Saturday, October 12, 2013

Doctrine and Covenants 10:25-26

"Yea, he saith unto them: Deceive and lie in wait to catch, that ye may destroy; behold, this is no harm. And thus he flattereth them, and telleth them that it is no sin to lie that they may catch a man in a lie, that they may destroy him.
And thus he flattereth them, and leadeth them along until he draggeth their souls down to hell; and thus he causeth them to catch themselves in their own snare."
Doctrine and Covenants 10:25-26

This is interesting.  I think that we do this sometimes... think that we can lie if someone else is lying, or be cruel if someone else is being cruel.  That sort of thing.  These verses are when some of the pages that Joseph Smith had translated were stolen, and God is telling Joseph why he can't go back and translate them again... because they had been changed, and people were waiting to bring them forward and catch Joseph in a "mistranslation."  Luckily, or rather, of course... God had anticipated this issue, and provided a different solution.  After writing the abridgement of the events up to King Benjamin, Mormon found another record that was more detailed, and placed it with the abridgement (Words of Mormon 1:7).
Today, instead of thinking that we need to prove other people wrong through deceit, let's try to let it go... or at least leave it up to God.  He knows what he is doing, and he can solve even the most difficult problems, because he sees them coming and can always make a way out.  Let's worry about the state of our own souls, and make sure we aren't being dragged anywhere. :)

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