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I teach a class to new Mormon converts and people investigating joining the Mormon church called Gospel Principles. The past few weeks we have been discussing the LDS perspective of a pre-existent life where we had freedom to choose and make decisions prior to coming to earth. Our discussions have included the LDS perspective of a council held in Heaven and a War in Heaven happening prior to our earthly lives. For those not familiar with this doctrine, it is included below (as per the LDS Bible Dictionary):
War in Heaven. This term arises out of Rev. 12:7 and refers to the conflict that took place in the premortal existence among the spirit children of God. The war was primarily over how and in what manner the plan of salvation would be administered to the forthcoming human family upon the earth. The issues involved such things as agency, how to gain salvation, and who should be the Redeemer. The war broke out because one-third of the spirits refused to accept the appointment of Jesus Christ as the Savior. Such a refusal was a rebellion against the Father’s plan of redemption. It was evident that if given agency, some persons would fall short of complete salvation; Lucifer and his followers wanted salvation to come automatically to all who passed through mortality, without regard to individual preference, agency, or voluntary dedication (see Isa. 14:12–20; Luke 10:18; Rev. 12:4–13; D&C 29:36–38; Moses 4:1–4). The spirits who thus rebelled and persisted were thrust out of heaven and cast down to the earth without mortal bodies, “and thus came the devil and his angels” (D&C 29:37; see also Rev. 12:9;Abr. 3:24–28).
The warfare is continued in mortality in the conflict between right and wrong, between the gospel and false principles, etc. The same contestants and the same issues are doing battle, and the same salvation is at stake.
Although one-third of the spirits became devils, the remaining two-thirds were not all equally valiant, there being every degree of devotion to Christ and the Father among them. The most diligent were chosen to be rulers in the kingdom (Abr. 3:22–23). The nature of the conflict, however, is such that there could be no neutrals, then or now (Matt. 12:30; 1 Ne. 14:10; Alma 5:38–40).
Democrat Party is Satan’s Plan?
After we covered some of the key points to this doctrine, especially that of agency, some people in the class started talking politics. One lady, who is a relatively new Cuban immigrant, emphatically declared that Satan’s plan was like the Democrat Party in the United States because that party tries to take away our agency. (Her comment reminded me of an article I had read declaring the Democrat Party to be from Satan because of the people who booed at the Democrat Convention this year when asking if God should remain on the platform.)
At that point, I had to reel in the comments and nip the political conversations in the bud so to speak. Despite me telling them that discussing politics was off limits, like little children trying to push a parent to the edge, I had to keep reminding them throughout the class to keep it focused on doctrine, not politics.
Points to Consider
Her comments caused me to reflect on some things. Obviously, she has had much more troubling experiences with dictators since she is from Cuba. Is she just overly sensitive, or does she have some evidence that the Democrat Party is taking away agency from the citizens of the country?
If the Democrat party is indeed Satan’s plan, then there are many Christians, Catholics, and at least 15% of the Mormon population (including some Church general authorities) who are all on the highway to Hell, so to speak.
However, if the Democrat party isn’t Satan’s plan, then thoughts and comments like this are very divisive and do not cause unity, but enmity between people of the same faith, which is not productive.
Is it right to combine religious belief with political views?
Is it right to compare the Democrat Party to Satan’s plan?
If you do believe the Democrat Party is Satan’s plan, how is the best way to help others “see the light” so to speak?
If you are a Democrat and you hear that your party is from Satan, how do you help those telling you this to “see the light”?
There are so many points to consider. What are your thoughts?