The First Book To Describe the Theory of Evolution Was NOT Written By Charles Darwin
Darwin's first and second books about evolution were published in 1859 and 1871, respectively. No one knows what was going through Darwin's mind when he wrote his books, or what goals he might have had in mind, but one thing is clear, his two books created a lot of atheists!!! And the atheists who existed before he published his books were delighted with Darwin - he was their hero!!!
That is precisely why Darwin was so afraid to publish his first book. He knew people would claim he was an atheist because his books convinced many people to believe that humans "evolved" from less sophisticated species and that God had nothing to do with creating humans. This means his goal would be perceived by the general public as a tool to convince people that the wonders of nature were not a proof of God and that the Bible is not true (at least regarding Adam and Eve).
Whether this makes Darwin an atheist of not, makes no difference, he knew his books would convince people that God did not create the plants and animals on this planet!!! And he also know that when people believed that, they very well could become atheists.
His first book in 1859 was so well received that he wrote a second book in 1871!!!
God certainly considered Darwin to be an atheist even before Darwin wrote his first book!!! The Book of Mormon was published in 1830 and the Book of Mormon anticipated the coming forth of Darwin's theory of evolution in three different places!!! The Book of Mormon could not use the term "evolution" because that word probably did not exist in upstate New York in 1830 when and where the Book of Mormon was first published.
The Book of Mormon strongly supports a belief in Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost (the three members of the Godhead) and it supports a belief in living prophets, etc. And, as will be shown below, God was very much AGAINST the theory of evolution even before the theory of evolution existed!!! The Book of Mormon was against the theory of evolution (in 3 places) precisely because the theory of evolution, whether admitted or not, creates a lot of atheists regardless of Darwin's original motives.
The fact that the Book of Mormon discussed the theory of evolution in three places means that God was, and still is, very concerned about the influence of the theory of evolution on His children, both in and out of the Mormon church. Everyone is a child of God no matter what religion they belong to. God is gracious enough to warn all people about false doctrines!!
But note that the Book of Mormon was not reacting to the theory of evolution, it was proactively predicting and rejecting the theory of evolution was coming in three different places, in 1830, even before Darwin's two books were published and more than a century before DNA was discovered!!! It was the discovery of DNA that really signaled the end of the credibility of the theory of evolution as is mentioned many times on this website.
Other Preliminary Comments
As implied above, the first book to describe the theory of evolution was the Book of Mormon, which was published in 1830, which was 29 years before Darwin's first book. There are actually three places in the Book of Mormon where the theory of evolution is discussed. These three places are what this article is about.
Among other things, the Book of Mormon was PREDICTING the theory of evolution was coming in three different places!!!
The Book of Mormon is a religious history book, like the Bible, but was written by ancient prophets, most of whom lived in the Americas. The Book of Mormon covers a period of time from the Tower of Babel to about 400 A.D. Christ is a prominent figure in the Book of Mormon and after His resurrection He actually appeared to many of the people, in the Americas, who lived at that time (34 A.D.)!! And he has appeared to other prophets both in Book of Mormon times and modern times.
The three groups of people in the Book of Mormon were called: the Nephites, the Lamanites and the people of Ether. Most of the people mentioned in the Book of Mormon lived in what we now call: South America and Central America with the exception of those discussed in the Book of Ether, who settled in North America.
There are NO descendants of the Nephites and there are NO descendants of the people in the Book of Ether!! All of them were wiped out except Ether (the Book of Ether) who eventually died or was translated and Moroni (a Nephite), who eventually died or was translated.
The Lamanites survived and ultimately became the people of South America, Central America and the American Indians.
This article is about the predictions in the Book of Mormon about the future (i.e. relative to 1830 when the Book of Mormon was published) coming forth of the theory of evolution.
The Book of Mormon not only discusses the theory of evolution in three chapters, one of these chapters includes a massive warning to those who, for profit, mock the miracles of Christ, such as the resurrection!!! Examples would include authors who write pro-evolution books and/or pro-atheism books, lectures or debates for which they are paid, and who mock the miracles in the Bible (e.g. raising the dead, healing the sick, the resurrection of Christ) either by Christ Himself or by His followers (e.g. Peter).
