Wednesday, August 13, 2008

James Talmage Describes the Killer Angel

"Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light!"
 2 Corinthians 11:14

Sin, crawling out of the ditch of poverty and shame, 
has but few temptations. Poets and painters have portrayed Satan as a hideous
creature--with horns and hoofs. If I were a poet, I 
would describe him with . . .

Manners polished to the last perfection;
Hair flowing in graceful ringlets;
Eye glistening with splendor;
Hands soft and diamonded;

Step light and graceful;
Voice mellow as a flute;
Conversation articulate and eloquent; 

Breath perfumed until it would seem that nothing had ever touched his lips, but balm and myrrh.

But I would simultaneously unmask his heart; I would describe its encasement with the scales 
of a monster, filled with . . .

Beastliness of lust;

But, until unmasked, I would describe him as nothing but 
myrrh, and balm, and ringlet, and diamond, and flute-like 
voice, with pleasant and mirthful conversation.

"So that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are very
 familiar with his evil schemes." 2 Corinthians 2:11