The things we accept as normal and enjoy today were considered impossible twenty-five years ago and beyond the power of man to achieve. The early "Buck Rogers" and "Flash Gordon" comic strips were fantastic and considered outside the realm of man's attainment. They were considered figments of man's imagination, but now many of these miraculous, imaginative things have become realities and man is pushing onward toward new and higher goals of achievement. We are now mentally prepared for every new invention and advancement in technology and the sciences, but, nevertheless, stand amazed at man's powers to create and achieve. These outstanding accomplishments, which approach the miraculous, to me are unquestioned evidence of man's divine nature. Man has sent up satellites which circle the globe. He has taken the breathtaking, miraculous ride about the earth. He expects to circle the moon and even land man on the outer planets; also he considers feasible floating platforms in outer space as intermediate stations for interplanetary travel.
The Lord has literally poured out His spirit upon all flesh, as the accomplishments of man today give full witness. It is significant that this great thrust forward in man's achievement and progress and this pouring out of knowledge is not confined to any one nation or people, but it seems that new knowledge from heaven comes simultaneously to every advanced, civilized nation. No nation has a corner on the knowledge God is pouring down from heaven upon all flesh. With this great flood of knowledge and light, men, not recognizing its source, do become imbued with self-importance and power. Recently a Russian scientist, E. T. Fadeyev, head of the scientific-atheistic section of the journal Science and Life, is quoted as saying: Successful flights of earth satellites and rockets cast doubt on the existence of God and refute religious dogma. Rockets and satellites have encountered no angels nor discovered a Supreme Being. Religious dogma holds that it is possible to ascend to heaven only through divine intervention. But in an age of jet aircraft and high altitude rockets, artificial earth satellites and interplanetary ships, it is comical to argue that man cannot reach the heavens. (Los Angeles Herald.)
We must acquire the faith to accept the fact that all knowledge is from God and known to God. Knowledge is released to man on earth according to God's plan for him. Free or liberal thinking does not change truth, the revealed knowledge which comes from God.
In this day of modern liberalism when revealed truth is so frequently questioned and the decrees of God challenged, we, members of the Church, cannot afford to be carried away by the philosophies and sophistries of men's teachings and become complacent and indifferent to such inroads on our faith in divine and spiritual things. Advocates in these fields of man's speculations frequently consider gospel teachings childish-therefore foolish and unsuited for this enlightened age in which we live. Regardless of man's claims to the contrary, God is still God; Christ is His son-His Only Begotten Son in the flesh. He is in the express image of His Father's person, and is our Redeemer, Savior, Lord, and King. The scriptures teach us that we are descended from the lineage of the Gods; therefore, we are created in their likeness and image, in both spirit and body, and we are endowed with like character traits, qualities, and powers. We are not the product of evolution from some lower organism of life as man speculates and would have us believe.
We learn obedience, as the Savior did, by the things which we suffer. . . . Sometime in the eternities to come, we will see that our trials were calculated to cause us to turn to our Heavenly Father for strength and support. Any affliction or suffering we are called upon to bear may be directed to give us experience, refinement, and perfection.