This post was submitted by A Random John, FGB (Former Guest-Blogger).
Moses 4:1 reads:
And I, the Lord God, spake unto Moses, saying: That Satan, whom thou hast commanded in the name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the beginning, and he came before me, saying—Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor.
Given that we are discussing the Pearl of Great Price along with the Old Testament this year in Sunday School I’ve had more chance than usual to wonder about subjects such as the creation, the pre-existence, and the war in heaven. The other day I had a thought that may or may not be original. I had certainly never heard of it before. I brought this up in Gospel Doctrine class and got zero response and couldn’t tell if everyone thought I was wacky and not worth responding to, if nobody had followed what I said, or if what I said was so unoriginal that it didn’t merit any comment.
In any case, here was the thought:
We usually talk about the risk involved in going with the plan Jesus put forth in terms of the fact that we will have agency and therefore sin. A risk that I’ve never heard mention is the idea that at the time we were choosing sides, the atonement had not been accomplished yet. This is a bit of a foreign concept to us as we can only remember our mortal lives in which the task has already been accomplished. However in the pre-existence there was a double risk, and perhaps two acts of faith required to side with Christ. One was faith in one’s own ability to properly use agency in mortal life. The second was faith that Christ would fulfill his role as Redeemer and save us from physical and spiritual death.
Perhaps some of the one third that followed Satan did so because of low self-esteem. They didn’t think they were up to the challenge of a mortality with agency. Perhaps others thought the atonement itself was impossible. It certainly is a mind-boggling concept.
Note that Satan makes an interesting claim, “surely I will do it,” which can be taken as an indication that his plan addresses both of the above risks by eliminating both agency and the need for an atonement. It also implies that there was some doubt (at least in Satan’s mind) not about our frailties (which are obvious) but about the ability of Jesus to accomplish his plan. Satan was probably not comfortable putting his salvation in the hands of another.
Oddly it wasn’t the scripture above that brought this to mind. It was the idea of Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit and taking a leap into the unknown. At that point they didn’t even remember the idea of the Atonement, but even after it was explained to them they had to act on faith in an event yet to come.
So my question is, has somebody else written on this subject? Is there any info out there on this idea? Am I off my rocker?