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A Humorous Purpose for Religious Things
For the last few months
I let a question float in cyberspace that has existed in a much more serious nature elsewhere. The spirit in which I proposed it was indifferent to the fact that said question has been arounda lot longer then I have existed. Among scriptural scholars who ascribe to the forms of study and questioning that I follow, the question, "How many angels can dance on the head of a pen?" Holds a special place in expression and actually speaks a language of caution to us. When I floated it, there were a number of questions which I considered an affront to my ideals in this area. Whether the question has a meaning or real answer or not is immaterial to me. The point to the question is that it doesn't do for people to ask questions that, though there may be an answer, that answer in all reality does no one any good and leaves everyone who ponders it feeling a little foolish for their effort.
That being said, I know that there is no such thing as a religious question without an answer. I have spent the better part of my life stretching the limits of asking such questions into areas that I had previously though were forbidden until I got an answer.
Even so, i have still come into questions every now and again that are more a detriment to those who consider them then they are a useful portal to enlightenment. I am still opposed to such questions. I believe that until man answers for the true meanings of the first four principles and ordinances of the gospel of God: Faith, Repentance, Baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, there are many other questions that range beyond this that are totally beside the point and pointless to ask until the basics are known.
I suggest in this that people get to the simple truths of heaven and master them. Hopefully on the journey one will learn a few things along the way that will lead to questions that follow the great four steps in the path of knowledge. Once the first four are understood and mastered the spirit will then be ready to address the other questions.
Even so, I caution against going into the dark or frivolous corners of the library of eternal knowledge least you find things that serve more to corrupt your spirit then to actually teach anything that will make you happy. You must judge them by the feeling they present when you approach them The more in the dark you become and confused you feel the further afield you have become. Eventually you become rapt around the axial. In other words, you may come to an epiphany of sorts or an intellectual grasping of the thing you went wading into the dark to understand and then you find you don't know the way back and so you obsess over what you found or think was found.
I have mourned the passing of more then a few great minds that at one point were filled with such light that the things they discovered have lit my path and helped me find the roads to great knowledge but somewhere along the line they wandered off into the mist of the questions that hang in the darkness like will o wisps. When I see my former friends stuck there and incapable of discerning the voices of reason that are trying to guide them back, it makes me sad.
It is for this reason I asked this question because I understand those waters and even though I actually believe that this question concerning pens and angels may have an answer, I have never found a functional reason in my soul to study it. It is that reason that I know will lead me back to rationality if I start to feel bogged down by the chase.