The phrase: "shall become like unto the son of perdition, for whom there was no mercy" should attract the attention of those who are thinking about following in the footsteps of Dawkins and others!!
Authors who will likely fit into the category of the warnings, in my opinion, include Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Peter Singer, the late Christopher Hitchens and hundreds of others, all of whom are atheists and/or evolutionists who have mocked the miracles of Christ in books they have written for profit, in lectures they have given for profit, etc.
Note that the Book of Mormon, published in 1830, talks about people who are alive today and describes some of the things they write about and talk about today!!
No doubt some of the people the Book of Mormon talked about in 1830 have not even been born as of this writing (2018)!!
The Book of Mormon can be read online at this link (specific references to relevant Book of Mormon versus will be given below):
In addition to the three sections which talk about the theory of evolution, there is a section below about modern apostles and what they have said about the theory of evolution (they obviously reject the theory of evolution).
So let's talk about the three sections in the Book of Mormon which rejected the theory of evolution decades before Darwin's two books introduced evolution to the World!!
First: The Book of Mormon - Alma 30
The first account where evolution can be found is in Alma 30 in the Book of Mormon. This chapter can be read online:
As can be seen in this account, the person who taught the doctrines of natural selection and evolution (i.e. that there is no God) in the Book of Mormon was Korihor, who in turn was taught these doctrines by satan himself!!
Because of Korihor's preaching, he became an enemy of the church of Christ and he was struck dumb by one of the great prophets mentioned in the Book of Mormon: Alma the Younger. The events the Book of Mormon discusses happened about 74 B.C.
So while the Book of Mormon introduced the theory of evolution (without using the term "evolution" which probably did not exist in 1830), the Book of Mormon was very critical of the theory of evolution 29 years before Darwin published his first book about evolution!! And the Book of Mormon was published more than 120 years before DNA was discovered, which was the first time that the theory of evolution could be disproven.
Did you note that Korihor was called the "anti-Christ?" No doubt part of the reason Korihor was called the "anti-Christ" was because he taught that God did not exist (Alma 30:28, 37-38, 43, 48, see: 52-53) and that Christ would never be born (Alma 30:6, 12-13, 15, 23, 26) and he taught that Adam and Eve never existed (Alma 30:25), meaning they were not created by God. He also taught natural selection in three different ways in the same verse (Alma 30:17).
So what is wrong with teaching natural selection? As is mentioned on this website multiple times, natural selection is an elimination process, not a creation process. So natural selection has nothing to do with creating a new species, yet it is frequently claimed to be an "evidence" for evolution (which it is NOT).
Satan taught natural selection to Korihor because at the time (before the discovery of DNA) it may have appeared that natural selection was evidence for evolution. In fact, Darwin coined the phrase: "evolution by natural selection." However, we now know that natural selection is purely an elimination process and in NO WAY is it a creation process. But in 74 A.D. someone might have believed it was a creation process.
The point is that all of Korihor's doctrines (i.e. satan's doctrines) were, item by item, exactly the opposite of the doctrines taught by the prophets in his day (74 B.C.), such as Ammon and Alma the Younger. All of the other enemies of the church mentioned in the Book of Mormon taught a mixture or truth and error. But everything Korihor taught was the opposite of the truth.
Here is an article which lists many of the differences between LDS doctrine and what Korihor (via satan) taught:
The reason everything Korihor taught was the opposite of the doctrines of Christ was that Korihor was also the only enemy of the church who was taught his doctrines by a personal appearance of the devil!! (Alma 30:42, 52-53)!!
This may explain why Korihor was also the only enemy of the church who was commanded to be struck dumb by a prophet of God, Alma the Younger (Alma 30:49-50).
Let us ponder why satan would care about whether Korihor believed in Adam and Eve.
Before we were born on this planet, meaning before Adam and Eve were put on this planet, there was a war in heaven. YOU WERE THERE!!!!!
The war in heaven effectively started with what is called the Grand Council. All of us, including anyone reading this article, was at the Grand Council (that includes YOU!!)
Study this article carefully:
Note that the four key people at that meeting were Heavenly Father, Christ (Jehovah), Adam and Lucifer (i.e. now called the devil). You were there too as I just mentioned!!
