For a few years now I have had a problem with the statement "The Lord does not tempt you beyond that which you can bear." I have mentioned it to few because I have been searching to find an answer to my question... Our Father in Heaven has laws to abide by and Satan breaks every law possible so, how can we say that Satan will not be able to tempt us. It seems to me he would try his very best to sneak in and abuse the powers that our loving Father in Heaven wants to protect us with. He does not have to listen to the laws of God, in fact he will break them at any chance he gets, that is what makes him The Devil Right??
Sunday, September 07, 2008
I have been thinking about this for a long time, we are talking years here people. I haven't thought about it every day but, whenever I hear someone mention it I have wondered!
As I was sitting in Relief Society today we were talking about the Plan of Salvation and what it means for us and the topic turned to those cartoons where you see the Devil on one shoulder and and angel on the other, then when the person makes the wrong choice they say The devil made me do it. The teacher then quoted Joseph Smith saying "All beings have power over those who have not" Going on from there we ended up talking about how Satan has 1/3 of the host of Heaven at his disposal to help him in tempting us but, because they have no bodies we still have way more power than they do to overcome those temptations.
When you read Paul's words in 1 Cor. 10:13 he says " There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able" it does not stop there he goes on to say "But will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it"
My question rages on he does not say he will stop temptation just that you can make an escape... Anyway I found a scripture that finishes my point Alma 13:28 "But ye that would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his Holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear" Alma then goes on to describe the attributes that lead to eternal life. humble, meek submissive, repentance, charity, ect...
So back to the angel and the devil scenario. I think I have figured it out finally. We are to make our homes and our lives be in such and order having all of the attributes of Heaven in order to be able to have those spirits who work for our good, be it guardian angels, ministers, spirits, whatever, be able to fight in our lives. Because Satan does not have to abide any laws he can send any and all of his destroyers he wants to bring us down. But if we have humbled ourselves and fortified our lives in such a way that our Father in Heavens spirits can stand to be with us then, and only then, can they fight our battles with us and help us to not be tempted above what we can handle.
Yet another example of the Book of Mormon and he Bible working together to answer my questions. Let me know what you think?? I would love to hear your opinions on this subject.
Posted by The Pea at 1:34 PM