Anti-Christ: Anyone or anything that counterfeits the true gospel or plan of salvation and that openly or secretly is set up in opposition to Christ.
In today’s world we are often tempted and tried, pulled towards that which goes against the teachings of Christ. The things that try to pull us away from Christ are what we’ll call “satanic strategies”. I heard that term used by my religion teacher today and I thought it fit perfectly. Satan is the “father of lies” and is trying to flatter his way into our hearts and steal us away from eternal life with our Father in Heaven, the one who really loves us and wants us to be happy.
In 2 Nephi 28, many of these Satanic Strategies–how Satan tries to capture us– are listed in detail. Here are some:
- denying the power of god
- he tells lies
- everybody is doing it
- do now, repent later
- you’re missing out
- you can serve both God and Satan at once
- a little sin won’t hurt
- God will make an exception for you
- you can hide your sins from God
- you don’t need to repent or change
- there is no Hell
- there is no devil
- rob the poor
- stir them up to anger
- pacify and lull
- flattery and lies
As you can see, Satan has many ways that he tries to get to us, and a lot of times he does succeed. We have to be aware of the cunning ways that Satan tries to get us in his grasp.
In the Book of Mormon, there are many examples of antichrists who lead away the hearts of the people from the real Christ. Sherem taught that we can’t possibly know of the things to come, therefore there can be no Christ (Jacob 7:2). Nehor taught that all people would be saved, no matter what they did (Alma 1). Korihor taught that the Atonement would be impossible. He taught that Man was the end of everything, that there was no life after death and that sin had no consequence (Alma 30).
In our day, we see many people and philosophies that try to say that there is no Christ. Many people are led away to do sin and to have “fun” because they believe they will not have consequences for their actions.
“Yea, and there shall be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die; and it shall be well with us… nevertheless, fear God–he will justify in committing a little sin; yea, lie a little… there is no harm in this… for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God.” 2 Nephi 28:7-8
Many people, friends, family members, peers, and others will always try to convince us to do these things, but we can’t say yes. We need to turn to Christ to find the right answers and stay strong in the gospel. Linda S Reeves, of the General Relief Society Presidency once said, “Many in today’s world are looking for instant gratification and instant knowledge on the Internet. In contrast, we will be exceedingly blessed if we exercise faith and patience and go to our Heavenly Father, the source of all truth, with our concerns. So many answers and assurances can come through daily searching and studying the scriptures and with sincere and pleading prayer…”
Jacob taught, “For the Spirit speaketh the truth and lieth not. Wherefore, it speaketh of things as they really are, and of things as they really will be.” (Jacob 4:13)
I know that if we do all we can to win over the temptations of the devil, we will be at peace. God, Christ and the Holy Ghost will always be with us as long as we make the right decisions and stay righteous.