The Lord says his word is sharper than a two edged sword. I remember feeling confused by that image as a youth. The scriptures were a banner of peace, so to have the scriptures presented as a weapon of war, so sharp it cuts asunder both marrow and bone was a bit jarring to me.
We live a in a day that demands soft words. In the church, we find those who demand soft words, thinking that is what it is to follow Christ. They haven’t read what he said and thought about what it really meant. They haven’t read what Joseph Smith said “I have not the least idea, if Christ should come to the earth and preach such rough things as He preached to the Jews, but that this generation would reject Him for being so rough.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith page 307).
The Lord’s words is sharper than a two edged sword. If we want it to be something else, we are bound to be disappointed by it. It divides man from his rationalizations in a moment. It cuts down his defenses and shows his sins for what they are, plain as day for all to see. Most importantly, it lays them bare for for man, himself, to see, if he will bear it. Then, having revealed his predicament, it offers a mankind road to redemption, if he is willing to cast off those same sins, have faith, and be baptized. Thus it offers salvation to man.
But it is in cutting things down, and penetrating as a blade to the heart that it has power to save. Who has not found themselves chastened by it?
It cuts down the enemies of Christ and makes a way for the righteous to escape.
And it will cut down the wicked, both in mortality, and at the judgment bar, where they will be judged according to the books which are written. They will know and be able to testify that his word is sharper than a two edged sword, for they will be cut down by it. They will have felt its effects, and know that is was as a sword that slew them.
It is what this generation has learned to despise. But it is also the power of God unto salvation.