Note: This article was originally posted August 10, 2018
“God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” -1 John 4:16b
Humanity seems to be searching for something. In general, people feel lost. As we accumulate more material wealth, it seems that the hole we are trying to fill just gets bigger. How do we fill this hole in our lives? These feelings of loss, of emptiness, of loneliness; they come from the depth of our souls.
Mormon Kabbalah teaches us that we are not merely physical beings, we were first spirits. We were born in the flesh, and then corrupted by it. There is no material gain we can achieve that will fill the void in our spirits. Only Jesus Christ can do this.
Three Great Lies
The greatest failing of evil is that it is based on fear rather than on the Gospel. This is why the spiritual hole gets bigger as humanity puts material gain over spiritual gains. There are three lies we must defeat, and we can do this through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
1. We are not worthy.
“With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” –the mortal Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:26)
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” –the mortal Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:48)
“Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.” –the resurrected Jesus Christ (3 Nephi 5:92 RAV, 12:48 OPV)
We are taught that there are limits to what we can and cannot do. This life, we have been told, is too hard. Yet with God, all things are possible! When we are taught that we shouldn’t expect to see angels, we won’t – we don’t have the faith.
We cannot say we are a religion of miracles then teach that we shouldn’t to expect the miracle. This makes no sense. We should be telling each other every week that we CAN do it. We CAN see angels, we ARE good enough to be Christ’s.
2. It’s us vs them in a depraved and evil world
“And let everyone esteem their brother and sister as themselves and practice virtue and holiness before me. And again I say unto you: Let everyone esteem their brother as and sister as themselves.” –Jesus Christ (DoS 24:31-32)
“But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” – Paul (Romans 14: 10)
“For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” –John (1 John 3:11)
Satan would have us believe that Earth life is brother against brother, sister against sister. If we fight our human family we won’t fight evil. There is no “them” that’s out to get us unless we go out and create enemies. We should love all of our neighbors, whether they be atheists, Muslims, or even other Christians. Those that do attack us, we turn the other cheek.
Those that are against us have been taught the same lie – us vs. them. Don’t feed the lie, defeat it with love; love of self, and love for all others. Not only are you worthy, you are not alone – they too are worthy. We all need Christ’s grace to grow. Know that God is with you, and he has created a place for you to belong, and if you haven’t figured out where that is, it’s likely right here with us.
3. Satan/evil isn’t real or doesn’t exist
“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.” – The Lord Speaking to Joseph Smith Jr. (Avahr 14:22)
Satan is fine with people believing in God. History has shown that humans will kill each other over our various gods. But Satan doesn’t want people to know he is real. He will tell us that he doesn’t exist, that he is an abstract idea.
These lies are told to take away our hope. It creates a false idea that God holds us back, when in truth God is always leading us forward. We just cannot always see the bigger picture. We are His children and He loves us. Men and women are that they might have joy (2 Nephi 1:115 OPV, 2:25 RAV).
The Greatest Truth
You are not alone. You are a Child of God; male and female, made in the image of our Heavenly Parents. Do not lose hope, have faith and fill your doubts and fears with the Spirit of God. God has a plan for you. The fact that you found this message and are reading it shows that He guided you to a place where you could learn of Him and be reminded of His divine love for you. You are worthy of God’s love. Never forget.