Building A Lasting Stable Civilization

Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, Marion G. Romney

Six thousand years of human history attests to Alma’s wisdom. Every chapter thereof teaches that the uninspired wisdom of men cannot build a lasting stable civilization nor bring peace and happiness to individual men. All the evidence teaches that if man would live abundantly and preserve his civilization, he must look to God. Generation after generation has learned through sad experience that “. . . cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man” (2 Ne. 4:34).

Nor are the prophets the only ones to be persuaded that “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it” (Ps. 127:1). Josephus, for example, introducing his Antiquities of the Jews, says that: “Moses, our legislator . . . deemed it exceeding necessary, that he who would conduct his own life well, and give laws to others, in the first place should consider the Divine nature . . . [Nor did Moses think that] any thing he should write [would] tend to the promotion of virtue in his readers . . . unless they be taught first of all, that God is the Father and Lord of all things . . . [He therefore] did not begin the establishment of his laws after the same manner that other legislators did; [i.e.,]” and I am still quoting from Josephus, “upon contracts and other rites between one man and another, but by raising their minds upward to regard God, and his creation of the world; and by persuading them, that we men are the most excellent of the creatures of God upon earth . . . when he had once demonstrated that God was possessed of perfect virtue, he supposed that men also ought to strive after the participation of it” (The Works of Josephus, pp. 38-39).

In an exhaustive treatise on The Good Society, a modern author, Hugh Evander Willis, A.B., A. M., LLB., LLM., LLD., Professor of Law, Emeritus, Indiana University, concludes that the best and only remedy to the present problems and the establishment of a good society is “the religion of Jesus.” He makes a great point of the fact that the only motive strong enough to induce men to exercise that self-control required by the religion of Jesus is love. “Jesus,” he says, “proposed,” (he uses the word proposed because he does not accept Elohim and Jesus as actually Father and Son.) “to extend this love to the entire human race through teaching [not as a fact, mind you, not as a reality, but as a device] the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.”

Source: Marion G. Romney, Conference Report, October 1962, pp. 92-96. Marion G. Romney was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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