I just finished reading about Lucifer being cast out of heaven.
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! ... For thou hast said in thy heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God..."(2 Nephi 24:12-23)
I, too, have wondered how Lucifer, who knew God's plan just as well as Jesus Christ knew the plan, could fall. And the answer comes as this, "Pride."
Lucifer fell because he wanted to be greater than God. He wanted glory and honor that wasn't his to take.
This same sentiment carried over into the tempting of Adam and Eve in the garden. If Lucifer, now Satan, knew the plan of God, he had to have know that God's plan would be ruined if Adam and Eve stayed in the garden. So why did he tempt Adam and Eve to partake of the fruit, which Satan had to know was all part of the plan? Here comes his pride again. Satan must have thought that his banished spirits (the hosts of heaven who were cast out with him) would be able to obtain bodies. His pride wouldn't let him accept defeat. He still wanted a body, and thought he knew better than God.
But God said, "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed". (Genesis 3:15)
Satan's biggest mistake has always been pride.
So it is that pride leads to destruction. And I have a feeling that is why our leaders have boldly warned us of pride and entreat us to be humble and submissive.
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.(2 Nephi 24:15)
What dangers do you see in pride? Do you think
Lucifer's biggest weakness was pride?
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