Friday, August 11, 2006

I've read the entire Old Testament twice in my lifetime. Once was the KJV and the other the New American version. I didn't like doing either time; though, the second time through I understood it better partially because of maturity and partially because the KJV is not in a language I can speak. Of all the advice it gives my favorite Old Testament verse is Proverbs 10:19, "In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise." I try to remember that when I'm speaking in public or blogging. I have a humble testimony and would hate for it to lead anyone astray. I've also read that, "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt." Not as poetic as the Bible puts it, but it seems to be the same sentiment. Language can be a powerful tool but all too often it's misused. I try to strike a balance between using it poorly and not using it at all. Once in a while I'll take a vow of silence for three or four hours just to remind myself and my family what the world would be like without so many words.

Silence can be an odd concept for Americans who are so very used to freedom of speech and freedom of the press, but sometimes silence says more than words can. I think that's especially true when discussing eternal questions, and why I find the Old Testament so difficult. "The Way that can be spoken of is not the eternal way. The name that can be said is not the eternal name." (Book of the Way 1:1-2) No mere words can hold God - no not even the Bible. That's why a personal testimony and a relationship with God is so important. That's why I'm a Mormon today albeit a lazy one. It goes beyond language and I hope this post does too.



At 4:59 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Words can be very dangerous, but they can also be very powerful. Words can, like most things, be used for good or for evil, to help or to harm.

I know I'm not always careful with my words, but I also know that my words can help people.

It's a fine line between saying nothing, and saying something wrong. Sometimes saying nothing is wrong, but sometimes it's the only thing you can say.

At 10:29 AM, Blogger David Schantz said...

I got to go along with Stephanie here. I'm sure she knows why. Thanks to both of you for some interesting post and some much needed advice.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


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