Journey through the Book of Mormon: Mosiah 4 (Cause thy Neighbor to Commit Sin Also)

“28 And I would that ye should remember, that whosoever among you borroweth of his neighbor should return the thing that he borroweth, according as he doth agree, or else thou shalt commit sin; and perhaps thou shalt cause thy neighbor to commit sin also.”

This is an example of a verse speaking about how one person choosing to sin can “cause” another to sin. King Benjamin’s recognized that we are flawed human beings and that one’s conduct can provoke or cause another to sin. This doesn’t excuse the person from the choice of sinning, but it does mean that we bear responsibility to not unduly provoke our brothers or sisters.

People today unfortunately reject this premise. They are deeply offended by the suggestion that one should control his conduct, dress, behavior, or attitude in order to not provoke others to sin. But this is a deeply Biblical and Book of Mormon rooted notion.

There is of course danger to blaming others for provoking sin. Ultimately, it is God that knows or hearts and our minds. He is one qualified to judge. We should avoid shaming or stigmatizing others. And we should cast the greater blame on the one that commits sin.

But the notion that we bear no responsibility for doing our part to prevent others from sinning is the lie that Satan told Cain. It is an unchristian hearsay.


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