8. As mentioned previously, we are left to wonder and speculate as to the literal or symbolic nature of the "forbidden fruit." Wherefore, man could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by the one or the other. And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end. But God’s plan must provide a way for any of His children to become gods if they choose to do so, yet still have fitting rewards for those who want less than that. That is, by his own merits, each and every man is shut out of God's heavenly kingdom and shut out also of any degree of glory. And that payment must stand absolute forever and ever. His body was mortal and had to undergo the obligatory terminal physiologic phenomena necessary to terminate life common to all mortals. Book of Mormon peoples followed this same practice, "according to the law of Moses," specifically noting the sacrifice of the "firstlings of their flocks" (Mosiah 2:3). And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away. We would all be cut off from His presence. The experiential sense would also be consistent with the Genesis account, which this chapter clearly mimics, where the knowledge of good and evil came about only as a result of the actual experience of sin. Why is it easier to blame others for our trials and not as easy to recognize our own contributions to our problems? Yea, by the temporal law they were cut off; and also, by the spiritual law they perish from that which is good, and become miserable forever. In an analogous way, Christ's life was lived and given up as a sacrifice to the Father. We must look to modern-day revelation for a clear understanding (Moses 4:1-4 which is the same as JST Genesis 3:1-5). This is what christ did for us, he redeemed us from our fallen state. Eternal life is a life of community and happiness that no individual sorrow can overshadow. verse 11 "For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things." Furthermore, even if God is not self-existent, as Mormon theology maintains, the idea that a good God is dependent on the existence of evil, sin, and misery is morally revolting. It was of this day that Lehi said: "And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end" (2 Nephi 2:22). See A. L. Baugh, Encyclopedia of Mormonism (New York: Macmillan, 1992), s.v. Could God exist even if there were no law? If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. In this article, however, we take the Mormon claim at face value and examine a small portion of this alleged scripture. TG Sons of Perdition. Without an opportunity to excel in obedience, he cannot be exalted. It appears, therefore, that Christ’s work actually has nothing to do with human acquisition of free will as spoken of in the 2 Nephi 2 passage. And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon…” (v. 26, emphasis added). Remember that to be "justified" is to have one's penalties for sin removed. Those who do not understand this meaning of the word spiritual have concluded that Paul was saying that in the world to come we will exist only as spirits. What tools do we have at our disposal that help us understand the word of Isaiah (and other ancient prophets)? This verse implies that the concepts of law, sin, righteousness, punishment, and God are so intimately interdependent upon one another that one cannot exist without the others. One might wonder if this wasn't something of an understatement! They can only be organized, reorganized, or disorganized. Though Adam and Eve did have some knowledge of good and evil, in their innocent state, they had insufficient knowledge to enable them to grow or progress spiritually in an optimal way. So there are only really two basic outcomes of this plan. The first part, directly below, talks about all the parts of the plan of salvation discussed in this chapter, but without all the scripture quotes from the chapter. All will be resurrected, and all will live forever. Insights from my daily study of the Book of Mormon. Even “vessels of wrath” (Pharaoh) were created for God’s glory: Exod. His long afflictions seem to have softened his spirit. In what way, then, is this salvation "free"? There would be no concept of right or wrong, no wickedness or righteousness. He is just honoring the agency as we choose to use it. Our Savior redeemed us from the Fall, our first separation from God. 28 And now, my sons, I would that ye should look to the great aMediator, and hearken unto his great commandments; and be faithful unto his words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of his Holy Spirit; 29 And not choose eternal death, according to the will of the flesh and the aevil which is therein, which giveth the spirit of the devil power to bcaptivate, to bring you down to chell, that he may reign over you in his own kingdom. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. . It is provided free of charge. Also we are instructed that in order for man to exercise fully his agency, both good and evil choices must be associated with some enticement. Roberts assumes that the concept of necessary opposites in 2 Nephi 2 is self-evidently true and that it solves the profound problem of theodicy. Today, I’m pondering what I can do to find happiness in my daily life. In the paradisiacal or spiritual state no living thing could enjoy the privilege of procreation. He would have no purpose. It’s been a really nice way to switch up my scripture study of the Book of Mormon and I recommend it to anyone wanting to jazz up their scripture study. How can take better care of the physically and spiritually poor and needy in our communities? Improvement Era 65 [April 1962]: 231). Verse 5 (it begins with “And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another,”) makes me think of the erosion of family values. How can we decrease and eliminate the idols in our lives? How can acknowledging His power and presence in our lives help decrease our pride? This is the point of all that is contained in the plan of salvation. Luke 22:31; Rev. This is part of a Book of Mormon study series. Verse 25 reveals the purposes of Adam’s transgression: “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.” In other words, Adam’s transgression was necessary both for the birth of the human race and so humans can enjoy life. Note Satan's statement to Eve. The presence of God that we seek, however, is not just a brief audience during which we will be judged but rather an eternal sojourn with him in the celestial kingdom. If not so [that there is opposition in all things]…righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad.” This passage asserts that without opposition in all things, neither righteousness, holiness, and good (positively) nor wickedness, misery, and bad (negatively) could exist. See particularly the section titled "How Might We Categorize Adversity and Suffering?". It was necessary for him to "suppose" some of the details, while today we have been taught many of the specifics of the Grand Council, the rebellion of Lucifer, and his being cast out of heaven with a third of the hosts of heaven. Nephi says “And the Lord was with us” (v. 11). Was Joseph himself-or any other man-the author of these materials? 15. The Fall of Adam and the Redemption brought by Christ are the two sides of the same coin. Furthermore, it is inconsistent with the fossil record and other well-established scientific data indicating a very old earth in which natural processes (life and death) have been at work for billions of years.". verses 22-26 In all of the scripture, these five verses are unique in that they make clear truths about the Creation, the Fall, and the Atonement that are found nowhere else in scripture. A man who is disobedient to the commandments of the Lord, will experience decreasing freedoms in spiritual matters. The one would have had no purpose without the other. verse 21 "the days of the children of men were prolonged" The use of the word "prolonged" here is a curiosity since the time a man spends on this earth is certainly a relative thing. Nephi ends his record by pleading with his people and the future readers to follow the Savior’s example and … 13. He would have no agency. Only through obedience to the Savior and the commandments he has given us, through continual repentance, can we receive the mercy we need to bypass the judgment of God’s laws and become like Christ. The "things to be acted upon" are the elements or matter. These propositions are in sequential order of necessity: law must exist for sin to exist, sin must exist for righteousness to exist, and so forth. 1 The narrative in this chapter is roughly parallel to the Genesis account of Creation; however, unlike the Genesis account, this passage contains significant discussion of the purpose of evil in the world.