> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steven Montgomery [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2003 9:29 AM
> To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Subject: RE: [ZION] Nehors - was: Unconditional Love
> At 03:40 PM 11/5/2003, you wrote:
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Steven Montgomery [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
> > > Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2003 4:24 PM
> > > To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> > > Subject: Re: [ZION] Nehors - was: Unconditional Love
> > >
> > >
> > > At 10:17 AM 11/5/2003, you wrote:
> > > >At 04:50 PM 11/5/2003 +0000, Gary wrote:
> > > >
> > > >>What is important is that we don't twist that love as did Nehor
> > > and as do
> > > >>many today, to excuse their sinful natures.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >Has anyone taken the time and energy to look at the
> Anti-Christs in the
> > > >Book of Mormon, such as Nehors, Korihor and company, to see how their
> > > >"philosophies" play out in today's society? Since there's
> nothing new
> > > >under the sun, I suspect that all of these abominations appear today,
> > > >probably rather thinly cloaked, in the hype of today's
> "cool" thinking.
> > >
> > > President Benson thought so. For instance, in his famous talk
> (Which he
> > > gave over 37 different times. Not only in General Conference but to
> > > Regional Conferences, Regional Representatives Seminars,
> reprinted as the
> > > 1st Presidency Message in the Ensign, and in various wards he visited)
> > > entitled, "The Book of Mormon is the Word of God," he stated that the
> > > second major purpose of the Book of Mormon was to expose,
> "the enemies of
> > > Christ. It confounds false doctrines and lays down contention.
> > > (See 2 Nephi
> > > 3:12.) It fortifies the humble followers of Christ against the evil
> > > designs, strategies, and doctrines of the devil in our day.
> The type of
> > > apostates in the Book of Mormon are similar to the type we have
> > > today. God,
> > > with his infinite foreknowledge, so molded the Book of Mormon
> > > that we might
> > > see the error and know how to combat false educational, political,
> > > religious, and philosophical concepts of our time."
> > > I, for one, cannot read Alma chapter 30 without coming to the same
> > > conclusion that President Benson did. Korihor was exhibiting
> many of the
> > > philosophies we here about today. Such as atheism, secular
> humanism, and
> > > survival of the fittest.<
> >I'd guess it would be wiser of me to withhold comment on a topic so
> >potentially explosive here. So I will demur. But for me, and
> perhaps a few
> >others, please refine your alarm. Give us specific examples of
> the kinds of
> >apostates we have today (as foretold in the Book of Mormon) and
> how secular
> >humanism and athiesm are bigger threats to us today than they
> were, say, a
> >couple of hundred years ago.
> >Ron Scott
> Sure. I'll try. Korihor typifies those today who practice no religion at
> all. Man doesn't need God because there isn't one. Man only prospers
> according to his own genius or abilities. Whether practiced by extreme
> capitalists (Corporate raiders come to mind) or Marxists (A "progressive"
> society which will eventually evolve into a communist utopia).
> Nehor typifies those who proclaim for an "easy" religion. Man doesn't
> really need to do anything other than profess a vague awareness or belief
> in God.
> The example of the Zoramites typify those who selfish-hypocritical
> religionists. God has chosen them to be better than others.
> I'd say that the Book of Mormon does a pretty good job of speaking out
> against those who proclaim a return to naturalism, social or moral
> relativism, hedonism and the idea prevalent in today's society that man
> only achieves anything through his own efforts and abilities.<
So for the moment I will abide your claims above. Meantime, please answer
the key question I asked earlier: Give us specific examples of > ... how
secular humanism and athiesm are bigger threats to us today than they were,
say, a couple of hundred years ago.< Church membership is up. Ditto church
attendance. Ditto people who identify themselves as a member of a church.
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