There are 2 thoughts on “When an Evident Fact Cannot Be Allowed to Be True”.

  1. I enjoyed the step-by-step analysis involved in this small article, along with the comparisons of other ancient and modern similar events. As I contemplate the modus-operandi of modern-day non-believers, atheists, disenchanted former members and others in comparison to those alluded to in this article, I find an interesting similarity in responses and arguments of modern-day naysayers to the unbelieving Pharisees of Jesus’ time.

    Like all human beings, so intent are we upon our preconceived notions, prior beliefs and rehearsed responses, that we oftentimes simply cannot see, accept or recognize events contrary to what we “expect” or “assume” or are “self-assured” should occur.

    Interestingly, the arguments of the modern-day antagonist typically resound and repeat with a circular logic based more upon insistence and steadfast clenching-hold upon prior belief than an open-minded acceptance of the possibility of something beyond their supposed “concrete” assumptions. Invariably, in fact, these same people will assert that those of us with “faith-based” experiences are the ones who cannot “open our minds” to their “scientific” reasoning, logic and arguments. They fail to recognize that it takes far more open-mindedness to accept and internally “normalize” within our own personal paradigm, faith-based experiences, than their opposite approach of accepting only mind-based evidence and nothing else.

    Once again, Dr. Peterson shows the great divide which exists between these two entities in explanation of exactly why there are some who “seeing” refuse to see.

  2. I really enjoyed the article “When an Evident Fact Cannot Be Allowed to Be True” by Daniel C. Peterson. This article also shows the terrible apostasy at the time of the mortal Savior. We as Latter-day Saints may think that the apostasy at the time of Joseph Smith was the worst apostasy. But the apostasy at the time of the mortal Savior was also terrible. The Savior in Matthew 23 called the Pharisees hypocrites 7 times in 11 verses, and also called the Pharisees “vipers,” “serpents,” and “whited sepulchres.” As this article shows, the Pharisees had so perverted the law of Moses that they condemned the healing of a blind man on the Sabbath Day as a violation of the law of Moses. Thus, the Savior had to restore the true church by calling Peter, James, John, and others.

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