Fri - Dec 12, 2008 : 02:02 pm
Alma : 1
Interesting that one of the first-mentioned doctrines that Nehor was said to have taught was the very doctrine that led to the beginning of wickedness for the Nephites time and time again. Pride. "Being popular"... Seems to resound with the core of what the adversary teaches. Verse 4 pretty much testifies to his pride. Didn't take him long at all.
After reading verse 9, I'm left wondering why in the world Nehor would resort to hacking away at Gideon with his sword...? In order for him to be successful at teaching and preaching (even if it was the devil's doctrine), he had to be at least a little bit credible. He couldn't be a wild man. Yet, here we read that simply because Gideon was better than Nehor at battling with words, Nehor resorted to murder. I guess Nehor must have been really good at convincing people of his words... Maybe Gideon was the first person he met who could beat him. Hmm..... I guess I just found it interesting that Nehor would decide to kill because he was outdone.
Reading verse 17 makes me wonder how wonderful it must have been to live in a world where lying was illegal. I know I have a utopian attitude, and there are probably many things I'm not considering, but man... If you really think about how many societal disruptions and how much money is spent due to people lying. Hehe.... It's almost absurd to think of society any other way than everyone lying to their best to benefit themselves. sad.
Interesting chapter on laws of the time beginning the reign of the judges. Also, I find it interesting that in verse 29, the attributing factor which brought the prosperity upon the church was the "steadiness of the church"... Albeit vague, I still find it interesting that it was directly linked to temporal prosperity.