> My question, then, is what is the answer? As far as I can see, there is no way to >run the gadiantons out of control short of causing a majority of the people to repent >and seek for rightiousnes. That is what the people of the Book of Mormon had to do.
I agree. So it isn't going to happen before the Lord comes. All we can do is save as many as possible before the end. > I suspect that even if we could do that, we would still have to "wage war" with >these gadiantons just as the Book of Mormon peoples had to, once they are driven from >control of the government, as they will certainly try to regain control by whatever >means at their disposal. You raise an interesting question (hypothetical, I'm sorry to say). What _would_ happen if the vast majority of the people repented? Let's simplify by considering only two "levels" of repentance: a lesser form of turning away from evil, and the greater version of repenting enough to be baptized. 1.) The vast majority of people turn away from evil. To me this includes forsaking immorality, abortion, pornography, alcholhol, dishonesty, greed and so on. For example, Hollywood would lose money on every immoral movie. Abortions and divorces would drop to practically zero. Fathers would not abuse or abandon spouses or children, etc. However, people would still willingly serve in government, in the media, in the military and still have widely different views of how to do things. 2.) People repent and accept the gospel. All of the above, and more too, including actively following the prophets. In either of these two scenarios (lamentably, neither of which will happen before the Lord comes) will the end result be bloodshed? Let's assume that the Gadiantons and all the core supporters of present evil (e.g. the Hollywood producer who finances filthy movies) don't repent. I really have no idea what would happen. I guess it would depend on how quickly it happened, where it started and how desperate the bad guys became. How would a Gadianton gain control in a righteous nation? He could only do it by deceit. But once he had some power, how could he use it? He would be opposed at every step. So he needs partners in crime, other Gadiantons that have gained their power by deceit. Okay, so now they have a cadre of wicked men in power, opposed by the vast majority of people. That is, the people oppose what those men really want. What will they do and how will they do it? ========= Mark Gregson [EMAIL PROTECTED] ========= -- __________________________________________________________ Download the FREE Opera browser at www.opera.com/download/ Free OperaMail at http://www.operamail.com/ Powered by Outblaze ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^================================================================ This email was sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^================================================================