“No Man Can Know of Anything Which is to Come”

Bryan Richards

Neal A. Maxwell

"In sum, many maintain that we simply cannot know the future; that angels do not minister to man; and furthermore that we cannot accept the word of those who testify otherwise! For some this amounts to an article of faith: 'We find insufficient evidence for belief in the existence of a supernatural; it is either meaningless or irrelevant to the question of the survival and fulfillment of the human race. As non-theists, we begin with humans not God, nature not deity.... No deity will save us; we must save ourselves.' (Humanist Manifesto II, Encyclopedia of American Religions: Religions Creeds, J. Gordon Melton, ed. [Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1988], p. 641.)
"Fortunately, as Latter-day Saints we know better, having been blessed with the witness of the Spirit." (A Wonderful Flood of Light, p. 75)

Neal A. Maxwell

"Many in the world hold back from making the 'leap of faith' because they have already jumped to the Korihor conclusions, such as 'God never was nor ever will be; there is no redeeming Christ; man cannot know the future; man cannot know of that which he cannot see; whatsoever a man does is no crime; and death is the end.'
"One basic limitation of worldly wisdom is its lack of longitudinality and of precious perspective. Worldly wisdom cannot 'see afar off,' and without a spiritual memory and spiritual will, past mistakes are repeated and folly is resumed!" (Church News, Aug 22, 1992, "Vital Truths are Expressed in Life")