“We are commanded to reject the philosophies of men (sometimes expressed as the commandments of men)
in favor of messages from messengers from God. I had always thought this just meant rejecting false philosophies. But now I wonder.
I was thinking about rejecting false philosophies a few days ago and the thought came into my mind that I had no real reason for thinking that the philosophies of men were just false philosophies. I couldn’t tell whether the thought was mine or the Holy Ghost’s.
I’ve been chewing on it for awhile, trying to figure out how a belief or statement could be true and still a “philosophy of men.” The best I’ve come up with is to think that maybe beliefs need to be baptized. That is, even if reason, observation, or secular authority makes me think with a high confidence that a belief is true, it may be wrong of me to treat that truth on par with the scriptures and the prophets without getting confirmation from God.
I’d like to hear your ideas.