I have often heard (and even taught) that God won’t share his secrets with us if we can’t keep a secret. Or as Elder McConkie is is quoted as saying: “God doesn’t talk to blabbermouths”. That makes enough sense I guess, but I wonder if we have a proper idea of what really constitutes God’s secrets. What is it we’re not supposed to investigate and discuss (or blab about)?
Obviously we don’t discuss thing that we have specifically promised not to discuss, but what about everything else? What about the nature of God? What about the foreknowledge of God? What about the nature of the pre-mortal existence? What about the nature of our post mortal existence?
I think the answer is that we should be thinking about and studying and searching out all of those sorts of things. Why? First, because there aren’t many more important things for us to spend our mental energies on. Second, because they can help us understand why we have been commanded to act certain ways. How are we ever to become like God if we never can understand his motivations? I firmly believe that if we really want know what Jesus would do in the situations we encounter we have to see the universe more the way Jesus saw it in his mortal probation. If we are to be his friends, we need to try to see as he sees.
I also believe that for some reason the word “speculation” has become a dirty word in the church. That cannot be a good development. If we clamp down on searching and exploring too much who will be the ones gaining that light, knowledge, and intelligence to take with them into the next life?
God may not like blabbermouths, but he does not like us omitting rigorous gospel investigation and discussion either. I believe the latter is a much more common problem than the former.