me - day-dreaming in church
c - "What is enemy Mom?"
me - "Someone who is against you, or doesn't like you."
c - "So Jesus doesn't like us, Mom."
c - "What? Why would you say that?"
c - "I didn't say that, that guy did.." points to speaker
me - looking puzzled
c - "That's what he said, man is an enemy to God...so Jesus doesn't like us."
me - "stop listening and play with your toys." my brain said. but not out loud.
me - "of course Jesus likes us, he loves us, we are not his enemy - that's the natural man, which means bad guy." right?
Suggested reading -
“the natural man is an enemy to God” (Mosiah 3:19 - "For the anatural bman is an cenemy to God, and has been from the dfall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he eyields to the enticings of the Holy fSpirit, and gputteth off the hnatural man and becometh a isaint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a jchild, ksubmissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.).
What is the meaning of the phrase “natural man”? (See Alma 42:6–10 and the quotation below.)
Elder Bruce R. McConkie said: “After the fall of Adam, man became carnal, sensual, and devilish by nature; he became fallen man. … All accountable persons on earth inherit this fallen state, this probationary state, this state in which worldly things seem desirable to the carnal nature. Being in this state, ‘the natural man is an enemy to God,’ until he conforms to the great plan of redemption and is born again to righteousness. (Mosiah 3:19.) Thus all mankind would remain lost and fallen forever were it not for the atonement of our Lord. (Alma 42:4–14.)”