Now consider this quote from that article: "Michael, the archangel (who on earth was called Adam), led the "forces" of Jehovah in a battle for the loyalties of the Father's spirit children." The article does not mention this, but when God cast Lucifer out of Heaven, it might have been Michael who implemented the Father's command. But in any case, Michael and Lucifer knew each other very, very well!!
Michael would later become Adam, who, along with his wife Eve, were the first parents on this planet. All of us are descended from Adam and Eve on every line of our genealogy.
But here is where I am going: Satan/Lucifer hated Adam for multiple reasons, such as Adam being the top general of Christ and for likely being the one who physically cast Lucifer out of heaven!! So it would make perfect sense that the theory of evolution (which was taught to Korihor by satan himself) would reject that Adam and Eve ever existed!!
Think about it: if the theory of evolution were true, we humans would be descended from bonobos or Chimpanzees or some other primate. One of the major purposes of the theory of evolution is to REJECT that Adam and Eve ever existed!!! But this is not an accident, it is part of the design of satan!!
The great prophet Alma the Younger described Korihor's doctrines as being designed so that "[the devil] may destroy the children of God" (Alma 30:42). This was Alma the Younger's description of the goal of what we now call: the theory of evolution!!
This comment is still true today!!!
As if being struck dumb was not enough, Korihor was soon killed by a wicked people. Satan does not support his top missionaries when he is done using them - he drags them down to hell!!!
Note very carefully that when satan is done using someone, he quickly drags them down to hell!!
Well, it is more complicated than that because of the "spirit world" and the millennium but I won't go into that here.
Note also that the theory of evolution was taught personally by satan because it is satan's perfect doctrine!!! It is a mirror-image of the doctrines of the prophets, who teach a belief in God, Christ, the Holy Ghost, Adam and Eve and other prophets!!!
Now you will better understand the punishments I will discuss below.
Alma chapter 30 is a prophesy about the coming forth of the false and anti-Christ doctrines of the theory of evolution and is a warning to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (i.e. LDS church, Latter-Day Saint Church, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or Mormon church), and to all others, about these false doctrines!!
In summary, Korihor had several unique characteristics:
The modern day "Korihor's" (e.g. Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, the late Christopher Hitchens, Peter Singer, and hundreds of others) are not much different than Korihor.
The Book of Mormon is accepted as official doctrine of the Mormon church (i.e. the LDS church)!!
Furthermore, other official scriptures of the LDS church teach that God created the heavens and the earth and that God also created Adam and Eve as the world's first humans after God created plants.
Second: The Book Of Mormon - 3 Nephi 29:5-7
Another account in the Book of Mormon where evolution is discussed can be found in 3 Nephi 29:5-7 in the Book of Mormon. These versus are part of a prophesy:
The punishment of becoming "like unto the son of perdition" is a MASSIVELY STRONG PUNISHMENT though we have no details about it as this is the only place in the Book of Mormon that it is mentioned!!! Whether it is an eternal punishment or not I do not know.
The "son of perdition" punishment is an eternal punishment. However, the "son of perdition" punishment is restricted to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who have the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Examples of the miracles of Christ in the scriptures include healing people in many ways such as restoring sight to the blind, raising the dead and above all, the resurrection of Christ and after Christ, the resurrection of many others (i.e. Christ was the first to be resurrected).
The apostles, who got their authority from Christ, also performed many miracles.
It is interesting that the Book of Mormon, published in 1830, makes prophesies which are being fulfilled, over and over again, in the twenty-first century!! When the Book of Mormon was published, Darwin had still not written his first book!!
Heavenly Father loves His children, and anyone who tampers with their testimonies regarding God, for profit, could be putting themselves in harms-way on Judgment Day!!
Do not forget the punishment for those who fall into this category - they may become: "like unto the Son of Perdition" (verse 7). This cannot be a good thing!!
And note that this represents an an entire category of people on Judgment Day!!! And this category is primarily aimed at atheists and evolutionists who make a significant part of their living dragging people away from God by mocking a belief in the miracles of Christ!!!
What happens to a member of the LDS church who fits into the category of "like unto the son of perdition?" Could they end up being a "son of perdition" if pushing the theory of evolution, whether for gain or not, would qualify him/her as "fighting against the church?" That is purely God's call as the decision is made on a case-by-case basis, but I certainly would not want to be in the situation where I was even remotely a candidate for either punishment!!!!
