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The Full Rigors of Compassion and Love

September 04th, 2017 by G.

In the city of Ammonihah an informal cabal of knowledge workers (lawyers and judges) ruled.  They believed in a heresy that, from the details of Zeezrom’s dispute with Alma and Amulek, strongly rejected the notion that men needed to repent of sin to be saved.  They taught a more comfortable doctrine, it appears.

Some listened, but the city principally became angry, accusing Alma and Amulek of ‘reviling’ against them.  Offensive speech, in other words.

And the city burned the scriptures, literally cast out some believers (throwing stones at them) and burned others to death.  In prison, they mocked and beat and bit and spit on Alma and Amulek because of their inhuman and unkind doctrine of believing in damnation.

They loved kindness and kind words so much that they reviled and beat and killed anyone who spoke harsh ones.  Such was the depth of their compassion.

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Lucinda
September 4, 2017

This pattern is so oft repeated throughout the Book of Mormon. It happened with Abinadi. The king’s priests used the scripture about “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings” to chastise Abinadi’s doominess. His sermon is so complete and powerful, but heresy to the “love wins” types, and so they burned him to death, and sought the life of Alma for daring to speak up for Abinadi. And then later, in an epoch fail, King Noah commands all the men to abandon their wives and children as they flee an invading army of Lamanites.

My own feeling is that the love-winners’ claim to have compassion is merely a mask for their cowardice and failure to live up to their duties, both public and private.

I’ve experienced this unsettling hypocrisy in my own relationships, thinking that those who claim to be compassionate and loving will actually be those things, but then receiving just the opposite. I’m sad to say, it has made me dislike even the invocation of ‘kindness’ and ‘compassion’.


Zen
September 4, 2017

“Offensive Speech” in the Book of Mormon!
I never noticed that before, but now that you mention it, I am sure it is all over the place.


JRL in AZ
September 5, 2017

Given what we know about King Noah and the priests that condemned Abinadi, and what I have experienced with friends rejecting the gospel in favor of something easier, I wonder how often this “love wins” doctrine is simply justification to soothe a conscience rather than go through the hard work of repentance. I think it is probably very often.


Huston
September 5, 2017

Why oh why doesn’t this blog have an option to “like” posts? This is one of the more clever and useful things I’ve seen here, and that’s saying a lot. Someone please make a Jr. Ganymede Greatest Hits list!


Agellius
September 5, 2017

Yes. A like button is needed.


Wm Jas
September 5, 2017

“gnashing their teeth upon them, and spitting upon them, and saying: How shall we look when we are damned?”

Love that line.


Bertie
September 5, 2017

Will Antifa go after Muslim imams who preach against homosexual practices, or who push for Sharia in the US?


Jeeves
September 5, 2017

@^: One can only hope, sir.

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Did I address that properly? I meant to respond to my employer who commented immediately above. These things were not covered in the gentleman’s-gentleman school which I attended in my youth.


Pecos Bill
September 5, 2017

Did I hear rightly? Them’s schools to tetch you how to be a Jeeves? I purty much reckoned it was a skill you was born with, like bein’ able to roll yer tongue or wiggle yer ears.

I mite just have to mah – trick – yoo – layte.


Zen
September 5, 2017

I did a quick search for ‘Revile’ in the Triple-Combination, and I was surprised not only how often it was mentioned in conjunction with the wicked, but also how often the Righteous were warned against engaging in it.

Just for clarity, the textbook definition of Revile is “criticize in an abusive or angrily insulting manner”, though Webster’s 1828 dictionary gives us, “To reproach; to treat with opprobrious and contemptuous language”.


G.
September 7, 2017

We have no like button, to spare you the necessity of pushing it for each and every post.

@Lucinda, excellent parallel
@JRL in AZ, I don’t wonder.

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