Mon - Apr 25, 2011 : 01:00 pm
Mormon : 4
Man... This chapter was brutal. Wars, wickedness, and death. Seems to me that this is the result of giving power to Satan, letting him run rampant. Hating your neighbor and wanting to kill him for the sake of being bloodthirsty. So terribly sad, and unfortunate.
Interesting in verse 5 that Mormon writes that the wicked are punished by the wicked. Seems like a downward spiral to me. The wicked stirring each other up to become bloodthirsty, and then killing each other.
Hmm.... One might draw the parallel that wickedness leads to death, while righteousness leads to life. I've always thought that was a spiritual principle, but here, it seems quite literal in a temporal sense. The more wicked you are, the quicker you'll die (through sin), and the more righteous you are, the more likely you are to live (through peaceful interaction). Doesn't mean that people who die early are all wicked; I just thought the parallel was interesting.
This stuff is hard to read, but it reinforces my desire to live worthy, and always have the Spirit with me. Heaven forbid the last days coming are anything like the Nephite's last days. Well... I guess it wouldn't be because there's going to be an army of righteous people right along with the wicked ones. In the Nephite's last days, there was literally only a handful of righteous people alive.
Anyway... Interesting thoughts to go with a very morbid chapter.