Let us pause and ponder the significance of the phrase: "like unto the son of perdition." Where will murderers go after Judgment Day?? They will burn in hell for 1,000 years, during what is called the "millennium." However, the "like unto the son of perdition" category may be an eternal category but we do not know. Very little is said about this punishment by the apostles and prophets that I know of.
More Comments About 3 Nephi 29:5-7
Before going on, the versus in 3 Nephi that we just talked about need more explanation. The scriptures, like the Book of Mormon, are not like the IRS Tax Code!!! The job of the IRS Tax Code is to consider every possible situation and to provide an answer of the government for every possible situation. The IRS tax code is massively, massively longer than the three versus we are talking about, yet the punishment just mentioned is massively greater than anything the IRS can do to someone!!!
Because a person does not meet the exact criteria of the above verses, like Richard Dawkins does, does that mean this person can ignore the above scriptures??
The answer is NO!!!
I should note that Richard Dawkins was born in 1941. The Book of Mormon was published more than 110 years before Richard Dawkins was even born!!!! That should get his attention, but I am sure it will not.
It is not the intention of the scriptures to talk about every possible person and every possible scenario relative to the youth and even adults in or out of the LDS church. It is extremely well known and proven that the theory of evolution, as taught in school (beginning in middle school) can severely damage the testimonies in God of the youth of the LDS or any other church!!!
For example, carefully watch this YouTube video by evangelical minister Ken Ham and the Part 2 video as well:
The school teachers who do the damage that Ken Ham talks about (and they may be required to teach evolution), beginning in middle school, are nothing like Richard Dawkins, so will they get off scot-free on Judgment Day?? Probably, but in some cases the teacher may be overly supportive of evolution and may be responsible to some degree for damaging testimonies of God.
The scriptures teach principles and leaves it up to the reader to determine how they may apply to them!!!
For example, some high school biology teachers teach out of pro-evolution biology books and they are teaching what they are paid to teach. I seriously doubt any of them, unless they are fanatical evolutionists, would even remotely suffer for what they do.
But some high school biology teachers worship and praise Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens, etc. in their classroom!! The students hear over and over again how smart and wonderful people like Dawkins are. To some degree, is not the teacher indirectly ridiculing the miracles of Christ??
Or to put it another way: if the school teacher, with the blessings of the school administrators, on a face-to-face basis with students, knowingly and proactively destroys the testimonies in God and His prophets of their students, not just as guilty as Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, etc.!! Will they get off scot free?? In terms of quantity, probably not, but that does not mean they will get off scot-free on judgment day!!!
God will judge every person individually and He will be a just God in every case!!
There are likely many degrees of guilt between a high school biology teacher who reluctantly teaches the theory of evolution versus the professionals who write books, give speeches, etc. which are designed to mock others who believe in God (e.g. Richard Dawkins is the poster child of those who do this).
What a person needs to do is ask the question: WHAT IS THE MESSAGE of Alma 30 and 3 Nephi 29:5-7??? The message is that God does not like people who knowingly and intentionally damage the testimonies of God that youth and many others have!! Those who knowingly destroy the testimonies of others may have a very, very, very bad day on Judgment Day!!!
The scriptures are not what God uses to judge people. The scriptures PROVIDE CLUES as to the way that God thinks (not that we could comprehend the way that God thinks).
Some people will become "like unto the son of perdition" or it would not be mentioned in the scriptures. But what the scriptures don't say is that others may not become "like unto the son of perdition," but yet there may be very, very serious ramifications for the damage they have done to the youth of any church.
Whether the person damages the testimonies of millions of students or scores of students in their classroom, does God not know what is going on???
Remember, the scriptures are not like the tax code. The scriptures teach principles. It is not the intent of the scriptures to describe the punishment and reward of every type of person on this planet. The scriptures are teaching tools. As we read the scriptures we should constantly be asking ourselves: "why are these versus in the scriptures and how could these versus apply to me?"
My point is that just because a school teacher does not technically fit into the versus that Richard Dawkins fits into, does not mean there will not be some ramifications by God for intentionally leading astray the youth they are responsible for teaching!!!
