Satan minimizes the importance of our bodies through virtual reality experiences and encounters.
If we are to become like Heavenly Father, we must gain a physical body, prove our faithfulness to the Lord, and, after this life is over, present our bodies to God. We can’t achieve our purpose—eternal life—without our bodies.
Elder David A. Bednar raises an apostolic voice of warning in his fireside address “Things as They Really Are.” He boldly discusses the “potentially stifling, suffocating, suppressing, and constraining impact of some kinds of cyberspace interactions and experiences upon our souls.”
Satan, who doesn’t have a physical body, tempts us to misuse and minimize the importance of our bodies by encouraging us to disconnect from reality and live in an altered universe. “One of [Satan’s] most potent tactics is to beguile [us] to disconnect gradually and physically from things as they really are.” Satan encourages us to create counterfeit identities online and to revel in the “protection” of anonymity to lure us away from reality.
Elder Bednar’s warning, given in 2009, was obviously prophetic. Social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram allow users to create practically any identity they wish. The pictures and words they post can give a false illusion of their lifestyle. For example, some users depict a life full of excitement and adventure when they really are lonely and depressed. These altered identities can deceive others and create a separation between the body and the spirit.
Remember that “the Spirit speaketh the truth and lieth not. Wherefore, it speaketh of things as they really are, and of things as they really will be” (Jacob 4:13). We must cling to truth, light, and the reality of God and his Son, Jesus Christ, in order to avoid cyberspace deceptions and keep our bodies and our spirits united forever.
Find more insights
Watch President Boyd K. Packer teach essential doctrines about the body in “The Instrument of Your Mind and the Foundation of Your Character.”
Read Jacob 4 for more details on truth and the Atonement.
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