Posted by: Loran Blood | March 11, 2016

The Truth Shall Set us Free

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  It is truth; knowing it, living it, and achieving and holding close that all-important internal witness of it we call the principle of revelation or the Spirit of prophecy that liberates, sets free, delivers, and ultimately, saves and exalts.

To be free is to know the truth and to live, exist, and perceive in harmony with it.  It is to live under the shade of the Tree of Life, partake of its fruit, and drink from the living waters that flow, not to its roots, but from them.  To be free, to have liberty, including in the political sense, is not so much to be free from coercion, arbitrary force, and unaccountable power, nor even to be free to do that which we desire (to pursue happiness),  and to be “free” in this sense is certainly not to be free to do whatever we desire.   To be free is, above all, to be free from the great chain Satan holds in his hand; the chains of sin (knowing transgression of God’s commandments), of unquestioned tradition, of habitual, conditioned responses and routines; of addiction, of ingrained perceptions and assumptions, and of the bondage of freedom itself when freedom, unqualified and decoupled from knowledge, wisdom, and eternal perspective, becomes itself a binding restraint.

To be bound by the great chain is to be not free to live the gospel.  To be free from gospel law is to be bound by the laws governing evil, and to be bound in and by evil (to be “free” or “liberated” in the secular sense) is to be unfree in the sense of being constricted in the living, and perhaps even in approaching gospel truths.

Freedom in one ontological region is bondage in another.  What we think we are and experience is conditioned by the level of reality at which we experience.  We can be free from gospel disciplines, standards, and sacrifices, but only at the price of being bound and limited by the ontological alternatives.  We become a part of and eventually unified with the laws of the particular reality or level of being with which we integrate ourselves psychologically, intellectually, and spiritually.

The restored gospel teaches these fundamental principles.  Light is attracted to light, intelligence to intelligence, and righteousness to righteousness, while darkness cleaves or bonds to darkness, ignorance to ignorance, and evil to evil.  The birds and the feathers really do go together.

The doctrine of degrees of glory points to us the idea that the level of existence and reality at which we choose to both perceive and live conditions and, if followed out to its ultimate end, determines our fundamental ontological state.  We become, in time, one with the laws governing the level of reality at which we live and choose to follow as “the truth” or even as the truth that there is no truth, as we may assert.

To be free then, in a gospel sense, is to be free to be free; to attain that freedom found only within the liberating infinitude of truth, strait and narrow as the path to it may be.  Freedom, like the priesthood, God’s eternal power, can only be unlimited and infinite when controlled or handled, “upon the principles of righteousness.”  Freedom, unconstrained, can bind.  Gospel law liberates, but at the same time creates a stark perimeter outside of which lies bondage – the great chain.  To consent to our own chaining, we must be enticed by the carnal and sensual delights of the “natural man” and his culture of indulgence and “carnal security,” with each flaxen cord being barely if at all perceptible.  The chains only begin to be felt once we have integrated ourselves so deeply within telestial law that reorientation becomes very difficult.  We become ‘hardened,” and as Lao Tzu was wont to point out, it is the tender, flexible sapling that best bends with the wind and survives the storm.

To live and perceive at one level of existence renders other levels of reality invisible.  The “veil” is penetrated only by altering the way we perceive such that we conform to or become integrated with the laws or level of reality we desire to experience.  Hence, those who deny the gospel and spiritual realities because the see “no evidence” are engaged in an ontological category error.  The level of reality we choose to perceive is the level of reality at which we will perceive.  Our phenomenal expectations condition our perceptual range.
















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