Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Not one will be lost

Read this again from Moses 4:1:

 “And I, the Lord God, spake unto Moses, saying: That Satan, whom thou hast commanded in the name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the beginning, and he came before me, saying—Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor.” 

Satan points to himself.  "Surely I will do it".  Surely he's the man for the job, right?  A "son of the morning" (D&C 76:25-27).  Can't we trust that?  Can't we rely on such a high status and someone who was in the presence of God?  

Picturing this pre mortal meeting, how would you persuade an audience that "not one of them would be lost"? And that you are surly the man for the job?  You'd undoubtedly need to teach them that by following you, they would be assured success.  Likely by appealing to some sort of status. The audience would need to be enticed by the guarantee of a certain outcome with less than full personal responsibility. In essence you'd need to convince them that you could not mislead them.

In other words, Satan was the first to teach that "he cannot lead you astray"

But definitely not the last.