age when Reu was born, makes him years old when he died.
Reu lived after he begat Serug years ; this added to 32 years, which was his age when Serug was born, makes him years old when he died. Serug lived after he begat Nahor, years ; this added to 30 years, which was his age when Nahor was born, makes him years old when he died.
Nahor lived after he begat Terah, years ; this added to 29 years, which was his age when Terah was born, makes him years old when he died. Terah was years old when Abraham was born, and is supposed to have lived 75 years after his birth, making him years old when he died. Agreeable to this last account, Peleg died in the th year of the world, Nahor in the th, and Noah in the th. So that Peleg, in whose days the earth was divided, and Nahor, the grandfather of Abraham, both died before Noah-the former being years old, and the latter ; and who cannot but see that they must have had a long and intimate acquaintance with Noah?
Reu died in the th year of the world, Serug in the th, Terah in the rd, Arphaxad in the th, Salah in the th, Shem in the th, Abraham in the rd, and Eber in the th, which was four years after Abraham's death. And Eber was the fourth from Noah. It appears from this account, that Nahor, brother of Abraham, Terah, Nahor, Serug, Reu, Peleg, Eber, Salah, Arphaxad, Shem, and Noah, all lived on the earth at the same time; and that Abraham was 18 years old when Reu died, 41 when Serug and his brother Nahor died, 75 when Terah died, 88 when Arphaxad died, when Salah died, when Shem died, and that Eber lived four years after Abraham's death.
We have now traced the chronology of the world agreeable to the account given in our present Bible, from Adam to Abraham, and have clearly determined, beyond the power of controversy, that there was no difficulty in preserving the knowledge of God in the world from the creation of Adam, and the manifestation made to his immediate descendants, as set forth in the former part of this lecture; so that the students in this class need not have any doubt resting on their minds on this subject, for they can easily see that it is impossible for it to be otherwise, but that the knowledge of the existence of a God must have continued from father to son, as a matter of tradition at least; for we cannot suppose that a knowledge of this important fact could have existed in the mind of any of the before-mentioned individuals, without their having made it known to their posterity.
We have now shown how it was that the first thought ever existed in the mind of any individual that there was such a Being as a God, who had created and did uphold all things: that it was by reason of the manifestation which he first made to our father Adam, when he stood in his presence, and conversed with him face to face, at the time of his creation. Let us here observe, that after any portion of the human family are made acquainted with the important fact that there is a God, who has created and does uphold all things, the extent of their knowledge respecting his character and glory will depend upon their diligence and faithfulness in seeking after him, until, like Enoch, the brother of Jared, and Moses, they shall obtain faith in God, and power with him to behold him face to face.
We have now clearly set forth how it is, and how it was, that God became an object of faith for rational beings; and also, upon what foundation the testimony was based which excited the inquiry and diligent search of the ancient saints to seek after and obtain a knowledge of the glory of God; and we have seen that it was human testimony, and human testimony only, that excited this inquiry, in the first instance, in their minds. It was the credence they gave to the testimony of their fathers, this testimony having aroused their minds to inquire after the knowledge of God; the inquiry frequently terminated, indeed always terminated when rightly pursued, in the most glorious discoveries and eternal certainty.
There is. Who is it? It is God. How do you prove that God has faith in himself independently? Because he is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient; without beginning of days or end of life, and in him all fullness dwells. Is he the object in whom the faith of all other rational and accountable beings center, for life and salvation?
He is. For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand [or, against the strong], and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him [or, recompense for his work].
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him? With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
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When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth: he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. How did men first come to the knowledge of the existence of a God, so as to exercise faith in him? In order to answer this question, it will be necessary to go back and examine man at his creation; the circumstances in which he was placed, and the knowledge which he had of God.
First, when man was created he stood in the presence of God. From this we learn that man, at his creation, stood in the presence of his God, and had most perfect knowledge of his existence.
Secondly, God conversed with him after his transgression. From this we learn that, though man did transgress, he was not deprived of the previous knowledge which he had of the existence of God.
