Lesson 1 (Alma 30-31)

Lesson 1 (Alma 30-31) - ALMA 30 ALMA THE 4 PART DIVISION OF...

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Unformatted text preview: ALMA 30 ALMA THE 4 PART DIVISION OF ALMA THE Chapters 1 through 16 record Alma’s attempt to reform the Church in the Land of Zarahemla. Chapters 17 through 29 record the reunion between Alma and the Sons of Mosiah and then record the missionary efforts of the Sons of Mosiah in the Land of Nephi. Chapters 30 through 42 record Alma’s encounter with Korihor, Alma’s mission among the Zoramites, and his teachings to his three sons Helaman, Shiblon, and Corianton. Chapters 43 through 63 record the war years. WHY DO WE HAVE THE INFORMATION THAT WE DO IN THE BOOK OF MORMON? THAT President Benson, “We should constantly ask ourselves, ‘why did the Lord inspire Mormon or Moroni to include this in his record? What lesson can I learn from that to help me live in this day and age?’” Why do we have so much information concerning Korihor, Sherem, and Nehor in the Book of Mormon? What is so special about Korihor? President Benson said that the Book of Mormon brings men to Christ through two basic means: • Teaches of Christ and His doctrines. • Exposes the enemies of Christ and false doctrines. WHAT IS AN ANTI CHRIST? WHAT Elder McConkie has said that “an Anti­Christ is an opponent of Christ. He is one who is in opposition to the true gospel, the true church, and the true plan of salvation. He is one who offers salvation to men on some other terms than those laid down by Christ. The New Testament mentions Anti­Christs in two places. 2 John 7 records ‘many deceivers are entered into the world who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an Anti­Christ.’ 1 John 2:22 reads, ‘He is an Anti­Christ that denieth the Father and the Son.’” KORIHOR’S ARGUMENTS KORIHOR’S Verse 12. No Christ. Verse 13. No man can know of things to come. Therefore, he denies the prophecies of Christ and prophecy itself. Verse 14. Prophecy and religious beliefs are foolish traditions . Korihor’s two reasons why people believe in religion: • Indoctrinated by parents. • Deceived by religious leaders who seek to get gain. (Verses 23­27) Verse 15. “Ye cannot know things which you do not see.” Denies revelation and faith. What examples do we have today of the use of this argument? • Golden Plates Verse 16. It is the effect of a frenzied mind. . . . Derangement of your minds. Lehi’s four groups. One fell away because they were mocked. Education and religiosity in church Verse 17. There could be no atonement because every man fares in this life according to the management of the creature, prospers according to his genius, and conquers according to his strength. (Secular Humanist.) The heart of Korihor’s false doctrine — NO GOD. No accountability nor purpose for being here. Verse 18. When a man is dead, that is the end of him. No resurrection, no accountability, no sin. Mormon 8:31. Verse 48. I do not believe that there is a God. Doesn’t know there isn’t, therefore acting on faith. Great inconsistency. Verse 48. Except ye show me a sign I will not believe. What was Paul’s definition of faith? Hebrews 11:1. Gold plates­dating relevancy. KORIHOR’S USE OF KORIHOR’S PHILOSOPHICAL ARGUMENTS ALMA 30 Anti­Christian Negativism Agnosticism Empiricism There should be no Christ. Verse 12 Bound down under a foolish and vain hope. Verse 13 No man can know of anything which is to come. Verse13 Ye cannot know of things which ye do not see. Verse 15 Psychological Explanation Positivism Sophism Naturalism Egoism It is the effect of a frenzied mind. Verse 16 A belief of things which are not so. Verse 16 Every man fares in this life according to the management of the creature. Verse 17 Every man prospers according to his genius. Verse 17 Every man prospers according to his strength. Verse 17 Relativism Hedonism Nihilism Anti­Religion Skepticism Atheism Whatsoever a man does is no crime. Verse 17 Lift up their heads in wickedness. Verse 18 When a man dies that is the end thereof. Verse 18 Priests usurp power and authority over people. Verse 23 Ye do not know that they are true. Verse 23 A being who never has been seen or known, who never was nor ever will be. Verse 28 (Chart taken from Welch, Charting the Book of Mormon, Chart 78). MODERN DAY KORIHOR MODERN ALMA 30 ALMA “Thank you, Gov. Mike Leavitt, you have opened my heart. In his inaugural sermon, Leavitt suggests that our society has been “too polite to talk about God.” This has certainly been the case with me. All my life I have been reluctant to share my views about God in a public way. I had previously thought it was fear that held me back. People who hold views like men have in the past been excommunicated, ostracized, humiliated, tortured and burned by the theists who not only do not agree, but do not want to hear views different from their own. There is no God. God is a piece of wishful thinking that there should be a parent in heaven