This could not only apply to teachers, but also to school administrators and even the administrators at a state-wide level. Trust me on this one, it may apply all the way to the Congress, the Supreme Court of the United States, etc.!!! Yes, even judges will be judged by God!!! This is something that some of the Supreme Court justices don't seem to understand!!!
See also: Matthew 10:28.
In fact, the concept of "like unto the son of perdition" is far, far worse than the people who are cast into hell for 1,000 years during the Millennium!!! Burning in hell for 1,000 years during the Millennium is burning in hell for a fixed length of time!!! After the end of the Millennium the person goes to the Telestial Kingdom, which is actually a better place than where we live right now!!!
We know nothing authoritative about the "like unto the Son of Perdition" punishment, we can only guess based on the title of the punishment.
My point is that when you damage the testimonies of the youth of the church, or anyone else, you potentially face an ETERNAL, NEVER-ENDING punishment. The fate that Hitler and Stalin will face, after the Second Coming of Christ, could be far less severe than the punishment of those who fit into the category of "like unto the son of perdition!!!!!"
Third: The Book of Mormon - 1 Nephi 8
Consider these versus in 1 Nephi 8 (the prophet Lehi is speaking about a vision he had had):
10 And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy.
11 And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen.
12 And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit.
13 And as I cast my eyes round about, that perhaps I might discover my family also, I beheld a river of water; and it ran along, and it was near the tree of which I was partaking the fruit.
14 And I looked to behold from whence it came; and I saw the head thereof a little way off; and at the head thereof I beheld your mother Sariah, and Sam, and Nephi; and they stood as if they knew not whither they should go.
15 And it came to pass that I beckoned unto them; and I also did say unto them with a loud voice that they should come unto me, and partake of the fruit, which was desirable above all other fruit.
16 And it came to pass that they did come unto me and partake of the fruit also.
17 And it came to pass that I was desirous that Laman and Lemuel should come and partake of the fruit also; wherefore, I cast mine eyes towards the head of the river, that perhaps I might see them.
18 And it came to pass that I saw them, but they would not come unto me and partake of the fruit.
19 And I beheld a rod of iron, and it extended along the bank of the river, and led to the tree by which I stood.
20 And I also beheld a strait and narrow path, which came along by the rod of iron, even to the tree by which I stood; and it also led by the head of the fountain, unto a large and spacious field, as if it had been a world.
21 And I saw numberless concourses of people, many of whom were pressing forward, that they might obtain the path which led unto the tree by which I stood.
22 And it came to pass that they did come forth, and commence in the path which led to the tree.
23 And it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness; yea, even an exceedingly great mist of darkness, insomuch that they who had commenced in the path did lose their way, that they wandered off and were lost.
[Note: The "mist of darkness" would include any false teachings which are anti-prophet, anti-God and/or anti-Christ doctrines, which the theory of evolution easily fits into!!!!]
24 And it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; [Note: the "rod of iron" would have been any true doctrines (e.g. there is a God) as taught by the prophets.] and they did press forward through the mist of darkness, clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth and partake of the fruit of the tree.
25 And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed.
26 And I also cast my eyes round about, and beheld, on the other side of the river of water, a great and spacious building; and it stood as it were in the air, high above the earth.
27 And it was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; and their manner of dress was exceedingly fine; and they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and were partaking of the fruit.
28 And after they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed, because of those that were scoffing at them; and they fell away into forbidden paths and were lost.
29 And now I, Nephi, do not speak all the words of my father.
30 But, to be short in writing, behold, he saw other multitudes pressing forward; and they came and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press their way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron, until they came forth and fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree.
31 And he also saw other multitudes feeling their way towards that great and spacious building.
32 And it came to pass that many were drowned in the depths of the fountain; and many were lost from his view, wandering in strange roads.
33 And great was the multitude that did enter into that strange building. And after they did enter into that building they did point the finger of scorn at me and those that were partaking of the fruit also; but we heeded them not.
