Satan has many tools that he uses, and to illustrate his subtle craft, I wanted to share an analogy using the painting of Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been acclaimed as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about painting in the world". I use this painting to symbolically represent Truth. Truth originates from the Creator. It is the knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come. It existed from the beginning and does not change. Satan tries to copy and imitate the truth, but through men, he manipulates and alters Gods' truth.
Just like in Photoshop, there are 6 basic ways to transform and manipulate an original photograph. These techniques are scaling, spinning (rotating), skewing, distorting, perspective and warping.
TOOLS TO "TRANSFORM" THE ORIGINAL
Scaling is a transformation that enlarges or diminishes an image. I compare this to myopic vision. It happens when we look or "scale up" too closely at one particular area. We all have a tendency to zoom up and focus too closely on subjects that interest us. Like a piano player who likes a particular sound, he will play that note over and over again, instead of playing the entire song. We have all heard the phrase, "you can't see the forest for the trees." which means we pay too much attention on certain areas and we lose the big picture.
Spinning or Rotating is to turn the original from it's axis or center. What used to be correctly orientated is now off even by a small degree. When it's position is off, it is now considered crooked. We use the term "spin" in the media when we alter the truth. This is achieved through providing an interpretation of an event or campaign to persuade public opinion in favor or against a certain organization or public figure. It is a deception that is widely used in all institutions including religious organizations.
To skew is to turn or place at an angle. It is different than rotating in that the image stays "upright" but diverges in a different direction. The image now looks slanted. Skewed is often used as a synonym of truth that has been misinterpreted.
To distort means to change the natural, normal, or original shape, or appearance in a way that is usually not attractive or pleasing. It has become twisted out of the true meaning. It has become unnatural.
Perspective manipulation is another way of distorting an image. Perspective can change our opinion on things when we view things out of context and from an angle which might not be accurate. It is important that we see things accurately in respect to their true positions and proper proportions and distance.
Warping means to alter the original by arranging things in an unfavorably manner. It is in a state of being bent out of shape and has lost its true and correct form.
I mention these things because so much of what we read and listen to has been altered in one way or the other...even from those we consider to be reliable sources. We are being deceived every day in some form or another. If there was ever a spiritual gift that we need to pray for would be discernment. One who has discernment possesses wisdom. They also have good judgement, especially with regard to things overlooked and/or not seen by others.
I am learning recently that in places where we least expect it, there is much lying, deceiving, whoredoms, and even murdering intentions that abound. As Moroni states in one his final chapters, "it shall come in a day when there shall be great pollutions upon the face of the earth; there shall be murders, and robbing, and lying, and deceivings, and whoredoms, and all manner of abominations."
May heaven help us to discern truth from error.
It has been some time since I have left the church. It was an individual decision that greatly affected my family (children). The only deception is self-deception. Removing the beam from out of my own eyes; we egotistically believe that we are somehow equipped to remove the beam from other people's eyes, and rather than moving on along our own path, towards perfection, towards Zion, towards greater repentance and a deeper understanding, we dilluate ourselves with the belief that we somehow have the gift, the talent, even the calling of walking around removing the beams from other's eyes. I wonder if the greater gift isn't the example of walking, of recieving, COMPLETELY the path that is set before us. I wonder if in our moments of self doubt, we don't hide behind some belief that we hold ourselves back because of the need our "brothers" have of hearing our testimony? Hmm...
Maybe, just maybe if there was a critical mass of individuals who made that decision, who walked away (NOT AWAY) but toward Christ, toward God ... if Heaven wouldn't fully take notice? We sometimes justify (lull ourselves into a carnal sense of security) that we are somehow helping God, helping Heaven, helping truth by maintaining our relationship with the masses. The end is coming for all of us, one way or another ... what testimony will we leave? The line has been drawn ... I believe ... Be Brave ... was written somewhere on the banner?
I was deceived and lies are told about me to others and as far as I can tell nothing has been said to repair the lies that were told. It seems the people the lie has been told to believe the lie about me. It has been interesting to see how others treat me. I have so much gratitude for this experience.
If all good things come from Christ, do all bad things come from Satan?
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