The Accuser is Cast Down
"Humans claim to have free will, but is that really true? To have free will means that we have the power to make a choice. If we have the power to make a choice, are we really choosing to fight with our parents? Are we choosing to live a life of drama with our beloved or our children? Is that really our choice? Is it our choice to be angry or jealous? Is it our choice to say things that we dont want to say, and later feel guilty because we said this? Is it our choice to do things that we dont want to do, and then feel guilty because we did it? Is that really free will?
"I can assure you, if we have free will, if we really have the power to make a choice, the only choice is God. The only choice is love and joy and happiness. If we don't make that choice, we don't have the power to make the choice, which means that we no longer have free will. But we can recover free will, and it isnt difficult to recover unless we make it difficult. If our life is not working, it is because of us; it is not because life is hard. If our relationship is not working, it is because of us; we cannot blame the outside." (Miguel Ruiz, The Circle of Fire, p 91)
Do these two statements have something in common?
"And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ; For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night." (Revelation 12-9-10)
"A man is his own tormenter and his own condemner. Hence the saying, They shall go into the lake that burns with fire and brimstone. The torment of disappointment in the mind of man is as exquisite as a lake burning with fire and brimstone. I say, so is the torment of man." (Joseph Smith, King Follet Discourse, TPJS p. 357)