Monday, October 26, 2015

Alma 30:21 - 30:25

Alma 30:21 And it came to pass that he caused that he should be carried out of the land. And he came over into the land of Gideon, and began to preach unto them also; and here he did not have much success, for he was taken and bound and carried before the high priest, and also the chief judge over the land.

Korihor was judged by Ammon as undesirable and thrown out of the land of Jershon. He then traveled to the land of Gideon and tried the same preachings to the people of that land. However, his success was minimal. He was also taken before the high priest and chief judge of the land.

Alma 30:22 And it came to pass that the high priest said unto him: Why do ye go about perverting the ways of the Lord? Why do ye teach this people that there shall be no Christ, to interrupt their rejoicings? Why do ye speak against all the prophecies of the holy prophets?

During the interrogation by the high priest, he asked Korihor what was his purpose in teaching these false doctrines which were only distributing the people and their peace of mind? And why was he preaching against the prophets and prophecies that were known among the people?

Alma 30:23 Now the high priest’s name was Giddonah. And Korihor said unto him: Because I do not teach the foolish traditions of your fathers, and because I do not teach this people to bind themselves down under the foolish ordinances and performances which are laid down by ancient priests, to usurp power and authority over them, to keep them in ignorance, that they may not lift up their heads, but be brought down according to thy words.

The high priest over Gideon was a man by the name of Giddonah. Korihor’s response to his question was that these teachings that the people held were traditions put in place by the fathers to keep the people in line so they would do as they were told. These teachings were designed to keep the people from knowing that there were other ways to be happy.

Alma 30:24 Ye say that this people is a free people. Behold, I say they are in bondage. Ye say that those ancient prophecies are true. Behold, I say that ye do not know that they are true.

It was Korihor’s opinion that the people were not free because they were saddled with the ordinances of the law of Moses. He also said that it was not possible for a people to know what is to come.

Alma 30:25 Ye say that this people is a guilty and a fallen people, because of the transgression of a parent. Behold, I say that a child is not guilty because of its parents.

Korihor question the doctrine of the fall of Adam and how it affected all of his descendants. He reasoned that a descendant could not be held accountable for an ancestor’s actions.

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