34 These are the words of my father: For as many as heeded them, had fallen away.
[End of Quote]
While these versus talk about different ways to describe false doctrines and popular doctrines, it is certain that the teaching of the theory of evolution would be a significant part of the "mist of darkness" mentioned above, since the Book of Mormon clearly discusses the theory of evolution in other places as shown above!! While these versus do not specifically talk about Judgment Day there are certainly stong implications for Judgment Day in these versus.
Did you notice the phrase: "they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and were partaking of the fruit." God does not like to be mocked and He does not like His followers to be mocked!!
And as is mentioned in other places, the doctrines of the theory of evolution are a mirror-image of the doctrines of the Latter-Day Saint (Mormon) church!!
The Bible: Matthew 18:6-7
I am definitely not a Bible scholar but I know enough to know that the prophets do not like people who preach false doctrines, such as doctrines which teach that there is no God and/or that teach that Christ was not the Savior!!! Yet these are the goals of the theory of evolution today!!!
Let us look at Matthew 18:6-7:
6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
Teaching false doctrines about God, especially to youth who do not have the experience to know what is really going on, is not a good thing according to God!!!
The Bible: Mark 9:42
The Bible also has a warning to the atheists and evolutionists in Mark 9:42:
6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
I am sure there are many other similar versus in the Bible.
Modern-Day Prophets And Apostles In The Mormon/LDS Church Who Have Been Critical Of The Theory of Evolution
Not only is the Book of Mormon critical of the theory of evolution, even modern-day prophets and apostles have been critical of the theory of evolution.
President Russell M. Nelson, President of the LDS church, described the absurdity of the theory of evolution with a question: "Could an explosion in a printing shop produce a dictionary ... [that could] heal its own torn pages or reproduce its own newer editions?"
President Nelson is basically asking: "How could a gigantic, accidental explosion [i.e. an accidental Big Bang], and a massive number of mindless accidents [i.e. evolution], have created the DNA strands [i.e. dictionaries] of many thousands of complex species of plants and animals (and many species have the ability to heal some of their own wounds); where each species came to exist by random, accidental mutations to DNA?"
President Nelson was not asking a question, he was making a statement: "evolution could not have happened."
He is correct, randomness has never created anything highly complex; but human cells, and the DNA inside of those cells, are far, far beyond incomprehensible complexity and sophisticated!! Hundreds of scientists have PhD degrees in Cell Biology so cells and DNA are not simple!!! And scientists have never decoded the entire DNA strand of any species of plant, animal or even insect!!! They still don't know how DNA can control cell divisions (along with any spirit that may exist).
I should mention that most creation scientists believe in the Big Bang. It is not the Big Bang that is in question, it is an accidental Big Bang that is in question. There probably was a Big Bang, but if there was it was a project of GOD, not an accident!!!
President Nelson is not the only apostolic critic of the theory of evolution among the top leaders of the LDS church. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland is another apostle who has been openly critical of the theory of evolution. This is a quote from a speech he gave at Brigham Young University:
Every person Elder Holland mentions (and hundreds of others) easily qualifies to become "like unto the son of perdition," but only God can make the official determination and only God can grant forgiveness to those who ask in faith and sincerity!!
The principle is that God clearly does not like people damaging the testimonies in the Godhead of the youth (and adults) of the LDS church or any other church!!
But in general, God loves all of His children!!! In this conference talk Elder Holland gives us a feel for the love of God towards us.
Is God merciful?? To those who fear they may have sinned beyond the range of the atonement, there is a magnificent message in this general conference talk about the true nature of God!!
Do You See The Pattern??
I don't know which is worse: being "drowned in the depth of the sea" (Matthew 18:6) or becoming "like unto the son of perdition" mentioned in the Book of Mormon above. They may be different ways to say the same thing but their audiences may be very different so their statements are very different!!
In addition, saying the same thing in different ways is a common and excellent teaching technique!!!
All of the above scriptures and comments make it clear that God does not like people damaging the testimonies in God of others. The difference is that the "like unto the son of perdition" has specific criteria and a specific punishment which lasts after death and perhaps for a great many years after death and perhaps forever (if it is the non-LDS version of "son of perdition").
But in all of the above cases, the key point is that God does not like people tampering with the testimonies of others, especially youth who do not have the background to see through many false doctrines!!!
Korihor learned the hard way that God loves His children. Many others today will also learn the hard way that God loves His children!!
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