Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, June 22

“Book of Mormon: Korihor’s Survival of the Fittest True?” by grego

“Book of Mormon: Korihor’s Survival of the Fittest True?”

grego
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Korihor preaches:
Alma 30:17 And many more such things did he say unto them, telling them that there could be no atonement made for the sins of men, but every man fared in this life according to the management of the creature; therefore every man prospered according to his genius, and that every man conquered according to his strength; and whatsoever a man did was no crime.

Nephi preaches:
Helaman 7:23 For behold, thus saith the Lord: I will not show unto the wicked of my strength, to one more than the other, save it be unto those who repent of their sins, and hearken unto my words. Now therefore, I would that ye should behold, my brethren, that it shall be better for the Lamanites than for you except ye shall repent.

And so, in reality, that is the way of the world, without the light of the gospel and of Christ. Korihor was correct—partially.

Helaman 4:24 And they saw that they had become weak, like unto their brethren, the Lamanites, and that the Spirit of the Lord did no more preserve them; yea, it had withdrawn from them because the Spirit of the Lord doth not dwell in unholy temples—
25 Therefore the Lord did cease to preserve them by his miraculous and matchless power, for they had fallen into a state of unbelief and awful wickedness; and they saw that the Lamanites were exceedingly more numerous than they, and except they should cleave unto the Lord their God they must unavoidably perish.
26 For behold, they saw that the strength of the Lamanites was as great as their strength, even man for man. And thus had they fallen into this great transgression; yea, thus had they become weak, because of their transgression, in the space of not many years.

And this really is what brought about the downfall of the Nephite nation. Having lost the help of the Lord, they had to rely on their own strength, and it wasn’t as great as that of the Lamanites.

Mormon 2:26 …nevertheless the strength of the Lord was not with us; yea, we were left to ourselves, that the Spirit of the Lord did not abide in us; therefore we had become weak like unto our brethren.

Mormon 4 continues the story of the Nephites being left on their own, and finally being out-manned and destroyed.

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