Why Does Everything Fail Except Charity?
Charity never afaileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.Here's what I think that means.
One of the things that distinguishes the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from other religions is our belief in eternal progression. For example, LDS Church President Lorenzo Snow taught that
The first President of the LDS Church, Joseph Smith, said this:
As man is, God once was. As God is, man maybe become.
"God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted Man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens. That is the great secret... It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the character of God and to know...that he was once a man like us. Here, then, is eternal life--to know that only wise and true God, and you have got to learn how to become Gods yourselves..."To become God's ourselves, we must be possessed of perfect love--charity. That is why charity never faileth. But why, then does everything else "fail"? Why is charity greater than faith or hope? Why is the following scripture true?
Charity never afaileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
The Book of Mormon teaches that perfection entails perfect love:
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, apray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true bfollowers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall cbe like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be dpurified even as he is pure.Perfection does not, however, entail perfect faith or perfect hope. When we will have become like God, we will no longer need to live by faith, I don't think. Neither will we live by hope, because we will, rather, live by perfect knowledge.
But the one thing that we will always need is charity. Of the things that should daily motivate us, charity will always be required, even when we have become perfect. And thus, it will never fail.