who will reward us for doing good, punish (others) for doing bad and generally run the universe for us. We do not need God to tell us that lying, cheating, stealing and sodomizing children is wrong. These things are clear without being told to us by those who “speak for God.” God is a means to power for some who self­righteously wish to God is a means to power for some who self­righteously wish to impose their control over others. Every organized monotheistic religion has priests, shamans, elders, rabbis, and ayatollahs, all of whom are men. I think you can figure out what that is about for yourselves, Ladies. God does not solve human problems. Humans solve human problems. Life is complicated, and solving the problems of life is difficult. It would be easier if we could just count on looking up the solutions in a “good Book” inspired by god, but we can’t. America is now among the foremost nations in religiosity, and leads the world in violence. Coincidence? I don’t think so. An examination of the facts will reveal that our founding fathers were not religious and made a concerted effort to keep religion out of government. Faith is the refuge of those who simply are too lazy or afraid to address the problems of life on their own, i.e., think for themselves. I have been a minister of the Universal Life Church for 25 years and have been called on many times to perform marriage ceremonies for those who wish to solemnize their vows in the circle of love that surrounds them, not “in the eyes of God.” In my experience, most people feel the way I do but are too afraid to say so. We have succumbed to the premise that we have to “go along to get along.” I encourage us to all follow the Gov’s lead and not be afraid, or too polite, to talk about God” (Letter to the Editor, Salt Lake Tribune, from Paul Frisby, SLC) MODERN COUNTERPARTS TO KORIHOR’S ARGUMENTS KORIHOR’S “We believe that traditional dogmatic or authoritarian religions that place revelation, God, ritual, or creed above human needs and experience do a disservice to the human species. . . . Traditional religions often offer solace to humans, but, as often, they inhibit humans from helping themselves or experiencing their full potentialities . . . Too often traditional faiths encourage dependence rather than independence.” (Humanist Manifesto II, “The Humanist, Sept./Oct. 1973, pp. 5­6; compare Alma 30:14, 16, 27­28.) “We can discover no divine purpose or providence for the human species. . . . No deity will save us; we must save ourselves. Promises of immortal salvation or fear of eternal damnation are both illusory and harmful. They distract humans from present concerns, from self­actualization, and from rectifying social injustices.” (Ibid; compare Alma 30:18,23­24, 27­28.) “Science affirms that the human species is an emergence from natural evolutionary forces. As far as we know, the total personality is a function of the biological organism transacting in a social and cultural context.” (Ibid; compare Alma 30:17.) “Whether we ought to follow a moral principle or not would always depend upon the situation. . . . In some situations unmarried love could be infinitely more moral than married unlove. . . . Lying could be more Christian than telling the truth. . . . Stealing could be better than respecting private property . . . No action is good or right of itself. It depends on whether it hurts or helps . . . . There are no normative moral principles whatsoever which are intrinsically valid or universally obliging. We may not absolutize the norms of human conduct.” (Situation Ethics: True or False? A Dialogue between Joseph Fletcher and John Warwick Montgomery,Minneapolis, Minn,: Dimension Books, 1972, back cover. Compare Alma 30:17.) ALMA’S RESPONSE TO KORIHOR ALMA’S Alma’s own personal testimony. Verse 39. The testimony of the prophets. Verse 44. The testimony of members of the Church. Verse 44. The order of the universe. Verse44. *Notice that Alma doesn’t get into philosophical debate, but rebuts through revelation and true doctrine. WHAT WAS THE SPIRITUAL CONDITION OF THE ZORAMITES? OF Alma 31 They were apostates from the truth. They were sinning against the light (verse 8). They didn’t keep the commandments or the Law of Moses (verse 9). They didn’t pray. Rejected the Church (verse 10). They perverted the gospel (verses 11, 15­16). They worshiped only one day a week (verse 12, 23). They worshiped in strange ways (verse 13). Rameumptom. Believed God is a Spirit. Believed they were elect. Rejected/Denied Christ. V. 16 Persecuted the poor. V. 32: 2­3, 5 Rejected Faith (verse 22) Loved costly apparel (verse 28, 29). Prideful. V. 16,18 DOCTRINE—HUMAN BEHAVIORS DOCTRINE—HUMAN “I have long believed that the study of the doctrine of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than talking about behavior will improve behavior” (Boyd K. Packer, Washed Clean, April Conference, 1997). ...
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