An Observation About The Sophistication Of 3 Nephi 29:7
I want to give you an example of how incredibly pricise the scriptures are. Well, I should mention that parts of the book of Genesis were damaged over the centuries so there are some serious mistakes in the early chapters of Genesis (that are currently in our Bible) - that is one of the reasons the Pearl Of Great Price exists in official Mormon scriptures.
Let me make an observation about 3 Nephi 29:7. Here is verse 7: "Yea, and wo unto him that shall say at that day, to get gain, that there can be no miracle wrought by Jesus Christ; for he that doeth this shall become like unto the son of perdition, for whom there was no mercy, according to the word of Christ!".
Why didn't Nephi (the Nephi who wrote the book of 3 Nephi who I think lived in the fourth century A.D.) say that the atheists and evolutionists in our day would claim that Christ never existed instead of saying that Christ did not perform any miracles???
The reason is that God knew (and thus His prophet Nephi knew) that the people in the last days would have plenty of evidences that Christ existed - even other than the Bible!!! So there was no reason for Nephi to say that people in the last days would question that Christ existed. Anyone who claims that Christ did not exist, needs to do their homework. For example, see this very excellent website:
Thus, the only thing the atheists/evolutionists today can claim is that Christ was not a God and that He did not perform any miracles!!!! And many of them do make that claim.
It just blows me away at how accurate the versus in 3 Nephi 29 are!!! Heavenly Father knew, before 421 A.D. (when the last Book of Mormon prophet completed the Book of Mormon), that people in the latter-days would have many evidences (other than the Bible) that Christ did in fact exist and Heavenly Father knew that the only thing the atheists and evolutionists could say in our day, in order to criticize Christ and His followers, was that the Bible was wrong and that Christ did not perform any miracles!!!
Every once in awhile I will stop things and make a comment about Heavenly Father. He was and is and always will be AMAZING!!! Of course, so was and is the Savior and the Holy Ghost. All three of them are Gods.
Getting back to 3 Nephi 29:5-7, I should strongly emphasize that only professional atheists and evolutionists, who mock the miracles of Christ, may qualify for that punishment. The key is that these are professional atheists and evolutionists (i.e. "to get gain") who do these things.
I theorize that these versus might apply to people like Richard Dawkins or the late Christopher Hitchens who both make or made much or all of their income from pushing the theory of evolution and in the process they both mocked the miracles of Christ (I personally researched this). Perhaps hundreds of other professional atheists and evolutionists may be at risk for that punishment.
But whether a person crosses the line is solely the decision of God. We can do the research and make guesses (of course God knows a lot more than we know) but ultimately it is God alone who will determine who "crosses the line."
I cannot imagine a case where this would apply to a high school student or a high school teacher or even a college student or a college teacher, these versus seem to apply only to the professional atheists and evolutionists who make a significant part of their living critizing the teachings in the Bible. But only God can make the final judgment!! In addition, even some people who come close to qualifying may repent in time to avoid the punishment.
But what I want to emphasize is that these three versus indicate the seriousness that God takes regarding those who push the theory of evolution (for profit) and in turn they mock the claims in the Bible such as the miracles of the Savior Jesus Christ!!!
And the Book of Mormon, from which these three versus came, was completed in 421 A.D. but was not translated and published until 1830. But this year was before Charles Darwin published his first evolution book in 1859!!! God was predicting these things long, long before the theory of evolution even existed!!!
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