Thirdly, God conversed with man after he cast him out of the garden. Fourthly, God also conversed with Cain after he had slain Abel. What is the object of the foregoing quotation? It is that it may be clearly seen how it was that the first thoughts were suggested to the minds of men of the existence of God, and how extensively this knowledge was spread among the immediate descendants of Adam.
What testimony had the immediate descendants of Adam, in proof of the existence of God? The testimony of their father. And after they were made acquainted with his existence, by the testimony of their father, they were dependent upon the exercise of their own faith, for a knowledge of his character, perfections, and attributes.
Had any other of the human family, besides Adam, a knowledge of the existence of God, in the first instance, by any other means than human testimony? They had not. For previous to the time that they could have power to obtain a manifestation for themselves, the all-important fact had been communicated to them by their common father; and so from father to child the knowledge was communicated as extensively as the knowledge of his existence was known; for it was by this means, in the first instance, that men had a knowledge of his existence.
How do you know that the knowledge of the existence of God was communicated in this manner, throughout the different ages of the world? By the chronology obtained through the revelations of God. How would you divide that chronology in order to convey it to the understanding clearly? Into two parts-First, by embracing that period of the world from Adam to Noah; and secondly, from Noah to Abraham; from which period the knowledge of the existence of God has been so general, that it is a matter of no dispute in what manner the idea of his existence has been retained in the world.
How many noted righteous men lived from Adam to Noah? Nine; which includes Abel, who was slain by his brother. What are their names? How old was Adam when Seth was born? One hundred and thirty years. How many years did Adam live after Seth was born? Eight hundred. How old was Adam when he died?
Nine hundred and thirty years. How old was Seth when Enos was born? One hundred and five years. How old was Enos when Cainan was born?
Ninety years. How old was Cainan when Mahalaleel was born? Seventy years. How old was Mahalaleel when Jared was born? Sixty-five years. How old was Jared when Enoch was born? One hundred and sixty-two years. How old was Enoch when Methuselah was born? How old was Methuselah when Lamech was born? One hundred and eighty-seven years. How old was Lamech when Noah was born?
One hundred and eighty-two years. For this chronology, see Lecture How many years, according to this account, was it from Adam to Noah?
One thousand and fifty-six years. How old was Lamech when Adam died? Lamech, the ninth from Adam including Abel , and father of Noah, was fifty-six years old when Adam died.
How old was Methuselah? Two hundred and forty-three years. How old was Enoch? Three hundred and eight years. How old was Jared? Four hundred and seventy years. How old was Mahalaleel? Five hundred and thirty-five years.
How old was Cainan? Six hundred and five years. How old was Enos? Six hundred and ninety-five years. How old was Seth? Eight hundred years.
For this item of the account, see Lecture How many of these noted men were cotemporary with Adam? How long did Seth live after Enos was born? Eight hundred and seven years. What was Seth's age when he died? Nine hundred and twelve years.
How long did Enos live after Cainan was born? Eight hundred and fifteen years. What was Enos's age when he died? Nine hundred and five years.
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How long did Cainan live after Mahalaleel was born? Eight hundred and forty years. What was Cainan's age when he died? Nine hundred and ten years. How long did Mahalaleel live after Jared was born?
Eight hundred and thirty years.
What was Mahalaleel's age when he died? Eight hundred and ninety-five years. How long did Jared live after Enoch was born? What was Jared's age when he died? Nine hundred and sixty-two years. How long did Enoch walk with God after Methuselah was born?
Three hundred years. What was Enoch's age when he was translated? Three hundred and sixty-five years. Seven hundred and eighty-two years. What was Methuselah's age when he died? Nine hundred and sixty-nine years.
How long did Lamech live after Noah was born? Five hundred and ninety-five years. What was Lamech's age when he died? Seven hundred and seventy-seven years. For the account of the last item see Lecture In what year of the world did Adam die? In the nine hundred and thirtieth. In what year was Enoch translated? In the nine hundred and eighty-seventh.
