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JON - Where does it say in the scriptures for man to beware of their own intelligence. Most men of intelligence say there can not be a God. Or something like that. Our intelligence gets in the way of our spirit.

JOEL - A few scriptures come to mind:

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." (Prov 3:5)

"O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm. (2 nep 4:34)

To me these scriptures mean that we should trust in God and his eternal principles rather than our own intelligence or in mankind and his changing earthly philosophies, theories and opinions.

According to Elder Marvin J. Ashton,
"One of the most common of all sins among worldly people is relying on and then boasting in the arm of flesh. This is a most serious evil. It is a sin born of pride, a sin that creates a frame of mind which keeps men from turning to the Lord and accepting his saving grace."

Pride has a lot to do with those men of intelligence who say there cannot be a God:
"And whoso knocketh, to him will he open; and the wise, and the learned, and they that are rich, who are puffed up because of their learning, and their wisdom, and their riches—yea, they are they whom he despiseth; and save they shall cast these things away, and consider themselves fools before God, and come down in the depths of humility, he will not open unto them. (2 Nephi 9:42)

There's nothing wrong with gaining earthly knowledge and experience. That is one of the reasons why we are here. We must remember, however, that the revelations and knowledge that come from God are always true and always will be true. We can trust in Him to be right all the time. We should not let our wealth of earthly knowledge blind us with pride to the point that we no longer listen to Him or his prophets and accept his word as the absolute truth.

Alma spoke these wise words:
"And also trust no one to be your teacher nor your minister, except he be a man of God, walking in his ways and keeping his commandments." (Mosiah 23: 14)

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