Satan has done his best through the centuries to destroy something perfect-A pure relationship between 2 people who are following God’s Plan.
Elder Boyd K. Packer warned, “The single purpose of Lucifer is to oppose the great plan of happiness, to corrupt the purest, most beautiful and appealing experiences of life: Romance, love marriage, and parenthood.” How?
Remember the story about the frog in the cold pan of water? For those who have forgotten, when a frog is put into a pan of hot water, he will hop out because it is uncomfortable. When he is put in a cold pan of water and it is heated by degrees, he does not notice the difference in temperatures and will boil to death without doing anything to save his life.
President Kimball said, “The adversary is subtle; he is cunning, he knows that he cannot induce good men and women immediately to do major evils so he moves slyly, whispering half truths until he has his intended victims following him, and finally he clamps his chains upon them and fetters them tight, and then he laughs at their discomfiture and their misery.”
In the book called “How do you know when you are really in Love?” it states: “Physical intimacy does enhance a relationship and strengthen the bond between a man and a woman but not outside marriage. The feelings of guilt and shame and the unworthiness that result from engaging in premarital sex are destructive. Alma’s declaration remains true: “Wickedness never was happiness.””
In the ‘real world’ we are being taught that if we do not have sex on the first or second date, there must be something wrong with us. Also, there is confusion between sex and love.
There is even confusion between lust and love that is harder to differentiate. Spencer W. Kimball said, “When the unmarried yield to the lust that induces intimacies and indulgence, they have permitted the body to dominate and have placed the spirit in chains. It is unthinkable that anyone could call this love.”
Elder Boyd K. Packer had his finger on the pulse of this world when he said, “The greatest deception foisted upon the human race in our day is that overemphasis of physical gratification as it is related to romantic love. It is merely a repetition of the same delusion that has been impressed on every generation in ages past. When we learn that physical gratification is only incident to, and not the compelling force of love itself, we have made a supreme discovery. If only physical gratification should interest you, you need not be selective at all. This power is possessed by almost everyone. Alone, without attendant love, this relationship becomes nothing–indeed, less and worse than nothing.”
May we not be deceived by Satan and follow the counsels of the world, but instead stand strong for the pure love that we are taught to have.