Saturday, July 13, 2013

Avoiding Laziness and Adultery

Today I read Proverbs 6 which contains warnings against certain sins, most especially laziness and adultery.  Solomon tells us to take a cue from the ant, who without supervision works the entire summer laying up in store the food she will need for the winter.  Not many people are that way however.  Most of us if we are not continually watched, will not stay focused and on task.  It is not in our nature.  Solomon also tells us to not sleep longer than is needed.  It is interesting that almost every vice we have today was had anciently also.  I don't know about anyone else, but I know that when I think of ancient times I don't think of them as doing the same sins the same way as we do today, but minus the technology, I guess mankind hasn't really changed in the last 6000 years. 

The last part of the chapter is a warning against adultery.  Solomon states that most people will not blame a thief that steals out of necessity to get food.  However, there is no excuse for adultery, not one.  It is interesting because most of the other commandments I can think of reasons why they might need to be broken, such as killing in self defense.  Nephi steals the Brass Plates when the Lord told him to.  We might need to dishonor our parents if they forbid baptism into the Church.  But I can't think of a reason why adultery would ever need to be broken.  Adultery is selfish and cruel.  It is hurtful and destroys families and lives.  It should be shunned more strongly than the plague.  It would be a wonderful world if all of us were faithful to our spouses and this horrible sin were only a memory.  Until tomorrow.

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