Monday, July 1, 2013

Alma 30:12-13

"And this Anti-Christ, whose name was Korihor, (and the law could have no hold upon him) began to preach unto the people that there should be no Christ. And after this manner did he preach, saying:
O ye that are bound down under a foolish and a vain hope, why do ye yoke yourselves with such foolish things? Why do ye look for a Christ? For no man can know of anything which is to come."
Alma 30:12-13

The words of Korihor seem familiar, I think, even if we have never read them before.  It's a message we hear around us a lot.  Later in this chapter, Korihor says that we all prosper according to our genius and conquer according to our strength, and that nothing we do is a crime.  That when our lives are over, that's it.  ... I think the scariest part is that sometimes we hear these messages so much that we start to believe them.
Korihor was wrong.  He preached against Christ before his earthly ministry... and Christ came.  And, though we hear similar messages today, Christ will come again.  Honing our intelligence, our talents, and our strength are not bad things at all, but that isn't all there is, and the purpose of life is not to compete with everyone else.  And though people mock, and will continue to mock, we *can* know what will come... because God isn't some fable that we tell to each other.  He is real, and he affects our lives in ways that we can feel. 
Today, if we don't know how real God is, let's take that leap and get down on our knees and ask him if he is there.  And if we already know, let's work on approaching life in God's way and not the world's... cooperatively, not competitively.  Let's help each other, embrace each other in friendship, and listen to God's advice.  ... Let's make the reality of God obvious by our daily actions.

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