Sunday, January 10, 2010

Mosiah - Chapter 20

The account indicates that the Priests of Noah were ashamed to come back with the other men who had fled.  I can't quite figure that one out.  Clearly these were not men of conscience.  Certainly their shame was not guilt inspired.  Being prideful and vain, they were probably ashamed of the status they had forfeited by their cowardice.  They had fled at the time of Noah's slaying and even if they were eventually forgiven they would have had to return as regular citizens.

Characteristic of the wicked, they kidnapped the Lamanite daughters, with no thought for anyone but themselves.  Surely they had to know that they would bring down Lamanite wrath upon the Nephites, which they did.  What about the girl's parents.  What about the girls themselves, taken captive against their will.  Who could do such a thing?

The thing that disgusts me the most is the wanton disregard they had for their own wives and children.  First they abandon them in order to save their own skins, then they proceed to find replacements for them like they were mere trinkets on their mantel pieces.  It seems they knew nothing of love, only lust.  It is hard to imagine people who've become that far gone.  Of course they mistreated their families before all this by their riotous living and consorting with concubines.  I guess there's the rub.  The more we can rationalize our selfish behavior the easier it becomes to do so.  Gradually, Satan takes us from flaxen chords to thoroughly forged chains.


di said...

6 And it came to pass that when the Lamanites found that their daughters had been missing, they were angry with the people of Limhi, for they thought it was the people of Limhi.

This illustrates how often the attributes or deeds of a few members of society, effect the whole. Like terrorism and Al Queda have affected the Muslims. Its like the Polygamist groups effect the Mormon Church. It’s the radicals that define the political parties and on it goes. We each carry the responsibility of the whole.

D1Warbler said...

It also illustrates how important it is for those who know the truth to stand up for it!

I thought it was wonderful the other day to see a group of Muslims stand up and say that this newest terrorist didn't represent them or their beliefs.

Unfortunately, they were few in number and so the impact of their collective voice was less than it might have otherwise been.

Thus, when we see that our faith, our principles or our government are being co-opted by those who are truly distorting our beliefs, etc., we need to make our voices heard!