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And, according to Joseph Smith, when one embraces truth, "the shackles of superstition, bigotry, ignorance, and priestcraft, fall at once from his neck; and his eyes are opened to see the truth." The modern-day LDS Church rarely gives definitive statements on many scientific topics that the earlier prophets previously taught as gospel, but some are clearly still taught as literal events today such as the Great Flood and the Tower of Babel, which are also supported by LDS scripture.Although many statements abound from LDS authors embracing the search for truth and knowledge no matter the source, when there is a conflict between the LDS position and science, there seems to be two ways of dealing with it: 1) Faith overrides science as this Thomas S. No true scientist will say that we have final, exact answers through scientific research; it is an ongoing, learning process.
We should remember that when inspired writers deal with historical incidents they relate that which they have seen or that which may have been told them, unless indeed the past is opened to them by revelation.Introduction Member beliefs Problem summary Noah's Ark Tower of Babel Sun's light from Kolob Dinosaurs Age of the Earth Evolution didn't happen Adam & Eve 1st humans Other Bible stories Church's response Critics' summary Editor's comments What most LDS have been taught in church and believe as truth The leaders of the church, as well as gospel doctrine teachers the world over, have taught that many Biblical events and beliefs that people have had for centuries are indeed true, historical events.Joseph Smith and other prophets have made statements that indicated that certain Biblical events were indeed historical and not merely parables.The details in the story of the flood are undoubtedly drawn from the experiences of the writer.Under a downpour of rain, likened to the opening of the heavens, a destructive torrent twenty-six feet deep or deeper would easily be formed.
Both of these groups—those who totally deny the historicity of Noah and the Flood and those who accept parts of the story—are persuaded in their disbelief by the way they interpret modern science.