Anti-Christâs and Humility
I enjoyed reading the entry of zhongting7 entitled Korihorâs Humanism (for the direct link, follow at: http://www.lds.net/blog/view/id_6498/title_korihorâs-humanism/).
Too often I find that we condemn the man and not the practice. We are willing to be repulsed by one manâs selfish or negative influence on society, but then be unwilling to even notice those same tendencies in our own lives. Many of the discussions I have heard other settings regarding Korihor, have often been regarding his âevilâ deeds and how we shouldnât be like him. I agree, but part of that discussion makes Korihor a different creature from you and me; as if we arenât capable of thinking or doing the same things. Now, I am not saying that we are all dark, degenerate or completely depraved as humans, but then again neither was Korihor. What I am saying is perhaps there is a mini-Korihor inside all of us (perhaps we could even call him the natural man - see Mosiah 3:19) just waiting to grow bigger and bigger until it controls the more part of our reason and appetite.
I believe that a large part of the problem of society is that humans are able to see faults in others, but all too able to look over the imperfections of themselves. We can see that Korihor went down a wrong path but canât tell that we are human and therefore just as capable to fall if we allow ourselves to be foolish. We can see that friends, neighbors, strangers, political figures or whoever make mistakes. Korihor wasnât the problem; his teachings, his beliefs, and ultimately his personal choices were the core problem. And in our minds it is so easy to judge him and others because we truly think we arenât that bad; we arenât the same; we arenât human.
It would perhaps be wrong of me to say the Korihor was deserving of a defender. But the truth is, despite certain unique and divine qualities given to us by our Heavenly Father, we are all equal by supernal laws and mortal frailties. We cannot escape our humanity, only our attitude in which we live it. It is for that reason again I point to zhongting7 âs article. The modern day humanism, as the writer as termed it, is a self-serving attitude. Korihor and many like him have given in to this attitude, and we cannot say for sure what their fates will be. But perhaps those with a desire to serve a higher power can learn to channel their selfish souls and mold their hearts and body into the embodiment of the term: HUMILITY. That seems to me a truly human goal to work for.
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