Something in verse 13 struck me as interesting, even though it probably could be considered common knowledge among the LDS population.
I never remember seeing anything quite as obvious relating to happiness as Alma 41:10, which states "Wickedness never was happiness". Well... It's easy to inverse-ify it and say "If wickedness isn't happiness, then can we say that righteousness is happiness
Verse 13 seems to think so, in a round about way.
In the 'if then" remarks Lehi was making is found the phrase, "And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness.
I think that can be pretty conclusive in stating that righteousness is happiness
Anyway... I thought that was cool. Never noticed that before.
From verse 11 to 16, Lehi makes the following cases:
- There needs to be opposition in all things.
- If there wasn't an opposition in all things, ultimately, all creation would vanish.
- There is an opposition in all things, and there is a God.
- Choice comes due to the enticing of man from the opposition (good / bad).
In verse 17, something popped out at me this time. What was Lehi reading? Certainly there isn't anything in the current Bible which would lead him to the conclusion on the war in heaven and Satan falling...? I'm lead to believe it was something in the brass plates which has since been taken out.
Holy cow... I just finished from 17 to the end of the chapter, and there is so much doctrinal meat, I can't type all the inspiration which is coming. I'll highlight a few points:
- Verse 21 talks about "prolonging the days" of man's probation. Prolonging them from what? Well, since man was immediately cut off spiritually (spiritual death), it only makes sense that the cutting on physically (temporal death) should also be performed immediately. If so, we wouldn't have any time to repent, so, God in his mercy, gave us a "time of probation" in order to allow us to repent. Otherwise, the plan wouldn't work because we would be born in sin, die immediately thereafter, and go to hell.
Sadly, I think I'm too tired to continue. Hopefully I'll write some more about the last 4-5 verses in this chapter. Deep doctrine.