Sunday, February 20, 2011

I See... How to Resist Temptation

The Mormon Third Eye specializes in bringing to light hidden, little-known, or otherwise under-appreciated remedies for many of the common maladies that seem to befall a typical member of the LDS faith. Technically, dealing with temptation is a challenge for all those who won the war in heaven and earned the right to work out their salvation on earth, but those who were born in the gospel or found it later on in life tend to be much more sensitized to the adversary's lures and strategies.

So... a foolproof, ironclad, proven strategy to resist temptation? Moses is known for a lot of things, e.g., Ten Commandments, parting the Red Sea, leading Israel to the promised land, but many of us don't realize that he was also the messenger the Lord chose to teach us the best way to resist Satan's advances. If this surprises you, don't feel that bad; after all, the Evil One has been working overtime to keep this formula hidden from mankind for thousands of years.

According to Moses, all you have to do is know who you really are, and then make sure the Adversary knows that you know. Here's the scenesetter. After God showed Moses “all the works of my hand,” Satan appears to him and says, “worship me.” Pay special attention to Moses' response to this invitation. For the benefit of the scripturally challenged, I'll include both the inspired version and it's interpretation into today-speak:

Moses 1:13- “And it came to pass that Moses looked upon Satan and said: Who art thou? For behold, I am a son of God, in the similitude of his Only Begotten; and where is thy glory, that I should worship thee?

Translation: “Who do you think you are? Did you know that I am literally a son of God, created in his image? I have divinity in me! What do you have? Nothing! So why should I pay any attention to you?”

We know that this worked, because in verses 21 and 22, we learn that Satan responded to this divine proclamation by trembling, weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. More than anything else, we learn not only that he can't stand noticing divinity in anyone, he is also a whiner and a poor sport.

So, know who you. Recognize the divine in you. Then tell Satan to get lost.

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