07 January 2009

42

Lunkwill: Do you...
Deep Thought: Have an answer for you? Yes. But you're not going to like it.
Fook: Please tell us. We must know!
Deep Thought: Okay. The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything is...
(wild cheers from audience, then silence)
Deep Thought: 42
--from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the movie

So I bring this up to tell you this. I was reading in the Book of Mormon today, and I came across a  verse in Alma 34 that I allowed me to make some pretty interesting connections. Amulek is teaching to the Zoramites, and in verse 5 of chapter 34, he makes a really interesting observation:

"And we have beheld that the great question which is in your minds is whether the word be in the Son of God, or whether there shall be no Christ."

As soon as I read that verse, I thought to myself, The GREAT question? Like, the answer to life, the universe, and everything? Well, the desire to know if this universe is good or evil, or whether it could be redeemed through something like Christ's atonement... I could see those being valid interpretations into that question.

Then I remembered a conversation I had with someone here just a day or two ago. He explained to me that from Abraham to David are 14 generations, from David to the captivity of Babylon are 14 generations, and from the captivity of Babylon to Jesus Christ are 14 generations... as I just verified with Matthew 1: 17.

Now here's the real brain buster: What is 14 x 3? (If you need help, type in "what is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?" into a Google search, and it will tell you.)




See, whether Douglas Adams believed in God or not is absolutely irrelevant. Writers have the frightening ability to manifest truths they don't even realize they're telling because all things testify of Christ--even the people who don't believe in Him.

Example: It's my interpretation that Darwinism and evolution are mentioned in the Book of Mormon. In Alma 30, verse 17 read as follows:
And many more such things did he say unto them, telling them that there could be no atonement made for the sins of men, but every man fared in this life according to the management of the creature; therefore every man prospered according to his genius, and that every man conquered according to his strength; and whatsoever a man did was no crime.

I love how the moral relativism is tacked onto the end there. And you would think that this is a description of modern-day times, it certainly fits well enough. However, this was a description of the teachings of Korihor, the anti-Christ who became a pain in the pan-dimensional rear in about 74 B.C. Considering Darwin and evolution did not come along, become completely misinterpreted, and the need for guidance on how to interpret them again would not manifest for almost two dozen centuries, the fact that Korihor was preserved in the Book of Mormon testifies to me that Heavenly Father is real, and he will communicate answers to His children that they need, by any means necessary.

Even if it's through people like Korihor and Douglas Adams.

4 comments:

  1. Heh...that's pretty clever with the number 42. I wonder if that's where Douglas Adams got the number from.

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  2. Absolutely not. He became a devout atheist, and picked the number completely arbitrarily--according to himself anyway. Stephen Fry claims there's another reason that only he knows and he's taking the secret to his grave... but who knows if that's actually true.

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  3. love the way you hunger after truth - dork or not - looking forward to the semester to crank up i suppose :0)

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  4. A dork, perhaps, but a smart one with an inquiring mind. That's a good thing.

    Love the 42 connection AND the Korihor / false-Darwin-evolution interpretation.

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