In the one thousand and forty-second. In what year did Enos die? In the eleven hundred and fortieth. In what year did Cainan die? In the twelve hundred and thirty-fifth. In what year did Mahalaleel die? In the twelve hundred and ninetieth.
In what year did Jared die? In the fourteen hundred and twenty-second. In what year did Lamech die? In the sixteen hundred and fifty-first. In what year did Methuselah die?
In the sixteen hundred and fifty-sixth. For this account see Lecture How old was Noah when Enos died? Eighty-four years. How old when Cainan died? One hundred and seventy-nine years. How old when Mahalaleel died? Two hundred and thirty-four years. How old when Jared died? Three hundred and sixty-six years. How old when Lamech died? How old when Methuselah died? Six hundred years. See Lecture , for the last item. How many of those men lived in the days of Noah? How many of those men were cotemporary with Adam and Noah both?
Lectures According to the foregoing account, how was the knowledge of the existence of God first suggested to the minds of men? By the manifestation made to our father Adam, when he was in the presence of God, both before and while he was in Eden. How was the knowledge of the existence of God disseminated among the inhabitants of the world? By tradition from father to son. How old was Noah when Shem was born? Five hundred and two years. What was the term of years from the birth of Shem to the flood?
What was the term of years that Noah lived after the flood? Three hundred and fifty. What was Noah's age when he died?
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Nine hundred and fifty years. What was Shem's age when Arphaxad was born? One hundred years. What was Arphaxad's age when Salah was born? Thirty-five years. What was Salah's age when Eber was born? Thirty years. What was Eber's age when Peleg was born? Thirty-four years. What was Peleg's age when Reu was born? What was Reu's age when Serug was born? Thirty-two years.
What was Serug's age when Nahor was born? What was Nahor's age when Terah was born? Twenty-nine years. What was Terah's age when Nahor the [brother] of Abraham was born?
What was Terah's age when Abraham was born? Some suppose one hundred and thirty years, and others seventy. What was the number of years from the flood to the birth of Abraham? Supposing Abraham to have been born when Terah was one hundred and thirty years old, it was three hundred and fifty-two years: but if he was born when Terah was seventy years old, it was two hundred and ninety-two years.
How long did Shem live after Arphaxad was born? Five hundred years. What was Shem's age when he died? What number of years did Arphaxad live after Salah was born? Four hundred and three years. What was Arphaxad's age when he died? Four hundred and thirty-eight years. What number of years did Salah live after Eber was born?
What was Salah's age when he died? Four hundred and thirty-three years. What number of years did Eber live after Peleg was born? Four hundred and thirty years.
What was Eber's age when he died? Four hundred and sixty-four years. What number of years did Peleg live after Reu was born? Two hundred and nine years. What was Peleg's age when he died? Two hundred and thirty-nine years. What number of years did Reu live after Serug was born? Two hundred and seven years.
What was Reu's age when he died? What number of years did Serug live after Nahor was born? Two hundred years. What was Serug's age when he died? Two hundred and thirty years. What number of years did Nahor live after Terah was born? One hundred and nineteen years. What was Nahor's age when he died?
One hundred and forty-eight years. What number of years did Terah live after Abraham was born? Supposing Terah to have been one hundred and thirty years old when Abraham was born, he lived seventy-five years; but if Abraham was born when Terah was seventy years old, he lived one hundred and thirty-five. What was Terah's age when he died? Two hundred and five years. For this account from the birth of Arphaxad to the death of Terah, see Lecture In what year of the world did Peleg die?
Agreeable to the foregoing chronology, he died in the nineteen hundred and ninety-sixth year of the world.Human testimony, and human testimony only. At the beginning of the collection of revelations were seven theological lectures that had originally been delivered at the Kirtland School the preceding winter. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? How many with Abraham? It was the credence they gave to the testimony of their fathers, this testimony having aroused their minds to inquire after the knowledge of God; the inquiry frequently terminated, indeed always terminated when rightly pursued, in the most glorious discoveries and eternal certainty.
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