The Old Writings

A difficult lesson to learn and even harder to put into practice, but important to do so. Do not read historical documents, especially those of a religious nature, from your current point of view. We all are the sum total in our thinking of the influences of others up until our own time. Many battles have been waged in that time. Many refinements in expression have occurred as a result. Seek to view the old writings in the context of their day, with the understanding of those in that day. Above all, be charitable when reading them and respectful. Many of the old brethren, our predecessors in the faith, sacrificed everything for the cause of Christ.