The trickster archetype is often found in mythologies, and cultures of all kinds, including religions, and it is by these tricks that the world turns.
If Joseph made the plates he had in his possession, then didn't he lie in saying otherwise? Maybe there is more to it, which ties into the mystical nature of his visions.
President Russell M. Nelson of the LDS Church shared 5 "absolute truths" a few days ago, and I comment on where I think he was right, and where I believe he was unfortunately mistaken.
What if we all told the truth? Why do we lie? What repercussions does this have in our lives? That's what this video from Like Stories of Old explores.
It is perhaps the greatest paradox of all, which the mind will never understand. That is the point.
Can we know anything absolutely? Is there an absolute objective truth out there? What does mysticism say about this?
Some thoughts on how we live in a relative world, which is an expression of a deeper divine Absolute.
The ironies and paradoxes run high and deep in mystical experience. Here is some of what I've experienced.
A reinterpretation of a revelation to Joseph Smith on the glory of God.
Will we ever discover the absolute truth, moral or intellectual, or otherwise? Can we ever know the Absolute?