Mon - Jun 15, 2009 : 01:36 pm
Alma 30 : Korihor
Beginning this chapter, another testament to the correlation between peace and keeping God's commandments is apparent. Giving "strict" heed to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel undoubtedly brings peace.
Now, on a totally different note, I wonder where Korihor came from? It just says that he came into the land. Was he a Nephite? A Lamanite? Where did he get his crazy anti-Chrisitian notions? If Mormon knew his origins, why did he keep them from us? Just a few questions I had...
I find it interesting that the laws of beliefs within the Nephite nation were explained in such detail. I think it's important for today's politics as well. For as much peace as the Nephite's had at the time, I'd want to know every detail of everything they were doing to live as peacefully as they were. Anyway...
Man, Korihor was greedy. Personally, I don't believe one whit his story of being deceived by the devil himself. Sure, he was decieved, but he was way more interested in creating a lavish lifestyle for himself, than he was in following the devil.
Interesting (sorry I'm jumping all over the place in this post), that there seems to be an indirect correlation between the strength of testimony and the willingness to listen to Korihor's doctrine. The people with the strongest testimonies tolerated him the least. Ammon simply had him removed from the city. The high priest of Gideon asked him a few questions, saw the hardness of his heart, and had him taken to Alma. Alma wouldn't take any of his crap.
The question, "And now, believest thou that we deceive this people, that causes such joy in their hearts?" is a question that logically should never have to be asked. Why in the world would, or could, such a massive deceit cause sincere joy in a people's life? The whole city was enjoying a joyous, peaceful life for two years. There wasn't any reliance on anyone or anything but a loving God and oneself. Everyone got along, and helped each other. Yeah... Seems like they were in real need of change in their lives.
Seems like some of the communities I've lived in throughout my life have had elements of that. The more people paid strict heed to the commandments of God, the more the community thrived and prospered. The city of Enoch must have been a dream-come-true.
On the other hand, we see the demise of Korihor, and we see how Satan takes care of his people...
...he leaves them to their own devices and then receives them into eternal damnation and torment.