The Results of Faithlessness (Clue: They aren’t good!) (3 Nephi 2:19)

Yes, I know that we just read about the peace and joy that the people had as a result of covenanting with the Lord and being righteous. But then, they forgot…

“And thus ended the fifteenth year, and thus were the people in a state of many afflictions; and the sword of destruction did hang over them, insomuch that they were about to be smitten down by it, and this because of their iniquity.” – 3 Nephi 2:19

Silly people. Really, we are silly.

Wickedness and abomination increase. They consider faith in Christ to be “foolishness.” And here’s what happens:

  • They experience many afflictions
  • The sword of destruction hung over them
  • They were smitten down.

Yikes!

This sounds horrible! These are the results of wickedness. Wickedness never was happiness. Remember – that’s not just some trite saying. It is a universal law. No matter what we try to convince ourselves, it is as real as the law of gravity.

Peace on Earth (3 Nephi 1:23)

“And it came to pass that Nephi went forth among the people, and also many others, baptizing unto repentance, in the which there was a great remission of sins. And thus the people began again to have peace in the land.” – 3 Nephi 1:23

Peace?! Do we want peace? Do we want peace in our communities, states, countries? In the world? Well, then the solution is really simple.

Be Righteous!

We cannot legislate ourselves into peace. Man’s laws cannot ensure or create peace. I’m not saying that they’re worthless. But that’s not the key. It’s not the secret. We can have laws passed, summits, treaties. But those are meaningless if the parties involved don’t honor and value the laws that were created.

Besides the fact that man’s law is pretty much meaningless anyway.

What I mean is, Man’s law is not what governs peace. Think of it scientifically. If we want to be able to fly, then we can’t just dream about flying. We can’t think of it in our own terms. We must understand the laws governing us (ie – gravity), and then figure out a way to apply gravity in such a way to get our desired result. We use gravity when we fly! We apply a force greater than gravity to gravity. We use speed and thrust to cause lift. And then we can fly.

Wishful thinking isn’t what gets us across an ocean in 6 hours.

Now, the same approach can be taken with peace. If we want peace in our homes, towns, communities, states, countries, hemispheres, and world; then we need to understand the laws that govern peace.

Peace is a result of righteous living. When we accept this fact and then live it, we will have peace. We will have joy. Pretty cool, huh?!

There is No Happiness in Iniquity (Helaman 13:38)

I Looooooooovvvveeee this scripture.

“But behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of your salvation until it is everlastingly too late, and your destruction is made sure; yea, for ye have sought all the days of your lives for that which ye could not obtain; and ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing is contrary to the nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head.” – Helaman 13:38

Pure doctrine. Truth. Universal Law.

You cannot find happiness in iniquity.

It’s as simple as that. Sure, you can find pleasure and excitement in iniquity. But it is short lived, and it is not happiness. Not only that, but after the “high” of pleasure and excitement, we must come down to reality. And if this pleasure and excitement came from iniquity, then we will crash into the reality of our poor choices. Those are never fun.

It’s just the way that it is.

The laws governing happiness and joy are as universal as gravity. They are non-negotiable. We can live in denial. We can defy it. But, ultimately, these laws win. Because they are laws. They are facts. The sooner we simply accept that, the sooner we can find joy and happiness in our lives.

Otherwise, we’ll be like the Nephites that were warned by Samuel the Lamanite. We will pass the day of our probation, we’ll procrastinate salvation until it is too late. We will experience destruction, and then find ourselves lost – looking for something that is unobtainable: happiness in iniquity.