Sunday, March 01, 2009

Kolob is the star nearest the throne of God

Kolob appears 14 times in LDS scripture (eight here, six here) and has its own article in the Church's official Guide to the Scriptures.  There are six Topical Guide entries that reference Kolob: (1) Astronomy, (2) Govern, (3) Manner, (4) Nigh, (5) Reckon/Reckoning, and (6) Throne.

Kolob is found in nine triple combination index entries: (1) Astronomy, (2) Govern, Government, (3) Kolob, (4) Nigh, (5) Planet, (6) Reckon, Reckoning, (7) Revolutions, (8) Throne, and (9) Time.

The song "If You Could Hie to Kolob" has been in the LDS hymnbook since at least the 1891 edition, where it was no. 231.  In the current Hymns (1985) it is no. 284.  It is performed regularly in general conference (see, for example, April 2003 and April 2008).  President Boyd K. Packer quoted from it in his 2007 PBS Documentary Interview, saying it is "very profound."

Kolob is a place.  It is real.  It exists both in LDS doctrine and in actual fact.


Anonymous Ken said...

One thing: please point me to a non-LDS astronomical site to verify your claim that Kolob is real.

3/01/2009 04:46:00 PM  
Blogger R. Gary said...

Ken: Our faith includes much that is not verifiable by science. Many things exist in actual fact that will never be discovered by astronomy or any other branch of temporal science.

3/01/2009 06:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a odd request, Ken. If Kolob is indeed a star of sorts then how should astronomers go about detecting precisely which one should be the perfect match.

That said, I'm not convinced that Abraham's cosmology was intended to reflect the physical universe as we see it.


3/01/2009 06:28:00 PM  

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