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Saturday, October 22, 2005


Day 38-39 “Korihor the Antichrist” Alma 25-32 pgs 270-290

Today’s reading included the story of Korihor the antichrist. After great success among the Nephites he travels to the Anti-Nephi-Lehis (now called the People of Ammon). They are entirely too smart to listen to his lies, and they carry him bound to Ammon, the High Priest who has the man escorted from their land.

It made me consider how Satan can work among us, whispering lies and flattering words; telling us there is no God, no sin and no heaven or hell. He tells the wicked what they want to hear.

Alma 30: [12] And this Anti-Christ, whose name was Korihor, (and the law could have no hold upon him) began to preach unto the people that there should be no Christ. And after this manner did he preach, saying:

[13] O ye that are bound down under a foolish and a vain hope, why do ye yoke yourselves with such foolish things? Why do ye look for a Christ? For no man can know of anything which is to come.

[14] Behold, these things which ye call prophecies, which ye say are handed down by holy prophets, behold, they are foolish traditions of your fathers.

[15] How do ye know of their surety? Behold, ye cannot know of things which ye do not see; therefore ye cannot know that there shall be a Christ.

[16] Ye look forward and say that ye see a remission of your sins. But behold, it is the effect of a frenzied mind; and this derangement of your minds comes because of the traditions of your fathers, which lead you away into a belief of things which are not so.

[17] And many more such things did he say unto them, telling them that there could be no atonement made for the sins of men, but every man fared in this life according to the management of the creature; therefore every man prospered according to his genius, and that every man conquered according to his strength; and whatsoever a man did was no crime.

[18] And thus he did preach unto them, leading away the hearts of many, causing them to lift up their heads in their wickedness, yea, leading away many women, and also men, to commit whoredoms -- telling them that when a man was dead, that was the end thereof.

[19] Now this man went over to the land of Jershon also, to preach these things among the people of Ammon, who were once the people of the Lamanites.

[20] But behold they were more wise than many of the Nephites; for they took him, and bound him, and carried him before Ammon, who was a high priest over that people.

[21] And it came to pass that he caused that he should be carried out of the land. And he came over into the land of Gideon, and began to preach unto them also; and here he did not have much success, for he was taken and bound and carried before the high priest, and also the chief judge over the land.

Satan, the Father of Lies, has great power over the hearts of the wicked, but if righteous refuse to listen, we have power over him. God has given us the power to ignore Satan, to even bind him till he is powerless over us. That is what we need to strive for. That is why we strive to keep the commandments, attend church, take the sacrament. With Christ, we can triumph over our common enemy and claim the blessings he holds ready for us.

In the end, Korihor is cursed with speechlessness, goes about begging from city to city and is finally trampled to death. Alma 30: [60] And thus we see the end of him who perverteth the ways of the Lord; and thus we see that the devil will not support his children at the last day, but doth speedily drag them down to hell.

I have to wonder how much do I listen to the lies Satan whispers to me. I have a real hard time respecting Friday as the Sabbath. When we moved here in May, we spent two months living in a hotel, eating out everyday, riding in taxis, etc, it has become very easy to spend needlessly on the Sabbath. I convince myself that it's okay to buy a pop or gas or do other things I normally don't do on the Sabbath. Once I break a good habit, it's hard to get back into the grove again. Do any of you have a similar problem?

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