Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2009, April 13

Book of Mormon: The Sign of Christ’s Birth; or, An Example of the Wicked Using Double Standards in a Religious Political Debate

Book of Mormon: The Sign of Christ’s Birth; or, An Example of the Wicked Using Double Standards in a Religious Political Argument
by grego(c)2009

Here’s a great example from the Book of Mormon of the wicked using double standards, and it even happens after much evidence had already been provided to the wicked. The uproar happens because a prophecy was unfulfilled—up to that point in time—not because a prophecy had turned out wrong.

In 3 Nephi we read:
3 Nephi 1:4 And it came to pass that in the commencement of the ninety and second year, behold, the prophecies of the prophets began to be fulfilled more fully; for there began to be greater signs and greater miracles wrought among the people.

3 Nephi 1:5 But there were some who began to say that the time was past for the words to be fulfilled, which were spoken by Samuel, the Lamanite.

3 Nephi 1:6 And they began to rejoice over their brethren, saying: Behold the time is past, and the words of Samuel are not fulfilled; therefore, your joy and your faith concerning this thing hath been vain.

3 Nephi 1:7 And it came to pass that they did make a great uproar throughout the land…

3 Nephi 1:9 Now it came to pass that there was a day set apart by the unbelievers, that all those who believed in those traditions should be put to death except the sign should come to pass, which had been given by Samuel the prophet.

3 Nephi 1:15 …for behold, at the going down of the sun there was no darkness; and the people began to be astonished because there was no darkness when the night came.

3 Nephi 1:16 And there were many, who had not believed the words of the prophets, who fell to the earth and became as if they were dead, for they knew that the great plan of destruction which they had laid for those who believed in the words of the prophets had been frustrated; for the sign which had been given was already at hand.

3 Nephi 1:17 And they began to know that the Son of God must shortly appear; yea, in fine, all the people upon the face of the whole earth from the west to the east, both in the land north and in the land south, were so exceedingly astonished that they fell to the earth.

3 Nephi 1:18 For they knew that the prophets had testified of these things for many years, and that the sign which had been given was already at hand; and they began to fear because of their iniquity and their unbelief.

3 Nephi 1:19 And it came to pass that there was no darkness in all that night, but it was as light as though it was mid-day. And it came to pass that the sun did rise in the morning again, according to its proper order; and they knew that it was the day that the Lord should be born, because of the sign which had been given.

3 Nephi 1:20 And it had come to pass, yea, all things, every whit, according to the words of the prophets.

3 Nephi 1:21 And it came to pass also that a new star did appear, according to the word.

I wonder why the nonbelievers weren’t fair to add, “And if *we* are wrong and the sign really is given/ fulfilled by this day, we will all kill ourselves!” NOPE. Can’t have any of that!

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