On Charity: 1 Corinthians 13 and Moroni 7:6-11

June 23, 2008 at 12:55 am (Christianity, LDS, Words of wisdom)

The 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians says:

1. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2. And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3. And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4. Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6. Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7. Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8. Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.

I find verse 3 to be the most interesting: even if we do the good thing but without true intent, it’s useless.

It is written in Moroni 7:6-11:

6. For behold, God hath said a man being evil cannot do that which is good; for if he offereth a gift, or prayeth unto God, except he shall do it with real intent it profiteth him nothing.
7. For behold, it is not counted unto him for righteousness.
8. For behold, if a man being evil giveth a gift, he doeth it grudgingly; wherefore it is counted unto him the same as if he had retained the gift; wherefore he is counted evil before God.
9. And likewise also is it counted evil unto a man, if he shall pray and not with real intent of heart; yea, and it profiteth him nothing, for God receiveth none such.
10. Wherefore, a man being evil cannot do that which is good; neither will he give a good gift.
11. For behold, a bitter fountain cannot bring forth good water; neither can a good fountain bring forth bitter water; wherefore, a man being a servant of the devil cannot follow Christ; and if he follow Christ he cannot be a servant of the devil.

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1 Comment

  1. dicentra said,

    Which means that it’s more important to BE good than to DO good.

    It relates back to King Benjamin’s speech wherein he says that if you’re too poor to give alms, you should cultivate the attitude that you would give if you could, but you don’t because you can’t.

    It’s interesting that Dennis Prager often argues just the opposite, that if you’re a jerk but you do a good thing, it’s counted as good, no matter what your intentions are. I guess that’s an example of where his Judaism comes into conflict with Christianity.

    Drives me crazy, though. He doesn’t seem to realize the origin of his callers’ objections. He does that a lot. I need to sit him down and straighten him out, but I can never afford the listeners’ cruises.

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